2004 STRATEGIC PLANNING SESSION FOR EDCFSC
November 17, 2004
Gold Hill Fire Station
Present: Vicki Yorty (Executive Coordinator), Steve
Bowman, Maria Capraum, Jose Crummett, Joan Darling, Richard Englefield
(Treasurer), Penny Humphreys, Joan Jennings, Bill Knoop, Bob Krieg,
Tom Mahaach (Vice-Chair), Gene Murphy, Jana Newman, Ed/Audry Pomato,
Barbara Rebiskie, Jim Stewart, Donna Terp, Lori Tuthill, Walt Tyler
(Secretary), Allen Jaeger, Clare Clement, Susan Hennike
Vicki opened the meeting and after introductions by all present, asked
for a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting. Motion
to approve: Richard Englefield. Second: Joan Jennings. Approved by all
Vicki gave a brief overview of the conference at Denver and that she has
installed GIS soft ware that was brought back from the conference. Rich added
that GIS information (maps) would be necessary when applying for future grants.
Vicki advised all present that Clearing House proposals need to be submitted
by February 4, 2005. She referred to a memorandum from James M. Wright (CDF)
dated 10-25-2004 "providing guidance to Units of CDF that intend to integrate
Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP) as specified in the Healthy Forests
Restoration Act of 2003 (HFRA) (P.L. 108-148) with CDF Unit fire plans."
Charlie Paine, Supervisor, District 4, requested to make comments regarding
the proposed El Dorado County General Plan. His primary concern was possible
endorsement for or against the proposed referendum and/or General Plan by the
EDCFSC prior to the election scheduled for March 2005. The issue has been
scheduled for the January EDCFSC BOD meeting. Jana asked Supervisor Paine if
additional County funding was possible noting that EDCFSC has reduced Chipping
and Senior/Disabled Assistance budgets. He replied that funds were extremely
short at the County level and cuts were being made all over. Vicki and Jana
stated that the 100' minimum clearance around residences would not be
implemented until additional information is received from CDF and possible
modifications from the Governor's Office.
Vicki asked for a report from the Personnel Committee meeting that was held
at 12:00 noon before the EDCFSC meeting. The committee made the following
Modify contracts with Mountain Enterprises and M.O.R.E.
to include administrative scheduling of Chipping and Senior/Disabled
Continue Jana Newman on a part time basis as an
independent contractor to serve as Special Project Coordinator.
Vicki will draft RSP for Sly Park Corridor Program and
Grizzly Flats CWPP.
Vicki will coordinate efforts to secure volunteers from
local Fire Safe Councils to perform some of the necessary functions not
required by contract services for the EDCFSC.
Proposed conversion of Vicki's contract position of
Executive Coordinator to employee is to be put on hold at this time. She
indicates that there would be an additional position cost of 15% to convert
the position and she can continue at this time as an independent contractor.
(See EDCFSC Personnel Committee minutes of 11-17-04).
Vicki advised the council members that the office at Camino would be available
January 1, 2005. She asked for anyone who can help moving records and setting
up the office to please volunteer.
Informational handouts for project tracking, funding breakdown for 2004/2005,
and a strategic planning meeting project matrix were distributed. Updated funding
information and project matrix will be made available by Vicki after the 12-8-04
strategic planning meeting. Each project listed was discussed with current
status, changes, and recommendations for continuation. New projects and funding
were listed for additional discussion as necessary during the 12-8-04 meeting.
The following is a summary of discussion and information from Strategic
Sheltering and staging in place with individual community needs are a basic
concern for project planning. Home visits should not be threatening. Advise
residents of benefits and protection from fire as result of proper defensive
space clearing. Garden Valley should work towards a CAP. Residents throughout
the county should make sure their street and house addresses are correct and
appear correctly on maps used for emergency services. Absentee landowners
continue to be a problem regarding clearing defensible space adjacent to resident
landowners. Suggested that County ordnance be considered to assess absentee
landowners for clearing defensible spaces. Intent of funding for General Plan
Consultant was to assist with developing policies relating to fire safety, not
implementation, by local EDCFSC expertise. Chipper and Senior/Disabled
Assistance programs will continue based upon funds available. Proposed that
a Wildfire Education Center be included within the Camino complex. Attempts
to provide funding for 2006 calendars will be made through local businesses.
Under new projects, Rescue Fire Dept. would like to expand home inspections.
Penny Humphreys was introduced as chairperson of Rescue Fire Safe Council.
Jana explained that she is contacting residents who have received Senior
Assistance service and advising them that limited follow up maintenance is
available. M.O.R.E. will provide follow up service. A presentation was made
by Logtown Area resident Allen Jaeger describing inaccessible roads for
emergency vehicles. His presentation was supported by supportive information
in a packet format. A CAP would be the first step. He was invited to the
12-8-04 meeting for grant planning and project development. Ed/Audrey Pomato
asked for assistance with the Outingdale Fire Council involving funds and
community support. Vicki said she would help. Suggested that a Defensible
Space class be developed with funding to be presented to the general public.
Rich would like to explore producing maps (fire, roads, streets, events,
etc.) to be sold for fund raising for EDCFSC projects. Jana described
progress of green waste tickets. Tickets are available for residents to
dispose of one load of green waste per year for free. Next Strategic
Planning meeting: 12-08-04 1:00 p.m.
Submitted by: Walt Tyler, Secretary EDCFSC