COUNTY OF PLACER

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2009

SUMMARY ACTION

9:00 a.m.

 

F.C. “Rocky” Rockholm, District 1, Chairman                                                                                           Thomas Miller, County Executive

Robert Weygandt, District 2                                                                                                                  Anthony J. La Bouff, County Counsel

Jim Holmes, District 3                                                                                                          Rich Colwell, Chief Assistant County Executive

Kirk Uhler, District 4, Vice Chairman                                                                                              Mike Boyle, Assistant County Executive

Jennifer Montgomery, District 5                                                                                                 Holly Heinzen, Assistant County Executive

                                                                                                                                                                            Ann Holman, Clerk of the Board

 

County Administrative Center, 175 Fulweiler Avenue, Auburn, CA  95603

 

 

 

9:00 a.m.

 

FLAG SALUTE – Led by Thomas Miller, County Executive.

STATEMENT OF MEETING PROCEDURES - Read by Clerk.

PUBLIC COMMENT – None received.

 

SUPERVISOR’S COMMITTEE REPORTS – Supervisor Uhler said he has long been an advocate for reprioritizing government spending to make sure our primary responsibility is met, that of helping productive people be productive.  Supervisor Uhler said in the vein of what the Board is here to discuss today, the budget, and with the challenges brought to bear on our County budget by State and Federal requirements, absent funding, he believes it is incumbent upon the Board to do what we can to live within our means given the constraints of outside pressures.  To that end, he proposed the creation of a committee called “The Right Sizing of County Government,” to evaluate proposals to control current costs, including privatizing existing public functions and control future expenses, including the cost of public employee retirement and health care.

 

Supervisor Uhler said recently, Supervisor Montgomery made a few recommendations regarding cutting government costs and increasing accountability.  He said he would like to examine her suggestions in light of the mandate of his newly proposed committee.

 

Ms. Montgomery suggested the Board:

1) Reconfirm the countywide policy that all positions be publicly advertised and make the process transparent.

 

Supervisor Uhler advised no such policy exists and within the first six months Supervisor Montgomery personally recruited and hired three different people as her Aide, each with a total compensation of $80,000 per year and each without advertising the position.

 

2) The Board of Supervisors and County Execu tive staff should turn in their credit cards and use personal cards so expenditures can be scrutinized and that Supervisor Montgomery had turned in her credit card.

 

Supervisor Uhler advised Supervisor Montgomery had turned in her credit card 2 days before her column ran, but not before racking up $2,300 in charges in her first six months, none of which was fuel for her vehicle.  He asked what is the difference between reimbursing from a personal card and using the county card, except using a county credit card is a more open and transparent way to track purchases for county business.

 

3) Supervisor Montgomery was celebrated in the Auburn Journal for being the only member of the Board to not use a county car but seek reimbursement for using her own vehicle.

 

Supervisor Uhler advised the vehicle refused by Supervisor Montgomery was that of her predecessor, paid for and owned by the county.  Previous fuel and maintenance costs worked out to about .17 cents per mile.  Based on Supervisor Montgomery’s mileage reimbursement to date, if driving a county owned vehicle, the cost to taxpayers would be approximately $1,700.  Instead, Supervisor Montgomery has taken home more than $5,700 in mileage reimbursement expense, a difference of $4,000 out of our pockets.

 

4) Suspend the Supervisors Revenue Sharing Program.

 

Supervisor Uhler noted that on May 12, 2009, Supervisor Montgomery requested $9,530 in revenue sharing funds for various causes in her district.  This amount was 100% of everything available to her, and over 50% more than he requested for his district in the entire fiscal year.

 

5) Create a web page for senior county employee or elected official by position, base salary, overtime, benefits, and other perks and make the list sort by name, position and salary.

 

Supervisor Uhler said he agreed but it does not go far enough.  Why limit it to senior managers and elected officials.  He thought the public deserves to see that the average county employee costs to the county is just over $100,000 per year and other abuses wrought by Civil Service and Collective Bargaining.  He asked Supervisor Montgomery to join him in calling for an end to those

 

6) Agendize and discuss merit increases and whether increases for unclassified employees are appropriate in difficult financial times and if the county should continue the policy.

 

Supervisor Uhler advised that Supervisor Montgomery has voted in favor of every merit increase that has come before the Board.  He asked why limit this to unclassified employees when approximately 2/3’s of the increases go to the rank and file.  He said at the March 18, 2008 Placer County Strategic Planning session he called for across the board suspension of all merit increases and cost of living adjustments and asked Supervisor Montgomery to join him in that.

 

Supervisor Uhler noted that the same Auburn Journal that supports Supervisor Montgomery’s suggestions also questioned that raises were given in the form of merit increases to county employees at the same time 33 county court employees lost their jobs.  He said in citing this statistic, the Auburn Journal either does not understand that those 33 positions were funded by the State, and cut by the State, and that the County no longer plays a role in funding court positions, or they do understand and they intentionally tired to mislead the public.  Similarly, when the Auburn Journal responds to Supervisor Montgomery’s suggestion of creating a county web-page cataloguing executive pay by observing “top county officials accused of giving themselves unauthorized raises as Placer does, erodes the public trust” they either should know and don’t, or know and don’t care that the top county official accused of giving himself an unauthorized raise was a court employee governed by the State.

 

Supervisor Uhler said he supports the creation of a committee of the Board of Supervisors that looks for real ways to reform a system that was fundamentally broken far before the national economy fell, has no real hope of recovering anytime soon and to the extent that this committee will explore all options to cut the ever increasing size and cost to government to what can reasonably be sustained, he volunteered to serve.

 

Supervisor Montgomery said she apologized and that Supervisor Uhler took her column very personally and for that she is sincerely sorry it was not intended to point fingers at anyone one.  She said Supervisor Uhler made some valid points and suggested she and Supervisor Uhler work together to move forward on their suggestions to come to some good policy decisions for the county.

 

Chairman Rockholm was in favor of the suggested committee to bolster community support and suggested it be put on a future agenda.

 

Chairman Rockholm also announced he has two grandsons serving at West Point.  The oldest grandson had to fight to get into West Point and on August 10, 2009 he was appointed First Captain of the military academy.  He is at the top of the pyramid in charge of all of the cadets.

 

Supervisor Holmes introduced his lovely redheaded granddaughter Amber Stonerook visiting from Montrose, California.

 

TIMED ITEMS TO BE DISCUSSED AT THE TIME SHOWN

 

 9:05 a.m.

1.    PUBLIC WORKS/WEST SUNNYSIDE EROSION CONTROL PROJECT - Resolution 2009-226 adopted awarding Contract 1071 to the low bidder, West Coast Contractors of Nevada, Inc., in the amount of $1,506,070.37 for construction of the West Sunnyside Erosion Control Project, authorizing the Chairman to execute the construction contract, with County Counsel and Risk Management’s review and approval, on behalf of Placer County and authorizing the Director of Public Works to approve and sign contract change orders up to 10 percent of the contract amount.

       MOTION Montgomery/Weygandt/Unanimous

 

9:15 a.m.

2.    COUNTY EXECUTIVE/Budget Workshop - Considered final budget adjustments to reflect State budget impact and other proposed revenue/expenditure reductions and changes.

 

DEPARTMENT ITEMS TO BE CONSIDERED FOR ACTION AS TIME ALLOWS

 

DEPARTMENT ITEMS:

3.    COUNTY COUNSEL/CLOSED SESSION REPORT – The Board did not meet on Closed Session.

(A)  §54957.6 - CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATORS

(a) Agency designated representatives: Tom Miller, Nancy Nittler, Mike Boyle, Gerald O. Carden,   

     Anthony J. La Bouff.

     Employee organization: PPEO. DSA.

 

CONSENT AGENDA (Items 4 thru 11) – Moved Item 7a and 11a for discussion.  Consent Agenda approved as amended with action as indicated.  MOTION Uhler/Weygandt/Unanimous

 4.   AUDITOR-CONTROLLER – Approved resolution 2009-222 adopting 2009/2010 property tax rates for voter-approved indebtedness, pursuant to Government Code Sections 29100 and 29106.

 

 5.   BOARD OF SUPERVISORS:

a.    Approved minutes of July 20 & 21, 2009.

 

b.    Resolution 2009-223 adopted approving amendments to the Placer County Assessment Appeals Board Local Rules of Procedure.

 

c.    Approved the contract with Sharon Howard to provide Secretarial services to the Meadow Vista Municipal Advisory Council and authorize the County Executive Officer to sign.

 

d.    Approved the contract with Sharon Howard to provide Secretarial services to the Weimar/Applegate/Colfax Municipal Advisory Council and authorize the County Executive Officer to sign.

 

 6.   COMMITTEES & COMMISSIONS:

a.    Municipal Advisory Council (Foresthill Forum) – Approved the appointment of Luana Dowling to Seat 5 as requested by Supervisor Montgomery.

 

b.    Municipal Advisory Council (North Tahoe Regional) – Declared Seat 5 vacant, as requested by Supervisor Montgomery.

 

c.    Placer County Youth Commission – Approved the appointments of Andrew Burrows to Seat 1, Grace Hayes to Seat 2, Roseann Jorgensen to Seat 3, Isabel Lopez to Seat 4, Kayley Marshall to Seat 5, Alex Darrow to Seat 6, Daniel Graupensperger to Seat 7, Danielle Marez to Seat 8, Kevin Carlson to Seat 9, Megan Emme to Seat 10, Ashley Hemming to Seat 11, Matthew Kasner to Seat 12, Kate Bradshaw to Seat 13, Derek Ikeda to Seat 14, Kirsten Read to Seat 15.

 

d.     Approved the temporary appointment of Jennifer Merchant to act as “Alternate” replacing Larry Sevison for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) Governing Board meeting of August 26, 2009 and authorized the Chairman to sign a letter to TRPA.

 

e.    Veterans Memorial Hall Board (Auburn) - Approved the reappointments of Courtland Bradbury to Seat 1, Rose Agles to Seat 2, Bonnie Bradbury (alternate) to Seat 2, Lee Roy Hubbard to Seat 3, H.L.  “Hap” Arnold to Seat 5, Jeanann “Jan” Carlson to Seat 6, Coralle Arnold (alternate) to Seat 6, George Simmons to Seat 7, Eugene Freeland (alternate) to Seat 7, Bonnie Potter to Seat 10, Terry Crouson to Seat 11 and Michael Crouson (alternate) to seat 11, as requested by Supervisor Holmes.

 

f.     Veterans Memorial Hall Board (Lincoln) – Approved the appointment of Jon Hodson (alternate) to Seat 2 and the reappointments of Vic Ioppolo to Seat 1, Richard Lercari to Seat 2, Len Valasek to Seat 3, Robert Bruce (alternate) to Seat 3, Samuel Silvas to Seat 4, John McCulloch (alternate) to Seat 4 and Manuel Nevarez (alternate) to Seat 5, as requested by Supervisor Weygandt.

 

g.    Veterans Memorial Hall Board (Loomis) – Approved the reappointments of Thomas Seth to Seat 1, Earl Chinnock to Seat 2, Russ Kelley to Seat 3, Ron Jarnagin to Seat 4 and Tim Cheney to Seat 7, as requested by Supervisor Holmes.

 

h.    Wastewater Advisory Committee – Approved the appointment of Chris White to Seat 11 representing Environmental Consultant.

 

 7.   COUNTY EXECUTIVE:

a.    MOVED FOR DISCUSSION Approve a 5% merit increase for Paul K. Thompson, Deputy Director of Planning from Grade 467 Step 2 to Grade 467 Step 3 at $59.70 per hour effective August 29, 2009.

 

b.    Resolution 2009-224 adopted proclaiming September 2009 as the “Placer County Combined Giving Campaign Month”.

 

 8.   FACILITY SERVICES:

a.    Authorized the Chairman to sign the response to the Placer County Grand Jury’s 2008-2009 Final Report.

 

b.    Authorized the Chairman to sign a letter to the California Energy Commission confirming the County of Placer’s intent to submit an application for the Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant program.

 

9.    PROCUREMENT SERVICES - In accordance with County Policy, non-contested competitively awarded bids under $250,000 are placed on the Consent Agenda.  Authorized the Purchasing Manager to sign the following:

a.    Approved the award of a contract to Law Office of William M. Wright for legal services for the Civil Service Commission in the maximum amount of $25,000.

 

10.  PUBLIC WORKS:

a.    Clean Water State Revolving Fund Non Point Source Financial Assistance Application/Kings Beach Watershed Improvement Project – Resolution 2009-225 adopted authorizing the filing of a Clean Water State Revolving Fund Non Point source financial assistance application (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act [ARRA] Funds) for the Kings Beach Water Quality Improvement project in the amount of up to $3,000,000 and authorized the Director of Public Works to execute all documents related to any awarded funds through this program.

 

b.    Fleet Services Fixed Assets Budget Revision Orpak USA, Inc. 19-2009-PO090101 – Approved a Budget Revision to amend the Public Works Fleet Services Master Fixed Asset list for the 2009/2010 Fiscal Year to reflect a $10,000 increase to the Orpak Fuel Management System Upgrade; and authorized the Purchasing Manager to issue a Change Order to Purchase Order #19-2009-PO090101 issued to Orpak USA Inc. adding $10,000 to the original purchase amount of $44,687.93 for a total of $54,687.93.

 

11.  REVENUE SHARING – In approving the following appropriations, the Placer County Board of Supervisors makes the finding that each and every approved contribution serves a public purpose by promoting the general welfare of the County and its inhabitants; therefore, the County benefits.

a.    MOVED FOR DISCUSSION Approve appropriation of $500 in Revenue Sharing monies to the Auburn Area Recreation and Park District 13th Annual Auburn Community Festival to help support the cost of the event, as requested by Supervisor Holmes.

 

b.    Approved appropriation of $250 in Revenue Sharing monies to the Boys and Girls Club of Auburn to benefit youth development programs, as requested by Supervisor Holmes.

 

c.    Approved appropriation of $500 in Revenue Sharing monies to The Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce “16th Annual Hot Chili and Cool Cars” Event to benefit the Matt Redding Memorial Scholarship Foundation, as requested by Supervisor Weygandt.

 

d.    Approved appropriation of $1,750 in Revenue Sharing monies to the Bill Santucci Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit the Santucci-Gaines Scholarship Fund, as requested by Supervisor Rockholm ($1,500) and Supervisor Uhler ($250).

 

e.    Approved appropriation of $500 in Revenue Sharing monies to the Boy Scout Troop 269 of Auburn to help support the construction of the Auburn School Park Preserve Community Garden, as requested by Supervisor Holmes.

 

f.     Approved appropriation of $750 in Revenue Sharing monies to the South Placer “Breast Cancer Endowment Fund” to help support the endowed chair to continue clinical trials programs, as requested by Supervisor Rockholm ($500) and Supervisor Holmes ($250).

***End of Consent Agenda***

 

The following items were moved for discussion:

7.    COUNTY EXECUTIVE:

a.    Approved a 5% merit increase for Paul K. Thompson, Deputy Director of Planning from Grade 467 Step 2 to Grade 467 Step 3 at $59.70 per hour effective August 29, 2009.

       MOTION Weygandt/Uhler/Unanimous  VOTE 4:0 (Montgomery abstained)

 

11.  REVENUE SHARING – In approving the following appropriations, the Placer County Board of Supervisors makes the finding that each and every approved contribution serves a public purpose by promoting the general welfare of the County and its inhabitants; therefore, the County benefits.

a.    Approved appropriation of $500 in Revenue Sharing monies to the Auburn Area Recreation and Park District 13th Annual Auburn Community Festival to help support the cost of the event, as requested by Supervisor Holmes.  MOTION Holmes/Weygandt/Unanimous

 

ITEMS FOR INFORMATION:

12.  Auditor-Controller - Supplemental Law Enforcement Services Fund Auditor’s Report for the period of 07/01/08-06/30/09.

13.  Treasurer-Tax Collector - Treasurer’s Statement for the Month of July 2009.

 

ADJOURNMENT – Next special meeting is Wednesday, August 19, 2009.  Next regular meeting is Tuesday, September 8, 2009.