RESOURCE CONSERVATION DISTRICT
June 4, 2008
DIRECTORS PRESENT: Robert Alvernaz, Brandon Ash, Tom Hickok, Jay Dee Garr, Gil Ramos, Darrin Williams,
and Ryan Parker
DIRECTORS ABSENT: None
OTHERS PRESENT: Patti Turner-CCRCD District Manager, Jennifer Masters-CCRCD Watershed Coordinator,
Jack Alderson-NRCS, Tim Hermansen-NRCS and Ben Felt-Community Foundation.
Gil Ramos, CCRCD President called the meeting to order at 5:05 pm the Colusa Industrial Park Conference
Jack Alderson introduced the new NRCS Colusa Field Office Biologist Tim Hermansen. Hermansen told the
board a little bit about his background.
Jack Alderson explained a potential project in Bear Valley between the CCRCD, California Rangeland Trust
(CRT) and the NRCS. The project would restore some meadows in Bear Valley and funding would be provided by
the Wildlife Conservation Board if the application is approved. The CCRCD would sponsor the application and
provide the administrative support and financial management for the project. CRT and NRCS would provide the
technical expertise. The grant application would be prepared the application to be submitted to the WCB at least
four months prior to their spring 2009 meeting. If awarded implementation of the practices would begin in the
summer of 2009. The Board was in support of the concept of this project.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Alvernaz made a motion to approve the minutes from the May 7, 2008 meeting; the motion was seconded by
Parker and passed with 7 ayes.
Turner supplied a Balance Statement to the Directors for the period of May 1 through May 31, 2008. The
CCRCD’s fund balances were as follows; checking account balance $1,329.16, petty cash account $50.45.
Colusa County Resource Conservation Fund (03200) has a balance of $39,548.78, Sales Tax (03201) balance -
$.96, Upper Little Stony Creek Fund (03203) balance $2,652.92, Stone Corral (03205) has a $4,896.17 balance,
the DWR grant (03207) fund has a balance of $13,437.42 and the CAFF Grant (03208) has a balance of
$6,633.07, the new NFWF Grant fund has a balance of $12,167 and Clearing Account fund number 032001 has
a zero balance.
Five claims were presented to the Board for approval, Petty cash claims in the amounts of $120.39, Master’s
mileage claim $17.67, Turner mileage claim $41.16, Smith and Newell in the amount of $3200 (06/07 Audit), and
Colusa Tax Service in the amount of $590 (payroll services for 07/08 FY and start up fee)
Ash made a motion to pay the claims and approve the financial report as provided; the motion was seconded by
Williams and passed with 7 ayes. Alvernaz abstained from voting to approve Turner’s mileage claim.
CCRCD DISCUSSION & ACTION ITEMS:
Turner provided the Board with a draft Colusa County RCD 2008-2013 Long Range Plan fashioned after Tehama
County RCD’s Plan. Turner stated that the plan had been modified to represent the interest of Colusa County and
the CCRCD Board of Directors. She stated that Masters and Casey had reviewed the plan and provided their
input for modifications. The Board reviewed the document line by line, discussed each section and requested
revisions as needed. Once completed Garr made a motion to adopt the draft Long Range Plan as amended. The
motion was seconded by Alvernaz and passed with 7 ayes.
Turner and Masters provided the Board with a written summary updating all grant activities and capacity building
endeavors completed during the month of May 2008. Special notations were made on items not discussed or
reported during other agenda items;
DWR CBW Assessment and Capacity Building Grant: TAC meeting had been held to review the draft
preliminary assessment. Masters is in the process of gathering input from stakeholders to send to the
consultants by June 6th. She stated that the conditions have been met to forward payment for checkpoint
2 to the consultant upon receiving the reimbursement from DWR. Turner added that the DWR’s role in
providing a grant administrator may be terminating at the end of the month due to a lack of budget. She
also stated that TAC needs to convene a meeting to discuss and prioritize further analysis to be funded
through the project. It was decided to schedule the meeting for June 26 th from 1:00-3:00.
CAFF Grant: Masters reported that the SLEWS program was such a success that CAFF is going to pick
the program up once again in the next school year. Turner provided the board with an amendment to
their contract with CAFF which reduces the RCD’s budget by $40,826. Turner recommended that the
Board approve said reductions as the District did not hired a full time project staff person as identified in
the original budget. She felt the remaining budget was adequate to cover Masters’ and her hours, and
included administrative overhead, some mileage and miscellaneous funds. Brandon made a motion to
approve the amendment; it was seconded by Garr and passed with 7 ayes, 0 absent.
Indian Gaming Mitigation Grant: Masters reported that Colusa County local government and Chamber
of Commerce will be having a booth at the Colusa County Fair and will be distributing the CCRCD’s flier.
The next publication is planned to come out in October 2008.
NFWF Grant: Turner announced that there are some problems with meshing the University’s Accounting
Department and the agreement that the District has with the University and the Grantor. She will give a
more detailed report at next months meeting when a solution has been mitigated.
SWQCB 319 Funds: Turner announced that the Water Boards should be sending a contract soon for the
grant. She stated that conversations will need to be held with Pacific Watershed Consultants to define
the CCRCD’s specific role in the project.
DOC Watershed Coordinator Grants: Turner announced that the CCRCD should be receiving grant
agreements from the Department of Conservation soon.
Turner announced that the Oak Woodlands Management Plan had been approved by the Colusa County Board
of Supervisors on May 13th. She stated that she has forwarded a copy of the plan and the signed resolution to the
Wildlife Conservation Board’s representative that is in charge of the program.
Turner reported on the Day-In-The-Capitol. She said they had met with many legislators and their aids, including
a meeting with Senator Sam Aanestad. Their objective was to thank the assembly for supporting two bills that are
beneficial to RCDs. One was to provide that State funded grants are reimbursed to the grantee in a timely
manner and the second was to allow volunteers to work on public works projects without falling under the
prevailing wage requirements. She felt the time spent at this function was worthwhile.
Masters reported that she and Turner had participated in the Cache Creek Discovery Day held on May 10 th at the
Cache Creek Nature Preserve. They presented informative sessions on the value of soil utilizing the “Soil Song”
and poster that the two created for the Colusa County Farm Day.
Hickok reported on the ULSIA meeting that the CCRCD hosted on May 23 rd. He stated it was a good meeting.
Turner thanked Masters for organizing the event, purchasing supplies, and helping with food preparations.
Ramos reported on the Central Sacramento Valley RC&D meeting that he had attended in May. He stated there
are many changes going on at the RC&D. Gary Evans is now the President of the council and Lori Pride-Glenn
Co RCD is the Secretary-Treasurer. They are looking at doing a project east of Orland to make compost out of
agricultural waste products.
The Board went into closed session at 6:50 to discuss Turner’s evaluation and salary, annual hours and benefit
requests. Director Alvernaz excused himself from the meeting and did not participate in the discussion due to a
conflict of interest. The Personnel Committee had met with Turner prior to the meeting and recommended that the
Board approve her request at this time.
The meeting was called back into session at 6:56. Garr made a motion to increase Turner’s salary by 45 cents
per hour and provide a longevity increase in her monthly medical benefit of $42 per month (pro-rated at 70% of
$360) as of the July pay period. The motion was seconded by Williams and passed with 6 ayes and 1 abstaining
The meeting was adjourned at 6:57 pm. The next meeting will be held on July 2, 2008 at 5:00 pm at the Colusa
Industrial Park Conference Room.
Patti Turner-Secretary/Treasurer-Colusa Co. RCD