The Board of Directors of Brooktrails Township Community Services District met in regular session on September 24, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. in Brooktrails Community Center.
A. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
B. ROLL CALL
Roll call showed the following Directors present: Pohlson, Horrick, Venturi, Orth and Skezas. Also present were General Manager Chapman and District Counsel Neary.
REPORT ON CLOSED SESSION
President Skezas reported that the Board had just come out of closed session where they began the performance review of the General Manager, which was incomplete, but would be completed at the next meeting.
C. ADDITIONS/ ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA
D. MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS
September 10, 2002
Director Venturi moved to approve the minutes of September 10, 2002, as written, seconded by Director Orth. Motion passed unanimously.
E. SPECIAL PRESENTATION
F. PUBLIC HEARING
G. PUBLIC COMMENTS
H. CONSENT CALENDAR
2. REVIEW OF ACCOUNTS PAYABLE REPORT AND AUTHORIZATION TO ISSUE CHECKS
Noting the item for purchase of rock, General Manager Chapman reported that the restoration of Willits Creek through Summer Meadow had begun.
Director Orth moved to approve the report and authorize issuance of checks. The motion was seconded by Director Venturi and passed unanimously.
I. ACTION AGENDA
3. DISCUSSION OF A PROPOSED GREENBELT MANAGEMENT PLAN, RECREATION, GREENBELT AND CONSERVATION PLAN, BROOKTRAILS DEMONSTRATION FOREST, AND CENTRAL RECREATION AND TRAILS SYSTEM PLAN. CONSIDERATION OF A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE CENTRAL RECREATION AND TRAILS SYSTEM PLAN
After a brief overview of the staff report by General Manager Chapman, Director Pohlson distributed copies of an outline of criteria for selection of a forester and site for the proposed demonstration forest.
Mike Aplet, resident of Hawk Drive and member of the Recreation, Greenbelt, Conservation Committee, took the podium and explained that he and fellow residents Laura Herman, Bob Whitney and Jerry Garvey, had looked at several areas of the District as possible sites for the demonstration forest.
Director Orth spoke in favor of the southwestern area, possibly above the par course near Birch, because of potential fire hazard. He strongly disagreed with the perception that the District is taking a 'do nothing' approach to Greenbelt management, pointing out the large amount of tonnage removed each year by CDF crews. He voiced concern about sudden oak death syndrome, and about the fact that many trees may have to be removed. He stressed the importance of focusing on watershed management, and suggested utilizing a County Conservation Commission employee to evaluate the drainage problems in the watershed as a part of the trail project.
President Skezas voiced his appreciation to the committee for the work they had done on the conservation plan and demonstration forest, and suggested addressing the issues further after receipt of the anticipated grant funds.
As to the Central Recreation and Trail System Plan, he asked that on page 3 and on the back page, reference to the "Willits Creek Trail" be changed to the "Brooktrails to Willits connector." Mr. Aplet answered questions concerning the condition of the various trails named in the plan and on the trail map.
Director Pohlson moved to adopt 2002-34, a Resolution Adopting the Brooktrails Central Recreation and Trail System Plan, seconded by Director Orth. A vote was taken on the motion as follows:
AYES: Directors: Pohlson, Horrick, Venturi, Orth, Skezas
NOES: Directors: None
ABSENT: Directors: None
Resolution No. 2002-34 adopted.
Jerry Garvey came forward to explain the basics of the proposed 35 to 40 acre demonstration forest. He expected that it would take approximately one year to process the necessary paperwork for a the timber harvest plan. A brief discussion ensued concerning possible funding sources and locations.
President Skezas emphasized the importance of committees, but voiced concern that some projects undertaken had not been formally approved by the Board.
J. SPECIAL REPORTS - GENERAL MANAGER
General Manager Chapman updated the Board on the progress of the audit, noting that he expected the final audit to be ready for the agenda of October 22nd, or November 12th.
He reviewed upcoming agenda items for October 8th, including approval of several capital projects, a policy on the use of restricted funds, and a report from the Fire Department Board Advisory Committee.
General Manager Chapman also provided a report on the progress of the water supply study by T.M. Herman & Associates, and reported that he would be attending a Mendocino County Water Agency meeting concerning availability of bond funds in Ukiah on Monday September 30th.
K. PUBLIC COMMENTS
Director Venturi moved to adjourn and President Skezas declared the meeting of September 24, 2002 closed at 7:52 p.m.
MICHAEL V. CHAPMAN
Secretary to the Board of Directors