981 H STREET, ROOM 100





City/County Joint Meeting

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

    5:00 P.M

The Board of Supervisors of the County of Del Norte and the governing body of all other special assessment and taxing districts, for which said Board so acts, is now meeting in special session.  Only those items that indicate a specific time will be heard at the assigned time.  All other items may be taken out of sequence to accommodate the public and staff availability. 



Board Action: The meeting was called to order at 5:00 P.M. and roll call was taken by the County and City Clerks.


County:  Supervisor McClure, Supervisor Finigan, Supervisor Sullivan, Vice-Chair Hemmingsen, and Chair McNamer.

City:       Councilwoman Schellong, Councilman Enea, Councilwoman Westfall, Mayor Pro-Tem Murray, Mayor Slert.

1.     Pledge of Allegiance   

Action: Mayor Slert led the Pledge of Allegiance,

2.     Public Comment:  Members of the public may address the Board or Council on matters which are within the jurisdiction of the Board and City Council.  If you are addressing the Board or Council regarding a matter listed on the agenda, you may be asked to hold your comments until the matter is taken up. Please limit your comments to three minutes or less.   

Action: Public Comment was given by Richard Miles regarding tsunami walls.


3.     As requested by the City of Crescent City, discuss and take action to amend the Joint Powers Agreement between the City of Crescent City and the County of Del Norte creating the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority, or approve and authorize the Chair to sign the Third Amendment to the Joint Powers Agreement between the City of Crescent City and the County of Del Norte.   Document




Chair McNamer stated that at the Board of Supervisors meeting held that morning, the Board had taken the following actions:

Supervisor Hemmingsen moved that the Ad-Hoc Committee be disbanded since the City would not be a participant and the Board agreed to follow the direction the City Council had taken in their previous meeting.

Mayor Slert asked Bob Black, City Attorney, to address the questions regarding whether his service on the new JPA Board is a conflict of interest.

Bob Black stated that the Solid Waste Management Authority is an interest of both City and County policy and that the Solid Waste Management Authority is the vehicle that has been chosen to take care of the municipal function of garbage removal and safe disposal of that garbage. He further commented that since the full City Council will be sitting on the Board, it negates a conflict of interest.

Supervisor Finigan commented that they should now act in unison to go forward to look at the makeup and bylaws. He also felt that City and County staff needed to meet with Solid Waste staff.

Councilwoman Murray commented on Amendment #1 and asked whether a clause should be put in to disband sooner than December if necessary.

Councilwoman Westfall commented that the goals stated by the constituents included the following: increasing rates, the termination of stipends, reverse of 5% step, end of the "poison pill", and Ordinances.

Jay Sarina, County Administrative Officer, stated that direction should be made to staff as to what the intended goals are for the next meeting.

Councilwoman Schellong suggested that during the next meeting, the Board and Council should have a discussion about what each individual would like to see happen at each meeting in order to form a cohesive agenda.


Public Comment:

Public Comment was given by Richard Miles regarding presentation of the Board and Council; Ron Plechaty regarding stipends, Ordinances, and rates; Andy Larson regarding stipends, member-at-large, and Ordinances; Mary Wilson regarding increasing rates and the Zero Waste Plan; Connie Morrison, Lorna Livingtree, Roger Gitlan, Eileen Cooper regarding representation; and Paul Dillard.


Supervisors McClure stated that there is a need for a systematic list of what the community is asking for clarification on.

City Manager, Eugene Palazzo, stated that direction was need on the issue of what to bring back to the Board for the first meeting.


On a motion by Supervisor Sullivan and seconded by Supervisor Hemmingsen, the Board took action to amend the Joint Powers Agreement between the City of Crescent City and the County of Del Norte creating the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority, and approved and authorized the Chair to sign the Third Amendment to the Joint Powers Agreement between the City of Crescent City and the County of Del Norte. The motion included the following changes to the Third Amendment:

"Amendments" # 1:  The commencement date is changed from January 1, 2012 to November 10, 2011.

"Amendments: # 6:  The wording of the first sentence is changed to : "Members of the governing board will receive no compensation effective immediately."


Motion:       Move to approve

Move:         Michael Sullivan


Vote Yea:   5        Martha McClure, David Finigan, Gerry Hemmingsen, Michael Sullivan, Leslie McNamer


Councilman Enea moved to accept the proposed changes to the Third Amendment as voted on by the Board of Supervisors. Councilwoman Schellong seconded the motion and it was carried unanimously by the City Council.


Motion:  Move to Approve

Move:    Richard Enea

Second:  Kelly Schellong


Vote Yea:     5      Kathryn Murray, Richard Enea, Kelly Schellong, Donna Westfall, Charles Slert



The Council and Board then opened Public Comment to ask for Public input for discussion topics and suggestions for the upcoming meeting(s)


Public Comment: Upcoming Solid Waste Board meetings:

Public Comment was given by Connie Morrison suggesting more notification/publicity surrounding the meetings and agendas; Ron Plechaty regarding long-term management, privatization; Richard Miles regarding reduction of waste and composting; Mary Wilson regarding increasing rates and the zero waste plan; Bill Lonsdale regarding the issue of representation and the need for current and valid financial and performance audit; Paul Dillard; Andy Larson; and Kevin Hendrick.


End of Public Comment



Board and Council Suggestions:


Supervisor McClure would like to bring back the Zero Waste Plan and look into it further. She commented that she would like to see the process of the election of Chair and Vice-Chair for the new Board under discussion. It was also suggested that each member attend the upcoming Board meeting with yearly calendars to identify an time and meeting place and stressed that each member of the Board needs to be available and attend each meeting.  She asked that Counsel provide clarification on the Brown Act regarding potential "serial meetings". Also, it was asked that the franchise agreements be reviewed by all members. 

Councilwoman Schellong suggested that copies of the current franchise agreement with Recology, current Ordinances, and yearly audits be given to all members for review.

Supervisor Sullivan commented that he would like to see a mid-year budget review at the December meeting.

Mayor Slert commented that he would like to see the community's frustrations addressed and any misinformation cleared up.



The Joint City/County meeting adjourned at 6:38 P.M.






Jeremi Ruiz, Clerk of the Board

County of Del Norte, State of California              Date Posted:  October 28, 2011