Smith River, CA 95567




Monday, April 30, 2012

3:30 PM

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 regular 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. Items followed with a ** indicate material attached in the agenda packet.

A closed session may be held at some time during the meeting to discuss litigation and/or personnel matters. There is a 90-day statute of limitations relating to decisions rendered after a public hearing of the Board of Supervisors and a 60-day statute of limitations relating to ministerial actions of the Board of Supervisors. NOTE: If you challenge the decision of the Board of Supervisors in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in the notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Board of Supervisors at, or prior to, the public hearing. (Govt. Code 65009). When providing written correspondence to the Board of Supervisors you must provide a copy to the Clerk of the Board for inclusion in the official record.




DEL NORTE COUNTY: Supervisors McClure, Supervisor Sullivan, Supervisor Finigan, Vice-Chair McNamer, Chair Sullivan


CURRY COUNTY: Commissioner Rhodes, Commissioner Waddle, Chair Itzen.


1.     Pledge of Allegiance.

2.     Discussion regarding the potential partnership for regional resource management opportunities and economic and community development.

Action: Supervisor Finigan commented on the ongoing partnership with Curry County. He commented that a discussion should be held regarding what kinds of help Del Norte County can provide to Curry County.

Commissioner Waddle spoke on the idea of broadband.

Supervisor Sullivan stated that the reason for this joint meeting was to get a process started and to get rid of the "invisible line" that exists between Curry and Del Norte County. He stated that he believed HAS199.com to be beneficial to both counties, and commented that the issue of Secure Rural Schools needs to be addressed as a group. He also commented on the idea of having a paid legislative advocate in D.C. to represent both counties.

Commissioner Waddle commented that their budget is in a constant state of flux.

Supervisor McClure stated that Del Norte, Curry, and Coos County need to identify themselves as an economic organization. She also acknowledged that Del Norte County has more in common with Curry County than Humboldt County.

Commissioner Itzen expressed an interest in Del Norte County's efforts regarding coordination.

Supervisor Hemmingsen stated that coordination would be something the counties could work together on. He commented that Bill Renfroe of Tri-Agency Economic Development Authority might be of some assistance regarding this.

Supervisor McNamer stated that this meeting is a good start but also suggested that the group set up regular meetings.

Supervisor Finigan stated that some of the commonalities between Curry County and Del Norte were Pacific Power & Light, Charter Redundancy and the Airport JPA. He suggested that Tri Agency continue its involvement

Commissioner Rhodes suggested adding Coos County to the group. He commented that he would like an agreement to build a committee regarding resource management and economic and community development. He commented that he would like to have quarterly meetings. He suggested that those on the committee be elected officials as well as administrative staff.

Commissioner Itzen agreed that the counties have much in common and stated that the threat of sudden oak death is one of them.

Commissioner Rhodes suggested there be representative from the Tribes as well.

County Administrator, Jay Sarina, recommended that the partnership with Bar-O Ranch be expanded.

Supervisor McClure stated that research should be done by Legal Counsel to work out the mechanics of the committee, what is allowed, and to come up with an organized plan.

Supervisor Sullivan stated that the Board of Supervisors will put this item on the next agenda to vote on the committee.

Supervisor Hemmingsen suggested that the committee start off including all agencies instead of adding others after the fact.

Supervisor Finigan stated that a letter should be put on the next agenda inviting counties and partners to join the committee.

Commissioner Rhodes agreed with this idea, adding that it should notify them of the groups intent with the option of joining.

Bill Renfroe, Director of Tri-Agency Economic Development Authority, stated that the Border Coast JPA Agreement could be looked at as a boilerplate. He spoke on issues such as getting STAA approval for 199 and commented that we need to be planning for upcoming issues.

Supervisor Sullivan suggested that a transitional group be created to figure out what the structure of the combined committee will be.



3.     Hold a discussion regarding Secure Rural Schools, Border Coast Regional Airport, and Visitor Retention.


Jay Sarina commented that he has been in contact with our legislative advocates but believes it is likely that no news will be released until after the election.

Supervisor McClure suggested that an analysis be done on the actual effect of the loss of SRS monies on each county.

Supervisor Hemmingsen asked how the loss of these funds would be replenished.

Supervisor Rhodes stated that they were using capital funding and that if some kind of emergency arose, they would not have the funds to cover it.

Supervisor Sullivan suggested that another joint meeting be held with the inclusion of our Congressman.


Jim Bernard, Airport Director, commented that Skywest was awarded an EAS award for another 2 years.


Bob Berkowitz, Director of the Visitor's Bureau, commented that they are working with the Southern Oregon Visitor's Bureau and stated that they would like to work closer with the Director, Les Cohen to work across the border.

Commissioner Rhodes stated that instead of cultivating the customer, we are fighting for them. He suggested the two counties need to coordinate so that we can share the visitors.

Supervisor McClure stated that the Redwood Park Association is in the process of attempting to move towards institutional visits. She also commented that they promote ecotourism, and would like to see the Visitor's Bureau do the same.

Supervisor Itzen pointed out that they first needed to fix their revenue problem to get more officer's and emergency personnel to be able to keep more visitors safe.

4.     Public Comment: Members of the public may address either Board on matters which are within the jurisdiction of the Boards. Please limit your comments to three minutes or less.

Action: Public Comment was given by Russ Crabtree, Tribal Administrator of Smith River Rancheria.





Jeremi Ruiz, Clerk of the Board

County of Del Norte, State of California Date Posted: April 16, 2014