Draft Commission Meeting Minutes for April 7, 2021

Commissioners
Ernie Loveless, Chair
Mark Landman
James Gore
Rich Holmer
Lynda Hopkins
Jean Kapolchok
Pam Stafford

Alternate Commissioners
Steve Herzberg
Rodney Moore

Staff
Mark Bramfitt, Executive Officer
Verne Ball, Legal Counsel
Cynthia Olson, Administrative Analyst
Diana R. Wilson, Clerk

  1. Call to Order by the Chair
  2. The meeting was called to order by Chair Loveless at 2:00 p.m. After roll call, the following voting members were in attendance: Stafford, Landman, Kapolchok, Hopkins, Gore, Loveless, Holmer

  3. Public Comment: The public is invited to address the Commission regarding any item that is not scheduled for discussion as part of this Agenda. No action will be taken by the Commission at this meeting as a result of items presented at this time.
  4. None

  5. Consent Calendar:
    1. Meeting Minutes Feb 3, 2021
    2. Meeting Minutes March 3, 2021
  6. Upon motion and second, approved item as recommended by staff.
    Roll call Vote.
    Ayes: 5 Safford, Landman, Kapolchok, Gore, Loveless,
    Noes: 0
    Abstain: 2 Holmer, Hopkins abstained from item 3.1.

  7. Public Hearings:                                                                                          
    1. FY 2021-22 Proposed Budget

      Staff provided a verbal report on the Fiscal Year 2021-22 Proposed Budget and followed up by answering questions from the Commission.
      The Chair opened the Public Comment period.
      Receiving no comments, the Chair closed the public comment period and brought the item back to the dais.
      Upon motion and second, approved item as recommended by staff.
      Roll call Vote.
      Ayes: 7 Stafford, Landman, Kapolchok, Hopkins, Gore, Loveless, Holmer
      Noes: 0
      Abstain: 0

  8. Regular Calendar
    1. Cloverdale Reorganization 030-012 (Baumgardner Ranch) Involving Annexation to the City of Cloverdale and Detachment from County Service Area 41 (Multi-Services) Environmental Determination: City of Cloverdale Mitigated Negative Declaration

      Commissioner Kapolchok recused herself due to having previous business activity in that area. Alternate Commissioner Herzberg elevated to voting member as Alternate Public Member.
      Staff provided verbal a report on the Cloverdale Reorganization 030-012 (Baumgardner Ranch) item and followed up by answering questions from the Commission.
      The Chair opened the Public Comment period.
      Jake Lingo with Integrated Community Development provided background on the project and answered the question from the Commission regarding the amount of affordable housing. There are at least 94 affordable housing units in the low and very low range.
      The Chair closed the public comment period and brought the item back to the dais.
      Commissioner Herzberg asked if the issue of water availability and distribution was researched. Staff responded that authorities responded that the city is monitoring the issue of water shortages.
      Counsel also answered in regard to the CEQA regulations. He indicated that it is structured so that LAFCO reivews the lead agency’s documents early on in the process.
      Upon motion and second, approved item as recommended by staff.
      Roll call Vote.
      Ayes: 7 Stafford, Landman, Herzberg, Hopkins, Gore, Loveless, Holmer
      Noes: 0
      Abstain: 0

  9. Information/Report Items
    1. Executive Officer’s Report and Legislative Report (Verbal)

    The Executive Officer turned it over to the Chair to report out on the Fire Ad Hoc Committee. He noted that he will agendize an item to open discussion for the May meeting.
    The Chair informed the Commission that Commissioner Gore is replacing Commissioner Hopkins on the Committee.  The Ad Hoc has a meeting scheduled next week with the Rancho Adobe Fire Chief and he will return to the Commission next month with an update.
    The Executive Officer Report provided information about the following items:

    • Special District Election: Ballots went out last week and will be open until May 17, 2021. The Special District Member Alternate election will follow afterward. The Alternate City Member has not yet been finalized.
    • Plans to bring forward possible policy changes regarding Outside Service Area Authorization and Development of Accessory Dwelling Units the Policy Committee in the next few months.
    • South County MSR: Rancho Adobe and four volunteer fire departments, in the works.

    The Legislative Report included the following items

    • Issue from Los Angeles regarding the challenges obtaining a quorum for voting.
    • Letter sent on behalf of the Commission supporting the Omnibus Bill.
    • Mentioned the legal case regarding indemnification agreements being invalid under LAFCO Law. He. Informed the Commission that the indemnification item has been removed from the LAFCO application packet.

  10. General Announcements 
  11. Chair Loveless announced that he will not be running for re-election and he is hoping to wrap up the Fire Ad Hoc Committee before he is replaced in June/July.

  12. Confirm Meetings
    1. Commission Meeting:             May 5, 2021, at 2:00 p.m.

  13. Adjournment

  14. Adjourned at 2:53 p.m.

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