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Willow Creek Fire Safe Council
Meeting  Minutes

Willow Creek Fire Safe Council

Regular Meeting of Board of Directors

March 5, 2009


Call to Order: President Joe O’Hara called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. at the ranch room behind the USFS Lower Trinity Ranger Station. Attendees introduced themselves.

Attendance: Quorum present

Board members present: Joe O’Hara, Barbara Darst, Laurel Reimann, Susan Abbott,

Paul Abbott, John Amos, John Johnston

Others present: 6 Rivers NF Lower Trinity District Ranger Bill Rice, Dillon Lewis, Andrew Spain, Carla Ellis, Greg Berry, Pat O’Hara, Joy Brunner, Guy Conversano, Andy Sadie, Bill Lewinson, Joe Ambrose

Minutes: Minutes of the February 5, 2009 regular meeting of the board of directors were distributed to board members prior to this meeting. It was moved (Barbara Darst) and seconded (John Johnston) to approve the minutes as written. Motion carried.

President’s Report:

Joe O’Hara announced that the WCFSC has received a determination letter from the IRS certifying that we are exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code as a public charity, retroactive to our date of incorporation, June 11, 2008. We also received correspondence from the IRS verifying that the EIN for the Willow Creek Fire Safe Council is 26-3766157. Barbara Darst requested the minutes reflect gratitude to Susan Abbott for her efforts in these matters.

Joe read an invitation from the 6 Rivers National Forest to attend a social mixer to meet the Regional Forester Randy Moore, March 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Red Lion Inn in Eureka. Let Joe know if you want to attend.

Joe has information about Firewise, a program similar to Fire Safe Councils, which is being adopted nation-wide. Meeting Firewise criteria will be a requirement for many government grants in the future. Fire safe resource material is available from Firewise.

Treasurer’s Report:

Laurel Reimann distributed the Annual Report for 2008, as required in our bylaws. Motion (Barbara Darst) and second (John Johnston) to approve the Annual Report. Motion carried. A copy of the Annual Report is filed with the minutes.

Laurel distributed a balance sheet as of March 5, 2009. Motion (Barbara Darst) and second (John Johnston) to accept the report as presented. Motion carried. A copy is attached to the minutes.

We have received a bill for $500 from Davey Tree Surgery for the October 2008 Neighborhood Chipper Day event. Motion (Barbara Darst) and second (John Johnston) to pay this bill. Motion carried.

Secretary’s Report:

Susan Abbott requested input on how to notify members of membership renewal, since many members have not yet paid their 2009 dues. The consensus is that the letter to members announcing the April membership/community meeting include 30 day notice to pay 2009 dues. Paul Abbott moved and Barbara Darst seconded a motion that the 30 day notice of dues delinquency for 2010 be mailed in early January. Motion carried.

Susan reported she has submitted our application for sellers permit to the State Board of Equalization. No response yet.

Notice of WCFSC meetings &/or events has been entered in the on-line calendars of the WC Community Service District, the WC Chamber of Commerce and the NorthCoast Journal and in the Community Calendar column of the Two Rivers Tribune.

Committee Reports

Clearinghouse Grant - Barbara Darst has submitted the Willow Creek Fuel Reduction and Community Wildfire Protection Plan grant application. She distributed copies of the final draft. There was discussion of using SWAP and the Hoopa CCC to do some of the brush clearing. Bill Rice spoke of the Waterman Ridge WUI project and displayed the Waterman West Stand Exams map.

Fire Safe Day Fair & Kids Ecology Day - Chairman Pat O’Hara reported the next committee meeting will be March 18. She distributed samples of the poster contest rules and the vendor/concession registration form. Carla Ellis said she will order Firewise educational material. Barbara Darst said she may apply for a grant from the Humboldt Area Foundation to pay for poster contest prizes and ribbons. There was discussion about help from the Forest Service to pay the fee to use Veterans Park and to provide a generator for the event, but no decision was made. This year is the 10th anniversary of the Megram Fire, which could be a theme for the event.

Youth Fishing Derby - Chairman Barbara Darst distributed copies of minutes of the March 4 committee meeting. June 13 is the date for the Fishing Derby.

Adopt-A-Highway - Pat O’Hara reported several FSC members attended the CalTrans safety training on Feb 24. She has a safety DVD for viewing by those who would like to participate in cleanup of our section of Hwy 96.

Unfinished Business

PG&E Grant - Laurel Reimann said the website is open and ready for grant submission.

Arbor Day - Laurel Reimann reported trees will be planted at the Willow Creek Head Start on March 12 and at Veterans’ Park on March 13. FSC members are invited to help.

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner & Dance - Guy Conversano said he and Andy Sadie have sold tickets at the Willow Creek post office. To date 67 dinner tickets and 6 dance tickets have been sold, including a few that were sold at Willow Creek Ace Hardware. John Amos said he has purchased an ad in next week’s Two Rivers Tribune. Barbara Darst reviewed the event checklist. The O’Haras and Susan Abbott picked cabbage at Tom O’Gorman’s farm. Humboldt Co. Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Berry said he will arrange a drive-by the night of March 14.

Membership Meeting April 2 - Following discussion it was moved (Barbara Darst) and seconded (Paul Abbott) to hold the membership/community meeting on Saturday, April 4 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at either the VFW hall or the Willow Creek Community Service District office and that Bill Rice (USFS) and Mark Rodgers (CAL FIRE) be invited speakers. Motion carried.

New Business

Request from the Community - Bill Lewinson and Joe Ambrose asked if the FSC could help clear brush on their Friday Ridge Road property. They are unable to do it without help. When the June 2003 wildfire threatened their home, they were advised their home is not defensible because the flammable brush below their house is a safety hazard for firefighters. Their request was noted.

. Mission Statement - Tabled due to lack of time.

Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 9:42 p.m.

Susan Abbott, Secretary