Tuesday, June 9, 2020

District 3 Community Council - June 2020

I hope everyone is safe and secure. 

First, I want to thank everyone for their support on Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp. It was incredible how many e-mails and phone calls I received in support of the camp. Amador County Board of Supervisors, Upper Mokelumne River Watershed Authority, East Bay Municipal Utility District, CSAC, RCRC, D3CC and Numerous Amador County Residents urging the Governor to keep the Camp open. We will know in a couple weeks if all our voices were persuasive.

Jeff Brown
D3CC Chairperson
Amador County Supervisor, District 3


June 8, 2020 Newsletter Meeting

Moving Forward During Covid-19

The State of California announced guidance for businesses and sectors of variance-approved counties. The following should review their sector-specific guidance to prepare to re-open with implemented modifications as of June 12, 2020 if COVID-19 remains stable in Amador County.
A Note from Chief Withrow, Cal Fire:
Happy Spring! As we move into June along with enjoying the beautiful weather, we must also prepare for fire season. Living with wildland fires and being prepared for them is something our residents in the Upcountry must accept as a way of life. Not unlike many areas of California, wildland fires are a part of the natural environment in Amador County. However, if we take preventative steps now, we can enjoy the summer and rest a little easier as the hotter and dryer months’ approach and eventually pass.
We have a saying in the fire service: “a failure to plan is a plan to fail”. The first step in being prepared of course involves creating defensible space around your home. In addition to creating defensible space, it is also important that you have a pre-established plan in case of evacuation or if a fire occurs and you are not home. Additional information can be found at readyforwildfire.org.

What has CAL FIRE done to prepare for fire season 2020? Over the past winter months, we have completed a lot of work on our fuel reduction projects, including work on the Shake Ridge Shaded Fuel Break, Roadside Brushing of County Roads, Working closely with the Amador Fire Safe Council on Evacuation Plans, and several other fire prevention projects throughout Amador County. In addition to project work, we are currently conducting defensible space inspections throughout the county as well.
Long term fire season outlook:
The official outlook shows increasing to above average for June. In general, fuels at all elevations will reach critically dry levels about a month earlier than usual, and up to two months earlier than in 2019.
That said, who knows what kind of fire season we will have. When I was a new Firefighter, I asked an old timer what kind of fire season are we going to have? His reply was…. “ask me in December”. One thing I’ve learned over the last 29 fire seasons: California will burn, how often and how severe is yet to be seen. What we do know is it is not if, but when so please take the time now to get prepared.
Wildfire is Coming… Are you ready?
Robert Withrow, Assistant Chief
CAL FIRE AEU - South Division Operations    

 Standard California Statewide Evacuation Terminology – Quick Guide

Evacuation Order – Immediate threat to life. This is a lawful order to leave now. The area is lawfully closed to public access.
Evacuation Warning – Potential threat to life and/or property. Those who require additional time to evacuate, and those with pets and livestock.
Shelter in Place – Go indoors. Shut and lock doors and windows. Prepare to self-sustain until further notice and/or contacted by emergency personnel for additional direction.
Evacuation Order(s) Lifted – The formal announcement of lift evacuation in an area currently under evacuations.
Hard Closure – Closed to all traffic except Fire and Law Enforcement.
Soft Closure – Closed to all traffic except Fire, Law Enforcement and critical Incident resources (i.e. Utility, Caltrans, City/County Roads, etc. or those needed to repair or restore infrastructure).
Resident only Closure – Soft closure with the addition allowance of residents and local government agencies assisting with response and recovery.

                Tuesday’s Board of Supervisor AGENDA, 9 am.

You may also view and participate in the meeting using this link:
https://zoom.us/j/7585736084 The full Agenda is located at https://www.amadorgov.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/6503/304

Update by the Amador County Health Officer, Dr. Rita Kerr, and the Amador County Sheriff, Martin Ryan, on the COVID-19 situation and the progress on the road to reopening Amador County Suggested Action: Direction to staff as desired, if any.

Discussion and possible action regarding an update from staff on Shake Ridge Road Suggested Action: Direction to staff if desired.

Minutes: Review and possible approval of the May 26, 2020 Board of Supervisors Meeting Minutes. Suggested Action: Approval

PUBLIC HEARING: **10:30 A.M.**
General Services Administration: Energy Services – Public Hearing Notice for Facility Financing Contract (Financing Loan Documents with California Energy Commission and PG&E.) Suggested Action: Discussion and possible action to 1) Adopt the Resolution and Findings and; 2) Authorize the CAO to complete and submit all necessary documents for facility financing contracts from the California Energy Commission in an amount up to $3,000,000.00 for solar energy and HVAC replacements and/or PG&E in an amount not to exceed $460,643.00 to implement the energy conservation measures listed on the attached Energy Conservation Findings and Facility Solution for the County.

                       Amador County Public Works                                  
  • Grading Road at Pardoes Road and Little Bear
  • Ditching along Barton Road, Barton Court, Alpine Drive Alpine Court and McKinzie.

                                        Highway Safety

Speeding in local neighborhoods is still a problem. We have more Kids and Adults walking along side roads more than ever right now. Set the pace by simply driving at the neighborhood speed limit during peak speeding times. This forces drivers behind you to travel at your safe, courteous pace. CHP Lt Brown (No Relations) also asks you to take a picture of any unsafe drivers and send it to them. The license plate needs to be readable.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Jul 13th, 2020, hopefully in person.

Please feel free to reach out to me at jeffbrown@amadorgov.org or 209-223-6493. Your opinion and views on how the Supervisors, Amador County Health Officer and Emergency Operations Center are operating is important. If you need to contact me or recommend something, please email me at jeffbrown@amadorgov.org

Thank You and be safe,

Jeff Brown
D3CC Chairperson
Amador County Supervisor, District 3

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