Grass Valley Advisory Board

Meeting Minutes

Monday, February 23rd, 2020

Attending Board MembersBoard members: Sean Burke, Kim Klemish, Tish Barringer and Linda Workman.

  1. Meeting Called to Order: 7:00 PM
  2. Pledge of Allegiance.
  3. The January, 2020 minutes were approved as submitted.
  4. Public Input: Torrie Apperson has it out on Facebook that she has petitions to recall Sisolak if anyone wants to sign one.

Roger complimented the Board. Noticed there was a lot of discussion on litter again. Recommends the County raise the fine for littering to $999. Bryce pointed out that it’s a misdemeanor so they can’t fine more than $1,000. At the Humboldt landfill there’s a sign that says $2,000 fine for littering. The litter is getting worse and the Californians are moving in and taking over. Sean asked Deputy Rogers if he knew anything about that. Deputy Rogers stated that the road department is working on new signs, working on the wording.

Bonnie Perrina came to the meeting because she’s been making her property payments to Jake VanDiest and they haven’t received a statement for January or February and wanted to know if Jake was doing the same thing to everyone else. Asked what’s up with this and is there anything that can be done about it. Don Stripe stated he has not received a water bill since last October. Linda said Jake apologized on Facebook and has been trying to get caught up. Kim suggested calling the Public Utility Commission as they govern the Dutchman Water Company. Sean said he’d mention it to Bryce just so he’s aware of it.

  1. Current upcoming Events –Recap events for 2020. We had a conflict with the previous date for the Candidate’s Night, so we moved it to September 26th. We have four major events planned. Saturday, April 25th, a health fair put on by Pershing General Hospital, starting at 9:00 a.m. Next, there will be a Town Hall Meeting, June 27th, a joint meeting between the Advisory Board and the County Commissioners, starting at 10:00. Lunch, served by the Fire department, will follow. September 26th, Candidate’s afternoon. Last event of the year, Turkey Bingo, November 20th. Commissioner McDougal asked if the above dates would be in lieu of the regular Monday night meeting. Sean asked to put the issue on the agenda for the next meeting to clarify.
  2. Update from Paul Schlehr from discussion at the last County Commissioner meeting: Paul was unable to attend tonight’s meeting due to a previously scheduled appointment in Reno.
  3. Update from County Commissioner:  Commissioner McDougal was unable to attend the last commissioner meeting due to being at home sick in bed. Had nothing specific to report. Sean attended, but there wasn’t a significant amount of information that affected Grass Valley. There was some discussion about the new diesel fuel tax. Torrie asked if there has been anything new with the zip code. Commissioner McDougal said it would take an act of Congress, but Commissioner Shank is working on it. Commissioner McDougal announced that he will not be running in the next term when his term expires at the end of this year. He strongly encouraged anyone who was interested in running for his seat.
  4. Sheriff’s Office – Report & update: Sherriff Allen was not present. Deputy Rogers advised that Deputy Nicholson had been writing tickets in the valley and people seemed to be slowing down. Mentioned arson of a vehicle up in the canyon. They are getting closer to finding out who did it. Cletus asked about the Sheriff having the honor camp come out and clean up the roads. Deputy Rogers said they’d been talking about getting a reserve and some of the inmates out to get started on that project. Sean mentioned that with the new cattle free zone fence being completed there have been instances of people leaving the gates open. Troy Genzel (sp?), recently moved into the area. Lives on Mason Rd., not a county maintained road, asked if they would clean along that area as well. Discussion followed then Sean explained that road clean-up efforts have traditionally been focused on Grass Valley between the cattle guard and the transfer station because that is where a lot of the trash is coming from.
  5. Sean gave the update for the Fire Department– They’ve had a fairly busy year this year. So far, they have had 8 or 9 calls. One was a car fire. Sean provided a handout and discussion on the dangers of burning cars and toxic fumes. Troy asked Sean if there are programs for teaching us how to handle such a situation. There are, but currently not in this county. Sean put in a plug for joining the fire department.
  6. Guest Speaker – Christie Scilacci w/Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS): Programs at NRCS help farmers, ranchers, agricultural producers to address any resource concerns they have on their properties, it could be any soil, water, air, plants, animals; for instance irrigation systems that are passed their lifespan that need upgraded. You can go in and fill out an application. They do a cost-sharing program. They have a couple different programs. They can put in livestock pipelines, water troughs, and solar pumps. Cletus asked about noxious weeds, Christie said they can come out and help with that. Sean asked what they would do about the weeds. They call it herbaceous weed control. You have to meet all the qualifications for their programs. Brought some fact sheets and applications.
  7. Public Input – Judy Poche talked about the Mormon crickets and the meeting she went to in Humboldt County. Jeff Knight, state entomologist. Need to call him when we find crickets. They are going to do some spraying and baiting, but not on private property. Commissioner McDougal said he would contact Jim French to find out what the commissioners in Humboldt County are doing.

Deputy Rogers trying to set up a domestic violence program where people can come to the community center and get information.

  1. Sean reiterated the importance of displaying your house numbers. Street address in Grass Valley are not sequential and they are not given any names when they are dispatched to an address so they don’t know to whose house they are going. The meeting adjourned at 7:59 p.m.

Submitted by:

Tish Barringer