BEAR VALLEY RESIDENTS INC.
Meeting Minutes for October 18, 2008
County Services Building
Brian Neth presiding
Board Members Attending: Brian Neth (phone), Ron Murphy, Dave Morley, Randy Mancini, Mitzi Nelson, Gordon Ritter, Ron Rossi (phone), Paul Petersen (phone), Sue Garratt (phone), Eric Jung
Guests: John Dralla, Gloria, Dralla, Mike Denicola, Deputy Rick Stephens, Stu Farwell, Supervisor Terry Woodrow, Jerry Nelson
President Neth turned over the meeting to Dave Morley, head of the committee on the Environmental Impact Report. Morley said the main purpose of the meeting was to decide what comments if any the Board wanted to submit on BVRI letterhead to Alpine County regarding the draft EIR.
Parking: Jung move that BVRI's position be that there should be no net loss of parking space at any stage of the development. Nelson 2nd; unanimous.
Employee Housing: Jung move that BVRI's position be that the position of the employee housing building as shown in the EIR should be reconsidered, to find a site that would not compromise a homeowner loading zone and snowmobile parking near the south entrance to parking lot C. Ritter 2nd; unanimous.
Parking Plan: Jung move that BVRI's position be that a more specific parking plan be incorporated in the final EIR, to include a more aggressive plowing method for existing pavement as a component; and including a fiscal analysis of the effect of increased property taxes from new development on the County Service Area #1's plowing budget. Morley 2nd; unanimous.
Common Areas: It was noted that the common areas are owned by the county and not subject to the CC&R's or the authority of BVRI. It was also noted that recreational uses including skiing are defined as allowable uses of the common areas in the Bear Valley Master Plan.
Bus Stop: Jung move that BVRI's position be that the final EIR should identify the location of the ski shuttle bus stop at all stages of development. Morley 2nd; unanimous.
Snowmobile Parking: Jung move that BVRI's position be that there should be no deterioration of the snowmobile parking/loading situation and the car/snowmobile interface locations as a result of new development; that the responsibility for solving these issues falls on both the county and the developer; that therefore the county staff and the developer should meet and develop specific proposals for incorporation in the final EIR, including a proposed apportionment of costs of implementing solutions. Ritter 2nd; unanimous.
Law Enforcement: Ritter move that BVRI's position be that we disagree with the statement in the draft EIR that there will be no significant impact on law enforcement; that one of Bear Valley's three Safety Officer positions is funded by an assessment which is subject to periodic elections and could be defunded by the community; and that the final EIR include a mechanism for the developer to participate in a fair share of the cost of additional law enforcement. Murphy 2nd; unanimous.
Rental Housing: Morley move that BVRI's position be that we disagree with the statement in the draft EIR that "rental housing is abundant", when in fact the scarcity of rental housing has long been a serious problem for employers and employees. Nelson 2nd; unanimous.
Project Completion: Ritter move that BVRI's position be a requirement for adequate completion bonds on all phases of the project to be included in the final EIR, to protect the esthetics and the environment of Bear Valley; and that each phase of the project be fully self-contained (no "bridges to nowhere"). Morley 2nd; unanimous.
Bear Lake: Ritter move that BVRI's position be that the water level in Bear Lake be maintained at historic levels, to protect recreational uses of the beaches and the lake. Jung 2nd; unanimous.
Work Schedule: Gloria Dralla asked the Board to consider a position prohibiting construction on Saturdays. No motion was made.
Sheriff's Report: Deputy Stephens reported that Jeff Sanford no longer works for the Sheriff's Office. He moved the position from the fire assessment-related Public Safety Officer position to the General Fund position. Both the General Fund and the CSA's fire assessment fund are saving money until the position is refilled.
E-Mail Voting: Morley moved to amend the bylaws to allow conducting business electronically, as by e-mail or fax voting. Petersen 2nd; unanimous. The Board to bring back appropriate wording for incorporation into the bylaws.
Next Meeting: November 22, 4pm, County Services Building
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