MINUTES OF THE FORT ORD VETERANS CEMETERY CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Thursday, July 12, 2012

1:00 PM

Carpenters’ Hall

910 2nd Avenue, Marina, California

 

I.         Call to Order

The meeting called to order by the Chair at 1:15 PM. 

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mr. Stewart.

Roll call was conducted by Mr. Morrill who announced a quorum was present.      

Roll Call:

Present – James Bogan (Chair), Ralph Villar (District 1), Leonard Ortiz (District 3), Ralph Sirtak (District 4), Bill Nye (District 5), Jack Stewart (United Veterans Council). 

Ex officio –Stephen Jorgensen (California Department of Veterans Affairs), Edith Johnsen (Veterans’ Families), Janet Parks and Candace Ingram (Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation), Tom Mancini (Ft. Ord Reuse Authority), Julian Chacon (Representing Congressman Sam Farr), Wes Morrill (VSO Staff), Michael McFadden (Recorder, VSO Staff).

Pursuant to Section 54954.2 of the California Code; Upon determination by a two-thirds vote of the members of the CAC present at today’s meeting, or, if less than two-thirds of the members are present, a unanimous vote of those present, resolve there is a need to take immediate action and the need for action came to the attention of the CAC subsequent to the Agenda being posted as specified in subdivision (a) of Section 54954.2, the following item is added to the Agenda for today’s meeting.

Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Location

On motion of Mr. Stewart and second of Mr. Nye, it was unanimously agreed to add Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Location” to today’s Agenda.

II.             Approval of May 10, 2012 & June 14, 2012 Minutes:  The minutes of May 10, 2012 were approved with the exception of item VII, which will be presented for approval at the August meeting. The minutes from June 14, 2012 were approved, with the addition of Mr. Villar in attendance.

III.        CAC Chairman Activity Report

No report.

IV.          Public Comments  (Limited to 3 minutes each):  None.

V.           Update on pertinent Federal legislative activities:  Mr. Chacon updated the Committee on Congressman Farr’s concept for an “Arlington West” cemetery. Congressman Farr has brought forward this concept to the Veterans Affairs Committee for exploration.

VI.          Update on pending state legislation:  No report.

VII.         Update on Endowment Parcel (EP) Matters: No report

VIII.        FORA Update: Mr. Garcia distributed copies of FORA agenda for July 13, 2012 meeting. It was also reported AB 1482 and AB 1614 appear to remain on the Senate Floor for final votes after the July recess.  Mr. Jorgensen and Mr. Garcia reported on an updated budget for the cemetery project noting certain changes were made that do not accurately describe the actual costs but assume a lag in reimbursement from the VA to the State for burial fees which at this time extend over two years.  Congressman Farr will be working to resolve the payment lag issue that will result in a more accurate projection of actual revenue and cost figures.

IX.          Report from Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation:  Ms. Parks reported she had attended meetings recently and would report further at a later date.

X.           Update from Fundraising Liaison Subcommittee. Ms. Johnson notified CAC that the Fundraising Liaison Subcommittee would meet next on Monday, July 16, at 2:30 P.M., at FOR A.

XI.          Cemetery Location:  On motion of Mr. Stewart, and second Mr. Nye, it was unanimously approved that the Seaside City Council and County Board of Supervisors be requested to re-affirm the agreed upon location of the Veterans Cemetery.

 

Respectfully submitted:

Wes Morrill, for

Thomas Griffin, Secretary, Monterey County VSO