MINUTES OF THE FORT ORD VETERANS CEMETERY CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Thursday, September 13, 2012

1:00 PM

The Carpenters’ Hall

910 2nd Avenue, Marina, California

I.         Call to Order

The meeting called to order by the Chair at 1:00 PM.

The Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll call was conducted (Griffin) - quorum was present.   

Roll Call:

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

Ex officio –Scott Ottmar for Tim O’Halloran (City of Seaside), Edith Johnsen (Veterans’ Families), Janet Parks and Candace Ingram (Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation), Tom Mancini (Ft. Ord Reuse Authority), Tom Griffin (Secretary, Monterey County VSO), Wes Morrill (VSO Staff), Michael McFadden (Recorder, VSO Staff) 

Absent/Excused: Frank Aguillon (District 2), Steve Jorgensen (Ex Officio), Sam Farr representative (Julian Chacon resigned/awaiting new appointment), Hans Poschman (State Sen. Blakesley rep.), Nicole Charles (Assy Mbr Monning rep.).

II.         Approval of August 9, 2012  Minutes:  The minutes from the August 9, 2012 meeting were unanimously approved (Villar/Nye).

III.         CAC Chairman Activity Report :  AB 1842 is on the Governor’s desk  awaiting action.  $200,000 has been raised to date for the Veterans Cemetery. The November 10th UVC-hosted golf tournament is approaching.  The Seaside City Council voted unanimously to request FORA specifically designate the Veterans Cemetery parcel on its maps and document it as a “cemetery”.

IV.         Public Comments  (Limited to 3 minutes each):  Beth Palmer with Monterey Downs stated she believes that some individuals are trying to separate Monterey Downs from the Veterans Cemetery and feels the “Keep Fort Ord Wild” movement and others are trying to stop the Cemetery.

V.         Update on pertinent Federal legislative activities:  None.

VI.         Update on pending state legislation:  None.

VII.         Update on Endowment Parcel (EP) Matters: Scott Ottmar reported for Tim O’Halloran that the EIR draft should be available by early 2013.

VIII.         FORA Update: Mr. Garcia distributed copies of the FORA Board Meeting agenda for Friday, September 14, 2012, for review. The FORA Steering Committee meeting was held September 13, 2012. A motion (Stewart/Nye) that there be a joint meeting of all necessary parties to resolve the financial issues relating to the Veterans Cemetery was unanimously approved. A motion (Stewart/Ortiz) to have CAC request through the Chair, that the Monterey County Board of Supervisors confirm the current site of the Veterans Cemetery and continue the process/stay the course, as in the past, was unanimously approved.

IX.         Report from Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation:  Ms. Parks reported receiving calls stating there were individuals willing to purchase the Endowment Parcel for purposes other than the current zoning.

X.         Update from Fundraising Liaison Subcommittee: Ms. Johnsen and others reported the brochure has been updated for the golf tournament on November 10. A fundraising letter is also being prepared to be distributed. The golf balls for the tournament have been received. Items have been donated to be auctioned.  Dan Presser has prepared a radio advertisement that is being aired. Corporate sponsorships have been received and the Fundraising Subcommittee is actively working to obtain more.

XI.         Adjournment:  Meeting adjourned at 2:00 P.M. Next meeting will be on October 11, 2012.

 

Respectfully submitted:

Michael McFadden, for

Thomas Griffin, Secretary,

Monterey County VSO