MINUTES OF THE FORT ORD VETERANS CEMETERY CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Thursday, July 11, 2013

1:00 PM

The Carpenters’ Hall

910 2nd Avenue, Marina, CA

I. Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by the Chair at 1:00 P.M. 

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by the Chair. 

Roll call was conducted. (Wes Morrill) – Quorum was present.

Roll Call:

Members:

James Bogan, Chair, United Veterans Council.  Ralph Villar, BOS District 1.  Lionardo Ortiz, BOS District 3.  Ralph Sirtak, BOS District 4.  Jack Stewart, Vice Chair, United Veterans Council. 

Ex officio:

Sid Williams, Monterey County Military & Veterans’ Affairs Advisory Commission. Sonja Arndt (Congressman Sam Farr).   Erica Parker (Assemblymember Mark Stone).  Stephen Jorgensen, CDVA.    Edith Johnsen, Veterans’ Families/Fundraising.  Tom Mancini, Ft. Ord Reuse Authority.  Wes Morrill, Monterey County Interim VSO.  Michael McFadden, Recorder

VSO Staff.

Absent/Excused:

Rick Martin, BOS District 2.  Bill Nye, BOS District 5.  Nicole Charles (State Senator

Bill Monning).  Tim O’Halloran, City of Seaside.  Rich Garza, Central Coast Veterans

Cemetery Foundation.

II. Approval of June 13, 2013 Minutes:

The minutes of June 13, 2013 were unanimously approved (Stewart/Villar).

III. A.  CAC Chairman Activity Report: 

Both petitions regarding development of parcels on Ft. Ord will be on the November 2013 ballot. 

IV. Public Comments (Limited to 3 minutes each):

Mr. Steve Bloomer spoke about a FORA meeting and about Inter-Garrison Road opening.

V. Update on pertinent Federal legislative activities:

Sonja Arndt, representing Congressman Sam Farr, reported the final pre-application for the Veterans Cemetery is awaiting approval.  The budget set forth by CDVA (California Department of Veterans Affairs) to the USDVA(United States Department of Veterans Affairs) for Phase #1 was $ 9.7 million. Presently about $7.2 million would be funded by USDVA leaving an unfunded gap of approximately $2.5 million.  However, negotiations continue and the above numbers are subject to change.  It was noted all work on the application to USDVA must be complete by August 15, 2013 to secure USDVA funding in Fiscal Year 2013-14. 

VI. Update on pending State Senate Legislation

No report.

VII. Update on State Assembly Legislation:

Erica Parker, representing Assemblymember Mark Stone, commented on the passage of AB 106 that clarifies certain items relative to funding and reimbursement of monies to donors should the cemetery project not move forward.

VIII. Update on Endowment Parcel/Seaside Matters:

No report.

IX. Update from FORA:

Jonathan Garcia reviewed the FORA Board agenda for the FORA Board meeting scheduled for Friday, July 12, 2:00 P.M.

X.  Report from Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation:

No report. 

XI. Update: Fundraising Liaison Subcommittee:

Edith Johnsen reported that the Heroes Open Golf Tournament fundraising committee met on June 20, and that the letters and brochures for fundraising have been completed.  The next meeting will be on July 25.

New Business: CAC Revised By-Laws – Action Item

Mr. Morrill reported the matter of the Board of Supervisors becoming the “successor agency” is under review by County Counsel.  He recommended a decision on the revised by-laws be continued pending the “successor agency’ matter becoming clarified as it relates to language in the proposed revised by-laws.  The Committee concurred.

The meeting was adjourned 1:30 P.M.  The next meeting will be August 8, 2013. 

Respectfully submitted,

Michael M. McFadden

VSO Recorder, for

Wes Morrill

Monterey County Interim VSO