THE FORT ORD VETERAN’S
CEMETERY CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Thursday, April 14, 2011
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Marina Library Community Meeting Room
190 Seaside Circle, Marina
James Bogan, Chair called the meeting to order at 1:00 pm.
Present – Ralph Villar (District 1), Frank Aguillon (District 2), Leonard Ortiz (District 3), James Bogan (District 4), Jack Stewart (United Veterans Council), Abel Quinones (United Veterans Council.
Ex officio – Stephen Jorgensen (California Department of Veterans Affairs), , Edith Johnsen (Veterans’ Families), Tom Mancini (Ft. Ord Reuse Authority), Bruce Evans (Ft. Ord Retiree Council), Julian Chacon (representing Representative Sam Farr), Nicole Charles (representing Assembly Member Bill Monning), David Meyerson (representing 15th Senate District Senator Blakesley), Janet Parks (Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation).
Absent –Juan Sanchez (Military & Veterans Affairs Advisory Commission), Bill Nye (District 5),), Representative, (City of Seaside).
II. Public Comment:
III. Approval of March 10, 2011 Minutes:
Villar/Aguillon. Approved with 1 fix to Minutes: Quinones requested to be marked excused absent instead of absent.
IV. Federal Regulations Update: Julian Chacon
Sam Farr sits on the legislative committee with VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and has the commitment of the Secretary for the Cemetery. Mr. Farr is planning to meet with Mr. Frank Silva, VA, on his visit to the area on 4/27 and discuss the cemetery issues with Mr. Silva as Mr. Farr sees them.
V. State Legislation Update: Nicole Charles
Mr. Monning’s office is working on the language/content to be included in the efforts to put FORA in place as the lead agency for the cemetery development efforts.
VI. Endowment Parcel Update: Jerry Hernandez
a. Working on updating the MOU between Seaside and FORA.
b. FORA is to have the lead agency role in the design/development of the cemetery because this will facilitate funding from the State directly to the agency which is responsible for Ft. Ord development.
VII. FORA Grant Update: Jonathan Garcia
a. CDVA comments were received and indicated that the endowment amount has increased to $2 Million.
b. Working on determining how much money/costs will be saved when FOR A takes over the cemetery design/development. Savings estimates are in the 60% range.
c. RHAA Consultants presented more details of the design for the cemetery showing time phased development over the life of the cemetery as well as the idea of utility and character of the cemetery & its buildings.
VIII. Report from CCVC Foundation: Janet Parks/Candace Ingram:
Ms Parks commented that the Foundation has no assets to guarantee repayment of the loan ($800,000) being procured for the cemetery, and that the Foundation is seeking investors.
IX. Fundraising Subcommittee Update: Edith Johnsen
Ms Johnsen discussed a myriad of fund-raising ideas including the use the Artichoke Festival and other like activities to solicit funds, use Memorial Day activities to inform visitors of the cemetery, the sub-committee is in the process of updating the brochure, use the Quilt in fund-raising, and mentioned that the golf tournament is back on at the Black Horse Golf Course.
X. General Comments by Committee members:
a. Mr Quinones stated that the State had $ 48 Million in grants – can CAC access? Mr Jorgensen indicated that these monies were already obligated for this year and therefore not available.
b. Mr Stewart inquired as to the initial cost estimate of building the cemetery; Mr Garcia indicated that estimate to be in the area of $ 26 Million.
c. The City of Seaside needs to appoint a new representative to the CAC since Mr Larson is no longer the representative.
XI. Adjournment: 2:22 pm Next meeting June 9, 2011
XII. Respectfully submitted by Thomas H. Griffin, Secretary, ex officio.