MINUTES OF THE FORT ORD VETERANS’
CEMETERY CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Marina Library Community Meeting Room
190 Seaside Circle, Marina
I. Call to Order
Meeting called to order by Chair at 1:00 PM.
Present –Jack Stewart (Chair), Ralph Villar (Vice Chair & District 1), Frank Aguillon (District 2), Leonard Ortiz (District 3), Ralph Sirtak (District 4), Bill Nye (District 5), James Bogan (United Veterans Council).
Ex officio –Tim O’Halloran (City of Seaside), Edith Johnsen (Veterans’ Families), Candace Ingram (Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation), Bruce Evans (Ft. Ord Retiree Council), Tom Mancini (Ft. Ord Reuse Authority), Hans Poschman (Representing 15th Senate District, Senator Sam Blakeslee), Nicole Charles (Representing Assemblymember Bill Monning), Thomas Griffin (Secretary, Monterey County VSO), Michael McFadden (Recorder, VSO Staff).
Absent – Juan Sanchez (MVAAC), Stephen Jorgensen (CDVA), Janet Parks (Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation), Julian Chacon (Representing Congressman Sam Farr).
II. Approval of November 10, 2011 Minutes: On Motion by Mr. Nye, seconded by Mr. Aguillon, the minutes were unanimously approved.
III. CAC Chairman Activity Report: The Chair attended the following events: Golf Tournament fundraiser November 12; Seaside City Council Meeting regarding Monterey Downs on November 17, where the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was approved; United Veterans Council (UVC) meeting regarding an update on the Cemetery development activities November 29; League of Women Voters meeting at Oldemeyer Center in Seaside for a discussion as to the future of Ft. Ord Reuse Authority (FOR A); Steering Committee meeting of CAC on December 8, where it was confirmed that approximately $1.5 million is needed for the Cemetery to move forward.
The Chair recommended that the Cemetery Foundation apply for a grant that would enable retention of the services of a professional fundraiser. The Chair reminded those present that the CAC is an “advisory” committee to the Board of Supervisors. The Chair introduced Mr. Ralph Sirtak, new appointee to the CAC, from District 4.
IV. Public Comments (Limited to 3 minutes each): None.
V. Update on pertinent Federal legislative activities: Julian Chacon absent. Abel Quinones reported that there was an increase in the burial allowance effective October, 2011.
VI. Update on pending state legislation: Nicole Charles. The state legislature is out of session until January, 2012. They are exploring legislation to extend FOR A.
VII. Update on Endowment Parcel (EP) Matters: Jim Cook (Monterey County) /Tim O’Halloran (City of Seaside). On November 17 the Seaside City Council approved the MOU that allows Seaside to be the lead on the EIR for Monterey Downs. Monterey Downs is waiting on the RFP.
VIII. FORA Update: Jonathan Garcia absent. It was reported that FORA is looking at ways to reduce costs. There will be a FOR A meeting on December 16 at 3:30 PM at Carpenter’s Hall.
IX. Report from Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation: Janet Parks / Candace Ingram. Candace Ingram reported that the Foundation Board is having a planning session in January to discuss fundraising. They are putting together a plan to achieve the $1.5 million needed by August 20, 2012. The Heroes Open Benefit Golf Tournament was successful but did not yield a substantial profit.
X. Update from Fundraising Liaison Subcommittee: Edith Johnsen: Reported a $4,500 profit from the tournament. She requested that CAC members submit fundraising ideas to the Foundation in time for the January 6 fundraising meeting, to be held from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, at the VTC.
XI. Additional Items: (1) Questions about the deed transfer and additional Ft. Ord clean-up will be addressed at next meeting. (2) Frank Aguilon told CAC that he knows business people who would like a letter from the Cemetery Foundation stating how they could help. (3) Election of officers will be first item of business for next meeting. (4) Ralph Villar urged CAC members to write letters in support of FOR A’s extension.
XII. Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 2:00 PM.
Respectfully submitted: Thomas H. Griffin, Secretary, Ex-officio