MINUTES OF THE FORT ORD VETERAN’S CEMETERY CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Agricultural Center Conference Room
Agricultural Commissioners Office
1432 Abbott Street, Salinas
Thursday, October 11, 2007
1:00 PM– 3:00 PM

  1. Vice-chairman Jack Stewart called the meeting to order and led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. A roll call of members was conducted.
     
  2. Public Comment – None
     
  3. Approval of minutes of meetings of September 13, 2007 – Motion (Mr. Quinones) and second to accept minutes as distributed. Motion carried.
     
  4. Report on FORA Administrative Committee meeting of October 3, 2007 (Mr. Stewart): Meeting was cancelled and rescheduled to October 17, 2007. Request for FORA participation in funding the cemetery development plan will be on the 10/17 agenda.
    Discussion: (Mr. Cook) FORA Board considering limited financial participation in funding development plan. Interested parties need to attend 10/17 meeting. (Mr. Stewart): Concerned that jurisdictions are each waiting for the other to act. The $191,000 is needed for the study now. Perhaps approach to FORA and others could be to consider funding for the study as a loan to be paid from whatever funding mechanism comes out of the development plan.
    Motion (Mr. Quinones) and second that the CAC express explicit support of funding of development study either by contribution, or possibly a loan, from agencies of jurisdiction. Motion carried. (Mr. Channell opposed). (Mr. Cook): Should CAC approach elected officials on FORA Board seeking support for funding of development plan? (Mr. Guerra): Most definitely. (Mr. Stewart): Members of the Federal, State and County Government Liaison Subcommittee to meet with elected officials.
     
  5. Report on visit on September 21, 2007 to proposed cemetery site by USDVA Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs, William Tuerk (Ms. Freeman and Mr. Stewart for Mr. Arago): Under Secretary Tuerk expressed his commitment to development of a State Veterans’ Cemetery on the proposed site. He will look into the possibility of some local development costs being reimbursed in the State Cemetery Grant. (Mr. Jorgenson): A letter has been sent to the California Department of Veterans Affairs asking if any local development plan costs are reimbursable. No response has been received. A letter from the CAC to CDVA asking the same question might get a more timely response. (Mr. Aguillon): The CAC needs more advance notice and publicity regarding events like Under Secretary Tuerk’s visit.
     
  6. A proposal from Garden of Memories Memorial Park, Salinas, to purchase 40 acres of the proposed cemetery site for$3.4 million was received and referred to the Staff Working Group. Mr. Stewart directed Mr. Garza to copy and distribute the proposal to the CAC members by mail.
     
  7. Meeting adjourned at 2:00 pm.

Next meeting November 8, 2007, Health Department Conference Room, 1200 Aguajito Road, Monterey, 1:00 – 3:00 pm.