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.

    ·        Chair James Bogan called the meeting to order and led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. A roll call of members was conducted.

    ·        Present – Ralph Villar (District 1), Frank Aguillon (District 2), Leonard Ortiz (District 3), James Bogan (District 4), Ralph “Norm” Channell (District 5), Abel Quinones (United Veterans Council), Jack Stewart (United Veterans Council).

    Ex officio – Steve Jorgensen (California Department of Veterans Affairs), Eddie Pedrozo (Monterey County Military & Veterans Affairs Advisory Commission), Janet Parks (Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation), Tom Mancini (Ft. Ord Reuse Authority), Bruce Evans (for William Gourley, Ft. Ord Retiree Council), Alec Arago (for Representative Sam Farr), Rito Guerra (for Senator Abel Maldonado),

    ­Excused – Barbara Nelson ( City of Seaside), Colleen Freeman (for Assembly member John Laird)

2.                  Public Comment – None

3.         Approval of minutes of meeting of November 8, 2007 – Motion (Mr. Quinones) and second to accept minutes as distributed.  Motion carried.

4.         Report on FORA Board meeting of November 9, 2007 – Jonathan Garcia (FORA)  reported that the FORA Board approved a loan to pay the cost of the cemetery  development plan contract.  An agreement about the loan will be entered into with the County.   Mr. Mancini reported that a letter from the FORA Chair went out to all the participating land use jurisdictions requesting that they contribute to the funding effort.  

5.         Report on December 7 meeting between County and FORA representatives on development study funding details – Melanie Freitas (Monterey County RMA) reported that the language of an agreement on the loan has been reached between FORA and County representatives.  The agreement is under review by counsel for both agencies and, when approved, will go to both Boards for approval.

 6.       Review of Royston, Hanamoto, Alley and Abey’s (RHAA) Scope of Work – Kristina Richardi (RMA) distributed a chart outlining the activities and a six month timeline that describe the scope of services and described each of the three phases of the development plan.  Mr. Stewart proposed that Phase II, item 2.4 (Analysis to fund the Perpetual Care Endowment Fund) be moved into Phase I.  RMA staff will include this change in the final contract with RHAA.  Concerns were expressed over the annual June 30 deadline for VA State Cemetery grants.  Mr. Jorgensen pointed out that for the State to make that deadline for the grant application, they would have to start the process now.  Mr. Arago  pointed out that that State will not take any action until the funding of the endowment is assured.

7.         Meeting adjourned at 1:40 pm.  Next meeting is January 10, 2008 at a location to be determined.

Respectfully submitted by Richard F. Garza, Secretary, ex officio.