The Morongo Valley Community Services District special budget meeting scheduled for today, May 27, has been cancelled due to lack of a quorum. The meeting has been rescheduled for June 3.
After three consecutive meeting cancellations in April, the Morongo Valley Community Services District board of Directors met last night in a marathon 4-hour phone conference meeting. Among the meeting topics was a presentation of Gary Yearsley’s qualifications as the Morongo Valley fire chief, which residents had been requesting for several months. That list is now on display at the CSD office. Tensions once again elevated as the board readdressed a possible conflict of interest for one of its directors. Reporter Andrew Dieleman tells us what happened…
At last night’s meeting, the Morongo Valley CSD Board of Directors readdressed an accusation that Director Matthew Campos allegedly showing interest in the district’s general manager position was a conflict of interest due to his current elected position. Director Campos again denied the accusation, stated he did not want the general manager position, and refused to recuse himself or resign from the board. After much discussion and inconsistent attorney reports, the board voted 3-2 (Director Campos and Director Johnny Tolbert voting no) to send the conflict of interest to the California Fair Political Practices Commission for review.
The board also revisited and finalized a settlement of $82,425 for Fire Chief Gary Yearsley’s 2.5 years of uncompensated overtime hours as duty officer; voted to keep Covington Park closed, but assess reopening the park during each future board meeting; approved the fire suppression assessment fee resolution for the 2020-2021 fiscal year; approved an agreement that will provide dispatch services from CalFire to assist the Morongo Valley Fire Department; scheduled a special meeting for Wednesday, May 27, at 6 p.m. to review the Districts 2020-2021 fiscal year budget; and awarded the Chuck Osborne Volunteer-of-the-year award to Carl “Buddy” Stogner of the Morongo Valley Sport’s League.
Lastly, the Board adjourned to closed session to conference with labor negotiators, reporting that they were reviewing the memorandum of understanding and would be providing more information at a future meeting. The board tabled an update to a board resolution that would change the process of how board members contact legal counsel, pending further discussion and updates to CSD documents.
The Morongo Valley Community Services District Board of Directors will hold its regular monthly meeting tonight beginning at 6 p.m. After three consecutive meeting cancelations in April, the board has an extensive agenda of topics to cover tonight. Reporter Andrew Dieleman has just some of those topics…
At tonight’s meeting, the Morongo Valley CSD will continue discussions on a possible conflict of interest with board members, revisit discussions on Duty Officer Compensation for Morongo Valley Fire Chief Gary Yearsley, and award the 2019 Chuck Osborne Volunteer-of-the-year award. In new business, the board will discuss the district’s 2020 fire assessment fees and approve an agreement between the Morongo Valley CSD and CalFire. Lastly, the board will adjourn to closed session to discuss pending litigation. The meeting will be held via phone conference.
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The special board meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District Board of Directors, originally scheduled to be held today, April 29, has again been cancelled, making it the third board meeting in a row that has been either cancelled or ended early without any action items being voted on. Reporter Andrew Dieleman has a list of the CSD’s meeting attempts for the month of April…
The Morongo Valley CSD Board of Directors has either cancelled or ended early every board meeting for the month of April. The board was forced to end their regular videoconference meeting on April 15 early when a technical glitch allowed listeners to control their own microphones, causing uncontrollable interruptions. The board moved all agenda items to a special meeting on April 23, which was canceled in just five minutes when it was discovered that the agenda was not posted to the CSD website per the Brown Act. The board is scheduled to hold their next meeting on Wednesday, May 20, beginning at 6 p.m.
The Morongo Valley Community Services District Board of Directors were forced to cancel its special meeting again last night after only five minutes. Reporter Andrew Dieleman tells us what happened…
As soon as all board members for the Morongo Valley CSD had logged into the videoconference, Director Johnny Tolbert brought to the board’s attention that the agenda for the special meeting had not been posted to the district’s website in accordance with the Brown Act. After a brief discussion, the board rescheduled the special meeting for Wednesday, April 29, at 6 p.m. A new videoconference link will be provided by the District at least 24 hours before the meeting begins.