MEMBERS PRESENT: Frank Betlejewski, Jo Anne Eggers, Stephen Jensen
(Chair), Anthony Kerwin, Bill Robertson, Diane White
Members Absent: Richard Brock
Staff Present: Chris Chambers, Nancy Slocum, Keith Woodley
Non-Voting Members Present: Marty Main
I. CALL TO ORDER: Chair Jensen called the meeting to order at 5:05 PM in the Siskiyou Room.
II. OLD BUSINESS
A. Final Review and Vote on the Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) - Jensen suggested approving the CWPP without Chapter 8 (Ashland Fire Resiliency Community Alternative). Chapter 8 would not be finished until next week, but a draft with an explanation could be included in the City Council packet.
Chambers explained the changes to the CWPP from the last draft. He incorporated the new Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) definition with an associated map into Chapter 1. The third paragraph included Eggers suggested rider. The commission made minor changes.
Councilor Cate Hartzell submitted recommendation on post-fire response and practices. Jensen, Robertson and White thought the submittal needed extensive discussion and because of the time limitation it should therefore be included in the Appendix as a public comment. Commission agreed to add Post-Fire Management as a section in Chapter 7 and add it as an Action Item in Chapter 10.
Commission voted to extend the meeting until 6:15 PM.
The commission discussed White's concerns about the latest Chapter 8 draft going to the City Council as it was. Jensen suggested adding a note saying that it is a work in progress with final recommendation due September 21st.
Robertson wanted to see the final Chapter 8 document Monday morning in order to review it before approval. Cindy Deacon-Williams wanted to see the deadline extended to October 1st. Betlejewski, Jensen and Robertson would like to see the timeline stay as is. Darren Borgias was concerned that if the deadline was extended some of the Tech Group's intent could be lost. Deacon-Williams would be unavailable to review the document Monday. She said Headwaters could not support Chapter 8 in its current form and would instead support the Forest Service proposal.
Robertson/Kerwin m/s to follow the established timeline with Monday, September 20th as the deadline for the final version of Chapter 8 and a Tuesday morning Forest Commission vote. Motion passed 5 to 1.
Deacon-Williams wondered what would happen if the Commission voted against the final version of Chapter 8. Jensen replied that the Forest Commission had the option of setting another meeting before October 1st or noting the diversity of opinions on some issues within the document. Either way, written comments would be taken until the last week of September and incorporated into the appendix.
III. REVIEW AND SET COMMISSION CALENDAR / NEXT MEETING
A single purpose meeting was scheduled for next Tuesday, September 21stat 5:00 PM. The next regularly scheduled meeting is Wednesday, October 13, 2004.
IV. ADJOURN 6:21 PM
Stephen Jensen, Chair
Nancy Slocum, Clerk