GM Pinkerton confirmed his resignation and thanked the Board and the community. As we reported, he will be the General Manager for the Mountain House Community Services District located between Livermore and Tracy, California.
The final item on the agenda is being highlighted first. Mr. Pinkerton requested an additional $25,000 to cover more legal fees to contest the Smith lawsuit for public records and appeal the Court’s decision favoring Mr. Smith. Mr. Pinkerton, without Board approval, has expended $45,600 on legal fees defending IVGID, Chair Wong, and Counsel Guinasso. Given the Judge’s ruling in Mr. Smith’s favor, Mr. Smith has the ability to seek repayment from the District for his legal fees which roughly total $23,000. If this occurs, the District will have already spent nearly $68,600. During this contentious discussion, Chair Wong muted Trustee Callicrate’s microphone. He was teleconferenced into the meeting and could not take corrective action. This resulted in a public outcry from those in attendance. One citizen expressed his desire for Civil Disobedience and protested Chair Wong’s stifling a Trustee. When the citizen refused to be silenced and did not heed her command to be seated, Chair Wong called the Sheriff to remove him. When the meeting resumed, the debate over the additional expenditure of public funds continued with Chair Wong advocating for more legal actions. She also chose to vote in a matter in which she is a defendant. The Board approved in a 3-2 vote to expend more money on legal fees to defend IVGID, Chair Wong, and Counsel Guinasso. Trustees Horan and Morris voted with Chair Wong. Trustees Callicrate and Dent opposed the motion. You can view this on livestream beginning at 3 hours and 29 minutes.
The Finn-Group presented the results of the December 2018 through January 2019 Community Survey and made a few comparisons to the Survey the District conducted in 2016. This survey, which cost the District around $15,000, is attached. 839 parcel owners and tenants were surveyed with about 450 respondents. More full-time residents responded to this survey in comparison with the 2016 survey. Some of the key findings remain consistent with the 2016 results. This includes the desire to have IVGID maintain our existing facilities and amenities and focus on improving the facilities and amenities we already have. The most popular include the Recreation Center, hiking trails, Diamond Peak, The Grille & Chateau, Village Green, the Championship Golf Course and driving range. More respondents were dissatisfied than satisfied with how IVGID informs them on finances, operations, and governing.
Eric Young presented Washoe County’s approach to the Tahoe Area Plan. The Plan includes conservation and recreational elements as well as transportation. The complete document is expected to be released on July 15th. The next step will be to meet and review the plans with TRPA at a public hearing in August.
The Board approved the Consent Calendar items with a 4-1 vote. Trustees Dent, Horan, Morris, and Wong approved the procurement of a snow groomer ($374,500) and a maintenance and improvement agreement with the US Forest Service pertaining to the Incline Flume trail.
The Board approved in a 3-2 vote Resolution 1874 honoring Gene Brockman. Trustees Callicrate and Dent expressed their opposition due to Mr. Brockman’s statements and actions as an officer of the unregistered political action committee TrueBlueFacts during the 2018 campaign season. They also cited the absence of any Board Policy or established criteria for such an award.
The Board had a lengthy discussion related to the costs of the proposed Tennis Center updates. The estimates have grown from roughly $350,000 to $1.3 million and now include 2 bocce ball courts, upgrading/updating the kitchen, restrooms, deck, and improving the layout of the facility. The Board unanimously approved moving forward with the preliminary design, but requested staff look for opportunities to reduce costs.
The Board unanimously approved the format for the July 24th Ordinance 7 Community Forum. The Board also approved the amendment to the solid waste franchise agreement making a change to an improved wildlife resistant cart along with the relevant increase in fees.