Minutes Packet Return
Minutes of Regular Board Meeting
June 24, 2020
 

 


A regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Desert Recreation District was called to order by President Acosta at the Indio Community Center, 45-871 Clinton Street, Indio, California.

Pursuant to Executive Orders N-25-20, N-29-20, N-33-20, and N-35-20 executed by the Governor of California in response to the state of emergency relating to novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) enabled teleconferencing accommodations to the public by suspending or waiving specified provisions of the Ralph M. Brown Act (Government Code § 54950 et seq).

CLOSED SESSION
5:33 P.M.
 
1.       CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL
 
        Present:  Rudy Acosta, President
Joanne Gilbert, Vice President
Silvia Paz, Board Member
Rudy Gutierrez, Board Member
Laura McGalliard, Board Member

Staff Present:  Kevin Kalman, General Manager
Barb Adair, Assistant General Manager
Delia Granados, District Clerk
Troy Strange, Director of Planning & Public Works
Raquel Solomon, Information Systems Administrator

 
2.       PUBLIC STATEMENTS

Any person wishing to address the Board of Directors on any item on this Agenda is requested to complete a Public Statement Request form in advance and hand it to the District Clerk. Please note that you may address the Board on an Agenda item at the time it is discussed or make a general comment at this time.

To make a comment, you are asked to state your name and address and wait to be recognized by the Board President. There is a three-minute time limit for comments.

If you have accessed the meeting either by telephone or online the instructions are 1. Telephone participants, press star 9 to Raise Hand to speak. 2. Online participants, select Participants Panel, select Raise Hand to speak.


None.
 
3.       ADJOURN INTO CLOSED SESSION
 
    A.   CLOSED SESSION WITH LEGAL COUNSEL - Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.(d)(3) and 54956.9(d)(4) One Case
 
    B.   CONFERENCE WITH REAL PROPERTY NEGOTIATORS Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.8

Property:  Lake Cahuilla
Agency Negotiator:  Kevin Kalman, General Manager
Negotiation Party:  Coachella Valley Water District
Negotiation:  Price and Term

 
    C.   CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATORS - Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957.6
 
        Agency Designated Representatives:  President
Unrepresented Employee:  General Manager

 
        Board Members Paz, Gutierrez and McGalliard joined the meeting via Zoom. President Acosta and Vice President Gilbert participated in the meeting in-person.
       
REGULAR SESSION 6:00 P.M.
             
1. CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL
Present: Rudy Gutierrez, Board Member  
  Rudy Acosta, President  
  Joanne Gilbert, Vice President  
  Silvia Paz, Board Member  
  Laura McGalliard, Board Member  
Staff Present: General Manager Kevin Kalman
Assistant General Manager Barb Adair
District Clerk Delia Granados
Director of Planning & Public Works Troy Strange
Information Systems Administrator Raquel Solomon
             
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Kevin Kalman led the Pledge of Allegiance.
             
3. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Adjustments to Agenda: Government Code Section 54954.5(b)(2) provides “upon a determination by a two-thirds of the members of the legislative body present at the meeting, or if less than two-thirds of the members are present, a unanimous vote of those members present, that there is a need to take immediate action and that the need for action came to the attention of the local agency subsequent to the agenda being posted as specified in subdivision (a)”
  Motion by Vice President Joanne Gilbert, seconded by Board Member Laura McGalliard to approve the Agenda as presented.
 
AYE: Board Member Rudy Gutierrez, President Rudy Acosta, Vice President Joanne Gilbert, Board Member Silvia Paz, Board Member Laura McGalliard
             
4.
PUBLIC STATEMENTS

Any person wishing to address the Board of Directors is requested to complete a Request to Speak form in advance and hand it to the District Clerk. You may address the Board on an Agenda item when it is discussed or make a general comment at this time. To make a comment, you are asked to state your name and address, wait to be recognized by the Board President and limit your comments to three minutes.

Please note that if you are addressing the Board on items not on the Agenda, the Brown Act does not allow Board comments on or discussion of such items because they are not on the Agenda and thus were not noticed publicly. The Board may refer such matters to staff or ask to have matters placed on a future agenda.

If you have accessed the meeting either by telephone or online the instructions are 1. Telephone participants, press star 9 to Raise Hand to speak. 2. Online participants, select Participants Panel, select Raise Hand to speak.


None.
             
5. PRESENTATIONS, AWARDS, AND PROCLAMATIONS
             
A. Proclamation declaring July 2020 as “Parks & Recreation Month”

RECOMMENDATION:
To Declare July 2020 as “Parks & Recreation Month.”

President Acosta read the Proclamation and declared July 2020 as "Parks & Recreation Month".
             
6. REPORT ON CLOSED SESSION
             
A. CLOSED SESSION WITH LEGAL COUNSEL Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956(d)(3) and 54956.9(d)(4) One Case

No action taken.
             
B. CONFERENCE WITH REAL PROPERTY NEGOTIATORS Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.8

Property: Lake Cahuilla
Agency Negotiator: Kevin Kalman, General Manager
Negotiation Party: Coachella Valley Water District
Negotiation: Price and Term

Correction to the title on the agenda. The Negotiation Party is the Coachella Valley Water District and not the County of Riverside. No action taken.
             
C. CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATORS Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957.6

Agency Designated Representatives: President
Unrepresented Employee: General Manager

This item will resume after the regular session because the Board did not complete discussions within the allotted time.
             
7. CONSENT CALENDAR

All matters listed on the Consent Calendar are considered routine and will be enacted by one roll call vote. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless members of the Board of Directors or audience request specific items to be removed from the Consent Calendar for separate discussion and action under Section 7. Consent Items Held Over of the Agenda.
             
A. MINUTES
             
a. Request for Approval of Minutes for the Regular Meeting of June 10, 2020

RECOMMENDATION:
To Approve minutes of the Regular Meeting of June 10, 2020.
             
B. WRITTEN CORRESPONDENCE

None.
             
C. PAYROLL REGISTER(S)
             
a. Request for Approval of Payroll Register(s) Dated June 10, 2020

RECOMMENDATION:
To approve as presented.
             
D. WARRANT LIST(S)
             
a. Request for Approval of Warrant List dated June 4, 2020

RECOMMENDATION:
To approve as presented
             
E. FINANCIAL REPORT(S)
             
a. Request for Approval of Financial Reports as of April 2020

RECOMMENDATION:
To approve as presented.
             
b. Request for Approval of Financial Reports as of May 2020
To approve as presented.
  Motion by Board Member Laura McGalliard, seconded by President Rudy Acosta to approve the Consent Calendar as presented.
 
AYE: Board Member Rudy Gutierrez, President Rudy Acosta, Vice President Joanne Gilbert, Board Member Silvia Paz, Board Member Laura McGalliard
             
8. CONSENT ITEMS HELD OVER

None.

Vice President Gilbert requested to make a comment regarding a couple of meetings where she requested information on the special fees for the assessment districts. She wanted everyone to know that the information was sent to them in the Board Update.
             
9. PUBLIC HEARINGS
             
A. Public Hearing on Amending and/or Approving the Engineer's Report and Ordering the Levy and Collection of Assessments for ReAssessment District 01-1 (Indio Community Center)  for Fiscal Year 2021

RECOMMENDATION:
To conduct the public hearing.
  The Board President made the announcement for the public hearing regarding the Amending and/or Approving the Engineer's Report and Ordering the Levy and Collection of Assessments for Re-Assessment District 01-1 (Indio Community Center) for FY2021.
  Motion by Vice President Joanne Gilbert, seconded by Board Member Silvia Paz to open the Public Hearing on Amending and/or Approving the Engineer's Report and Ordering the Levy and Collection of Assessments for ReAssessment District 01-1 (Indio Community Center) for Fiscal Year 2021.
 
AYE: Board Member Rudy Gutierrez, President Rudy Acosta, Vice President Joanne Gilbert, Board Member Silvia Paz, Board Member Laura McGalliard
  The Board Clerk made the announcement that the notice of the hearing has been given in the manner and form as required by law, and the Affidavit of Publication and mailing of the Notice is on file.

The Board President made the announcement for any person who would like to speak in favor of or against the proceedings.  Seeing none, the resolutions will be approved under Action Item 11A.
  Motion by Vice President Joanne Gilbert, seconded by Board Member Laura McGalliard to close the Public Hearing on Amending and/or Approving the Engineer's Report and Ordering the Levy and Collection of Assessments for ReAssessment District 01-1 (Indio Community Center) for Fiscal Year 2021.
 
AYE: Board Member Rudy Gutierrez, President Rudy Acosta, Vice President Joanne Gilbert, Board Member Silvia Paz, Board Member Laura McGalliard
             
B. Public Hearing on Amending and/or Approving the Engineer's Report and Ordering the Levy and Collection of Assessments for Assessment Districts 93-1 (District Wide), 97-1 (Thousand Palms), 02-1 (Coachella – Placitas De La Paz), and 03-1 (Mecca – Mexicas/Huerta De Mecca, Tract Maps 29165 & 31027) for Fiscal Year 2021

RECOMMENDATION:
To conduct the public hearing.
  The Board President made the announcement for the public hearing regarding the Amending and/or Approving the Engineer's Report and Ordering the Levy and Collection of Assessments for Assessment Districts 93-1 (District Wide), 97-1 (Thousand Palms), 02-1 (Coachella – Placitas De La Paz), and 03-1 (Mecca – Mexicas/Huerta De Mecca, Tract Maps 29165 & 31027) for Fiscal Year 2021.
  Motion by Board Member Silvia Paz, seconded by Vice President Joanne Gilbert to open the Public Hearing on Amending and/or Approving the Engineer's Report and Ordering the Levy and Collection of Assessments for Assessment Districts  93-1 (District Wide), 97-1 (Thousand Palms), 02-1 (Coachella – Placitas De La Paz), and 03-1 (Mecca – Mexicas/Huerta De Mecca, Tract Maps 29165 & 31027) for Fiscal Year 2021.
 
AYE: Board Member Rudy Gutierrez, President Rudy Acosta, Vice President Joanne Gilbert, Board Member Silvia Paz, Board Member Laura McGalliard
  The Board Clerk made the announcement that the notice of the hearing has been given in the manner and form as required by law, and the Affidavit of Publication and mailing of the Notice is on file.

The Board President made the announcement for any person who would like to speak in favor of or against the proceedings.  Seeing none, the resolutions will be approved under Action Item 11B.
  Motion by Board Member Laura McGalliard, seconded by President Rudy Acosta to close the Public Hearing on Amending and/or Approving the Engineer's Report and Ordering the Levy and Collection of Assessments for Assessment Districts 93-1 (District Wide), 97-1 (Thousand Palms), 02-1 (Coachella – Placitas De La Paz), and 03-1 (Mecca – Mexicas/Huerta De Mecca, Tract Maps 29165 & 31027) for Fiscal Year 2021.
 
AYE: Board Member Rudy Gutierrez, President Rudy Acosta, Vice President Joanne Gilbert, Board Member Silvia Paz, Board Member Laura McGalliard
             
10. STUDY ITEMS

None.
             
11. ACTION ITEMS
             
A. Resolution No.  20-20, Amending and/or Approving the Engineer’s Report and the Levy and Collection of Assessments for ReAssessment District 01-1, Fiscal Year 2021; and Resolution No. 20-21 Ordering the Levy and Collection of Assessments for ReAssessment Districts 01-1, Fiscal Year 2021

RECOMMENDATION:
To pass Resolution No.  20-20 and No. 20-21.
  Staff said that the District annually collects about $1.5 million dollars for ReAssessment District 01-1.
  Motion by Vice President Joanne Gilbert, seconded by Board Member Rudy Gutierrez to pass Resolution No. 20-20 and 20-21.
 
AYE: Board Member Rudy Gutierrez, President Rudy Acosta, Vice President Joanne Gilbert, Board Member Silvia Paz, Board Member Laura McGalliard
             
B.
Resolution No.20-22  Amending and/or Approving the Engineer’s Report and the Levy and Collection of Assessments for Assessment District 93-1, 97-1, 02-1, and 03-1 Fiscal Year 2021; and Resolution No. 20-23 Ordering the Levy and Collection of Assessments for Assessment Districts 93-1, 97-1, 02-1, and 03-1, and Fiscal Year 2021

RECOMMENDATION:
To Pass Resolution No.20-22 and 20-23.
  Staff said that the District annually collects fees for the following assessment districts: 02-1 $112,000, 03-1 $107,418, 93-1 $788,622, and 97-1 $375,150.
  Motion by Board Member Silvia Paz, seconded by Vice President Joanne Gilbert to pass Resolution No. 20-22 and 20-23.
 
AYE: Board Member Rudy Gutierrez, President Rudy Acosta, Vice President Joanne Gilbert, Board Member Silvia Paz, Board Member Laura McGalliard
             
C. California Special Districts Association Board of Directors Election for 2021-2023 Term

RECOMMENDATION:
For the presiding officer to vote for Daniel K. Jaggers to represent the District’s Network for Seat C and authorize the general manager to cast the vote in electronic format.
  Staff said that this item was for seat C that represents this District's area of California.  All candidates are viable.  Staff reached out to some colleagues to get more background on the candidates and staff recommended for the Board to cast their vote for Daniel K. Jaggers.
  Motion by Board Member Silvia Paz, seconded by Board Member Rudy Gutierrez For the presiding officer to vote for Daniel K. Jaggers to represent the District’s Network for Seat C and authorize the general manager to cast the vote in electronic format.
 
AYE: Board Member Rudy Gutierrez, President Rudy Acosta, Vice President Joanne Gilbert, Board Member Silvia Paz, Board Member Laura McGalliard
             
D. November 3, 2020 General District Election

RECOMMENDATION:
Approve the Notice of General District Election as submitted.
  Staff said that this year is an election year and seats 2, 3 and 5 are up for election.  Candidates are responsible for the fee in filing a Candidate Statement.  On June 25, 2020, the District Clerk is participating in a virtual candidate filing seminar to obtain information regarding new laws, review procedures in the conduct of the election and issuance of nomination materials.
  Motion by Board Member Silvia Paz, seconded by Vice President Joanne Gilbert to approve the Notice of General District Election as submitted.
 
AYE: Board Member Rudy Gutierrez, President Rudy Acosta, Vice President Joanne Gilbert, Board Member Silvia Paz, Board Member Laura McGalliard
             
E. Request for Approval of COVID-19 Resumption of Operations Plan

RECOMMENDATION:
To approve COVID-19 Resumption of Operations Plan as presented or modified.
  President Acosta said that he received a request to speak from Vanessa Rivera.  Staff is going to give their presentation and after that, he will call her name to address the Board.

On June 10, 2020, Staff mentioned that they were making preparations to reopen facilities and programs based on guidelines from Riverside County and the State of California.  During that meeting, it was requested that the Board have an opportunity to observe and review the plan for opening.  Since then, the staff has been working diligently to put the plan into a readable format.  Staff anticipates opening when all five of the steps have been met.  The State of California and Riverside County Public Health has approved and issued guidelines for the opening of each segment of the business.  The District has made all necessary modifications to District facilities and program plans and the District has hired and trained efficient staff to operate within the approved guidelines and an adequate stock of required supplies has been retained and is on-hand, and they have ongoing monitoring in place for each of those segments.  Each step of the criteria has to be satisfied before moving on to the next step.  There is not a set date for reopening.  As of today, the reinfection rate is at 7.5%.  At 8% the State of California will start rolling back the opening guidelines.  Also, as of today, 35% of infections have occurred in Riverside County and the last 14 days.  The District has opened only three restrooms in Palm Desert at the direction of the City of Palm Desert (City) and the District has met with all the items in that criteria.  The City has asked the District not to open the remainder of the restrooms.  The District will continue to monitor and stay up-to-date on the current state of Public Health.  The plan was a very labor-intensive process.  Most District staff working at this time contributed to this plan.  Special consideration needs to go out to Barb Adair and Noelle Furon as they spent countless hours writing and reformatting the plan to get it to the Board today.  Staff presented a short video that they put together sharing some things that were put in place as supplies come in.  Board member Paz was able to attend one of these meetings.  Staff created a daily self-certification process where they will check their symptoms.  This will be part of their clock in procedure in Paychex.  Staff added that this is a living document, and they will update the document as things change.

President Acosta said that the plan was well done and echoed the staff's compliments to all who participated.  The Board noticed that based on location, there is a column missing for restrooms in Exhibit D.  After further review, it was established that the order of opening the restroom is on page 77.

Board members Paz and Gutierrez will continue to volunteer in the COVID committee.  If they are unable to attend the meetings, they will send a note to one of the other Board Members, and one of the other Board Members will attend in their stead.  Board member Paz participated partially in one of the meetings and was pleased with the level of discussion and the staff involvement in putting this plan together.  She reached out to staff to obtain more clarity regarding the Palm Desert restrooms which board member McGalliard brought up and staff clarified.

Ms. Rivera had comments and questions regarding the resumption of the operations plan.  Some questions were: the details for non-compliance of mask-wearing for patrons?  Is there going to be a reimbursement of their membership?  Does the District have details for non-compliance?  With all the questions that Ms. Rivera had, President Acosta suggested that Ms. Rivera email staff with her questions so that they can respond, and she agreed.

After seeing the video and hearing the conversations, Board member Paz said it gave her peace of mind, that COVID-19 is unpredictable and it is good to have a plan.  She thanked the staff and requested that staff keep the Board updated regarding reopening as she would rather hear from staff than through social media.

As an underscore, President Acosta stated that staff said that this will probably maintain, because it has to this point, a dynamic process.  So, they need to be agile and adaptable as more information comes out on COVID-19.
  Motion by Board Member Silvia Paz, seconded by Vice President Joanne Gilbert to approve COVID-19 Resumption of Operations Plan as presented or modified.
 
AYE: Board Member Rudy Gutierrez, President Rudy Acosta, Vice President Joanne Gilbert, Board Member Silvia Paz, Board Member Laura McGalliard
             
F. Resolution No. 20-24 Amending the FY2020 Final Budget

RECOMMENDATION:
To pass Resolution No. 20-24 Amending the FY2020 Final Budget.
  Staff has completed a comprehensive review of the District's year-end budget status.  The process included the review of all department budget line items; review of revenue estimates; and compilation of budget adjustments where appropriate.  Adjustments were recommended for all funds.  The effects of COVID-19 in the fourth quarter were substantial requiring the lay-off of about 280 part-time employees and freezing all non-essential expenditures.  Through these measures, the District was able to offset $1.2 million of the estimated $1.3 million loss of revenue and additional adjustments in the capital budget for non-COVID related items made up the difference.  The District will be retaining an additional $177,931 in the District's cash reserves at year-end.  The budget has been amended twice before in November for the first quarter, mid-year in February and this is the final amendment.  The combined budget adjustments have a net operating amount of +$30,398; a net capital adjustment of +$275,255; a net enterprise adjustment of -$127,722.  The ending fund balance will increase by $177,931.  The operating budget adjustments went from operating revenues of $13 million to below $12 million for an adjustment of $1,110,178.  With the expenses going from about $11.7 million to just under $10.6 million for an adjustment of $1,140,576 for an addition of $30,398 to the ending fund balance.  This reflects refunds for programming that was canceled.  Staff anticipates extending unexpired memberships by the length of time they would have had if the District had remained opened.  This is a partial answer to Ms. Rivera's question.

The Board questioned that in the Fiscal Impact section of the Staff Report it has FY2019 and the Amount Requested is $219,288.  Staff said that that was from the previous year.  Correction is for the Fiscal Year 2020 and the Amount Requested should be +$177,000.  The Board requested amending the motion with correction.
  Motion by Vice President Joanne Gilbert, seconded by Board Member Laura McGalliard to pass Resolution No. 20-24 with the amendment to correct the issue regarding the fiscal year 2020 and the amount requested of $177,000.
 
AYE: Board Member Rudy Gutierrez, President Rudy Acosta, Vice President Joanne Gilbert, Board Member Silvia Paz, Board Member Laura McGalliard
             
G. Request for Adoption of the FY2021 Preliminary Budget

RECOMMENDATION:
To adopt the FY2021 Preliminary Budget
  This year's budget was a bit challenging.  This is not the final budget and it will come back to the Board in July.  There were significant opportunities that have been identified for staff to make some adjustments.  The focus is on the strategic priorities that were recently adopted by the Board in the 2020 Master Plan.  It reflects the full year of services and projects but does not reflect COVID closures.  Staff anticipates significant mid-year adjustments based on what the District opens and onboarding of staff.  All full-time positions that were approved in the total compensation plan are funded throughout the entire year.  Authorized but unfunded positions remain unfunded.  Changes to the current Fees and Charges policy passed in Resolution 20-16.  Changes to the current Compensation and Benefits Plan policies passed in Resolution 20-15.  Health and Welfare benefits are budgeted at the maximum liability and will be adjusted after open enrollment prior to the adoption of the Final Budget in July.  Only capital improvements that are in progress and/or have designated funding or are safety-related are included in the budget.  Pawley Pool is not included here but will be included in mid-year and after the November election.  Also not included is the financing for the Palm Desert Community Center renovation.  New contract awarded for operation and management of Fritz Burnz Pool.  The Organizational Structure Functional Departments remains the same.  Regarding the authorized fulltime employees (FTEs), the Golf Center has zero. From FY2013 to 2021 the personnel costs - the FY20 estimate is down from last year.  The FTEs count dropped significantly.  Expenditure by Type: Personnel +9% or $721,395; Materials and Services +27% or $1,785,285; Debt Service -4% or $8,944; CIP -61% or $2,678,009.  Expenditures by Function:  Administration +13% or $477,782; Community Services +17% or $1,039,945; Public Works Maintenance -1% or $27,743; CIP +59% or $3,312,299; and Golf Enterprise +28% or $296,743.  Revenue by Function:  Administration +3% or $170,156; Community Services +13% or $726,581; Public Works Maintenance +0% or $1,178; CIP +73% or $2,089,313; Golf Enterprise +49% or $345,324.  Revenue by Type: Unrestricted +12% or $886,375; Restricted +17% or $863,264; Capital +211% or $1,582,913.  The FY2020 estimate vs. the FY2021: Operations and Capital $16.3 million vs this year at $13.0 million.  Operating and Capital Expenses $18.7 million vs this year at $13.6 million.  All the capital projects mentioned in the study session except the Pawley Pool construction project are included.  The total capital is $5,350,740.  The consolidated budget revenues are $16,323,526 and expenditures are $18,717,036, a reduction in cash reserves from $8.74 million to $6.34 million.
  Motion by Vice President Joanne Gilbert, seconded by President Rudy Acosta to adopt the FY2021 Preliminary Budget.
 
AYE: Board Member Rudy Gutierrez, President Rudy Acosta, Vice President Joanne Gilbert, Board Member Silvia Paz, Board Member Laura McGalliard
             
12. STAFF REPORTS

Discussion items that will not result in formal action taken by the Board of Directors at this meeting.

Assistant General Manager Report

Barb Adair congratulated Vice President Gilbert for receiving the CPRS Award for Outstanding Contribution. The awards dinner was postponed due to COVID-19. CRPS is mailing the award and videotape and the District will honor her at another time

She thanked everyone who was involved in working on the Resumption of Service COVID Plan. The entire team did an outstanding job over the last several weeks. Noelle Furon helped a great deal over the evenings. She thanked Kevin Kalman for his direction and the Board for reading the plan.
             
13. GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT/BOARD COMMENTS/COMMITTEE REPORTS/REQUEST FOR AGENDA ITEMS

Discussion items that will not result in formal action taken by the Board of Directors at this meeting.

General Manager Report

The District was recognized for its safety program by CAPRI, the District's insurance carrier, and received an award in the mail today. Kudos to the District's safety committee.

Staff passed out to the Board the first mailer to the public about communicating the reopening of facilities and programs and will email the same to Board Members Gutierrez, Paz, and McGalliard as they are participating via Zoom. It is in the printing stage and staff will hold off mailing until the District has a set date for reopening. Staff also passed out the second communication regarding the Indio CFD that was sent out this past week. Also passed out copies of the Stewardship Report and buffs (President Acosta is modeling one) to the board in attendance. Those that are participating via Zoom can make arrangements to pick up their buffs. The final thing, the District was notified today that it will be receiving Proposition 68 Per Capita Allocation of approximately $177,000.

Division 1, Board Member
Silvia Paz


Board Member Paz had no additional comments.

Division 2, Board Member
Rudy Gutierrez


Board Member Gutierrez had no comments.

Division 3, Vice President
Joanne Gilbert


Vice President Gilbert said that when they keep sending out the item on the initiative, she thinks they are missing the boat by not speaking that the District has not gone out to the voters in 30 years for any type of help. That the District has been able to sustain itself with the services and upgrades but now the District needs help. She also cautioned the Board on the restrictions that are placed on them about soliciting votes. Staff requested that they reach out to the General Manager prior to posting anything on social media so that the message is consistent and appropriate. The Board directed staff to assemble a FAQ for the Board.

Vice President Gilbert reminder everyone that the motorcycle run is still scheduled for October 3. Save the Date cards will be sent out. The foundation is looking for sponsors and raffle prizes.
Division 4, President
Rudy Acosta


President Acosta expressed appreciation for everyone's hard work during this difficult time. He pointed out that in the General Manager's Board Update there are some requests for board member training. He asked them to be sure that they are up to date on the requirements for certificates and/or participating in some training as the District Clerk has sent out reminders.

Division 5, Board Member
Laura McGalliard


Board Member McGalliard said she was very impressed with the plan that the committee put together.

The Board took a recess from 7:42 pm to 7:50 pm.
             
ADJOURN INTO CLOSED SESSION
             
3. C. CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATORS Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957.6

Agency Designated Representative: President
Unrepresented Employee: General Manager

The Board went into Closed Session at 7:50 p.m. to discuss item 3C and came out of Closed Session at 8:24 pm with no reportable action.
             
ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 8:25 pm.




______________________________________
Delia Granados, District Clerk
Desert Recreation District




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Rudy Acosta, President of the Board
Desert Recreation District

    

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