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Brentwood Agricultural Advisory Committee
Meeting #11

October 11, 2000
7:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.
Brentwood City Council Chambers
734 Third Street
Brentwood, California


Mayor Kidd called the meeting to order at 7:08 P.M.

Jack Adams, Mark Dwelley, Nancy Holloman, Quintin Kidd, Laine Lawrence, Marty Maggiore, Mike McPoland, Edward Meyer, Glenn Stonebarger, Peter Wolfe [Proxies submitted by John Chapman, Ron Nunn and Dick Vrmeer].


There were no announcements.


By consensus, the Committee accepted the September 21, 2000 Action Notes, as submitted.


Mayor Kidd advised that the purpose of the meeting was to take action on the Final Draft Report - City of Brentwood Agricultural Enterprise Program, as revised with the changes discussed and accepted by the Committee at the last meeting.

PUBLIC COMMENTS (Items Not on the Agenda)

Edward Meyer of the Contra Costa County Agriculture Department reported that an infestation of the glassy winged sharpshooter had been discovered in a residential area of Brentwood. He advised that 12 to 14 staff members were surveying the immediate area, with the help from another 12 members of the California Conservation Corps. He explained that over the next few days, the effort would be to determine the level of the infestation, after which a plan would be developed as to how to control or eradicate the insect. Public meetings would be scheduled to discuss the plan of action. He commented that the infestation appeared to be localized at this point.

Mr. Meyer added that the Department was seeking the public's help in identifying any other areas of infestation, particularly since a resident had alerted the Department to this infestation after having recognized the insect from posters that had previously been distributed. 
Mayor Kidd noted that a citywide mailing could be accommodated to properly alert the public.


From the audience, a comment was offered that the statement on Pages 7, 8, 9 and 29 in the Final Draft Report - City of Brentwood Agricultural Enterprise Program that "The Ordinance and the mitigation requirement may "sunset" if the citizens are opposed to the concept or may be codified permanently if the citizens are in favor of the concept," should read:

The Ordinance and the mitigation requirement will "sunset" if the citizens are opposed to the concept or may be codified permanently if the citizens are in favor of the concept.

Mayor Kidd verified with staff that the corrections requested at the last meeting had been included in the latest document presented to the Committee.

Ed Meyer referred to the last sentence of Section 1.1 on Page 5 and questioned whether or not it was clear that citizens would support the program and approve a mechanism to support agriculture and open space preservation. Noting that it had been implied that the Committee believed that citizen support was essential for the component, he suggested that the Committee had indicated that the funding mechanism was a critical component. 

As a result, the following amendment was recommended to the last sentence of Section 1.1:

However, the majority of the Committee believed citizen support for a funding mechanism is an essential component 

Marty Maggiore noted his understanding that the Farm Bureau had decided not to support the program at the present time. As such, he inquired how the several references to the Farm Bureau in the document would need to be addressed.

Senior Planner Winston Rhodes reported that recommendations 3.1, 3.2, 3.8, 3.9, 3.11 and 3.12 made reference to working with the Farm Bureau.

Mayor Kidd commented that he had a letter from the Farm Bureau that had indicated that no position would be taken at this time.

Nancy Holloman clarified that the language in the document had indicated that the proposal was to consult with the Farm Bureau, which should not be objectionable and which should need no modification. 

M/S/C Holloman/Adams to adopt the Final Draft Report - City of Brentwood Agricultural Enterprise Program, as amended, and forward the document to the Planning Commission. The motion carried by the following vote:

Ayes: Adams, Chapman (by proxy), Holloman, Kidd, Lawrence, Meyer, Vrmeer (by proxy)
Noes: Dwelley, Maggiore, McPoland, Nunn (by proxy), Stonebarger, Wolfe 
As recommended by Mr. Meyer, Mayor Kidd concurred that a minority report should be presented to the Planning Commission to identify the concerns of the minority position. 

Mr. Rhodes added that the staff report to the Planning Commission would identify the vote and the concerns that had been raised to demonstrate the full position of the Committee. Further, anything submitted by individual members of the Committee either in support or in opposition to the report would also be provided to the Planning Commission.

Mayor Kidd clarified that the current action was simply to submit the report to the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission would then make recommendation to the City Council. In both cases, more discussion and public comment and input would be involved.

Community Development Director Oshinsky reported that the item had been scheduled for Planning Commission consideration at a special meeting scheduled for October 30, 2000, at 7:30 P.M. in the City Council Chambers.

PUBLIC COMMENTS (Items Not on the Agenda)

There were no comments from the public.


The meeting adjourned at 7:26 P.M. 

Respectfully submitted,

Anita L. Tucci-Smith
Recording Secretary 

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