Agenda- November 17, 2016


Thursday, November 17, 2016, 6:00-8:00pm
Little Red Schoolhouse/Cobb Mountain Lions Club
15780 Bottle Rock Rd., Cobb, CA 95426


  • CALL TO ORDER (invitation to shut down cell phones; rules of participation)
  • APPROVAL OF MINUTES from October 20
  • PUBLIC COMMENT ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS (3 mins./individual)
  • Unveiling the new CAC mailing address and website and discussion of desired features
  • Presentation by Mike Dunlap on a Long Term Recovery Center at the Little Red School House
  • Update from Supervisor Rob Brown on CalRecycle’s insurance claims and other pertinent issues from the Board of Supervisors
  • Team Lake County Vice-Chair Moke Simon and  will discuss the status of TLC’s recovery services
  • Presentation from Jeff Lucas, President of Community Development Services, on assistance to small businesses in the fire recovery area
    • Emergency Preparedness — Gary Prather
      • Communications – Jill Martin
      • Hazard Mitigation – Gary Prather
      • Maps – Gary Prather
      • Resources — Robert Stark
    • Rebuild Advocacy — Ron Haskett
    • Neighborhood Watch — Inez Wenckus
    • Cobb Abatement Monitoring —
      • Karl Parker – report on the Hoberg’s cleanup progress
      •  transitioning into weed/brush abatement and beetle tree removal and cleanup
      • Boggs Forest update
  • DISCUSSION/DECISION – potential new Ad Hoc Committee to monitor ongoing relief efforts
  • Discussion: Celebrating successful rebuilding in the Cobb Area
  • Discussion: Potential Cobb business summit
  • Discussion: December Meeting Agenda items
  • Adjourn



Thursday, November 17, 2016, 6:00-8:00pm


Hoberg’s Cleanup Progress

Report by Karl Parker, Cobb Abatement Monitoring Subcommittee Chair


After a couple of weeks’ delay caused mainly by rain storms, Cobb Abatement Monitoring Committee members Jessica Pyska, Jessyca Lytle, Glenneth Lambert and Karl Parker met with Hobergs General Manager Dan Nelson on November 8, 2016. (Hobergs Development Director Scott Schellinger was not present, but was expected to return to work the next day, after an extended absence due to travel and illness.)

Dan reported that the pace of work is picking up. They now have a work force of over 50 people on site. Jakela Environmental Services is now engaged in taking final samples on a couple of sites and waiting for the County staff to sign off on notifications and paperwork required for the work to proceed. Once those details are nailed down, Jakela will begin the specialized asbestos removal (@ sites with over 1% of friable asbestos). They could begin as early as 11/9/16 and estimate that they will be able to complete their part of the work in two weeks, focusing on areas of contamination in the remains of 39 structures. (As reported previously, Jakela Environmental Services has been working in the field of asbestos and other HAZMAT removal for 30 years. Anyone interested in learning more can go to their web site at

In the meantime, on-site crews have continued clearing the debris from sites containing no asbestos, and those containing less than 1%. 25 to 30 of these structures – mainly situated along the ridge at the back of the property — are now complete. As Jakela crews finish the more contaminated sites, Hobergs crews will move in and complete the work. This work will continue on the weekends, as they push to complete the entire project before heavy rains set in. This is critical as rain and mud can make it impossible to work. In addition, the extra weight induced by the water adds significantly to the dump fees, which already are significant.

Local archeologist John Parker has been on-site, collecting and documenting artifacts that are being discovered during the debris-removal. It is hoped that at some future date these will be displayed at an on-site museum.

The wood processing/removal project has increased output with the addition of extra equipment. They are now moving 45 to 50 cords per week. 130 to 140 loads of wood have been delivered to local residents, out of a total of 200 orders placed.

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Please post a note below or contact me at or 592-1649.

Karl Parker, Cobb Abatement Monitoring Committee



Thursday, November 17, 2016, 6:00-8:00pm


Establishing an Ad Hoc committee to monitor relief efforts

Report by Eliot Hurwitz, CAC Chair

As we move into the second year of our recovery efforts from the Valley Fire, there still remain many of our neighbors who are struggling with the basics of relief.  Others are encountering new challenges as they work to rebuild their homes and their lives.

Many resources and services also remain available and active to assist in the recovery effort.  These include the efforts of Team Lake County members and agencies such as the Red Cross although these groups are still struggling to connect fully with Cobb Area fire survivors.

A new ad hoc committee would monitor the progress and challenges facing recovery service providers and assist them in building effective communications and relationships with our Cobb Area neighbors.