The year-end board meeting of the Cameron Park Community Services District was relatively short and sweet with El Dorado County District 2 Supervisor Ray Nutting swearing in new board members Sean Tucker and Vicky Neibauer.
Recognition was given to outgoing board member Alan Clarke who was presented with thanks and a plaque for his 10 years of service with the district. In his remarks to the board and the audience, Clarke congratulated the new board members and said it had been a pleasure to serve on the board, although he said he will not miss the late night meetings. He noted how proud he was of the role he played in the building of the community center and said it wasn’t just for the current residents but for future generations of those living in Cameron Park.
Elected to serve as the new president of the board was Greg Stanton. Sean Tucker was elected vice president.
The board also voted to turn over the management of three community events to an event planning firm called EZEvents. Darlene Lyons, president of the company, discussed putting on three events for the district, including a country fair in which they would run the event but split the profits with the district. She estimated the net profits from the event would be $20,000. A second proposed event was a country music festival. EZEvents said they would rent Christa McAuliffe Park but would not share any profits with the district. Instead they proposed using local nonprofits to assist with the event so as to raise money for local charities. The third event they discussed was managing the Grillin’ and Chillin’ BBQ competition in which the profits would be split with the district.
The question arose whether or not the Summer Spectacular event should also be managed by the firm. However General Manager Mary Cahill recommended keeping it in-house since it had run so smoothly last year.
After a discussion, the board voted to have Cahill work with EZEvents to develop the necessary contracts for the three events but required that the contracts come back to the board before final approval.
The board also learned that a long-standing dispute appeared to have been resolved between the district and a group of quilters using the community center. Cahill reported that group members agreed to sign a waiver of liability at each meeting they attended. However, during the public comment portion of the meeting, resident Bill Carey charged that the group was told if they didn’t sign the waivers, the group could be evicted in 60 days.
On another issue, Richard Kirlin, the resident who came to the October board meeting to fight to keep his backyard chickens, asked for more time to amend the CC&Rs, saying that, according to county rules for R-1 areas, poultry were not prohibited. Last month the board voted to move legally against Kirlin and his chickens since he failed to appear with the signatures of at least 100 residents who supported changing the rules.
However, Kirlin said he was never notified that the item would be on the agenda even though in October the board had asked him to come to the November meeting with the signatures of 100 supporters. He then went on to accuse resident Gerald Lillpop of being both the person who made the original complaint to the district as well as one of those voting against him as a member of the CC&R Committee.
Lillpop countered Kirlin by claiming that chickens were not legal in R-1 areas and he wasn’t required to recuse himself from voting just because he had made the complaint. To resolve the issue, Kirlin was referred to work out the issue with General Manager Mary Cahill and Lyle Eickert, the CC&R Compliance Officer.
In other board actions, board member Shiva Frentzen recommended putting together an ad hoc group to look at annexing other areas into the district to provide additional property tax revenue.