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Thursday, Feb 27 2014 03:47 PM

Golden Hills cancels special meeting due to noticing issue

Update: The special meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, March 10. Open session will begin at 6:30 p.m. The agenda has not yet been released.

A special meeting of the Board of Directors of the Golden Hills Community Services District that was set for 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, was canceled after district officials discovered it wasn't properly noticed.

According to General Manager Bill Fisher, due to a clerical error, the agenda wasn't posted on the district's website and copies weren't sent to the media.

The agenda was posted at the district office. Items that were to be considered included closed session discussion, with possible action in open session of one item of potential litigation, conference with real property negotiators on three parcels including consideration of terms and conditions for siting a Kern County Fire Dept. substation on district land and, under "personnel issues" the consideration of staff salaries and increases.

Additionally, under open session the board planned to discuss the Events Committee's desire for the district to participate in a community clean-up and Earth Day event to be held on April 26.

Also, there was a proposal to pass a resolution to adopt the updated Kern Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan and discussion of a water occupancy fee.

The board's next regular meeting is set for Thursday, March 20, with closed session at 5:30 p.m. and open session at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are held at the district's office, 21415 Reeves St.

A district representative said he wasn't sure if a replacement special meeting would be scheduled or the items would be held over to the next regular meeting.

Fisher noted that only two board members showed up for the meeting around the time that the noticing problem was discovered and that it was possible the board would not have had a quorum.

Legality questioned

The Tehachapi News has questioned the planned discussion of staff salaries and increases in closed session. Editor Claudia Elliott wrote to Fisher following cancellation of the meeting, stating her opinion that the state's open meeting law, the Brown Act, requires such discussions to be in open session.

In a return email, Fisher said he forwarded her concerns to the board's secretary and legal counsel.

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