UDRC March 9, 2021 Board Meeting Minutes

Attending: Jerry Hubbard, Dean Richardson, Carl Jansen, Jim Larsen, Kent Elliot, Anne Pierson, Glenna Larsen

Jerry: UDRC financial report: Total assets $132,808; Restricted grant funds $120,093; Cash on hand $7095. From Jan. 2020 to Mar. 2021, the Defensible Space Reimbursement program reserved $38,000 and paid $17,500. Applicants spent $45,400 for fuels reduction projects. The Senior Defensible Space Program paid $13,000 to contractors. Preparing grant applications for the Defensible Space Reimbursement Program: Two $150,000 3 year grant applications to Burlington Northern and Ford Foundation, and a $3,000 grant application to First Interstate Bank.

Jim: In Jan. – Mar 2021 we received 20 new Defensible Space Reimbursement applications. 14 applications from 2020 were renewed because contractors were unavailable. An applicant submitted 7 reimbursement applications for vacant properties. 4 properties were joint and 3 properties were sole ownership. I informed him the UDRC will accept only one application per land owner each year. After discussion, the Board approved that applicants may submit two applications under different names with joint and sole ownership.

Jim: A senior program applicant asked the contractor to do fuels reduction work beyond the property assessment prescription. The applicant submitted an invoice for reimbursement which was approved. After discussion, the Board approved limiting submissions to one senior or reimbursement application per year. Will check with Council on Aging for current income limits for the UDRC Senior Defensible Space Program.

Dean: Will contribute a paragraph describing the intent of the UDRC Defensible Space Reimbursement program. We could promote the Senior Defensible Space program at the La Pine July 4th and Midstate Electric events.

Glenna: Started Jan. 2021 as the UDRC bookkeeper. The UDRC laptop has been updated with Microsoft Office. Adapted the bookkeeping process used by the former bookkeeper Susan Peterson. Jerry will be my primary contact. Will accept requests by paper or email from board members.

Kent: Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC) has a fuels reduction reimbursement program for Jefferson County. Will ask if they can extend the program to Deschutes County. A proposal for public shuttle service for river access is on hold.

The board discussed a proposal to replace the barb wire fence on forest service property along Spring River Road.