Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Meeting Notes – 04/27/2021

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The Calaveras Board of Supervisors meetings are much more important than you may realize.  One of our members, Janet, has generously been taking detailed notes which gives you a chance to follow along.

This link is from the  4/28/21 meeting.  If you’d like to see the actual meeting, a video is available through the County’s website.  If you’d like to download Janet’s notes, they can be found here: 20210427-bos-meeting-notes

We’ve mainly included the detailed notes here from the Public Health Updates.  We list all items on the agenda but usually only include the initial paragraph from Janet’s notes.  I, personally, found the discussion in Item 18 on the Building Department’s fees interesting. I refer you to Janet’s notes and the video for additional information.  Watching the whole video will give you complete information and an appreciation for Janet’s willingness to take these extensive notes.

Pubic meeting called to order at 9:09 a.m.

Staff Announcements

Lisa Medina – Environmental Management Agency – this Saturday, May 1, free rabies and microchip clinic; will be held at the Government Center from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
• Last clinic vaccinated over 100 animals and chipped 66 dogs.

Public Health Update

3. Public Health Services (ID # 6016) Receive an update presentation from staff on COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).

Sam Leach – 39,670 tests completed, 2,075 positive, 13 active cases, 2,010 recovered, 0 active hospitalization, 52 fatalities.
• Last week received 28,524 doses of vaccines. Clinics on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays this week at Frogtown. 16 and over are eligible. 16-17-year-olds can only get Pfizer. Go to MyTurn for scheduling appointments.
• Running mostly second dose clinics but first doses are available and encouraged.
• Free covid testing today at Ironstone 10 a.m to 6 p.m.; also pharmacies and Sonora.
• Remain in Orange Tier, moved on April 20, 2021.
• State plans on relinquishing tiers on June 15, 2021, and will be transitioning to a blueprint for a safer economy. We Will still require masks for indoors but we will find out more as it arrives and new information is presented.
• Will take walk-ins but prefer people to schedule an appointment.
• J&J has been cleared and will be doing one-dose vaccines today, tomorrow and Friday.
• Colleen Rodriquez has done amazing work in her capacity and her staff has done really well.
• Sam’s last day today pending new Director appointment. Looking forward to continuing to serve Calaveras County. Looking forward to a smooth transition.
• BOSs thanked Sam Leach for all his help and attentiveness. We know he came in the thick of it and all his hard work is appreciated. Sam was always available; weekends and evenings. More than pleased with your help during this difficult time.
Doug Archer – Mark Twain Hospital
• Don’t have any patients in-house. Plenty of ICU beds available; things looking good; have been busy. ER has seen increase in visits; non-covid related.
• Did 250 doses in clinic past Saturday. We are available on Saturday, May1, and have plenty of doses. Hoping to continue until we reach a good vaccination for the county.
• Sign up at MyTurn.
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Public Comments – None

General Public Comments

• Chair Stopper – currently the public is available to attend BOS meetings in person. Will be at 50% capacity, spacing and masks required.

Consent Agenda

4. Community Development Block Grant (ID # 6011) Adopt a Resolution authorizing staff to submit a Community Development Block Grant Application to the California Department of Housing and Community Development on or before May 7, 2021.

5. Economic & Community Development (ID # 6017) Approve a one-year professional services agreement with Mission Critical Specialists for data system backup battery replacement at the Sheriff’s Office and Adult Detention Center in a not to exceed amount of $51,946.

6. Health and Human Services Agency (ID # 6012) Authorize the Board Chair to execute Amendment 01 to the Agreement between Calaveras County and North Valley Behavioral Health, LLC for inpatient psychiatric treatment services increasing the total amount not to exceed to $700,000 for the period of July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021, to be utilized on an as-needed basis.

7. Public Works (ID # 5998) Authorize the Board Chair to execute an Agreement with Modesto Junk Company for the sale of recyclable scrap metal with a term ending June 30, 2023, which will result in nominal revenue requiring approval by the Board of Supervisors per §3.28.034 of County Code.

8. Public Works (ID # 6008) 1) Adopt the plans and specifications for the Bridge Preventive Maintenance Program; 2) Authorize the Director of Public Works to incorporate any final changes into the respective bid documents before advertising for bids, subject to County Counsel approval to the extent said changes affect any contractual terms or conditions; and 3) Authorize the Department of Public Works to solicit formal construction bids.

9. Public Works (ID # 6009) 1) Adopt the plans and specifications (PS&E) for the Calaveras County Guardrail Upgrades Project; 2) Authorize the Director of Public Works to incorporate any final changes into the respective bid documents before advertising for bids, subject to County Counsel approval to the extent said changes affect any contractual terms or conditions; and 3) Authorize the Department of Public Works to solicit formal construction bids.

10. Public Works (ID # 6010) 1) Enter into a Maintenance Agreement for ongoing maintenance of a View Corridor; and 2)Adopt a Resolution to vacate a portion of a one-foot non-access easement along Murphys Grade Road shown on Parcel 2 of Parcel Maps Book 8, at Page 116, Calaveras County Records.

11. Public Works (ID # 6013) Adopt a Resolution approving Traffic Order No. 325 establishing “No Parking” zones and “Fire Lanes” on Parrotts Ferry Road, Road No. 35 and finding the project categorically exempt from CEQA.

12. Probation (ID # 5997) Adopt a resolution to continue an agreement with the Franchise Tax Board- Court Order Debt Collections Program for the purpose of the collection of unpaid court ordered fines, forfeitures and penalties by the Franchise Tax Board.

13. Clerk of the Board of Supervisors (ID # 6000) Appointment of applicants to serve on various Committees, Commissions, Advisory Boards and County Service Areas.

Public Comments – None
• Motion to approve consent agenda items – Passed – 5 – 0.

Regular Agenda

14. Economic & Community Development (ID # 5977) Approve the Calaveras County Parks & Recreation Commission’s recommended projects to receive Proposition 68 Per Capita Grant funding.

Kathy Gallino – Calaveras Economic & Community Development – Parks & Rec is a 7-body group; provides input, advice, and decision towards parks and rec in the county. Prop 68 is an allocation from the State to Calaveras County. Three projects were recommended; 1st project is to purchase property from Calaveras School District in Railroad Flats and serves a disadvantaged community; 2nd project is the San Andreas Rec and Park to maintain fence at the 40-acre ballpark and is in a disadvantaged community; 3rd project is Feeney Park in Murphys; looking to upgrade public bathrooms to be ADA modified and update snack shack. Not located in a disadvantaged community so would have to have a 20% match in funds. These are recommendations – not a financial or CEQA request. This is information gathering.
• Motion to approve – Passed – 5- 0.

15. Human Resources (ID # 6030) Adopt a Resolution appointing Cori Allen to the position of Health and Human Services Agency Director effective April 24, 2021.

Judy Hawkins – Humans Resources and Risk Director – introduced Ms. Cori Allen.
Cori Allen – want to step into this time with courage and knows the team is ready. We have work to do and thanked Sam Leach for all his work in the past 4 1/2 months. Our team is ready to adapt and work towards wellness and health in the community. The team has been very welcoming and will be very responsive to the communities’ needs.
• BOSs welcomed Ms. Allen, welcomed her to the staff, and look forward to working with her.

Public Comments
Sam Leach – wanted to welcome Cori and let her know she has a great team and best wishes and look forward to being a part of the smooth transition.
• Motion to approve – Passed – 5- 0.

16. Public Health Services (ID # 6035) 1) Authorize the Board Chair to sign an Agreement with René Ramirez, M.D., to serve as the Calaveras County Health Officer for the period of April 27, 2021 through June 30, 2022 for the not-to-exceed amount of $194,133.38 and; 2) Adopt a Resolution appointing René Ramirez, M.D., as the Calaveras County Health Officer, effective April 27, 2021 through June 30, 2022, in line with the aforementioned Agreement and; 3) Authorize the Director of Health and Human Services to enter into amendments to the Agreement, so long as it does not modify the not-to-exceed value of the Agreement.

Sam Leach – have Dr. Rene Ramirez to discuss this. Dr. Paul Beatty has been interim County Health Officer and he has been a kind and gracious person and very helpful in our fight against Covid. Believes we have a great candidate in Dr. Ramirez.
Dr. Rene Ramirez – grew up in a rural area in Fresno County; has four kids, involved in  various community organizations, feels this will be a nice chapter for him. Thank you for the opportunity and looks forward to working with the BOSs.
• BOSs welcomed Dr. Ramirez and look forward to working with him.
Public Comments – None
• Motion to approve – Passed – 5- 0.

17. Health and Human Services Agency (ID # 6033) Authorize the Board Chair to sign a Letter of Intent with Health Plan of San Joaquin, changing the County’s managed health care model from the Regional Model to the Two-Plan Model.

• Laura Larsen – Deputy Director of Social Services – consider signing LOI to change to a two-plan model; county medical will include public plan which would be Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ) and commercial plan but wouldn’t be known until RFP is completed. HPSJ offers two choices – 9 out of 10 choose HPSJ plan. Calaveras County could have seat on board and give us local control and oversight over managing the medical program. El Dorado and Alpine have signed LOI with HPSJ.

• Motion to approve by Supervisor Callaway – no second so it does not pass.

18. Building (ID # 5735) 1) Introduce and waive the first reading of Ordinance Chapter 3.53 – “Building Department Service Fees” of the Calaveras County Code; 2) Conduct a public hearing; 3) Make public benefit finding; and 4) Authorize a summary publication of the Ordinance.

Doug Oliver – Chief Building Official – Calaveras County Building Department – presented a PowerPoint presentation. Please review for detailed information.
• We need to ensure proper cost recovery and ensure fee collection is relative to the services provided. Need to adapt to changes in workload relative to new laws and codes. Fees reflect actual time spent. Also, want to demonstrate transparency in the services relative to the fees collected.
• Public Comments – None
• Motion to approve – Passed – 5- 0.

19. Planning (ID # 5968) Conduct a public hearing, find that the project is a “later activity” per Section 15168(c) of the CEQA Guidelines under the EIR prepared for the General Plan, and adopt a Zoning Map amendment for APNs 140-010-130, 36-005-033, 36-008-102 through 105, 68-016-045 and 046 (Project 2021-008). Authorize publication of summary ordinance and brief property descriptions.

• Peter Maurer – Planning Department – brief cleanup from zoning map in March, realized some edits needed to be made and had to re-notice public.
• Motion to approve – Passed – 5- 0.

Supervisor Announcements

Supervisor Callaway – had CSAC conference via zoom and went well. Other counties were in same position we are statewide, people not getting shots and not knowing how to manage it. Have vaccines and don’t have people stepping up to get them. We are all in this together.
Supervisor Folendorf – last Saturday city had a rebrand opening of a mix of new and change-of-ownership businesses downtown. Things are starting to turn and look good.
Chair Stopper – this Saturday is kids fishing day at Murphys Park, 8th grade or younger, please bring them up. A lot of fish stocked and will be a good day. Hot dogs and water will be served.

Meeting adjourned at 3:10 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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