Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Meeting Notes – 1/25/22

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The Calaveras Board of Supervisors meetings are much more important than you may realize.  One of our members, Janet, has been taking detailed notes which gives you a chance to follow along but in a quick & timely way.   Oh, and if you’ve ever wondered about the item numbering, we usually don’t list the items from the closed sessions.

This article is from the 1/25/22  meeting.  Just reading through the notes, it was a pretty darn interesting meeting.  Besides approving a change in their sick-leave policy for county employees, the County’s five-year plan for capital improvements, and CSA mods.

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: 20220125-bos-meeting-notes

Public meeting called to order.

Staff Announcements

• Lisa Medina – Environmental Management Agency Director – thanked the community for adopting animals in January. In February, will have Valentine’s Day adoption event. More details to come. In March, will have first rabies and microchip clinic on Saturday, March 12, at the Government Center in San Andreas.

General Public Comment

Consent Agenda

2. Informational Item – Public Works (ID # 6371) Receive the written FY 2020-21 annual reports for the Road Impact Mitigation, Valley Springs Benefit Basin, Copperopolis Benefit Basin, and Bret Harte Traffic Impact Mitigation development fee programs.

3. Agreement – Health and Human Services Agency (ID # 6502) Authorize the Board Chair to sign the Intra-Division Memorandum of Understanding for Veterans Mental Health Outreach Services for the not to exceed amount of $300,000.00 for the period of July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2024.

4. Agreement – Behavioral Health Services – Mental Health Program (ID # 6507) 1. Authorize the Director of Health and Human Services to sign the Intra-Agency Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Health and Human Services Mental Health Program and First 5 to administer the Strengthening Families Program for the period of July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2024 for the not-to-exceed value of $606,000; and 2. Authorize the Director of the Health and Human Services Agency to sign amendments to the MOU, so long as the not-to-exceed value does not change.

5. Action Item – Public Works (ID # 6514) Delegate signature authority to the Purchasing Agent to order leased equipment associated with the Enterprise Fleet Management Agreement approved by the Board of Supervisors on August 25, 2020.

6. Agreement – Behavioral Health Services – Mental Health Program (ID # 6506) Authorize the Board Chair to execute an Agreement with California Psychiatric Transitions for the provision of residential inpatient mental health services in an amount not to exceed $650,000 for the period of July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.

7. Resolution – Human Resources (ID # 6509) Adopt a Resolution authorizing changes to the job description of Director of Integrated Waste & Water Policy.

Motion to approve consent agenda items 2 – 6 – Passed 5 – 0.

Regular Agenda

8. Resolution – Human Resources (ID # 6528) Adopt a Resolution approving a COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Policy with the effective dates of January 25, 2022 to June 30, 2022 or until the State of California or the federal government create COVID-19 related leave, whichever is earlier.

• Judy Hawkins – HR and Risk Management – request for Covid 19 paid sick leave for 80 hours who meet criteria which is to quarantine, isolate, wait for test results, seek a diagnosis, adverse reaction. The purpose is because we have had an extreme surge in cases. In October we had 6, November 9, December 6, now up to 56 cases for January. To encourage employees to stay home if they have symptoms, that is the purpose of this leave. September 2021 leave policy expired by Federal Government. If employees are exposed at work put them on paid admin leave. This policy would make it more equitable if they need to stay home. SEIU asked to begin policy on December 27, 2021, after the holiday break. Feels starting January 3, 2022, would be my recommendation. Thank you for considering this resolution. If we go back retroactive, they will contact the employees..
Public Comment
Motion to approve – Passed 5 – 0.

9. Resolution – Administrative Office (ID # 6517) Adopt a Resolution of Intention to Form the Central Sierra Broadband Utility Zone Consortium.

• Summer Nicotero – Assistant CAO – previously was Central Sierra Connect Broadband which is no longer in existence. Beneficial for funding and with our bordering counties – Alpine, Amador, Tuolumne. Can get the most benefit out of coordinating our efforts.  The agreement is to make sure we are a part of the conversation.
Public Comment • None
Motion to approve – Passed 5 – 0.

10. Informational Item – Public Works (ID # 6508) Receive a presentation on the draft 2022 Calaveras County Department of Public Works Five-Year Capital Improvement Program.

• Robert Pachinger – Director of Public Works – presented PowerPoint presentation.
Please review for detailed information.
Public Comment • None
Informational Item Only.

11. Action Item – Public Works (ID # 6511) 1) Adopt three (3) sets of plans and specifications for the 2021 Road Resurfacing and Paving Program consisting of roads in County Service Area 4 – Diamond XX, Jenny Lind Road, and Valley Springs; 2) Authorize the Director of Public Works to incorporate any final changes into the respective bid documents; and 3) Authorize the Department of Public Works to solicit formal construction bids.

Robert Pachinger – Director of Public Works – item is a continuation of work that was being done last year. Some roads needed more robust treatment than a simple treatment, which needed road-based repair. We can solicit bids from contractors. Hoping to control costs better with this effort and the nature of the work involved. Will get a better product this way and better cost.  Plans and specs should go out for bid at the end of this week or early next week. I will try to get something back in March and work begins in April or May.
Public Comment • None
Motion to approve – Passed 5 – 0.

12. Action Item – Administrative Office (ID # 6522) Dissolve the Animal Services Shelter and Calaveras County Jail Ad Hoc Committee.

• Christa Von Lotta – CAO – created by BOS in Spring 2021 for repairs. Have met on multiple occasions. Recommend to disband committee because they can now be handled separately.
Public Comment • None
Motion to approve – Passed 4 – 1 (Supervisor Callaway).

13. Action Item – Clerk of the Board of Supervisors (ID # 6516) Appointment of applicants to serve on various Committees, Commissions, Advisory Boards and County Service Areas.

Public Comment • None
Motion to approve Allison Contreras and other appointments that only have one
applicant and postpone the Air Pollution Control Hearing Board – Passed 5 – 0.

Supervisor Announcements

Supervisor Callaway – will tour the Tracy animal shelter tomorrow. Next week have Area 12 Agency meeting.
Supervisor Garamendi – updated board earlier on Golden State Connect Authority.
Supervisor Tofanelli – yesterday attended the Central Sierra Child Support Agency meeting. Last night with LAFCO, a major discussion was CSDs, report out on their website regarding the conditions they are in. Will be having a study session regarding CSDs.

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