August 6 Meeting

Board of Supervisors

Meeting Date: 8/6/2013

Use the Cyberagenda page for the full meeting information.

Highlights of the August 06, 2013 Board Meeting:

  1. Marin Emergency Radio Authority (MERA)
  2. Employee of the Month
  3. Breastfeeding Awareness Week
  4. Civil Grand Jury Response: Medical Marijuana
  5. Civil Grand Jury Response: Retiree Healthcare
  6. Speed Limit on Nicasio Valley Road
  7. Marinwood Intersection Safety
  8. Marin Primary & Middle School Improvements
  9. Black Point Improvement Club's Appeal

1. Marin Emergency Radio Authority (MERA)

Preview

The Board will hear an informational presentation regarding Marin Emergency Radio Authority (MERA) planning and implementation efforts for a next-generation system to maintain and enhance countywide emergency response capabilities. The workshop is to be conducted in Room 324A of the Civic Center administration building, a few doors from the Supervisors' chambers. Information will be available at the workshop.

Review

The Board heard the presentation.

Contact

Matthew Hymel, County Administrator 

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2. Employee of the Month

Preview

The Board will present the Employee of the Month award for July to Raquel Burcina, a dispatcher from the Sheriff’s Office.

Need more info? See the award to be presented to Raquel Burcina.

Review

The Board honored Raquel Burcina. Her commendation reads:

Raquel Burcina handles a wide range of calls in the communications center from extremely stressful, such as an occupied vehicle submerged in water, to the routine such as noise complaints. During her five years of dispatching, there has never been a call that Raquel wasn’t ready to handle. Raquel is poised and proficient in her position and remains calm, cool, and collected during any incident, never displaying frustration or nervousness. Her peers enjoy working with her and have immense trust in her. Raquel is always at her partner’s side, assisting and providing her with the necessary help and information. Raquel does not seek recognition, and is gracious and compassionate. These qualities spill over to other Sheriff-sponsored events, such as the Marin City toy giveaway. At one community event Raquel learned of a grieving family that prompted her to raise more than $5,000 to assist them in their time of need. The Sheriff’s Office commends Raquel on displaying such excellence.

The County of Marin is equally proud to congratulate Raquel on being chosen the Employee of the Month.

Contact

Joanne Peterson, Director of Human Resources.

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3. Breastfeeding Awareness Week

Preview

The Board will consider adopting a resolution proclaiming August as Breastfeeding Awareness Month at the request of Supervisor Adams. August is also International Breastfeeding Awareness Month and National Breastfeeding Awareness Month. 

Need more info? See the resolution on Breastfeeding Awareness Month.

Review

The Board adopted the resolution.

Contact

Susannah Clark, aide to Supervisor Adams

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4. Civil Grand Jury Response: Medical Marijuana

Preview

The Board will consider concurrence and adoption of response to 2012-2013 Marin County Civil Grand Jury report titled "Medical Marijuana: Up in Smoke?" (May 19, 2013). The Civil Grand Jury recommended that the Board uphold access to medical marijuana, establish standards for edible medical marijuana and develop a viable set of ordinances for dispensaries in the unincorporated areas of the County.

Need more info? See the Civil Grand Jury report and the response to the report.

Review

The Board concurred and adopted the response.

Contact

Janell Hampton, Management Analyst

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5. Civil Grand Jury Response: Retiree Healthcare

Preview

The Board will consider concurrence and adoption of response to 2012-2013 Marin County Civil Grand Jury report titled "Marin's Retirement Healthcare Benefits: The Money Isn't There" (June 3, 2013). The Civil Grand Jury made six recommendations that each Marin County local government, special district
and school district should consider.

Need more info? See the Civil Grand Jury report and the response to the report.

Review

The Board concurred and adopted the response.

Contact

Jacalyn Mah, Management Analyst

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6. Speed Limit on Nicasio Valley Road

Preview

The Board will hear a first reading of an ordinance establishing the speed limit on a portion of Nicasio Valley Road in West Marin. Public Works staff recommends raising the speed limit by 5 mph on several stretches of the road. The existing traffic survey has expired and requires a new study in order for law enforcement to continue to use radar enforcement. Staff recommends scheduling a merit hearing for 10:30 a.m. Sept. 10.

Need more info? See the letter about the ordinance.

Review

The Board heard the first reading of the ordinance and scheduled a merit hearing for 10:30 a.m. Sept. 10.

Contact

Bob Beaumont, Director of the Department of Public Works

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7. Marinwood Intersection Safety

Preview

The Board will conduct a hearing on an ordinance prohibiting U-turns at the Miller Creek/Marinwood Avenue intersection and adjacent intersections in the unincorporated Marinwood area. During the morning commute, Highway 101 motorists often exit the southbound Marinwood offramp and re-enter after making a U-turn to bypass congestion 101. That practice is discouraged by Caltrans because of impacts to the local community.

Need more info? See the letter about the ordinance.

Review

The Board adopted the ordinance.

Contact

Bob Beaumont, Director of the Department of Public Works

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8. Marin Primary & Middle School Improvements

Preview

The Board will conduct a hearing on the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act (TEFRA) regarding issuance of up to $3.5 million of tax-exempt conduit obligations to finance and refinance capital improvements to certain educational facilities of Marin Primary & Middle School (MP&MS) at 20 Magnolia Ave. in Larkspur.

Need more info? See the report about the resolution.

Review

The Board conducted the hearing.

Contact

Matthew Hymel, County Administrator

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9. Black Point Improvement Club's Appeal

Preview

The Board will hear an appeal of the Black Point Improvement Club et al. on the Planning Commission’s approval of the Balestreri use permit and design review. On June  10,  the Planning  Commission  approved  construction of a solar energy facility  at the existing Green Point Nursery off Atherton Avenue in unincorporated Novato. Staff recommends the Board deny the appeal filed by Black Point Improvement  Club, Marin Audubon Society, and the Olive Ridge Home Owners Association.

Need more info? See the letter about the appeal.

Review

The Board voted to uphold the appeal.

Contact

Brian Crawford, Community Development Agency

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