February 11 Meeting

Board of Supervisors

Meeting Date: 2/11/2014

Use the Cyberagenda page for the full meeting information.

Highlights of the February 11, 2014 Board Meeting:

  1. Ballot Measure for Farmers Market
  2. Employee of the Year
  3. Employee of the Month
  4. Pension Reform
  5. Dog Management Plan at Golden Gate National Recreation Area
  6. Health and Human Services Budget
  7. Appointments
  8. Gnoss Field Final EIR

1. Ballot Measure for Farmers Market

Preview

At 9 a.m. in Room 324A, the Board will conduct an informational workshop regarding a partnership with the Agricultural Institute of Marin (AIM) to consider a June ballot measure to allow for a farmers market building and market canopy to be constructed at the vacant “Christmas tree lot” on the northern edge of the Civic Center campus.

Need more info?

Materials from AIM are to be available at the workshop. For a general view of planned upgrades on and near Civic Center Drive, check this clip on YouTube.

Review

The Board heard the presentation and scheduled the subject to be introduced as a ballot measure at the Feb. 25 Board meeting.

Contact

Clerk of the Board staff

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2. Employee of the Year

Preview

The Board will present the 2013 "Employee of the Year" Award to Jeff Young of the Health and Human Services Department.

Review

The Board saluted Jeff Young for his award and thanked him for his community service. Jeff, a County employee since November 2007, "is a valuable and contributing member of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Technical Services team and proves it time and time again. His Helpdesk expertise extends far beyond the technical and into the most complex and challenging part of Helpdesk Support, serving the end user. His excellent people skills and his wide breadth of technical knowledge make him an ambassador for the team. He is always willing to take on any task, ranging from fixing a broken keyboard or mouse to relocating an entire department. His attention to detail and timing became most evident when he recently managed the task of moving the HHS financial division. Along with being very professional, Jeff is well-liked and respected by clients and team members. We are very fortunate and honored to have Jeff as a member of our team. Congratulations, Jeff, on being chosen Employee of the Year."

Contact

Joanne Peterson, Director of Human Resources

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3. Employee of the Month

Preview

The Board will present the "Employee of the Month" Award for January 2014 to Hannah Lee of the Department of Public Works. 

Review

The Board saluted Hannah Lee for her award and thanked her for her community service. "Hannah is simply a star. Since joining DPW’s Flood Control Division in 2008, her energy, intellect and work ethic have contributed greatly to the success of the program. An Associate Civil Engineer, her work has ranged from major construction projects to managing work programs for flood prone areas of the county.  Obtaining her professional engineering license in 2012, she’s only getting better. In addition to her flood control work; Hannah is president of the Sonoma County Chapter of Engineers Without Borders and recently went to the Peruvian Amazon to help two villages build a rainwater harvesting system. She is also a vital part of the County’s Wellness Program and is an enthusiastic Wellness Ambassador to her colleagues. Her passions include healthy foods, physical activities, and promoting heart-healthy living. Hannah sets the bar high as an exemplary employee and involved community member and is has more than earned this recognition as Employee of the Month."

Contact

Bob Beaumont, Director of Public Works

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4. Pension Reform

Preview

The Board will hear a request from the County Administrator for an informational report on “The Pension Reform Act of 2014” (“The Reed Initiative”) and status report on other pension and retiree health efforts. Staff asks that the Board accept the report and provide direction to staff.

Need more info?

See the letter about the Pension Reform Act.

Review

The Board accepted the report and followed the County Administrator's recommendation to take no action at this time.

Contact

Matthew Hymel, County Administrator

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5. Dog Management Plan at Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Preview

The Board will hear a request to adopt a resolution opposing the Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s Proposed Dog Management Plan, Preferred Alternative "F" in the 2013 Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement.

Need more info?

See the letter about the GGNRA dog management plan.

Review

The Board approved the resolution with some modifications.

Contact

Maureen Parton, aide to Supervisor Sears

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6. Health and Human Services Budget

Preview

The Board will hear a request from the Department of Health and Human Services to approve $250,000 in budget adjustments for the 2013-14 fiscal year to provide for the continuation of community-based senior services. The action would hold in place the safety net of community-based senior services such as nutrition, caregiver respite and health insurance counseling.

Need more info?

See the letter about the Health and Human Services budget.

Review

The Board approved the budget adjustments.

Contact

Maureen Parton, aide to Supervisor Sears

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7. Appointments

Preview

The Board will consider applications for one vacancy on the Commission on Aging, one on the Disaster Council, one on the Personnel Commission, one on the Law Library Board of Trustees and one on the Youth Commission.

Need more info?

See the Cyberagenda for details on the interviews/appointments, or the Boards and Commissions page.

Review

The Board made the following appointments:

Commission on Aging: Marianne Gontarz-York

Disaster Council: Frank Cox

Law Library Board of Trustees: Benjamin Gale

Youth Commission: Hector Villeda-Godoy

The Board also requested three interviews for Personnel Commission openings.

Contact

Clerk of the Board staff

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8. Gnoss Field Final EIR

Preview

The Board will conduct a hearing and consider of certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the Gnoss Field proposed runway extension project at the County airport in Novato. County staff proposes improvements to bring several airport design features into compliance with current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) standards. The proposed improvements include extension of Runway 13/31 and the corresponding taxiway and runway safety areas (overruns), associated levee construction  and realignment of drainage, and reprogramming of the navigational aids for the extended  runway.

Need more info?

See the letter about the Gnoss Field FEIR.

Review

The Board adopted the resolution certifying the final environmental impact report.

Contact

Craig Tackabery, Deputy Director of Public Works

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