September 30

Board of Supervisors

Meeting Date: 9/30/2014

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Highlights of the September 30, 2014 Board Meeting:

  1. Employee of the Month
  2. SMART Station Design
  3. Statewide Propositions
  4. Bargaining Unit Tentative Agreement
  5. Wireless Tower Appeal

1. Employee of the Month

Preview

The Board will present the Employee of the Month award for September 2014 to Bruce Abbott of the Assessor-Recorder's Office.

Review

Supervisor Rice read the following:

Bruce Abbott could easily hold the title of “wizard” as a senior assessment-recording technician in the Recorder’s office copy center. Bruce has made it his personal mission for the past decade to expertly procure even hard-to-locate official and vital records for customers, all with a great degree of congeniality and charm.
 
Bruce could also be dubbed the “master of marriage certificates,” having amassed a wealth of knowledge about the subject. He especially enjoys  greeting newlywed couples who come to register their marriage licenses, adding his warmth to their special day.
 
Bruce’s aim is to provide the kind of service that every customer expects and appreciates so that they can leave with a smile on their face. It is a true pleasure to work with him as he is fully engaged and enthusiastic about his job, devoted to providing exceptional customer service. 
 
We are proud to congratulate him on the honor of Employee of the Month.

Contact: Bruce Abbott

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2. SMART Station Design

Preview

The Board will hear a request from the Department of Public Works to direct staff to submit a response to Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) related to Civic Center Station 65% Design Plans. The station is to be located under the Highway 101 overpass near McInnis Parkway and Civic Center Drive. SMART has indicated that it is receptive to requests for station design modifications that do not interfere with train operations. Rail service is expected to start in 2016.

Review

The Board heard a presentation from Principal Civil Engineer Pat Echols and directed staff to draft a letter to SMART with recommended revisions to the platform design plan.

Need more info? See the letter about the SMART Center Station design.

Contact: Pat Echols, Principal Civil Engineer, Public Works

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3. Statewide Propositions

Preview

County Administrator Matthew Hymel will provide an informational update about Propositions 1, 2, 45, 46, 47 and 48 that will appear on the November 4, 2014, statewide ballot.

Review

The Board gave direction to staff with support on Proposition 1 and and opposition on Propositions 46 and 48. 

Need more info? See the letter about the statewide propositions.

Contact: Matthew Hymel, County Administrator

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4. Bargaining Unit Tentative Agreement

Preview

The Board will hear a request from the Department of Human Resources to approve a tentative agreement with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 1021 (Nurses) for a three-year successor collective bargaining agreement (CBA). The agreement reflects many of the County's long-term priorities, which include reducing the County's contribution toward the employee's share of pension costs, providing affordable health benefits and consolidating job classifications. The CBA with this bargaining unit expired June 30.

Review

The Board approved the tentative agreement.

Need more info? See the letter about tentative agreement.

Contact: Roger Crawford, Deputy Director, Human Resources

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5. Wireless Tower Appeal

Preview

The Board plans to consider the Rago/Lee appeal of the Planning Commission’s conditional approval of the Southern Marin Fire Protection District Design Review at 309 Poplar Street, Tam Valley. On April 28, 2014, the Planning Commission upheld by a 5-2 vote the conditional approval from AT&T to co-locate a new commercial wireless telecommunications facility with an existing Spring facility on the roof of the fire station. The Planning Commission's decision was appealed and brought before the Board of Supervisors on June 10. The agenda item was continued twice to allow the applicant time to respond to questions.

Review

The Board took public testimony and the applicant submitted a request for further continuance of the item. The Board continued the hearing to a date to be determined later.

Need more info? See the letter about the appeal.

Contact: Brian Crawford, Director, Community Development Agency

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