March 17

Board of Supervisors

Meeting Date: 3/17/2015

Use the Cyberagenda page for the full meeting information.

Highlights of the March 17, 2015 Board Meeting:

  1. Capital Projects and Road and Bridge Program
  2. Employee Team of the Quarter Recognition
  3. Employee of the Month Recognition
  4. Commendation for Organic Farmers
  5. Prohibiting U-turns at Greenbrae Intersection
  6. Speed Limit on Multiuse Pathway
  7. Appointments to Advisory Boards and Commissions
  8. Medical Office Project in Strawberry
  9. Revisions to Community Plan Update Strategy

1. Capital Projects and Road and Bridge Program

Preview

At 9 a.m. in Suite 324A, the Board will conduct an informational workshop to discuss capital projects and the County Road and Bridge Program. No formal action will be taken by the Board.

Review

The Board conducted the workshop. See the PowerPoint presentation and our news release on the subject.

Contact: Raul Rojas, Director, Department of Public Works

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2. Employee Team of the Quarter Recognition

Preview

In the Board Chamber no earlier than 10 a.m., the Board will present the Outstanding Employee Team of the Quarter award to the Health and Human Services Adult Case Management Team.

Review

Supervisor Rice read the following:

The Health and Human Services - Mental Health and Substance Use Services Adult Case Management Team provides supportive services to Marin residents experiencing serious mental health conditions that pose challenges to successful living in the community. Team members work diligently and with compassion in helping people avoid hospitalization and also in helping them successfully transition out of hospitals and other intensive residential treatment programs. They help find housing, lend support in maintaining housing, assist with transportation needs, serve as advocates and provide a safety net of mental health services. They are wonderful County staff that work from the heart and put their hearts into their work.  They have hope that those they serve will live fulfilling lives and help clients maintain hope in the face of a variety of life challenges.  We celebrate the excellent work of this team, but the team members celebrate the hard work and successes of the clients they serve. They are the team that brought you the “Be Happy” video and the message that “Recovery is Real”... they see it all the time!

Contact: Heather Ravani, Deputy Director, Department of Health and Human Services

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3. Employee of the Month Recognition

Preview

The Board will present the Employee of the Month award for February 2015 to Ruben Chiang of the Department of Public Works.

Review

Supervisor Rice read the following:

Ruben Chiang began at the County nearly 25 years ago in the Print Shop and is now in Shipping & Receiving. Referred to as the ‘go to’ person there, Ruben is reliable, dependable, and takes pride in his work. He ensures mail and package deliveries are processed in a timely and organized manner, knowing how critical this is for all departments, and readily shares his knowledge with others. He is fondly known by many as “Mr. Right.”

Ruben’s responsibilities also include sorting county surplus materials, particularly technology hardware, to maximize the amount of surplus materials that can be reused or recycled. He works with local organizations to donate authorized surplus assets to communities in need of technology, many of which do not have any.

Ruben looks at the County as part of his extended family. He has donated many hours of vacation time to fellow employees in need and truly cares about his County family. In recognition of Ruben’s commitment and enthusiasm, the County of Marin is pleased to honor Ruben as Employee of the Month.

Contact: Raul Rojas, Director, Department of Public Works

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4. Commendation for Organic Farmers

Preview

The Board will hear a request from the Department of Agriculture/Weights and Measures to adopt a resolution commending organic farmers for their innovation and economic contributions to Marin County and celebrating the Marin Organic Certified Agriculture program. Agriculture is recognized as one of five targeted industries by the County's Economic Commission for the benefits derived from this valuable business sector. Organic certification has contributed to the long-term economic viability and the protection of natural resources in Marin. The Marin Organic Certified Agriculture program certifies 53 operations for crops, livestock and processed products, representing more than 36,000 certified organic acres with a gross value of approximately $39 million.

Review

The Board adopted the resolution and congratulated the Agriculture Department staff, the Farm Advisor, Marin Organic and several farmers and ranchers in attendance.

Need more info? See the staff report about the resolution.

Contact: Stacy Carlsen, Agricultural Commissioner

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5. Prohibiting U-turns at Greenbrae Intersection

Preview

The Board will hear the first reading of an ordinance prohibiting U-turns at the Eliseo Drive and Via la Cumbre intersection in Greenbrae. In response to resident requests from the area, the Department of Public Works evaluated the adoption of a U-turn restriction from the northbound approach to the intersection. Many motorists have been observed using U-turns to access nearby Bon Air shopping center or to re-enter westbound Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. The California Highway Patrol reviewed and supported the U-turn restriction. Local residents overwhelmingly favor the restriction. Staff recommends that a merit hearing be scheduled for 10:30 a.m. March 31.

Review

The Board heard the first reading of the ordinance and scheduled the merit hearing for 10:30 a.m. March 31.

Need more info? See the staff report about the ordinance proposal.

Contact: Bob Goralka, Principal Civil Engineer, Department of Public Works

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6. Speed Limit on Multiuse Pathway

Preview

The Board will hear the first reading of an ordinance amending Title 10 of the Marin County Code pertaining to speed limits on the Mill Valley-Sausalito Multiuse Pathway. The 3.1-mile pathway has been a popular recreational corridor since its construction more than 30 years ago. With increased use and the mix of recreational and transportation users has come increased conflicts. A Path Safety Working Group Staff recommended that a traffic-slowing roundabout be installed at the path's intersection at Sycamore Avenue in Mill Valley and that a speed reduction measure be implemented. The roundabout was recently completed. The proposed speed limit would be 10 mph, down from 15 mph, for a section nearly half a mile in length. Staff recommends that a merit hearing be scheduled for 10:30 a.m. March 31.

Review

The Board heard the first reading of the ordinance and scheduled the merit hearing for 10:30 a.m. March 31.

Need more info? See the staff report about the ordinance amendment.

Contact: Ron Miska, Assistant Director, Marin County Parks

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7. Appointments to Advisory Boards and Commissions

Preview

The Board will consider three vacancies on the Integrated Pest Management Commission, one on the Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board, one on the Kentfield Planning Advisory Board, and one on the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control Board.

Review

The Board made the following appointments:

Integrated Pest Management Commission: Douglas Fairclough, Arthur Slater

Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board: Sue Kessner

Kentfield Planning Advisory Board: Dale Hansen

Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control Board: Frederick Smith

Need more info? See the agenda for details on the interviews/appointments, or the Boards and Commissions webpage.

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8. Medical Office Project in Strawberry

Preview

The Board will conduct a hearing to consider the Bently Holdings Master Plan Amendment and Precise Development Plan Amendment, with supplemental use permit findings, for the property located at 1 and 2 Belvedere Place, Mill Valley (APN 043-151-32). On February 23, 2015, the Planning Commission recommended that the Board conditionally approve the amendments and use permit findings to allow up to 47,500 square feet of office space to be utilized for medical services on the property in unincorporated Strawberry. The 1984 Strawberry Hill Master Plan and subsequent Precise Development Plans expressly prohibited the allowance of medical offices. The location is a 10.7-acre lot with two office buildings totaling approximately 100,000 square feet just south and east of Strawberry Village, Redwood Highway and Highway 101. On behalf of the Planning Commission, Community Development Agency staff recommends the Board adopt the ordinance and resolution to approve the project.

Review

The Board did not approve the ordinance and gave direction to staff. The item will reappear on a future Board agenda.

Need more info? See the staff report about the amendments.

Contact: Scott Greeley, Planner, Community Development Agency

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9. Revisions to Community Plan Update Strategy

Preview

The Board will hear a request from the Community Development Agency to consider revisions to the Community Plan update strategy to further refine and clarify the process for updating community plans. Since early 2013, the Santa Venetia and Black Point/Green Point communities have been participating in the process of updating their community plans. In November 2014, the Board agreed on revisions to the update strategy but did not appear supportive of zoning changes that could raise legal challenges or trigger the need for substantive state environmental review. Staff now recommends that the Board consider refinements to the update strategy to reflect the Board's input and ensure more consistent expectations about the community plan process among various participants and decision-makers.

Review

The Board approved the revised strategy.

Need more info? See the staff report about the revisions.

Contact: Christine Gimmler, Senior Planner, Community Development Agency

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