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Highlights of the March 31, 2015 Board Meeting:
The Board will present the Employee of the Month award for March 2015 to Administrative Services Technician Patrick McNerney, who has worked for the Department of Public Works since 2006.
Board President Katie Rice read the following:
Patrick is the conduit for work that requires building maintenance services, as he is usually the voice on the other end of the maintenance phone. He is recognized for his friendly attitude, follow-through and professionalism. Patrick’s desk is located in the bowels of the Civic Center, among the pumps, transformers and cooling systems that keep the Civic Center employees and public comfortable, and where he provides assistance with ease and humor.
In addition to picking up service calls, Patrick administers the employee security card key access, tends to the county-wide energy management system and handles the division’s accounting needs which are all part of his daily juggling act.
Patrick’s tenacious character selflessly lends itself to many an endeavor and extends professionally beyond the department, helping lead the Public Works softball team to three championships.
For all these attributes, the County of Marin is proud to honor Patrick as Employee of the Month.
Contact: Raul Rojas, Director, Department of Public Works
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The Board will hear a presentation by the local nonprofit MarinKids about action guide data and an update on the Strong Start effort.
The Board heard the MarinKids presentation and expressed support of all groups rallying on behalf of children.
Need more info? See the MarinKids website.
Contact: Nancy Vernon, aide to Supervisor Rice
The Board will hear a request to adopt resolutions commending past Cultural Services Commissioners Carney Campion and Bonita Marmor.
The Board adopted the resolutions and thanked the former commissioners for their service.
Need more info? See the commendations for Carney Campion and Bonita Marmor.
The Board will hear a request from the Department of Public Works to provide a report on the Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) Civic Center Station upgrades. SMART provided two shelter designs for all rail station platforms. Cities and counties with SMART stations have been given the opportunity to request custom platform enhancements funded by the requesting agency. The Civic Center platform is to be located on the tracks underneath Highway 101 at McInnis Parkway, a quarter mile north of the Marin County Civic Center. County staff recommends improvements worth approximately $175,000.
The Board heard the report and provided feedback to staff.
Need more info? See the staff report about SMART Civic Center Station upgrades.
Contact: Patrick Echols, Principal Civil Engineer, Department of Public Works
The Board will hear a request from the Marin County Free Library (MCFL) to consider a resolution amending library fees and fines. MCFL would like to codify a “clean slate” policy for kids under age 18 who have amassed fines and fees for overdue or lost materials. Library officials said it is common for youngsters to have overdue fines and owe money for materials not returned, serving as a barrier to library visits because of collection procedures. In some cases, kids have avoided visiting the library for years because of money owed. The existing fine schedule is 25 cents per item per day and a maximum of $3 per item. A new policy would establish a procedure to approve amnesty of fines and fees in partnership with schools and other youth organizations.
The Board adopted the resolution.
Need more info? See the staff report about the amendments to library fees and fines.
Contact: Sara Jones, Director, Marin County Free Library
The Board will conduct a merit hearing for 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.
The Board conducted the hearing and approved the ordinance.
Need more info? See the staff report about the ordinance proposal.
Contact: Bob Goralka, Principal Civil Engineer, Department of Public Works
The Board will conduct a merit hearing for 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.
The Board conducted the hearing and approved the ordinance amendment.
Need more info? See the staff report about the ordinance amendment.
Contact: Ron Miska, Assistant Director, Marin County Parks
The Board will hear a request from Marin County Parks to accept donations totaling $100,000 for the Stafford Lake Bike Park and approve related budget actions. The donations include $50,000 from the Friends of Stafford Lake Bike Park and the Peter E. Haas Jr. Family Foundation. Parks also will request that the Board authorize the Board President to execute a $15,000 sponsorship agreement with Camelbak Products to construct construction of the bike park.
The Board accepted the donations and authorized the sponsorship agreement.
Need more info? See the staff report about the Stafford Lake Bike Park donation from the Peter E. Haas Jr. Foundation and the Camelbak sponsorship.
Contact: Linda Dahl, Director, Marin County Parks
The Board will consider one vacancy on the Fish and Wildlife Commission, one on the Tam Design Review Board and one on the Workforce Investment Board.
The Board made the following appointments:
Fish and Wildlife Commission: Brad Stompe
Tam Design Review Board: Loren Mollner
Workforce Investment Board: Keith Dias
Need more info? See the agenda for details on the interviews/appointments, or the Boards and Commissions webpage.
No earlier than 1:30 p.m., the Board will hear a request for a presentation by the Public Health Officer regarding immunizations and a request to send a letter supporting Senate Bill 277 to the authors of the bill. The proposed legislation would eliminate most exemptions that currently allow parents to avoid requirements to vaccinate their children. It would permit only medical exemptions to vaccination requirements and direct school boards to disclose the immunization rates of schools to parents and guardians of children who attend that district's schools. Marin has seen a rise in vaccine-preventable diseases such as pertussis and measles largely because some residents refuse or delay vaccinating their children.
The Board heard the presentation and approved, on a vote of 4-1 (Kinsey dissenting), to send a modified letter of support for SB 277.
Need more info? See the text of Senate Bill 277.
Contact: Nancy Vernon, aide to Supervisor Rice
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