October 20

Board of Supervisors

Meeting Date: 10/20/2015

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Highlights of the October 20, 2015 Board Meeting:

  1. Honoring Novato City Manager Michael Frank
  2. Arts and Humanities Month
  3. California Flood Preparedness Week
  4. Appointments to Advisory Boards and Commissions
  5. Gann Initiative and County Tax Proceeds
  6. Draft Medical Cannabis Dispensary Ordinance

1. Honoring Novato City Manager Michael Frank

Preview

No earlier than 10 a.m., the Board will hear a request to adopt a resolution commending Novato City Manager Michael Frank for his service to the city and the broader Marin community. The Novato City Council appointed Frank on May 18, 2009, during the midst of the economic downturn. He was responsible for overseeing the city’s $61 million annual budget, which includes more than $13 million annually in capital improvements. Frank has announced he will leave his post at the end of the calendar year to explore new opportunities.

Review

The Board adopted the resolution and congratulated Michael Frank.

Need more info? See the draft resolution commending Novato City Manager Michael Frank.

Contact: Tanya Albert, aide to Supervisor Arnold

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2. Arts and Humanities Month

Preview

The Board will hear a request to adopt a resolution proclaiming October as Arts and Humanities Month to correspond with National Arts and Humanities Month, which has been an annual celebration since 1993.

Review

The Board adopted the resolution.

Need more info? See the staff report about Arts and Humanities Month.

Contact: Liza Crosse, aide to Supervisor Kinsey

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3. California Flood Preparedness Week

Preview

The Board will receive an update from the Department of Public Works on El Niño winter storm preparations and a request to adopt a resolution proclaiming October 19-24 as California Flood Preparedness Week. The California Department of Water Resources has worked to unite agencies to educate the public about flood risk with a goal of improving safety. The Marin County Flood Control & Water Conservation District has been working with the Marin County Office of Emergency Services to hold a free Flood Preparedness Week Fair on October 24 from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Marin Exhibition Hall, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 

Review

The Board received the update from representatives from the Marin County Flood Control & Water Conservation District and the Marin County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services and adopted the resolution.

Need more info? See the staff report about the winter update and the news release about the Flood Preparedness Week Fair.

Contact: Scott Lyle, Principal Civil Engineer, Department of Public Works

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4. Appointments to Advisory Boards and Commissions

Preview

The Board will consider two vacancies on the Retirement Board, one on the Alto Sanitary District Board of Directors, one on the Child Care Commission, one on the Fish and Wildlife Commission, one on the North Coast Railroad Authority board, and one on the Stinson Beach Fire Protection District board.

Review

The Board made the following appointments:

Retirement Board: Bernadette Bolger, Kim Stevens

Alto Sanitary District Board of Directors: Todd Gates

Child Care Commission: Lourdes Romo

Fish and Wildlife Commission: Susan Ristow

North Coast Railroad Authority board: Dietrich Stroeh

Stinson Beach Fire Protection District board: Jeffrey Walsh

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

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5. Gann Initiative and County Tax Proceeds

Preview

The Board will hear a request from the Department of Finance to adopt a resolution determining the fiscal year 2015-16 appropriations of tax proceeds pertaining to the County of Marin in accordance with Article XIII-B of the State Constitution (Proposition 4 Gann Initiative). The Gann Limit was established in 1979 after the passage of Proposition 13 and was passed by voters to cap annual appropriations made by California and local government taxing agencies. The limit must be calculated on an annual basis and only increase annually by growth and population factors and/or temporarily through voter approval in accordance with California law. The law requires state and local governments to return any funds in excess of the appropriations limit within two fiscal years with some exceptions. Currently, the county and special district Gann Limit calculations reflect a significantly higher limit than funds received. The Department of Finance has calculated the County appropriations limit for the fiscal year. Based on County Counsel opinion, special districts governed under the Board have been rolled into the calculation and are part of the presentation. The aggregate tax proceeds limit for both County and special districts governed by County Board is $294,981,783; and proceeds subject to the limit are $187,456,363.

Review

The Board adopted the resolution.

Need more info? See the staff report about the tax proceeds pertaining to the Gann Initiative.

Contact: Roy Given, Director of Finance

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6. Draft Medical Cannabis Dispensary Ordinance

Preview

No earlier than 1:30 p.m., the Board will hear the first reading of an ordinance to license medical cannabis dispensaries in unincorporated Marin County. The draft ordinance was discussed by the Board on June 9, and staff heard public and Board comments about recommended changes. The ordinance would limit the number of dispensaries to four locations within unincorporated Marin – no more than two in the highly populated Highway 101 corridor and no more than two in the more rural central and western parts of the county. Staff recommends scheduling a merit hearing for 1:30 p.m. December 8.

Review

The Board heard a staff report from the Community Development Agency and Counsel Counsel's Office, then public testimony. The Board took no action, recommended revisions to the ordinance and asked that the first reading be rescheduled for November 10.

Need more info? See the staff report, the PowerPoint presentation and the draft ordinance to license medical cannabis dispensaries.

Contact: Tom Lai, Assistant Director, Community Development Agency

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