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Highlights of the October 18, 2016 Board Meeting:
No earlier than 10 a.m., the Board will present the Employee of the Month award for September 2016 to Rosaura De Alvarez of the Probation Department.
Supervisor Rice read the following:
“Rosie” began her career with the County of Marin in 2007 as a supervision deputy in the Adult Division and then transferred to the Intake Unit in the Juvenile Division to expand her experience and knowledge.
Rosie is a tireless worker and dedicated to serving the community of Marin. Rosie’s character and work ethic is unparalleled: she has volunteered for some of the most challenging assignments in the department. In addition to taking the sex offender caseload and be the collaborative law enforcement representative, Rosie acted as a field training officer and firearms instructor, and is president of the Marin County Latino Employees Association. Rosie eagerly accepts many tasks and assignments as they arise to help a co-worker, such as last minute transportation and translation needs.
Rosie’s passion to serve the entire community of Marin is demonstrated in her work with the Latino community. Rosie is proud to help young people find the path to a healthy and successful life in their community.
The County of Marin is fortunate to recognize and congratulate Rosaura De Alvarez as Employee of the Month.
Contact: Mary Hao, Human Resources Director
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The Board will present the Outstanding Employee Team of the Quarter award to the Human Resources Staffing Team.
The Human Resources Staffing Team recruits, tests, and certifies job candidates to meet current and future department needs. They are the Team of the Quarter in recognition of the responsive, helpful, and professional service they provide to job seekers and to the special business needs of the County’s diverse departments.
They work cooperatively to meet organizational and individual needs while assuring compliance with non-discrimination regulations. In the past fiscal year, they handled 291 recruitments! Team members often adjust their own schedules when departments have time-sensitive needs, and they respond with understanding to the concerns and questions of job applicants.
The team is: Alisa Samuel, Colleen Beck, Cassie Folan, Mike Aycock, Vicki Ramirez, Florence Pattison, Diane Ooms, Angie Fong, Susan Brown and Joshua Berry.
This talented group serves the County behind the scenes while maintaining a high level of service and working effectively as a team. Congratulations on being named Team of the Quarter!
Contact: Mary Hao, Director of Human Resources
The Board will hear a request from the County Administrator to adopt the RideGreen pilot program, encouraging employee use of alternate forms of transportation. The goals of the program are to: shift more than 500 employees away from driving alone, reducing 342 metric tons of greenhouse gas annually; promote employee wellness, encouraging employees to walk or bike to work locations from home or from a transit location; encourage and support carpooling; and promote transit ridership.
The Board adopted the RideGreen pilot program.
Need more info? See the staff report about the RideGreen pilot program.
Contact: Angela Nicholson, Assistant County Administrator
The Board will conduct a public hearing of proposed resolution to establish a Jobs/Housing Linkage Fee for Residential Care and Skilled Nursing Facilities and a Rental Housing Impact Fee for new development. In Marin County, 20 percent of any new development project that includes two or more units must contribute to the County's affordable housing stock through the provision of units, land or in-lieu fees. Commercial and other new non-residential developments are also required to provide housing units or in-lieu fees for 25 percent of the number of employees at the very-low-, low-, and moderate-income levels that would be generated by the development. In expectation of a projected increase in development of residential care and skilled nursing facilities, staff recommends the establishment of a jobs/housing linkage fee specific to those facilities. The fee would promote greater clarity for developers and ensure the application of an impact fee equitable to both the County and prospective developers. The proposed fees are $18 per square foot for a residential care facility and $21 per square foot for a skilled nursing facility. Also, rental housing impact fees were amended in 2012 to apply to new multifamily rental housing developments, and an analysis of fees has resulted in a proposed fee of $5 per square foot for less than 500 feet of floor space per unit, $10 per square foot for 500-1,000 square feet of floor space per unit, and $15 per square foot for more than 1,000 square feet per unit. This item was continued during the August 23 meeting.
The Board adopted both resolutions. County Counsel advised that the resolution for the Jobs/Housing Linkage Fee for Residential Care and Skilled Nursing Facilities will not go into effect until an ordinance is adopted revising current County Code.
Need more info? See the staff report about the proposed Jobs/Housing Linkage Fee and the Rental Housing Impact Fee.
Contact: Debbi La Rue, Planner, Community Development Agency
Not before 10:30 a.m., the Board will conduct a merit hearing for an ordinance establishing speed limits on portions of Point Reyes-Petaluma Road near Nicasio. Residents have expressed concerns about speeds in the area near the intersection of Point Reyes-Petaluma Road and Laurel Canyon Road. After a review by the California Highway Patrol, Public Works staff recommends lowering the speed limit from 55 to 40 on Point Reyes-Petaluma Road between Platform Bridge Road and Laurel Canyon Road, and lowering it from 55 to 50 between Laurel Canyon Road and Dam Road. This action would result in the installation and ongoing maintenance of signs and markings but would not impact the County's General Fund.
The Board conducted the merit hearing and adopted the ordinance.
Need more info? See the staff report on the establishment of speed limits on portions of Point Reyes-Petaluma Road.
Contact: Bob Goralka, Principal Civil Engineer, Department of Public Works
The Board will hear a request from the County Administrator for the Board to review and accept the 2015-16 Living Wage Ordinance Annual Report and provide direction regarding future amendments to the ordinance and a cost-of-living adjustment for 2017. The Living Wage Ordinance, established in 2002, was last increased effective January 1, 2016, to the $13.35 per hour without benefits ($11.70 per hour including benefits). The Bay Area Consumer Price Index (CPI) is estimated to increase by 3.0 percent from October 2015 to October 2016 but will not be known until mid-November. Staff recommends an increase to an estimated $13.75 per hour not including benefits or $12.05 per hour including benefits, assuming a 3.0 percent CPI increase. The adjustment of wages for in-home supportive service providers represents nearly all of the financial impact of a wage increase.
The Board reviewed and accepted the Living Wage Ordinance Annual Report and provided direction on future amendments.
Need more info? See the staff report about the Living Wage Ordinance Annual Report.
Contact: Talia Smith, Management and Budget Analyst, County Administrator's Office
The Board will hear a request from the County Administrator to appropriate General Fund and 2015 Certificates of Participation (COP) proceeds for Major Capital Projects for the 2016-17 Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The Board approved the 2016-17 CIP on June 22, 2016, which included recommendations on how the 2015 COPs proceeds and General Fund reserves for fire station improvements, together totaling $31.5 million, might be allocated to capital projects. Staff recommendations are $21 million for the Civic Center Roof Replacement, $6.5 million for fire station renovations and replacements, $3 million for the West Marin Service Center renovation, and $1 million for Marin Center improvements.
The Board appropriated the proceeds as recommended.
Need more info? See the staff report on the appropriations to the major capital projects.
Contact: David Speer, Facilities Planning & Development Manager, County Administrator's Office
The Board will hear a request from the Department of Public Works to consider approving the Skydive Golden Gate Inc. Airport Business Operating Permit, and authorize Public Works Director to consent to a future sublease with Skydive Golden Gate. The business is interested in offering tandem skydiving operations at Gnoss Field in Novato, which is owned by the County of Marin and operated by the County's Department of Public Works. Lacking specific skydiving business operating standards in the aviation section of the Marin County Code, the Board approved an ordinance in May 2016. The County has reached agreement on business operating terms. It is estimated that the annual airport revenue from this business would be less than $5,000 per year.
The Board approved the permit and authorized the future sublease.
Need more info? See the staff report on the proposed Skydive Golden Gate Inc. Airport Business Operating Permit.
Contact: Eric Steger, Assistant Director, Department of Public Works
The Board will consider seven vacancies on the Bolinas Lagoon Advisory Council, one on the Planning Commission, one on the Disaster Council, one on the Peace Conversion Commission, and one on the Women's Commission.
The Board made the following appointments:
Bolinas Lagoon Advisory Council: Ralph Carmiccia, Ed Ueber
Planning Commission: Margaret Curran
Disaster Council: Jon Gaffney
Peace Conversion Commission: William Rothman, Donald Foster
Need more info? See the agenda for details on the interviews/appointments, or the Boards and Commissions webpage.
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