October 4

Board of Supervisors

Meeting Date: 10/4/2016

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Highlights of the October 04, 2016 Board Meeting:

  1. Employee of the Month
  2. Bullying Prevention Month
  3. Commemoration for Book Passage
  4. State Propositions on November Ballot
  5. Funding for New Fire Station
  6. County Counsel Fees
  7. Speed Limits on Point Reyes-Petaluma Road
  8. Appointments to Advisory Boards and Commissions
  9. Modifications to Pasternak Use Permit
  10. Plan Bay Area Update

1. Employee of the Month

Preview

No earlier than 10 a.m., the Board will present the Employee of the Month award for August 2016 to of the Marin County Sheriff's Office.

Review

Supervisor Rice read the following:

Robin, a program coordinator since May 2005, is an outstanding employee in the Marin County Sheriff’s Department. Robin oversees the Programs Division at the Marin County Jail. She prides herself in helping others, creating good relationships with the volunteers and a cohesive team environment. She takes the time to talk with the volunteers to determine what they need and works to implement their ideas into the Jail’s inmate program. Robin is a team player and is respected by her team. She supports and encourages her team to achieve their goals. 
 
Her energy and encouragement has helped to boost inmates’ confidence, providing the opportunity to develop positive skills. Some former inmates have written or visited Robin to thank her for believing in them. It can be difficult for some whose lives have hit a road where there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel and it often takes a special person to help them overcome their obstacles. Robin’s belief in them helps them to believe in themselves. 
 
Robin is dedicated to her co-workers, the inmates and the volunteers she oversees. She credits the team for a job well done and claims it is because of them that she is effective at what she does. Robin deserves this recognition for her outstanding dedication. Congratulations, Robin.

Contact: Mary Hao, Human Resources Director

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2. Bullying Prevention Month

Preview

The Board will hear a request to adopt a resolution commemorating October as Bullying Prevention Month.

Review

The Board adopted the resolution.

Need more info? See the resolution about Bullying Prevention Month.

Contact: Tanya Albert, aide to Supervisor Arnold

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3. Commemoration for Book Passage

Preview

The Board will hear a request to adopt a resolution commemorating the 40th anniversary of Book Passage in Corte Madera.

Review

The Board adopted the resolution.

Need more info? See the resolution commemorating Book Passage.

Contact: Maureen Parton, aide to Supervisor Sears

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4. State Propositions on November Ballot

Preview

The Board will hear a request from the County Administrator's Office to consider adopting positions and providing direction regarding 17 propositions on the November 8, 2016 Statewide Ballot. Staff has framed the 17 propositions into three broad categories for consideration: staff-recommended position (based on past Board policy or consistent with the County Legislative Plan); consider policy position (consideration warranted and direction requested); and no policy position recommended (not directly related to County government). On September 20, the Board indicated taking positions on 13 of the measures and taking no position on four measures.

Review

The Board took the following positions on the state propositions:

Proposition 52: Support

Proposition 53: Oppose

Proposition 54: Support

Proposition 55: Support

Proposition 56: Support

Proposition 57: Support

Proposition 59: Support

Proposition 61: Support

Proposition 62: Support

Proposition 63: Support

Proposition 65: Oppose

Proposition 66: Oppose

Proposition 67: Support

Need more info? See the staff report about the propositions on the statewide ballot.

Contact: Daniel Eilerman, Assistant County Administrator

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5. Funding for New Fire Station

Preview

The Board will hear a request from the County Administrator to approve appropriation of $5.52 million of available County Service Area (CSA) 19 fund balance for capital contribution toward a new San Rafael Fire Department station at 3530 Civic Center Drive in San Rafael. The station is located across Civic Center Drive from the Marin County Civic Center on County property leased to the City of San Rafael. The city operates the station via contract with CSA 19 to provide fire protection services to CSA 19 residents as well as incorporated San Rafael. CSA includes the unincorporated communities of McNear's Beach, Bayside Acres, Country Club, California Park, Sun Valley, Merrydale-Los Ranchitos, San Pablo-Tarrant Circle Area and Santa Venetia. Because the station is located on County land, the structure was subject to the County review process. The Board approved the design review in May 2016 and approved a new lease agreement in June 2016. There is no impact to the County's General Fund.

Review

The Board approved the funding appropriation.

Need more info? See the staff report about the appropriation of funds for the San Rafael Fire Department station.

Contact: Matthew Hymel, County Administrator

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6. County Counsel Fees

Preview

The Board will conduct a merit hearing for an ordinance amending Marin County Code, Chapter 3.33.010 – County Counsel Fees. County Counsel proposes to increase fees for professional services to any special district or agency from $205 per hour to $220 per hour. The rates remains considerably lower than private law firms and more accurately reflects the cost of providing the services. The proposed increase would increase revenue by about $15,000 annually. 

Review

The Board conducted the hearing and approved the ordinance amendment.

Need more info? See the staff report about the proposed ordinance amendment for County Counsel fees.

Contact: Steven Woodside, County Counsel

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7. Speed Limits on Point Reyes-Petaluma Road

Preview

The Board will hear the first reading of 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. Staff recommends that the Board hear the first reading and schedule a merit hearing for 10:30 a.m. October 18. 

Review

The Board heard the first reading and scheduled a merit hearing for 10:30 a.m. October 18.

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

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8. Appointments to Advisory Boards and Commissions

Preview

The Board will consider one vacancy on the Disaster Council, one on the Bolinas Lagoon Advisory Council, and two on the Women's Commission.

Review

The Board made the following appointments:

Disaster Council: Miles Julihn

Bolinas Lagoon Advisory Council: Jeffrey Loomans

Women's Commission: Elizabeth Thomas

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

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9. Modifications to Pasternak Use Permit

Preview

Not before 1 p.m., the Board will conduct a hearing to consider modifications to the Pasternak Use Permit, 200 and 210 Road to Ranches, Nicasio. Devil's Gulch Ranch is an approximately 75-acre property developed primarily with agricultural land uses and supported by various accessory and residential land uses. The property is accessed through a private gate at Road to Ranches from Nicasio Valley Road. The use permit allows the operation of a year-round day camp, two large special events a year, and 12 educational tours a year. The Community Development Agency (CDA) Code Enforcement program has been investigating a series of public complaints regarding the operations of the day camp and other land use activities on Devils Gulch Ranch. CDA requests that the Board review and modify language in the Use Permit to clarify that activities offered through the camp are predominantly related to agricultural education.

Review

The Board continued the hearing to a later date to be determined.

Need more info? See the staff report on the recommended modifications to the Pasternak Use Permit.

Contact: Curtis Havel, Senior Planner, Community Development Agency

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10. Plan Bay Area Update

Preview

The Board will hear a request from the Community Development Agency (CDA) to authorize staff to submit a comment letter regarding the Plan Bay Area 2040 Draft Preferred Land Use Scenario for Marin County. Plan Bay Area represents the Bay Area's regional growth plan required to comply with several state laws. The basic strategy for implementing the plan's overarching goals is to focus future housing and employment growth in areas close to transit, services and amenities. The Association of Bay Area Government (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) recently released the Draft Preferred Scenario, an updated regional forecast for household and employment growth by the year 2040. The growth projections will be used to prepare the next update of Plan Bay Area. MTC and ABAG expect to adopt a Revised Preferred Scenario this fall. CDA is seeking Board comments and authorization to submit a comment letter to the MTC and ABAG about the Plan Bay Area update.

Review

The Board provided direction to staff to send a letter to ABAG and MTC.

Need more info? See the staff report on the Plan Bay Area Update.

Contact: Kristin Drumm, Senior Planner, Community Development Agency

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