May 7

Board of Supervisors

Meeting Date: 5/7/2019

Use the Cyberagenda page for the full meeting information.

Highlights of the May 07, 2019 Board Meeting:

  1. Parks Community Engagement Survey Outcomes
  2. Voluntary Compliance Agreement on Fair Housing
  3. Budgets for Block Grants and HOME Investment Partnerships
  4. Appointments to Advisory Boards and Commissions
  5. Review of Applications for Community Service Grant Program
  6. Volunteer, Student Intern and Volunteer Supervisor of Year

1. Parks Community Engagement Survey Outcomes

Preview

Shortly after the Board convenes at 9 a.m., the Board will hear a presentation from Marin County Parks regarding outcomes of the 2019 Marin County Parks Community Engagement Survey and request to explore a reduction in park gate entry and pool fees. More than 4,800 people took Parks’ five-minute survey between February 11 and March 25, answering questions about the programs and facilities they enjoy, potential areas of improvement and new priorities. More than 90 percent of respondents said they wanted to see sustained or increased funding in three key areas: vegetation management and wildfire fuel reduction; facility maintenance and upgrades; and trail maintenance and upgrades. 

Review

The Board heard the presentation, provided direction to staff to explore a reduction in gate entry and pool fees, and directed staff to take necessary steps to extend the existing Parks, Open Space and Farmland Measure A sales tax on the November 2020 ballot.

Need more info? See the staff report and staff presentation about the parks survey.

Contact: Max Korten, Director, Marin County Parks

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2. Voluntary Compliance Agreement on Fair Housing

Preview

The Board will hear a request from the Community Development Agency (CDA) to authorize the Board President to execute a Voluntary Compliance Agreement (VCA) with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Ten years ago, HUD reviewed the County’s federal grants program related to the access of fair housing for residents in protected classes (those who have historically faced hardships in obtaining housing, employment, and other public accommodations). HUD concluded that Marin had some shortcomings in its fair housing programs, and the County voluntarily started negotiations to take corrective actions. The VCA agreement expired on December 22, 2015, and HUD requested the County extend the VCA for three more years to address additional concerns. CDA staff has prepared provisions of an extension. 

Review

The Board authorized the Board President to execute the agreement and submit it to HUD.

Need more info? See the staff report about the Voluntary Compliance Agreement with the federal government regarding the access to fair housing.

Contact: Brian Crawford, Director, Community Development Agency

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3. Budgets for Block Grants and HOME Investment Partnerships

Preview

The Board will conduct a hearing about Consolidated Plan Amendments Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Action Plan including budgets for the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) and the HOME Investment Partnerships Program. In May 2015, the Board approved the Consolidated Plan for fiscal years 2015-19, the document required by HUD as our application for formula funding from HUD through CDBG and HOME. These federal grant funds are used for housing, community facilities, and public services for low- and moderate-income households. The Consolidated Plan must be amended with an Annual Action Plan to add each year’s CDBG and HOME project budgets. July 1, 2019 will mark the beginning of the fifth year covered by the Consolidated Plan and an annual amendment is required.

Review

The Board conducted the hearing and approved the Consolidated Plan Amendments and related documents.

Need more info? See the staff report about the Consolidated Plan Amendments Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Action Plan.

Contact: Leelee Thomas, Planning Manager, Community Development Agency

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4. Appointments to Advisory Boards and Commissions

Preview

The Board will consider one vacancy on the Cultural Services Commission. 

Review

The Board made the following appointment:

Cultural Services Commission: Jennifer Wechsler

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

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5. Review of Applications for Community Service Grant Program

Preview

No earlier than 1:30 p.m., the Board will conduct an informational workshop to review applications submitted for Cycle 2 of the Community Services Grant Program and consider the funding recommendations. The program provides one-time funding allocations between $1,000 and $10,000 to nonprofit service providers or other governmental entities to fund specific projects or programs that provide a measurable benefit to Marin residents. Funding is not intended to provide ongoing financial support for the project or program. Cycle 2 was open from January 1 through March 31, and 80 requests worth a combined total of $533,803 were received. The available budget for Cycle 2 is $164,292. 

Review

The Board conducted the workshop, reviewed the applications and recommended allocations to the County Administrator's Office. The final recommendations will be returned to the Board for approval on May 14.

Need more info? See the staff report and the chart of applications for the Community Services Grant Program.

Contact: Sandy Laird, Executive Assistant to County Administrator Matthew Hymel

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6. Volunteer, Student Intern and Volunteer Supervisor of Year

Preview

No earlier than 2:30 p.m., the Board will hear a request to adopt resolutions recognizing standout individuals and teams from the Civic Center Volunteers program. Awards will be given for the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year, Outstanding Student Intern of the Year, Outstanding Volunteer Team of the Year, Outstanding Youth Team of the Year, and the Outstanding Supervisor of Volunteers of the Year. 

Review

The Board adopted resolutions honoring the following recipients:

Outstanding Volunteer of the Year: Kathy Norwood

Outstanding Student Intern of the Year: Aline Tanielian

Outstanding Volunteer Team of the Year: HHS Ombudsman Team

Outstanding Youth Team of the Year: Teen Shelvers Team from Fairfax Library

Outstanding Supervisor of Volunteers of the Year: Veronica Acosta-Tabas

Contact: Mary Hao, Director of Human Resources

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