October 29

Board of Supervisors

Meeting Date: 10/29/2019

Use the Cyberagenda page for the full meeting information.

Highlights of the October 29, 2019 Board Meeting:

  1. 5 Year Business Plan Update
  2. Countywide Wildfire Prevention Initiative
  3. Affordable Housing Funds for Bolinas Properties
  4. Amendments to Marin County Code
  5. Living Wage Ordinance Automatic Increases
  6. Proposed Refuse Service Rate Increase
  7. Recommended Allotments from Community Service Grant Program

1. 5 Year Business Plan Update

Preview

Shortly after convening at 9 a.m., the Board of Supervisors will conduct an informational workshop to provide an update on the County’s 5 Year Business Plan. The plan was adopted by the Board in 2015 with a mission of becoming a more adaptive organization and to encourage engagement, learning and leadership at all levels. Staff will report on successes, delays, and redirections as it heads into the fifth year of the plan. Informational materials to be provided at the workshop.

Review

This agenda item was not considered because of the Public Safety Power Shutoff. It was postponed until a date to be determined later.

Need more info? See the staff report and the presentation about the 5 Year Business Plan update.

Contact: Angela Nicholson, Assistant County Administrator

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2. Countywide Wildfire Prevention Initiative

Preview

The Board will hear an update from the County Administrator staff on the Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority and Parcel Tax Initiative. In response to the need for a coordinated countywide coalition to prepare for wildfire risk, fire agencies and municipal governments in Marin have proposed creation of a new Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement (JEPA) that could be – with voter approval – the source of funding for local wildfire prevention efforts. The measure, a special parcel tax, would be considered by countywide voters in March 2020 and raise approximately $20 million per year. The Board has already adopted a resolution authorizing the County’s participation and directed staff to seek approval of the authority from fire-responsible agencies. Staff recommends that the Board adopt revisions to the JEPA.

Review

The Board heard the update and adopted a resolution approving the revised JEPA to participate in and form the Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority and approved next steps as outlined in the staff report.

Need more info? See the staff report about the Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority.

Contact: Jason Weber, Chief, Marin County Fire Department

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3. Affordable Housing Funds for Bolinas Properties

Preview

The Board of Supervisors will hear a request from the Community Development Agency to take actions related to the awarding of a $400,000 grant from the County’s Affordable Housing Fund to the Bolinas Community Land Trust. The allocation would serve as predevelopment funds for 10 permanently affordable homes at two properties, one located on Mesa Road and one at 31 Wharf Road. Staff recommends that the Board approve the grant and authorize the Board President to execute related documents.

Review

This agenda item was not considered because of the Public Safety Power Shutoff. It was postponed until a date to be determined later.

Need more info? See the staff report about the affordable housing properties in Bolinas.

Contact: Leelee Thomas, Planning Manager, Community Development Agency

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4. Amendments to Marin County Code

Preview

Not before 10:30 a.m., the Board will conduct a hearing about proposed ordinance updates to Marin County Code Title 19 (Building Code). The hearings, in separate Board actions, are to adopt updated building permit fees and technology fee adjustments and to adopt the 2019 California Building Standards Code with local amendments. Since 2002, the County has required construction in unincorporated areas to comply with a range of green building and energy efficiency standards. The proposed changes support the County's sustainability goals.

Review

These agenda items were not considered because of the Public Safety Power Shutoff. They were postponed until a date to be determined later.

Need more info? See the staff report about the proposed changes to building permit fees and technology fees. See the staff report about the adoption of the 2019 California Building Standards Code.

Contact: William Kelley, Deputy Director, Community Development Agency

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5. Living Wage Ordinance Automatic Increases

Preview

The Board will conduct a hearing and consider approving a 3.0% cost-of-living increase for workers paid through the County's Living Wage Ordinance. While the Living Wage Ordinance requires an automatic COLA increase based upon the October-to-October increase in the Bay Area Consumer Price Index (CPI), it also requires a recommendation from the County Administrator incorporating financial conditions. The wage rate was last increased on January 1, 2019, to $14.80 per hour without benefits or $13 including benefits. Staff is recommending an ordinance amendment to permit wage increases above the current $15/hour cap for In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) providers, affording a recommended 3.0% increase effective January 1, 2020, to $15.25/hour unbenefited or $13.40/hour benefited. The amendment would allow for future wage increases for IHSS workers contingent on continued 65% state participation in non-federal costs. 

Review

The Board conducted the hearing, approved the increases and adopted the ordinance.

Need more info? See the staff report about the proposed ordinance about the Living Wage Rate.

Contact: Dan Eilerman, Assistant County Administrator

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6. Proposed Refuse Service Rate Increase

Preview

The Board will conduct a hearing to consider a rate increase of 23.78% for Recology Sonoma Marin's West Marin Franchise Area No. 1, effective July 1, 2019, and a 2.5% percent rate increase effective January 1, 2020. West Marin Franchise Area No. 1 includes the county's entire Pacific coastal area except for Bolinas and Stinson Beach. Previous agreements provide for this proposed adjustment through a cost-based methodology. In 2017, a proposed 67.49% increase for the same customers was rescinded. If approved, the new proposed rate would be reflected in bills starting in late October and early November. 

Review

This agenda item was not considered because of the Public Safety Power Shutoff. It was postponed until a date to be determined later.

Need more info? See the staff report about the proposed Recology Sonoma Marin rate increase.

Contact: Steve Devine, Waste Management Program Manager, Department of Public Works

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7. Recommended Allotments from Community Service Grant Program

Preview

The Board will conduct an informational workshop to review applications submitted for Cycle 1 of the Community Services Grant Program and consider funding  recommendations after receiving Board feedback. 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 1 was open from July 1 through September 30, and 51 requests worth a combined total of $359,147 were received. The available budget for Cycle 1 is approximately $150,000.   

Review

This agenda item was not considered because of the Public Safety Power Shutoff. It was postponed until a date to be determined later.

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

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

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