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Highlights of the January 12, 2021 Board Meeting:
The Board of Supervisors is holding fully electronic meetings in response to the continued COVID-19 pandemic shelter-in-place order. The Board members participate using Zoom videoconferencing technology and encourage remote public participation in the meeting as well. For instructions and guidance on how to watch the meeting or submit public comment, visit the Board of Supervisors' meeting webpage. Viewers also may watch the Community Media Center of Marin's webcast. Comcast subscribers in Marin may watch on Channel 27.
New for 2021: Open time for public expression about topics that are not on the day's agenda has been moved to the start of the meeting in the interest of making the time slot more predictable for participants.
Contact: Brent Ainsworth, Public Information Specialist, County Administrator's Office
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Agenda Item #2: The Board will hear a report from the County Administrator and possibly other County staff about the local COVID-19 response. The County proclaimed a local emergency and a public health emergency in early March 2020, and since then staff has worked in an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to coordinate public response efforts. A local shelter-in-place order was first issued March 16, 2020, to help limit the spread of COVID-19.
The Board heard the report from Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Willis.
Contact: Matthew Hymel, County Administrator
Agenda Item #7: The Board will hear a request from the Department of Health and Human Services to approve actions related to the lease of County-owned 920 Grand Avenue in San Rafael for the development of a new 16-bed Adult Transitional Residential Program. This would be the first facility of its kind in the county, supporting those with serious mental illness and substance use issues. Staff recommends that the the Board authorize the Board President to execute a 10-year lease agreement with the Progress Foundation at a rental rate of $13,320 per month and a funding agreement with the organization for the redevelopment of the property for $4.84 million. The property, previously a public health laboratory, contains just over 5,700 usable square feet. With the agreement, the County's goal is to provide more control over costs in running such a facility. Currently the County pays for beds in facilities owned by owners. The expenditure would be fully offset by the use of prior-year balance in the HHS Operations Fund and a transfer of $871,335 from the nondepartmental sector of the General Fund.
The Board approved the actions related to the lease of 920 Grand Avenue.
Need more info? See the staff report and news release about the property at 920 Grand Avenue in San Rafael.
Agenda Item #8: The Board will hear a request from the County Administrator for Board concurrence and adoption of the response to 2019-20 Grand Jury Report titled “Reading, Writing, and Therapy – Mental Health Challenges for Our Schools,” issued October 23, 2020. Staff agreed with three findings and wholly or partly disagreed with two others. Staff requests that the Board concur in and thereby adopt the response and direct the Board President to submit the response to the presiding judge.
The Board concurred and adopted the response.
Need more info? See the staff response to the Civil Grand Jury report.
Contact: Dan Eilerman, Assistant County Administrator
Agenda Item #10: The Board will consider one vacancy on the Assessment Appeals Board #2 and one on the Frank Lloyd Wright Civic Center Conservancy.
The Board made the following appointments:
Assessment Appeals Board #2: Thomas Weathers
Frank Lloyd Wright Civic Center Conservancy: Mark Hulbert
Need more info? See the agenda for details on the interviews/appointments, or the Boards and Commissions webpage.
Agenda Item #13: No earlier than 1:30 p.m., the Board will hear a request from the Community Development Agency (CDA) to adopt a resolution barring evictions due to the public health emergency arising from the COVID-19 coronavirus. CDA planners worked with the Board’s Housing Subcommittee to create language that reinstates a local moratorium first enacted March 24, 2020, when households began to suffer negative financial impacts directly tied to the pandemic. The moratorium was extended four times but expired September 30. The County has since deferred to state law that provides renter relief through January 31. Staff recommends a prohibition of evictions of residential tenants for nonpayment of rent tied to COVID-19 effective February 1 through June 30.
The Board adopted the resolution.
Need more info? See the staff report about the eviction moratorium extension.
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