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Highlights of the May 18, 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: Shortly after convening at 9 a.m., 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. Marin is in the orange Tier 3 ("moderate risk" of the virus) on the State of California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy and opened vaccine eligibility to all residents age 12 & older on May 13.
The Board heard the report from Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Willis.
Need more info? Check the coronavirus website maintained by the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services.
Contact: Matthew Hymel, County Administrator
Agenda Item #6: The Board will hear a request for a report from Marin County's water agencies about local drought conditions. On May 10, Governor Gavin Newsom expanded California’s drought emergency to 41 out of 58 counties. Marin is not on the list, although Sonoma County – an important source of water for Marin customers – has been under a state of emergency since April 21 because of dry conditions within the Russian River watershed. Representatives from the Marin Municipal Water District and North Marin Water District have been invited to make presentations. During the session, the Board also will consider adopting a resolution declaring a local emergency and imminent threat of disaster.
The Board heard the reports from the water districts and voted to declare a local disaster because of the drought.
Need more info? See the staff report and news release about the drought declaration.
Contact: Dan Eilerman, Assistant County Administrator
Agenda Item #9: The Board will hear a request from the Community Development Agency (CDA) to approve a consultant agreement with MIG in an amount of $1,627,784 for the next housing and safety element updates. The Board approved a CDA work plan for the next Housing Element Update in October 2020. The update is to be submitted to the State of California by December 31, 2021. The Housing Element Update will plan for future housing needs in unincorporated Marin for 2022-2030. The consultant agreement would provide expertise needed to draft housing and safety elements that would include strategies for maximizing public outreach while ensuring a timely submission to the state.
The Board approved the consultant agreement.
Need more info? See the staff report about the consultant agreement.
Contact: Leelee Thomas, Planning Manager, Community Development Agency
Agenda Item #10: The Board will hear a request from the County Administrator to approve allocations for Cycle 2 of the Community Services Grant Program. 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 59 requests worth a combined total of $453,746 were received. The available budget for Cycle 2 is approximately $153,000.
The Board approved the allocations as recommended.
Need more info? See the staff report and proposed allocations for the Community Services Grant Program.
Contact: Sandy Laird, Executive Assistant to County Administrator Matthew Hymel
Agenda Item #11: The Board will consider two vacancies on the Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board and two on the Women's Commission.
The Board made the following appointments:
Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board: Heather Johnson, Victoria (Tori) Kropp
Women's Commission: Renee Sucouf, Kylie Clark
Need more info? See the agenda for details on the interviews/appointments, or the Boards and Commissions webpage.
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