COVID-19 Special Board Mtg 6/2/20, Results-Dollar General Hearing, Results-Coloma HWY 49 Art, C-19 Testing Sites, Barbershops - Hair Salons, 20-21 Budget

El Dorado County

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Special Board Meeting

special Board Meeting

COVID-19 Special Meeting of the Board of Supervisors will be held Tuesday 6-2-2020 at 1 pm.

Item 1. 20-0757
Chief Administrative Office recommending the Board receive an update from the Public Health Officer on the current status of COVID-19, including the actions being taken to monitor and track positive cases in El Dorado County, and requesting the Board of Supervisors discuss with the Health Officer the possibility of expanding her Stage 2 attestation to include allowing all businesses and industries identified in Stage 3 of the Governor’s Resiliency Roadmap ( to resume operations upon the issuance of and in accordance with industry specific guidelines by the California Department of Public Health.

The agenda is posted here:

Instructions on how to participate in the virtual meeting will be included in the agenda.

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RESULTS- Dollar General
Planning Commission Hearing 5/28
 Dollar General

The County of El Dorado Planning Commission held a public hearing on May 28, 2020, at 8:30 a.m., to consider the following: Design Review DR19-0006/Cool General Retail submitted by WOODCREST REV, STEVE POWELL for the proposed construction and operation of a 9,100 square foot commercial retail building and associated driveway, parking lot, utilities, signage, and landscaping improvements. The property, identified by Assessor’s Parcel Number 071-500-037, consisting of 1.69 acres, is located on the east side of California State Highway 49, south of the intersection with Northside Drive, in the Cool Rural Center, Supervisorial District 4.

The Project was approved by the Planning Commission. When the final minutes are released, details of the Conditions of Approval, along with the video and other documents will be located at:  


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RESULTS - Coloma HWY 49 Art Proposal Mtg

Coloma Lotus Art

The South Fork Arts and Recreation (SoFAR) group is proposing to put an art sculpture in the Caltrans right-of-way on the retaining wall of the new Highway 49 bridge in Coloma. The sculpture is metal and plastic, roughly 21' tall by 100' long and proposed to be attached to the new retaining wall at the intersection of Lotus Road and Hwy 49, adjacent to the American River. SoFAR has been working on the design with small groups in the area for several years.

Actions considered were:
Supervisor Parlin and the Department of Transportation recommending the Board:
1) Receive an update on the Coloma Retaining Wall Art Work on HWY 49 and
2) Provide conceptual approval to move forward with an application to Caltrans.

After a discussion and public comment, a motion was made by Supervisor Parlin, seconded by Supervisor Frentzen to:
1) Receive and file an update on the Coloma Retaining Wall Art Work on HWY 49; and
2) Direct staff to work with the Coloma Lotus Advisory Committee and the
community before moving forward with an application to CalTrans.
Motion  passed 5-0

Item #30 20-0688 Meeting Details and Video can be found at:

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COVID-19 Testing Sites

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With more ability to engage with people outside your household, even from afar, you may wonder if you've contracted the #COVID19 virus. Check for free at Ponderosa High School, even if you don't have insurance! But you have to make an appointment. 

El Dorado County has two COVID-19 test sites sponsored by the State and operated by OPTUMServe to serve all residents in our community. The test is a nasal swab type with results returning between 48-72 hours and determines whether you currently have COVID-19. This is not an antibody test to determine if you have contracted the virus at an earlier time. There is no barrier to being tested. The cost is covered either by medical insurance or by the State if you are uninsured, and if someone is without identification, testing staff will generate a unique identifier number to obtain results. The only requirement is an appointment.

To register for an appointment, people can visit Those without internet access can call 888-634-1123.

Nevada residents in the Tahoe area and Spanish speaking residents can only register via the call center at 888-634-1123 at this time.

Test results are expected to take 48-72 hours. All test results will be entered into the California Reportable Disease Information Exchange (CalREDIE) site. Patients will receive a card at the time of testing directing them to a site for test results. Patients who test positively will be contacted by telephone by a nurse.

For more information go to:

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Guidelines for Barbershops and Hair Salons

time for a haircut

The following statement can be attributed to Dr. Nancy Williams, El Dorado County
Public Health Officer regarding the State’s issuance of guidelines for barbershops and hair salons:

“Barbershops and hair salons in El Dorado County may now open as long as they have a safety plan in place that reflects the guidelines Governor Newsom and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) published today.

“The release of these guidelines does not indicate that El Dorado County has entered Stage 3; it only means the State has moved this specific industry from Stage 3 to the current Stage 2.

“My attestation letter clearly states ‘Criteria placed on businesses and activities allowed under Stage 2 are that they must develop and implement plans for safe opening that are based on the industry-specific guidelines that have been issued by CDPH... Stage 2 activities may commence in El Dorado County as soon as the individual businesses have developed and are implementing their plans according to their industry's and general guidelines from CDPH.

“Therefore, barbershops and hair salons may open immediately as long as they have met the requirements provided in the State guidelines for this industry.

“CDPH’s guidelines also indicate that some services are not yet allowed. ‘Services that cannot be performed with face coverings on both the worker and customer or that require touching the customer’s face, e.g., eyelash services, eyebrow waxing and threading, facials, etc., should be suspended until those types of services are allowed to resume.’

“This guidance does not include nail services and there is no indication of when those guidelines are forthcoming from the State.

“It’s critical to remember the role of personal responsibility as the County allows for more activity, namely to stay home if ill for any reason, maintain a minimum of six feet from anyone besides one’s own household members, and practice personal hygiene such as proper handwashing and wiping commonly-touched surface areas.”

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20-21 Recommended County Budget

county budget

On Friday May 29, 2019, El Dorado Chief Administrative Officer Don Ashton released his Fiscal Year 2020-21 Recommended Budget to the Board of Supervisors. The total recommended budget is approximately $647.7 million, which is $87.3 million less than the Fiscal Year 2019-20 budget, a copy of which can be accessed here.

“Due to the timing and circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the unknown impacts on the State budget and revenues, the recommended budget primarily reflects on-going services and service levels, a largely status-quo budget, recognizing that additional work will take place over the summer in order to present a modified budget for final adoption in September,” said Ashton.

Ashton noted that in addition to reductions to locally funded programs due to decreases in local sales tax and transit occupancy tax revenues, absent a bailout from the State General Fund or the Federal Government, the County must prepare for significant revenue reductions in State-funded programs such as prison realignment programs, social services programs, public health programs, child support services, and the road fund.

“El Dorado County continues to be one of the lowest taxed counties in California per capita and also continues to provide a very high level of service with fewer employees per resident when compared to other jurisdictions,” Ashton noted. “While this demonstrates the outstanding stewardship of the Board of Supervisors as well as the strong commitment from County employees to provide high levels of service with limited resources, it also points to the stark fact that it will be very difficult to adopt a final budget in September without reducing services or impacting investments into our infrastructure, including roads, buildings and information technology,” he said.

In anticipation of the reduced revenues, the following initial steps were taken in order to reduce costs:
- Reduced the Year End fund balance assumptions due to the COVID-19 revenue impacts.
- Set property tax, sales tax, transient occupancy tax and interest revenue to equal the FY 2019-20 budget, fully recognizing the potential that these revenues will need to be reduced further.
- Deferred most new requests from departments to a discussion later this summer.
- Reduced most ‘travel and training’ expenses by up to 25% in recognition of COVID-19 travel restrictions.
- Maintained most services and supply budgets at prior year levels.
- Set approximately $1 million aside to help cover COVID-19 impacts in FY 2020-21.

The Board of Supervisors will be asked to consider, make any adjustments and approve the recommended budget at their regularly scheduled meeting on June 9, 2020. Additional budget discussions with the Board of Supervisors are anticipated to occur later this month and throughout the summer, with formal budget hearings taking place in September prior to the adoption of the final budget.

State law requires counties to have a budget in place no later than June 30th of each year.

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