Highlights of the Marin County Board of Supervisors Agenda

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Highlights of the Marin County Board of Supervisors Agenda


Previews & Reviews:  Board Meeting Highlights

Courtesy of Supervisor Kate Sears, the following provides a list of selected highlights from the Board agenda, and is not meant to be an exhaustive list of the entire agenda.  Please go to the Cyberagenda for a copy of the complete agenda as well as copies of these reports and others. 

The next Board meeting is Tuesday, July 24th. There is no meeting on July 17th.


Reviews – What happened at the July 10th Board meeting:


Expenditure Plan for Potential Parks Funding Measure Discussed

On June 26th the Board heard the results of a survey that tested voter support for a potential countywide sales tax increase, funding from which would be dedicated towards parks, open space and agricultural land preservation.  Staff returned to the Board with a proposed expenditure plan outlining how such funds could be allocated.  After hearing the staff presentation as well as public testimony, the Board directed staff to return with more explicit details, including how the measure would be structured and how funding allocation decisions would be made as part of the expenditure plan.  Staff will return on July 24th, when the Board will decide whether to place a measure on the November ballot.


Hearing Set for Garbage Collection Rate Increases for Portions of Southern Marin

Should the Board authorize a 4.8% rate increase for garbage collection in portions of southern Marin?  The Board authorized a hearing on July 24th to consider the merits of staff’s proposal to increase rates for unincorporated areas near Mill Valley and Tiburon known as Shoreline and Gibson, Paradise Cay, Paradise and Mar East. Disposal expenses, zero-waste fees, and employee benefit costs are the primary factors driving the requested increase.  A 4.8% increase would bring the average cost of a 32-gallon garbage can to $39.82 per month, which is in line with the Bay Area average and equates to an average $1.83 per month in additional cost for residential customers.


See the Full Report 


Stormwater Permit Status Update Provided

The State Water Resources Control Board regulates stormwater discharge from small municipally-owned systems and is now proposing to adopt new regulations that would dramatically increase permit requirements for cities and counties statewide.  Staff reviewed the proposed changes and the Board authorized submission of written comments to the state.


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Permitting Agreement with Bay Area Agencies Not Authorized 

After hearing staff testimony, the Board did not authorize a staff request to enter into an agreement with the Marin County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District (SMART), and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG).  The agreement would have funded a staff position at ABAG that would ensure better coordinated processing and review of various permit applications.


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Panoramic Highway Speed Limit Change Authorized

Based upon data provided by County engineers, the Board authorized a reduction in the speed limit from 45mph to 40mph on a section of Panoramic Highway near Sequoia Valley Road. A first reading of an ordinance making this change previously occurred on June 19th.


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Response to Grand Jury Report on County Morgue Adopted

On May 29th, the Marin County Civil Grand Jury released its report: “Marin County Morgue: Where Do We Go From Here?”, which included findings and recommendations related to where autopsies are performed in Marin County. The Board adopted a formal response to the report.

See the Grand Jury Report  and the County’s Response

Supplemental Agreement for Housing Element Update Authorized

The Board adopted a $225,315 contract agreement in order to assist in the County’s efforts to complete the supplemental Environmental Impact Report associated with the Housing Element Update.


See the Full Report


Afternoon Workshop Held to Discuss Civic Center Campus Improvements

The Board held a workshop to discuss potential changes to the Civic Center campus, including: capital improvements around the Auditorium parking lot and future Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (“SMART”) station; Civic Center Drive modifications; and a memorandum of understanding with the Agricultural Institute of Marin regarding the vacant land commonly referred to as the “Christmas Tree lot”.


Bargaining Agreements with Various Labor Groups Adopted 

The Board authorized tentative collective bargaining agreements with several employee labor groups that reflect changes consistent with other recently approved agreements involving health benefit plan changes and one time payments. The agreements included the Service Employees International Union ("SEIU"), Marin County Fire Operations Battalion Chiefs’ Association, Deputy Sheriffs’ Association, Sheriff’s Staff Officers’ Association, and Probation Managers’ Association. Three of the above agreements also included a new retirement tier for public safety employees that was designed to substantively reduce long-term pension costs for the County.


See the agreements on the Cyberagenda