Here’s what you need to know: 

  • At the August 16 Kings County Board of Supervisors meeting, Rebecca Bell urged the supervisors to consider water reform in light of the ongoing conflict between Vidovich and Boswell
  • The supervisors (4-0) authorized the Kings County Economic and Workforce Development Director to execute contracts with Kings County Small Businesses for grant funding from $6 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds. Staff anticipate awarding a minimum of 240 local businesses with grant awards up to $25,000. 
  • The supervisors (4-0) directed staff to draft a letter in support of SB 884.

The Scene

According to its website, Kings County is a “general law” county, which means the state constitution and state general law determine the county’s governmental structure.

The board of supervisors is the governing body for Kings County and many county special districts. Each of the board’s five members is elected non-partisan to a four-year term. 

The board sets policies and depends on the county administrator, county officials, and department heads to fulfill its wishes. 

The board of supervisors has administrative, legislative, and quasi-judicial duties and responsibilities prescribed by the California State Constitution and Statutes.

On Tuesday, August. 16, 2022, the meeting was held at 9 a.m. in the board chambers, located at 1400 West Lacey Boulevard Administration Building No. 1 Hanford, California.

Kings County County Board of Supervisors Members present:

  • Joe Neves, District 1 (Lemoore & Stratford)
  • Richard Valle, District 2 (Avenal, Corcoran, Home Garden & Kettleman City)
  • Doug Verboon, District 3 (North Hanford, Island District & North Lemoore)
  • Richard Fagundes, District 5 (Hanford & Burris Park)

Kings County County Board of Supervisors Members present:

  • Craig Pedersen, District 4 (Armona & Hanford)

Others Present:

  • Assistant Fire Chief Josh Cunningham
  • Community Development Director Chuck Kinney
  • County Administrative Officer Edward Hill
  • Assistant County Administrative Officer Kyria Martinez
  • Administrative Officer Analyst Domingo Cruz
  • Assessor/Clerk/Recorder Kristine Lee
  • Assistant Assessor/Clerk/Recorder Tim Corkendorker
  • Economic and Workforce Development Director Lance Lippincott
  • Public Works Director Dominic Tyburski
  • Diane Badasci
  • Cassie Bakker
  • Sean Cash
  • Jay Wood 
  • Sarah Harp
  • Wendy Osikafo
  • Rob Knudson
  • Tony Afonso
  • John Criscom
  • Rebekah Bell
  • Sheila Grant
  • Christine Olvera
  • Clarissa Ravelo
  • Scott Holwell
  • Tyler Pepe
  • Garrett K. Jones
  • Atonya Moore
  • Heather Silva

Discussions/Actions

Kings County Assessor/Clerk/Recorder Kristine Lee named Tim Corkendorker as assistant assessor/clerk/recorder. 

Rebecca Bell urged the supervisors on the need for water reform in light of the issue between Vidovich and Boswell. 

The board (4-0) unanimously approved the minutes from the regular meeting for August 9, 2022.

In the consent calendar, the board (5-0) unanimously approved items as follows:

A. Agriculture Department: 

1. The board (4-0) approved the cooperative agreement with the California Department of Food and Agriculture for the County’s Asian Citrus Psyllid Detection Program, effective October 1, 2022, through September 30, 2023. 

2. The board (4-0) approved the cooperative agreement with the California Department of Food and Agriculture for the County’s European Grapevine Moth Detection Program from January 1, 2022, through December 31, 2022. 

B. Behavioral Health Department: 

1. The board (4-0) authorized the advanced step to hire a clinical program manager at salary range 243, step 5. 

C. Fire Department: 

  1. a. The board (4-0) approved the State Homeland Security Grant Program Fiscal Year-2020 Agreement with the City of Hanford for the Hanford Fire Department’s Portable Radios for $20,520; 

b. The board (4-0) approved the State Homeland Security Grant Program Fiscal Year-2020 Agreement with the City of Lemoore for the Lemoore Volunteer Fire Department’s Pager/Radios, Thermal Imaging Cameras, Jaws of Life, and Breathing Apparatus in the amount of $66,060; 

c. The board (4-0) approved the State Homeland Security Grant Program Fiscal Year-2021 Agreement with the City of Hanford for the Hanford Fire Department’s Base Station Radio and Mobile Radios for $24,834. 

D. Human Services Agency: 

1. The board (4-0) approved the agreement with Shared Vision Consultants Incorporated for the maximum amount of $76,800 for facilitation, assistance, and support consulting services effective August 16, 2022, until all deliverables are completed and accepted by the California Department of Social Services. 

  1. a. The board (4-0) approved agreements with California State University, Fresno, and California State University, Bakersfield to allow bachelor’s and master’s level students in the social work program to intern at the Human Services Agency. 

b. The board (4-0) authorized the Director of the Human Services Agency to sign the agreement documents effective August 16, 2022, through August 16, 2027. 

E. Probation Department: 

1. The board (4-0) authorized the chief probation officer to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Superior Court of California and the County of Kings for $202,236 to continue providing pretrial services in Kings County retroactively, effective from July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023. 

F. Public Health Department: 

  1. a. The board (4-0) authorized the director of public health to sign the Acceptance of Allotment and the required certifications to support tuberculosis prevention and control activities and any future real-time allotments retroactively, effective from July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023. 

b. The board (4-0) adopted the budget change. 

Regular agenda items are as follows:

A. Job Training Office (presented by Kings County Economic and Workforce Development Director Lance Lippincott)

1. The board (4-0) authorized the Kings County Economic and Workforce Development Director to execute contracts with Kings County Small Businesses for grant funding from the $6 million American Rescue Plan Act. 

According to Kings County Economic and Workforce Development Director Lance Lippincott, the application is by person allocation by municipalities and county unincorporated areas. 

The Kings County Board of Supervisors has allocated more than $12 million to small business support due to the negative economic impact attributed to COVID-19 and the subsequent mitigation orders. 

More than 400 small businesses in Kings County have received direct monetary support to help them continue operating in difficult economic conditions. The newest support program anticipates awarding a minimum of 240 local businesses with grant awards up to $25,000 for qualifying entities. 

B. Public Works Department (presented by Public Works Dominic Tyburski)

1. The board (4-0) approved the Notice of Completion (NOC) for the Kings County Sheriff’s Operations Building Site Improvements Project to inform interested parties that the work has been completed.

On September 1, 2020, your Board approved the award of a construction contract with D.H. Williams Construction Inc for $581,000 for the site development of the Sheriff’s Operations Modular building to be located adjacent to the existing Kings County Jail. 

The Public Works Director was authorized to approve additional costs up to ten percent of the contract amount, which occurred with Change Order #1. 

The board subsequently approved Change Order #2 to bring the total contract amount to $648,080. 

The board (4-0) directed staff to draft a letter in support of SB 884

The board conducted a closed session on:

  • Workers Compensation: (1 Case) [Govt. Code Section 54956.95]  

Litigation initiated formally: Waggle v. County of Kings, et al. 21C-0282 

[Govt. Code Section 54956.9 (d)(1)] 

The meeting lasted until 1 p.m. The next board meeting will be on Tuesday, August 23, 2022, at 9 a.m. 


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