May 16, 2023 — Madera County Board of Supervisors

Documented by Josef Sibala

Here’s what you need to know 

  • During its meeting, the Madera County Board of Supervisors directed staff to allocate $100,000 of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to pay for Madera Community Hospital’s license renewal. County Administrative Officer Jay Varney announced that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the Distressed Hospital Loan Program for $150 million yesterday.
  • The board approved the Transfer of Appropriations No. 22-192 for $4.33 million to Professional & Specialized Services for the fiscal year 2022-2023. Public Works Director Jared Carter stated that the transfer would pay contractors who performed snow removal. The transfer would affect road maintenance in the long term, he added. 
  • CEO Robert Dutile noted that River Vista Behavioral Health has recently opened. River Vista Behavioral Health is a 128-bed hospital providing inpatient and outpatient treatment services to children and adults ages 5 and up.
  • The board adopted a resolution approving the property tax administration costs and fees for fiscal year 2022-2023. The net cost of administering the property tax system from 2021 to 2022 is $3.88 million.

Follow-up questions

  • Will the Distressed Hospital Loan Program revitalize Madera Community Hospital?
  • How will the Public Works Department cope with road maintenance?
  • How will the opening of the River Vista Behavioral Health affect residents?

The Scene

According to its website, the Madera County Board of Supervisors is the Madera County government’s legislative and executive governing body. Each of the five supervisorial districts of the county elects one supervisor.

Within limits prescribed by state law, the board enacts ordinances and rules, determines county policy, supervises the activities of county departments, adopts an annual budget and fixes salaries.

The board meets regularly on the first three Tuesdays of each month and occasionally on Mondays in the board chambers of the County Government Center in Madera. On Tuesday, May. 16, the meeting was held at 9 a.m. 

Madera County Board of Supervisors members present:

  • Chair David Rogers (District 2)
  • Chair Pro Tem Robert Poythress (District 3)
  • Jordan Wamhoff (District 1)
  • Leticia Gonzalez (District 44)
  • Robert Macaulay (District #5)

Others Present:

  • Chief Clerk Karen Scrivner
  • County Counsel Regina Garza 
  • County Administrative Officer Jay Varney 
  • Public Health Director Sara Bosse
  • Administrative Analyst Jessica Leon
  • Jared Carter from the Public Works Department
  • River Vista Behavioral Health CEO Robert Dutile
  • Chris Esran

Discussions/Actions

Chris Esran and other IHSS care providers sought better pay from the county. 

The board (5-0) unanimously approved items A to AG from the consent agenda:

A. 9586: The board approved the Transfer of Appropriations No. 22-194 of $30,000 from Animal Services – Professional & Specialized Services to Equipment/Furniture>$5,000 for the fiscal year 2022-2023. 

B. 9511: The board approved an agreement with the Tulare County superintendent of schools up to $9,000 for technical assistance to support the California Friday Night Live Partnership for fiscal year 2022-2023. 

C. 9562: The board approved an agreement with California Psychiatric Transitions, Inc. in the amounts listed on the rate table for providing mental health residential care for adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses for fiscal year 2023-2024. 

D. 9572: The board approved an agreement with Willow Glen Care Center for mental health rehabilitation and board and care services as listed for the fiscal year 2023-2024 rate sheet.

E. 9573: The board approved an agreement with Anberry Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in the amounts listed on the Patch Rate Schedule for providing a Skilled Nursing Facility/Special Treatment Program for fiscal year 2023-2024.

F. 9574: The board approved an agreement  with GHC of Fresno, LLC dba Horizon Health and Subacute Center in the amounts listed on the Patch Rate Schedule to provide a Skilled Nursing Facility/Special Treatment Program for fiscal year 2023-2024.

G. 9579: The board approved an agreement with Merced Behavioral Center at $231.77 per bed day to provide mental health residential care for adults for fiscal year 2023-2024. 

H. 9580: The board approved an agreement with Turning Point of Central California, Inc. Quest House for $255.01 per day for alcohol and other drug residential detoxification services for fiscal year 2023-2024. 

I. 9581: The board approved an agreement with Golden State Health Centers, Inc. dba Sylmar Health and Rehabilitation Center in the amounts listed on the Reimbursement Rates to provide mental health residential care for fiscal year 2023-2024.

J. 9583: The board approved an agreement with Community Social Model Advocates, Inc. at a charge of $139.26 per bed day for residential substance use services for fiscal year 2023-2024. 

K. 9617: The board adopted a resolution clarifying the county’s 10% cash match contribution for the Department of Health Care Services Behavioral Health Continuum Infrastructure Program Round 5 Crisis and Behavioral Health Continuum Grant project. 

L. 9551: The board approved setting the time and date for hearing objections to the assessment of lands by the assessor of the Chowchilla Water District for fiscal year 2023-2024 and set the public hearing for June 20, 2023, at 10:30 a.m.

M. 9188: The board reaffirmed Resolution No. 2015-101, declaring a local emergency due to the tree mortality disaster in the county and throughout the state. 

O. 9197: The board reaffirmed Resolution No. 2023-004 of the Board of Supervisors of Madera County, ratifying and extending the declaration of a local emergency (closure of Madera Community Hospital)

P. 9592: The board approved the Receipt of Unanticipated Revenue No. 22-156 for $238,009 derived from Fire Department – State-Other to Equipment/Furniture>$5,000 for fiscal year 2022-2023.

Q. 9560: The board authorized Madera County Library to apply for the California State Library’s Zip Books Grant for 2023-2024 for $10,000.

R. 9593: The board authorized Madera County Library to apply for the National Film Preservation Foundation’s Basic Preservation Grant for up to $10,000.

S. 9577: The board approved the Local Planning Council County Priorities Report Form listing updated funding priorities for General Child Care & Development Programs and State Preschool Programs to promote equal access to child development services across the state, based on direct impact indicators of need. 

T. 9192: The board reaffirmed the county health officer’s declaration of a local health emergency (Fork Fire)

U. 9556: The board entered into an amendment to MCC No. 8871D-C-2021 with Healthpro Pediatrics, LLC increasing compensation to an amount not to exceed $175,000 per year for the needs of children requiring medical therapy. 

V. 9566: The board approved an agreement with Applied Survey Research for $75,000 for developing a strategic plan for the Department of Public Health with a term ending on Jan. 1, 2024

W. 9585: The board approved an agreement with CommonHealth Action for $138,950 to complete an organizational equity, diversity, and inclusion assessment, staff training and development of an equity strategy to fulfill California Department of Public Health requirements for public health accreditation. 

X. 9557: Overlays in Assessment District 89-1 in Bass Lake. 

1. The board OK’d an agreement with Agee Construction Corporation for $275,702 to build Assessment District 89-1 overlays in Bass Lake. 

2. The board authorized the road commissioner or his designee to issue the notice to proceed under the contract’s provisions. 

3. The board authorized the auditor-controller to issue payments for contingencies up to 10% of the contract award per established county policy. 

4. The board authorized the road commissioner or his designee to issue and approve contract change orders under the Public Contract Code to be within authorized contingencies. 

Y. 9575: The board adopted a resolution stating the county maintained road mileage for the year ending Dec. 31, 2022. 

Z. 9193: The board reaffirmed Resolution No. 2015-087 proclaiming a local emergency created by the severe drought conditions in the county and throughout the state. 

AA. 9196: The board reaffirmed Resolution No. 2022-137 of the Board of Supervisors of Madera County, ratifying and extending the declaration of a local emergency (Fork Fire). 

AB. 9401: The board reaffirmed Resolution No. 2023-034 ratifying the declaration of a local emergency (February/March 2023 winter storms).

AC. 9591: The board OK’d an agreement with LexisNexis Risk Solutions in an amount not to exceed $25,000 per year and a cumulative total not to exceed $50,000 for access to reports and features of the “Accurint for Government” databases for a term starting on  May 1, 2023, and ending on April 30, 2025. 

AD. 9578: The board adopted a resolution approving the transfer of sewer unit(s) from APN 070-120-004 to APN 070-120-003 within County Service Area 2A, Bass Lake (SA-2A). 

AE. 9576: Interfund transfer from the flood budget to the drought budget. 

1. The board approved the Receipt of Unanticipated Revenue No. 22- 181 in the amount of $50,000 derived from Flood Control – Fund Balance to Operating Transfers Out for Fiscal Year 2022-2023. 

2. The board approved the Receipt of Unanticipated Revenue No. 22-182 in the amount of $50,000 derived from Drought – Operating Transfers into Professional and Specialized Services for fiscal year 2022-2023. 

AF. 9584: The board entered into an amendment to MCC No. 12227-22 with Wood Rogers, Inc. increasing compensation not to exceed $35,300 to develop the System Wide Improvement Framework for the Madera County Levee Systems. 

AG. 9612: The board entered into an amendment to MCC No. 11739C-22 with Davids Engineering, Inc. for $584,660, amending the scope of services. 

Discussion items were acted on as follows:

6.a. 9611: The board recognized local law enforcement agencies during National Police Week.

6.b. 9561: The board named May 2023 National Nurses Month. 

6.c. 9571: The board recognized May 21-27, 2023, as National Public Works Week. 

6.d. 9552: The board named May 1-7, 2023, as Maternal Mental Health Week. 

6.e. 9539: The board received a presentation on the opening of River Vista Behavioral Health.

Dutile noted that River Vista Behavioral Health is a 128-bed hospital that will provide inpatient and outpatient treatment services to children and adults ages 5 and up. 

One 24-bed unit will be dedicated specifically to pediatric psychiatric care, treatment services, and educational needs. 

Specialty programs for adults with co-occurring behavioral health and substance use issues will be offered to meet the unique needs of this patient population. 

In addition, the facility will offer outpatient programs to address the most prevalent behavioral health concerns, including child, adolescent and family counseling; and treatment for depression, anxiety disorders and other common behavioral health issues. 

River Vista is licensed by the California Department of Public Health and owned and operated by Universal Health Services, Inc. as an independent hospital open to all community members. 

River Vista Behavioral Health anticipates adding 250-plus permanent jobs to Madera County.

It anticipates average wages of $50,000, representing 150%-plus of the average pay for employed Madera residents.

River Vista Behavioral Health’s facility represents a significant capital investment in the county.

Current management property tax estimates anticipate that RVBH will directly represent more than 1.2 percent of total county property tax revenues, based on the 2021 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report. 

6.f. 9590: The board (5-0) adopted a resolution designating River Vista Behavioral Health to provide psychiatric evaluation and treatment of persons under the Lanternman-Petris-Short Act. (reported by Administrative Analyst Jessica Leon)

The resolution will update the state-approved WIC 5150/558- designated mental health facilities in the county to meet state mandates to provide facilities with the necessary staff and equipment appropriate to respond to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis.

6.g. 9615: The board (5-0) directed staff to allocate $100,000 of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to pay for Madera Community Hospital’s license renewal (reported by Administrative Analyst Jessica Leon)

6.h. 9545: The board (5-0) adopted an ordinance of the Madera County Board of Supervisors amending Section 10.36.010 of Chapter 10.36 of the Madera County code by adding Subsections Q and R to it related to parking restrictions on alleys and along the east side of Canal Street, within the East Side Acres Community, in Madera County. 

The deputy public works director would be authorized to erect and install signs identifying parking restrictions within the area. The parking restrictions will become effective and enforceable 30 days from approval. 

6.i. 9587: The board (5-0) approved the Transfer of Appropriations No. 22-192 for $4.33 million from RMA RDS-Administration – Intrafund Transfer and Buildings & Improvements to Professional & Specialized Services for fiscal year 2022-2023. 

Carter stated that the transfer would pay contractors who performed snow removal. The transfer would affect road maintenance in the long term, he added. 

The public hearings consist of the following:

7.a. 9471: The board (5-0) adopted a resolution approving the property tax administration costs and fees for fiscal year 2022-2023. (reported by Chief Clerk Karen Scrivner)

Madera County Code section 3.36.040 requires the auditor-controller to annually report or cause to be reported to the Board of Supervisors the property tax administration costs of the assessor, tax collector, auditor-controller and Assessment Appeals Board. 

The auditor-controller staff prepared the report showing the costs incurred in the 2021/22 fiscal year. Copies of the report were submitted.

County code sections 3.36.050 and 3.36.060 requires the board to hold a public hearing on these reports and to make certain findings and determinations after the required hearing. 

After this process, the auditor-controller is authorized to collect the property tax administration fees from some entities that receive a share of general property taxes to partially reimburse the county general fund for administering the property tax system. 

The net cost of administering the property tax system in 2021/22 is $3.883 million.

7.b. 9340: The board (5-0) approved continuing a special assessment for road maintenance Purposes for Assessment District No. 89-1, Pines Tract. (reported by Chief Clerk Karen Scrivner)

According to Carter, the residential parcels identified by the official map of “The Pines Tract” are within AD 89-1 and are currently charged the $100 annual road maintenance assessment. 

There are approximately 6.14 miles of roads within the district, with an annual average cost of $50,000 for routine maintenance of the roads, easements, and drainage systems. This sum is available in the district’s account. 

The Bass Lake Homeowners Association recommends approval of this budget, the annual work program and the proposed continuation of the assessment. 

Section 10100.8 of the California Streets & Highways Code requires maintenance assessment to be established annually on or before June 30. 

Varney announced that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the Distressed Hospital Loan Program for $150 million yesterday.

Closed sessions are as follows:

2.a. 9594: Request for a closed session:  

Government Code Section 54957.6 

Conference with labor negotiators 

Agency-designated representatives: Roman Noriega, human resources director; Joel Bugay, deputy county administrative officer-finance; and Susan Carter, human resources manager Employee organization: all units

Unrepresented employees: all classifications (excluding elected officials) 

2.b. 9622: Request for a closed session: 

Government Code Section 54956.9 (d)(1) 

Conference with legal counsel – existing litigation 

Name of Case: In re: Madera Community Hospital, the debtor in possession. (United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of California, Fresno Division; Case Number 23-10457-A-11)

The meeting lasted until 2 p.m. The next board meeting will be on Tuesday, June. 6, at 9 a.m. 


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