June 6, 2023 — Madera County Board of Supervisors
Documented by Alejandra Obregon
Here’s what you need to know
- The Madera County Board of Supervisors approved increases to solid waste collection rates by the county’s franchisees and increases to tipping fees for disposal at the Fairmead Landfill and North Fork Transfer Station.
- They also approved the signing of the Program and Fiscal Accountability Certifications and moved forward the three-year plan to the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission
- They also approved $8,000 to Yosemite Unified School District for its Summer Community Swim Program. Supervisor Poythress shared his concern about providing funding for schools. He suggests creating a policy in regard to the funding support of schools and creating fairness for all the schools within the county,
What are you left wondering? Ask up to three of your own follow-up questions.
- When will the process of adding a new policy for giving funds to schools begin?
The Board of Supervisors opens the meeting with an invocation and Pledge of Allegiance
- David Paris, resident of Hidden Lake Estates, is requesting state support in regard to the health of the water. He said, “We don’t even have sufficient water supply for fire hydrants.” He said there’s no way to improve the water.
- Hail Drousent, resident of Madera and Fresno counties, discusses the boating business behind his house that was approved for conditional use. He said that the boating business has been going against protocol for the past four years. Code enforcement has investigated the business and asked them to make the necessary changes but the business chooses to ignore them.
- Chris Childer, chief probation officer of Madera, announced the torch run hosted by law enforcement, and more information will be posted online.
- Mariela Vasquez, on behalf of the Environmental Voters program, spoke in regard to water and air quality issues. She said the voter programs created a We Can initiative for youth to be involved in advocating for better quality of life. She is requesting a letter of support.
- Isaac Terran, resident of Madera County, posed the question of having more drinking fountains at the parks. He is also concerned about the number of potholes on the roads.
- Clerk announced Item 5S to be pulled from the agenda at the request of the department.
- The board passes motion unanimously
- The rest of the consent calendar was not discussed
- A. 9631: Behavioral Health Services Department – Consideration of entering into
an agreement with the California Mental Health Services Authority in an amount not to exceed $373,750 for the provision of remote supervision for pre-licensed clinical staff needing supervised clinical hours to qualify for licensure
- B. 9633: Behavioral Health Services Department – Consideration of
entering into an agreement with Community Care on Palm Riverside in the
amounts listed in the admission criteria levels and rates for the provision of mental health residential care services
- C. 9637: Behavioral Health Services Department – Consideration of entering into an agreement with Iris Telehealth Medical Group in the amounts listed under compensation and costs
- D. 9648: Behavioral Health Services Department – Consideration of
approval of rates and fee schedules for behavioral health services, mental health, substance use disorder program, and network provider reimbursement rates.
- E. 9662: Board of Supervisors – Madera County Mosquito
and Vector Control District Reappointments
- 1. Consideration of approval to reappoint Jeff Coulthard, District No. 1, to
the Madera County Mosquito and Vector Control District’s Board of Trustees for a term ending March 21, 2025.
- 2. Consideration of approval to reappoint Jennifer Peters, District No. 3, to
the Madera County Mosquito and Vector Control District’s Board of Trustees ending Feb. 5, 2025.
- 3. Consideration of approval to reappoint Jay Mahil, District No. 4, to the
Madera County Mosquito and Vector Control District’s Board of Trustees ends March 16, 2025.
- F. 9688: Board of Supervisors Department – Proclamation naming June
2023, as Portuguese National Heritage Month.
- G. 9667: Clerk of the Board Department – Consideration to adopt a
resolution designating the Madera County Arts Council as the county’s partner and approving the application for and authorizing execution of a grant contract with the California Arts Council
- H. 9647: County Administration Department – Public Defense Pilot
- 1. Consideration to adopt a resolution approving the submission, award agreement and participation under the BSCC Public Defense Pilot Program.
- 2. Consideration of entering into an agreement (State Agreement No. BSCC 358-22) with the Board of State and Community Corrections accepting the grant award for the Public Defense Pilot Program
- I. 9664: County Administration Department – Consideration to adopt a resolution supporting the CSAC AT HOME plan to address homelessness.
- J. 9649: County Administration Department-Consideration of entering
into an Agreement with the California Interagency Council on Homelessness (“Cal ICH”) accepting a grant award of $346,709.12 for the Homeless Housing Assistance and Prevention Program Round 4
- K. 9632: County Administration Department/General Services Division – Consideration of entering into an amendment to MCC No. 11415B-22 with Johnson Controls Fire Protection, LP to include the new Madera County Justice Center by amending the Scope of Services and Compensation as listed in Exhibit A for fire protection notification systems, equipment servicing, inspections
- L. 9634: County Administration Department/General Services Division Consideration of entering into an amendment to MCC No. 10406B-C-2022 with the Holiday Family Revocable Trust increasing rent to $13,000 per month on July 1, 2023, with a 3% increase each year beginning July 1, 2024, and extending the term to June 30, 2026,
- M. 9646: County Administration Department/General Services Division – Consideration of entering into an amendment to MCC No.11659-20 with Newton Property Management extending the term to June 30, 2024, for office space rental
- N. 9596: Human Resources Department – Monthly report of employees
transactions for April 2023.
- O. 9623: Library Department– Consideration of approval of Receipt of
Unanticipated Revenue No. 22-203 in the amount of $13,200.00 derived from Library Administration 4 Votes Required
- P. 9627: Library Department – Consideration of approval of receipt of
Unanticipated Revenue No. 22-204 in the amount of $1,300 derived from Library Administration 4 Votes Required
- Q. 9628: Library Department – Consideration of approval of Receipt of
Unanticipated Revenue No. 22-048 in the amount of $3,999 derived from Library Administration 4 Votes Required
- R. 9630: Library Department – Consideration of approval of receipt of
Unanticipated Revenue No. 22-207 in the amount of $2,000 derived from Library Administration 4 Votes Required
- S. 9620: Public Health Department – Consideration to submit an application
with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to become an approved Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP-AP) enrollment and clinical provider site. This action would allow eligible individuals to receive wrap-around coverage, Prep-related medical services
- T. 9653: Public Health Department – Consideration of approval of Transfer
Of Appropriations No. 22-177 in the amount of $8,500 derived from Health Administration – Professional and Specialized Services to Equipment/Furniture> $5,000
- U. 9657: Public Health Department – Consideration of entering into an
agreement with the California Department of Public Health (Grant Agreement No.22-11028) in the amount of $783,249.82 to assist local health departments in preventing and controlling vaccine-preventable diseases in the county for Fiscal Years 2022-2027
- V. 9607: Public Works Department/Engineering Services Division – Transportation
- 1. Consideration of entering into an Agreement with Moy & Associates in the amount of $121,688 to provide technical transportation planning services for fiscal year 2023-2024 and authorize the chairman to sign.
- 2. Consideration of approval to authorize the chief of Development Services to issue the notice to proceed
- 3. Consideration of approval to authorize the auditor-controller to issue payments for contingencies up to 10% of the contract award amount per established county policy.
- 4. Consideration of approval to authorize the chief of development Services to solely issue and approve contract change orders in accordance with the Public Contract Code not to exceed authorized contingencies.
- W. 9625: Public Works Department/Administrative Services Division – Consideration of approval of Transfer of Appropriations No. 22-197 in
the amount of $950,000 from SB1-RD RPR & Accountability: Buildings & Improvements to Maintenance – ads for fiscal year 2022-2023.
- X. 9629: Public Works Department/Administrative Services Division
Consideration of approval of Receipt of Unanticipated Revenue No. 22-199 in the amount of $500,000 derived from the Fairmead Liner Fund 4 Votes Required
- Y. 9651: Public Works Department/Administrative Services Division-
Consideration for approval of Transfer of Appropriation No. 22-208 in the amount of $500,000.00 transfer from Madera County Transit Fund
- Z. 9599: Public Works Department/Administrative Services Division
Consideration to adopt a resolution accepting work and authorizing the filing of the notice of completion for MCC No. 12204-22 with Yarbs Grading and Paving Inc. for the 2022 Countywide Pavement Rehabilitation and Overlays project in Madera County
- AA. 9606: Public Works Department/Engineering Services Division
2023 Fog Seals Construction
- 1. Consideration to adopt a resolution awarding a contract for $619,990.34 to Ramsey Asphalt Construction Co. for the construction of the 2023 Fog Seals in the Madera County project and overruling all bid protests.
- 2. Consideration to entering into an agreement with Ramsey Asphalt Construction Co. in the amount of $619,990.34 for the construction of the 2023 Fog Seals in Madera County project
- 3. Consideration of approval to authorize the road commissioner or his designee to issue a notice to proceed in accordance with the provisions of the contract.
- 4. Consideration of approval to authorize the auditor-controller to issue payments for contingencies up to 10% of the contract award amount per established county policy.
- 5. Consideration of approval to authorize the road commissioner or his designee to solely issue and approve contract change orders in accordance with the Public Contract Code, not to exceed authorized contingencies.
- AB. 9626: Public Works Department/Maintenance & Operations
Division – Consideration to adopt a resolution approving the zero bus rollout plan for the County of Madera
- AC. 9614: Root Creek Water District – Consideration of approval to appoint
Matthew Cerniglia to the Root Creek Water District Board of Directors
- AD. 9650: Social Service Department – Community Care Expansion (CCE)
- 1. Consideration of entering into agreement with the Advocates for Human Potential, Inc., in an amount not to exceed $543,189 for the Community Care Expansion (CCE) Preservation Program
- 2. Consideration of approval of Receipt of Unanticipated Revenue No. 22- 215, for $543,189.00 derived from Social Services Community Care Expansion – Four votes required
- AE. 9618: Workforce Development Board of Madera County – Consideration of
approval to reappoint Wendy Lomeli, Employment Development Department (EDD), to the Workforce Development Board (WDB) for an additional three-year term to expire June 6, 2026.
- 6a. 9636: Social Service Department – June 2023 as Elder Abuse Awareness Month.
- Danny Morris, deputy director of social services announced that July 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Morris said elders who live alone are susceptible to abuse because no one is checking on them. Morris said, “There are at least 357 confirmed abuse cases in Madera County. That’s at least one case a day.”
- Morris announced “Senior Morning Social at Rotary Park on June 15 at 10:30 a.m., and all members of the community are welcome.”
- Supervisor Rogers shares a story of his parents who dealt with financial manipulation from bad people and said they lost their life savings.
- John Pero, resident of Madera County, posed the question when it comes to AI and how it may affects the elder community such as impersonating false people
- Deborah Martinez, director of Social Services, shares concerns about AI and how it may be difficult to detect the source of the crime
- The deputy DA said the acting DA made a presentation to elders in regards to AL and what to look for.
- 6.b. 9644: Board OF Supervisors – Recognition of 2023 Old
Timers’ Day Parade King and Queen; Grand Marshal: Jim Bryan
- Supervisor Poythress announced the king and queen from the Old Timers’ Day Parade. He said in order to qualify for king and queen, residents must have lived in Madera for at least 50 years. He presented Steve and Nadine King as the king and queen of the parade
- He also recognized Jim Brayan for working on the parade and constantly volunteering in the community.
- 6.d. 9659: Board of Supervisors
- Presentation and update from the Madera County Mosquito and Vector Control District
- Trinidad Reyes, the operation supervisor of the Madera County Mosquito and Vector Control District, said the organization treats the city and county pound, and the sewer treatment plants routinely to repel mosquitos. He said the concerns about the city drains and the drain lids need to be cleaned more regularly.
- Reyes said, “With the extra water in the creeks and rivers, there will be more mosquitoes and disease transmission.” He said “the proper adoption and execution of this IVM will help protect the public health.”
- John Pero asked, “Do we have any programs in the … Sierra like around Oakhurst area?”
- Trinidad said there are no services there, and organizations need to observe the area.
- 7.a. 9645: Community & Economic Development/Planning Division
- 1. Hearing to consider adoption of a resolution approving Negative Declaration (ND #2023-01) for the application of rezone (CZ #2022-007) – Oakhurst, which has been prepared in compliance with provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA);
- 2. Hearing to consider adoption of an ordinance approving a rezone (CZ #2022-007) from RRS-10 (Residential, Rural, Single Family, Ten Acre) District to PDD (Planned Development) District to meet the standards for clustering established by the Ahwahnee/Nipinnawasee Area Plan. The property, owned by Richardson, Shirley Ann and Marlene J. Etal, is located on the north side of Highway 49, approximately 0.5 miles east of Harmony Lane (40603 and 40611 High 49) in Oakhurst. Size: 72.12 acres. APN: 055-162-005 and 055-190-016.
- Jaime Vax, Community, and Equity Development, explains there are two parcels on the site. She continues, “ Section V.2 of the Ahwahnee/Nipinnawasee Area Plan outlines density averaging, and clustering as an implementation action.”
- John Reed, speaking on behalf of the property owners, said this is the last act of the application of the rezone and owners have made all the recommended changes such as creating smaller parcels.
- The board passed motion 7a. unanimously
- 7 .b. 9654: Public Works/Engineering Services Division -Consideration to adopt a resolution approving increases to solid waste collection rates by the county’s franchisees and increases to tipping fees for disposal at the Fairmead Landfill and North Fork Transfer Station.
- Jared K., on behalf of Public Works, explained the annual adjustments to the rate.
- Dan Mets, a resident of Oakhurst, discusses his disappointment with the proposal and the lack of responsiveness from staff for over a year. He explains that undercharges for outside haulers are as low as $22 a ton, and fixed throughout many years. The county overcharges county haulers as high as $68 for ton, he said.
- The board passed the motion unanimously
Discussion Items – Continues
- 6. c. 9656: Behavioral Health Services Department -Mental Health
Services Act Plan
- 1. Presentation of the three-year Mental Health Services Act Plan for Fiscal
- 2. Discussion and consideration to adopt the Madera County Mental Health
Services Act (MCMHSA) Plan
- 3. Discussion and consideration of approval to authorize the Behavioral
Health Services director, in conjunction with the County Auditor Controller, to sign the program and fiscal accountability certifications and forward the plan to the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission
- Elva Narravro, substance abuse division manager, explained that the Madera County Mental Health Services Act consists of five different components – community services prevention and early intervention, innovation, workforce education and training, and capital facilities.
Gonzalez gave her appreciation of the community feedback after hearing the presentation twice and listening to the increased number of community numbers.
John Pero asked, “How does service mental illness apply to the homeless population?”
Connie Moreno-Peraza, Department of Behavioral Health Services (BHS) Director, answers that these funds are engaged with the homeless population. They hire trained professionals who have experience dealing with the homeless population.
- The board unanimously passed the motion
- 6.e. 9643: County Administration Department – consideration of approval
of Receipt of Unanticipated Revenue No. 22-214 in the amount of $550,000 derived from General Fund-Fund Balance to Special Payments – professional and specialized services and County Counsel
- Jessica Leon explained that the increased rate is due to security services and the county budget.
- One of the supervisors asked for a PRA request and how that’s affecting everyone?
- Darren McCandless, county administration, explained the increase in the volume of public records requests coming from the county and the amount of legal work.
- Regina Garza, county counsel, explained that “The Public Records Act (PRA) has increased significantly since Covid.”
- The board passes motion unanimously
- 6.f. 9661: County Administration Department – Consideration to adopt a resolution
authorizing the county administrative officer or designee to issue a contribution in the amount of $8,000 to Yosemite Unified School District for its 2023 Summer Community Swim Program.
- A supervisor asked, “What does the program entail?”
- Jessica Leon answered,” The program entails aquatic fit class and various types of activities. The funding would help reduce the cost for members waiting to join. It would help with the maintenance as well.”
- Poythress shared his concern about providing funding for schools within the county. He said, “It does set a precedent for funding … it may lead to a slippery slope.” He suggests creating a policy in regard to funding support of schools
- Wamhoff agrees that a policy would create fairness.
- Poythress made a motion for approval with the understanding of creating a policy for funding schools.
- The board passed the motion unanimously
- 6.g. 9621: Community & Economic Development Department/ Planning Division
Direction concerning seeking consultant services to assist in determining the impacts of short-term rental homes on the supply of residential housing
- Matt Trevor, chief of development services, said, “There are 807 short-term vacation homes in the county that make up 3% of the home’s stock.”
- A supervisor asked, “What are they trying to achieve? What’s the ultimate goal?”
- Trevor explained reviewing the short-term rental homes amount and how the correlation may affect rent for residents.
- Poythress shared his concern about rental homes and their impact on neighboring residential homes. He hopes that the discrepancies in homes used for rental may be impactful for the community.
- Rogers explains that there should be a penalty for people who own these rental homes and have to pay fees.
- The board passes motion unanimously
- 6.h. 9544: Human Resources Department/ Social Services Department- Consideration of an amendment to Classification Plan.
- 1. Amend the classification plan to add the class of senior staff services manager.
- 2. Set the salary for the classification of senior staff services manager at Range 341 (UB2 0523) to $8,094.06 – $9,838.39 per month ($97,128.75 – $118,060.63 annually).
- 3. Designate the classification of senior staff services manager as overtime exempt, pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act.
- 4. Direct the Department of Human Resources to amend the position allocation resolution by removing the fiscal manager position from org key 07510 and replacing it with the senior staff services manager position.
- 5. Discussion and consideration of adopting a resolution amending the Salary and Fringe Benefit Schedules to add senior staff services manager to the Classified Service Salary Schedule.
- 6. Discussion and consideration of adopting resolutions amending the fiscal year 2022-2023 Schedule of Position Allocations for the County Department of Social Services
- The board passed the motion unanimously
- Jerry from Public Works explained that the Little Hoover Commission has released its draft report and will showcase recommendations once the report is released.
Supervisors and Staff Reports
- Wamhoff announced that former supervisor Wheeler will be participating in the parade on July 1.
- Gonzalez thanked the Fire department for the prescribed burn event. She announced the community meeting event after the board meeting.
- Meeting adjourned at 12:32 p.m.
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