Board of supervisors will tackle a variety of agenda items

rgiwargis@mercedsunstar.comMarch 25, 2013 

The Merced County Board of Supervisors will meet today to consider the refinancing of the Iris Garrett Juvenile Justice Correctional Complex on Sandy Mush Road.

The move would save an estimated $100,000 annually, depending on market conditions, documents showed. The building's lease payments are about $990,000 per year.

The board will consider approving a $16,540 budget transfer to install wireless Internet access in the county's courts for prosecutors to use.

They also will look at authorizing a $600,000 cash-flow loan from the general fund for the Merced County Spring Fair to use in the Junior Livestock Auction and $8,000 to provide a temporary change fund.

The loan is subject to interest, and the repayment will not extend beyond the end of October, according to county documents.

The board will consider appointing Robert Morris as the director of the county's Department of Workforce Investment. Morris served as the acting director since June 2012, in addition to his duties as the Human Resources Director.

Prior to tackling the agenda items, the supervisors will meet in closed session with the county's In-Home Supportive Services Public Authority and its union, the United Domestic Workers.

The Board of Supervisors will meet at 10 a.m. in the board chambers on the third floor of the Merced County Administration Building, 2222 M St. in Merced.

Reporter Ramona Giwargis can be reached at (209) 385-2477 or

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