Worknet, agency grants up for review by supervisors

03/10/2014 6:39 PM

03/10/2014 10:05 PM

The Merced County Board of Supervisors today will review a report from the county’s Department of Workforce Investment that details the activity at the county’s Worknet office and goals for the department.

The end-of-year report will also give county supervisors an update on the Enterprise Zone program, which gives companies a tax credit for hiring employees that meet certain criteria, such as veterans.

The Enterprise Zone program was eliminated by the state in December, but companies can still take advantage of the tax credits until December of this year, county documents show.

County supervisors will also consider approving a federal grant of $147,245 to the District Attorney’s Office to help with anti-drug abuse enforcement programs.

The grant will provide funding to support a sheriff’s community service technician, a deputy district attorney and a district attorney legal assistant, according to county documents.

County supervisors will also consider approving a $63,000 contract with LTG Associations to evaluate several Human Services Agency programs, including All Moms Matter and All Dads Matter. The evaluations are designed to help put “public resources to their most effective use,” according to county documents.

The board will look at extending a contract with a consulting firm to create a “pre-disaster hazard mitigation plan” for the county and the cities of Atwater, Dos Palos, Gustine, Livingston, Los Banos and Merced. The contract was budgeted for $118,750 and would be extended to June.

The project is 75 percent funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and has been matched by a 25 percent contribution from participating agencies, according to county documents.

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

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