By unanimous vote, Stanislaus County supervisors Tuesday:
Approved a 15-year lease for 753 rangeland acres next to the Fink Road landfill. Paul Clarot, who has paid $5,000 a year for seven years for cattle grazing rights, offered to pay $12 per acre to continue. His $9,036-per-year bid beat three others.
Agreed to look the other way on an illegally occupied recreational vehicle at 8831 Rodden Road near Oakdale. Staff had recommended that county leaders declare a violation of the county's zoning ordinance. But Nuisance Abatement Hearing Board members found that the occupant was cooking and bathing at a nearby home and occupancy in the RV was expected to be temporary.
Billed the owner of 1827 John St., Modesto, $920 to cover the cost of a Jan. 6 debris cleanup. The county also cleaned the property in December 2008 after deeming it a nuisance.
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Asked for bids to resurface several roads around the county. The county expects to spend $5 million in federal stimulus money on at least 10 streets by September, plus $3.8 million more in federal and local road repair money on eight to 14 streets.
Received a letter from Merced County asking to support its bid for a high-speed rail maintenance station with at least 1,500 jobs. Merced County is vying with several others for the facility, which could be built in a few years.
— Garth Stapley