Stanislaus County Supervisors Watch

The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors this evening is scheduled to:

Schedule a 6 p.m. June 12 public dedication ceremony to open the Empire Community Pool. People will pay $1 for recreational swimming overseen by the Stanislaus County Police Activities League. The pool project was launched in the wake of a July 2003 tragedy in which three brothers, ages 12, 10 and 8, drowned while playing in the Tuolumne River under a railroad trestle. The youngest boy, who couldn't swim, fell into a deep spot and his older brothers tried to save him.

Consider overturning the county Planning Commission's permission to build a golf driving range north of Turlock's Taylor Road near Highway 99. Neighbors appealed, citing a 22-year agreement between the county and city to preserve farmland between Turlock and Keyes. Proponents hope to install 20-foot lights and 30-foot nets and build a 2,000-square-foot pro shop and 1,000-square-foot maintenance shed on 39 acres. They say the driving range would provide a logical buffer and that they are supported by high school golf programs in Turlock. Opponents say a driving range is an urban, not an agricultural, operation.

Award three-year contracts worth $6.2 million for programs preventing child abuse and neglect to Aspiranet, the Center for Human Services, Parent Resource Center and Sierra Vista Child and Family Services

Approve higher fees for engineering services in Public Works that haven't been changed in

18 years, including plan checks, construction inspection and encroachment, excavation and street improvement permits. For example, the $35 charge for driveway inspections would increase to $140; Modesto charges $198, according to a staff report. Fees would go up incrementally over five years if approved each year by supervisors. Higher fees would reduce a current $362,000 subsidy, representing the difference between revenue and costs of services, to $182,000 in the first year and would eliminate it in five years, the report states.

Pay A&A Portables Inc. $728,200 to service portable toilets at recreational sites for five years. Reduced prices should save the county $113,700, according to a staff report.

Initiate a 14-day public comment period on the awarding of $669,000 in federal stimulus money to fit homes with solar systems and other energy-saving improvements. Project YES would employ two part-time interns and five contractors over two years, according to a staff report.

Hire Benicia-based PSC 21st Century EMI to recycle latex paint left at the county's hazardous waste collection drop-off point, for $300,000 over five years

Pay Berberian Properties $72,900 for one acre at McHenry Avenue and Ladd Road. The land is needed to relocate power lines in a project that includes new traffic signals and turn lanes.

Pay $41,000 to owners of the north corners of Las Palmas and Sycamore avenues in Patterson for a combined 0.36 acres needed for a new traffic signal, turn lanes, safety lighting and shoulder widening

Lay off a Cooperative Extension secretary, saving about $48,000 per year. The extension, like all nonsafety departments, must cut 12 percent of its budget, or $56,000, to help close the county's projected $34 million deficit for the fiscal year starting July 1.

Reduce office hours for Planning and Community Development, opening at 8 a.m. instead of 7:30 effective May 26

Apply for and accept $354,000 in state money for boat patrols at Modesto and Woodward reservoirs

Hire Collins Electrical for $273,700 to install emergency power improvements at the county's Honor Farm near Grayson. The project should be finished in December.

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in the basement chamber at Tenth Street Place, 1010 10th St., Modesto.