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Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors Watch

At today's meeting, the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to:

— Hear a presentation on the TANC high-voltage wires project. The Transmission Agency of Northern California, whose members include the Modesto and Turlock irrigation districts, wants to meet increasing demand with 600 miles of wires strung along towers up to 150 feet tall in various parts of several counties. Potential corridors could affect Del Rio, Escalon, Riverbank and Oakdale.

— Hold a public hearing on lowering home garbage rates by as much as $1.89 per month for a 90-gallon container, while drop boxes, typically ordered for remodeling jobs, would jump as much as 93 percent. Rates differ depending on the area. Four companies hold contracts covering different unincorporated sections of the county.

— Hold a public hearing on updating developer fees. A proposal would raise $1.2 billion over 22 years, 65 percent of which would help pay for major road projects. Officials will receive comment on the controversial proposal, but have said they will not vote until they formally update a list of capital improvements to be paid for by the new building fees.

— Save $947,541 upgrading the intersection of Ladd Road and McHenry Avenue between Modesto and Escalon, which should be done by late November. Prices for road construction materials have dropped and bidding has become more competitive since an engineer estimated the work at $2.43 million. Granite Construction Co. of Stockton will do it for $1.48 million.

— Using eminent domain, seize private property needed to widen Hatch Road near Ceres and add left-turn lanes at various intersections. Ronald and Lisa Borges must sell 11,081 square feet of right of way at the northeast corner of Hatch and Clinton roads, according to a staff report, but have not signed a $30,410 agreement. The amount was increased from the county's initial offer of $22,000, the report says. The county also needs a 20,485-square-foot easement northeast of Hatch and Faith Home roads owned by partners Harold O. Miller and Sons. The owners agreed to sell for $35,000, but a partner has since died and an escrow agent canceled the deal, according to a staff report.

— Add "Eddie Best Hall" to the title of the Keyes Community Center and schedule an Aug. 15 rededication ceremony on the one-year anniversary of Best's death. Best helped raise money to build the center, started the Keyes Citizens Patrol, which evolved into the STARS program, helped create the Keyes Police Activities League and was a volunteer firefighter and "unofficial dog catcher."

— Receive $8.9 million in Workforce Investment Act money. That is $600,000 more than last year because of "a significant increase in the number of dislocated workers in Stanislaus County," a report reads. The Alliance Worknet serves more than 13,000 people at six locations.

— Allow the use of downtown Modesto's courthouse lawn for the 135th annual Fourth of July parade and for the 10th annual Xclamation Fest on July 17-19.

— Sell a sheriff's K-9 for $1 to its handler, Deputy Lloyd MacKinnon. Eight years ago, the county bought Fons, a Belgian Malinois who now suffers from a knee injury affecting "his ability to perform his job duties," a report reads. The Sheriff's Department paid $10,344 in March to Adlerhorts International Inc. for a new dog, Blade, to replace Fons, who retired May 26.

— Assign sheriff's deputies to patrol this summer's Stanislaus County Fair. The fair board has agreed to pay $140,000 for 3,000 hours of security.

— Apply for a joint $263,334 federal Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance grant. Proceeds would be split among the Sheriff's Department, which would receive $73,209; Modesto police, $157,972; and the Probation Department, $32,153.

— Agree with Riverbank's plan to expand its redevelopment area to include the former Army ammunition plant and a nearby neighborhood. The city wants to redevelop 320 acres, of which 175 acres are unincorporated. The area suffers from hazardous material contamination and homes are deteriorating and subject to street flooding, according to a report. The county might miss out on $2.16 million in property taxes by "giving" the land to Riverbank's redevelopment project. But the plan "will provide significant benefit to the community" and the county would reap results after the project's 45-year life, the report reads.

— Pay Zero One Networks $110,516 for mobile computer devices to be installed in vehicles owned by various ambulance companies. The county in November accepted a $147,000 Homeland Security grant to cover the cost. Since 2003, the county has received $7.2 million in Homeland Security money.

Today's Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. in the basement chamber at Tenth Street Place, 1010 10th St., Modesto.

-- GARTH STAPLEY

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