Stanislaus County Supervisors Watch

The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday:

Accepted $7.85 million from the California Department of Mental Health to pay for prevention and early intervention programs under the Mental Health Services Act. The board authorized staff to implement the county's prevention and early intervention plan, and approved an agreement with the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill to use an anti-stigma curriculum in intervention programs. Vote: 5-0

Approved the annual assessment for County Service Area 10 in Salida, which provides funding for law enforcement, library services and maintenance of parks, landscaped areas and storm drains. The 2009-10 assessments will be: $139 per single-family residential parcel; $488 per acre for undeveloped commercial and industrial properties; $306 per acre for public property; and $42 per acre for Landmark Business Center No. 2. Vote: 5-0

Approved a capital improvement preliminary project list for fiscal year 2009-10. It's mainly a "wish list" for planning purposes that includes 149 projects with a total estimated cost of $2.1 billion, identifying capital needs over a 20-year period. The list has front-burner items such as the new animal shelter, as well as park improvements, road projects and law enforcement facilities to be built later. Vote: 5-0

-- Ken Carlson