Stanislaus County Supervisors Watch

The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors is scheduled today to:

Renew a 25-year contract with the Modesto Irrigation District to allow boating, camping and other recreation at Modesto Reservoir, east of Waterford. Although services cost the county about twice as much money as entrance fees bring in each year, Modesto Reservoir and Woodward Reservoir, north of Oakdale, reap about 75 percent of revenue raised by the county's parks system; most other access is free. Modesto Reservoir has 3,240 acres of land, 2,800 acres of water, 150 developed camp sites, a marina, archery range, slalom ski course and radio-controlled glider airplane field. The MID and Modesto own a water treatment plant at the reservoir; the contract requires no payments from any party.

Offer incentives for people in Keyes to install sidewalks. Many Keyes streets have been torn up for months, and will be for many more, while crews install $18.2 million worth of storm drain and road improvements, but no sidewalks. Officials hope to spark interest among property owners by offering to cover permits costing $120 per 250 lineal feet. The owners would pay for sidewalk construction, estimated at $500 to $1,000. Supervisors will consider setting aside $60,000 for the program.

Terminate a joint powers authority with other agencies maintaining Gomes Lake along the San Joaquin River, north of Crows Landing Road and west of Carpenter Road. The authority, created in 1972, pumps water to the river after it's caught behind levees constructed some 50 years ago. The county, which paid $181,900 over the past three years, says no study justifies the county's 45 percent responsibility for costs, while two state reclamation districts, also partners in the authority, pay nothing. Turlock pays 35 percent, and the Turlock Irrigation District pays 20 percent. State officials agreed to conduct a study but can't take it on for several years. So county supervisors will consider pulling out as of August 2010 in hopes of forcing new negotiations.

Hold a public hearing on plans for a veterinary hospital serving small and large animals just west of Highway 99 at Beckwith Court. Applicants Michael and Charles O'Brien of Maze Animal Hospital, handling dogs and cats, want to accommodate horses and cows in a 14,000-square-foot hospital plus 5,000-square-foot treatment barn where almond trees now grow. They want to change zoning because the small-animal portion doesn't comply with agricultural zoning.

Accept a $45,700 state probation grant for supervision of domestic violence offenders

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