BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WATCH
The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors meets at 9 a.m. today in the basement chamber at Tenth Street Place, 1010 10th St., Modesto. The board is scheduled to:
Initiate a sixth expansion of the Stanislaus Enterprise Zone on behalf of Hughson's Duarte Nursery. The company is a national leader in fruit trees and vines with yearly sales of more than $30 million. The designation could help Duarte add to its work force of 170 permanent employees, which swells to 350 during peak seasons. The county's enterprise zones are a "powerful job creation and job retention incentive program," a report reads.
Declare that widening McHenry Avenue north of Ladd Road would not significantly affect surroundings. Transportation leaders expect to spend $3.2 million to replace a blinking red light with a traffic signal and broaden McHenry from Ladd to Hogue Road, including a center turn lane. Crews might spend four to six months on the project with periodic delays.
Initiate formation of a Grayson assessment district for reconstruction of Mary Street and street sweeping and storm drain maintenance. If approved, parcel owners would pay about $92 per year.
Proclaim the first Saturday in May as Bette Belle Smith Day of Service. Modesto City Council members initiated the special day last month in honor of the tireless community matriarch, who died in November at age 88. The board's action would extend the honor countywide.
Appoint Curt Chappell as interim county surveyor on a contract basis. His predecessor retired January 30, and no one else in the county's Public Works Department is licensed in land surveying.