Stanislaus County 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:

Consider adopting new development fees. Most would be lowered because of plunging land values. The revision does not include an estimate of how the fees would pay for new roads, the most costly issue in the package. Staff would be directed to continue negotiating with cities and return with a recommendation in three months.

Schedule May 18 hearings on higher fees for building permits and planning services

Accept a $642,000 federal stimulus drug offender treatment grant, allowing the rehiring of a recently laid off substance abuse counselor, the hiring of a part-time data analyst and enhanced treatment

Buy a $116,250 bomb squad robot for the Sheriff's Department, whose other robot is too large to move along airplane or bus aisles. A Homeland Security grant would cover $100,000. The rest would come from a previous grant for anti-bomb equipment.