Stanislaus County Supervisors Watch (5/4/10)

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:

Lay off nine employees: Five in the public defender's office, including one attorney, and four in the assessor's office, including an auditor- appraiser. With skeleton staffs, public defenders could be forced to refuse cases and property owners may not receive fair assessments, a report says. Also, business hours would be reduced in the assessor's office, which would open at 8:30 a.m. instead of 7:30 and close at 4:30 p.m. instead of at 5.

Decide whether to allow a nightclub at 1705 Crows Landing Road. Supporters say Los Artistas would have bands and dancing, drawing patrons, generating about 60 jobs and giving south Modesto an economic shot in the arm. But county planning commissioners voted 5-2 against the bar after hearing from neighbors concerned about noise, safety and parking. Proponents are appealing that decision.

Count ballots cast by Grayson property owners on forming an assessment district for reconstructing Mary Street and for street sweeping and storm drain maintenance. If OK'd, owners of 273 parcels, of which 265 are homes, would pay about $95 a year.

Pay Nolte Associates $104,000 to manage installation of two traffic signals on Carpenter Road, at Beverly Drive and at Robertson Road, a project expected to cost $1.3 million and begin construction in a few weeks.

Order stop signs on Bangs Avenue at North Star Way, north of Modesto.

Allow the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to collect camel spiders, also known as sun scorpions, from Frank Raines Regional Park. Little research on the species has been done in the past 50 years, a report says.

Officially join a partnership hoping to recycle wastewater from Modesto, Ceres and Turlock to irrigate West Side crops.

Hire Intermountain Slurry Seal of Watsonville for $3.4 million to resurface 58 miles of roads near Hickman and La Grange.

Hire Bond Blacktop of Union City for $5.3 million to resurface 77 miles of roads near Turlock, Ceres and south of Modesto.

Require farmers who split parcels to dedicate a right- of-way strip in case officials later want to widen a road or add drains, streetlights, curbs or sidewalks.

Extend a contract for environmental monitoring and testing of the Fink Road and Geer Road landfills by one year, for a four-year total of $2.5 million.

-- Garth Stapley