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:

Approve a building permit amnesty program. Homeowners who remodeled or added rooms without permits could pay regular fees, escaping fines that could double the charge, and inspectors would refer to building codes in effect when the work was done. Applicants could "gather enough information to find out if this program will work for them, without fear of enforcement action," the proposal reads. If pursued, they would pay a $200 application fee plus $105 inspection fee, plus fees for permits. The program would run from July 1 through year's end.

Hire Cunningham & Sons of Oakdale to make earthquake-proof a bridge on Grayson Road at Laird Slough, east of town. State transportation leaders have wanted to do the seismic retrofit since 2003. Federal bridge replacement money would cover $107,000 of the expected $190,000 cost.

Use eminent domain to seize another parcel needed to widen Kiernan Avenue north of Modesto. Property controlled by Union Pacific Railroad would become the 31st parcel in recent months taken by the county over owners' objections.

Require the owner of a mobile home on Wilkins Avenue in Oakdale to remove it or renew its permit