Stanislaus County Supervisors Watch (6/8/10)

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:

Hold a hearing on semi-truck parking in rural areas. A hearing previously scheduled for May 18 was delayed over fears that four of the five supervisors, Dick Monteith excluded, own property in agricultural zones and might have financial conflicts of interest. County Counsel John Doering on Monday said an analysis determined that all supervisors except Vito Chiesa have been cleared to vote. Chiesa can't vote because income from his farming operation apparently exceeds a threshold set in state law.

Schedule a June 29 public hearing to lower garbage rates in unincorporated areas. Reductions in fuel prices and interest rates are expected to lower garbage bills by less than a dollar per month for most homeowners.

Receive a letter from the U.S. General Services Administration looking for a buyer for the old Social Security building at 1230 12th St. in downtown Modesto. High repair costs killed the city's proposal to acquire for free the 12,000-square-foot building, built in 1972. Bill Bassitt of the Workforce Alliance said his organization and the Commonwealth Group remain interested in establishing a business innovation center, where start-ups could lease space to get on their feet. But that would require partnering with a buyer with an educational component, Bassitt said.

Accept a federal Justice Assistance Grant for the Sheriff's and Probation departments and Modesto police. The sheriff's $60,000 share and probation's $18,000 share would continue to pay portions of salaries for a Tuolumne Elementary School resource officer, while the Police Department's $153,100 cut would cover some officer overtime costs.

Hire Granite Construction of Watsonville for $1.2 million to replace four-way stops with traffic signals on Carpenter Road at Robertson Road and at Beverly Drive. The county initially expected to pay 11.5 percent of the cost but received enough stimulus money to cover the whole thing.

— Garth Stapley