Stanislaus County board of supervisors watch

The Stanislaus County supervisors on Tuesday:

Ordered further work on a proposed ordinance that would allow parking of up to 12 semi-trucks on an agricultural parcel. Under the proposal, a landowner could apply for a permit for storing these vehicles, in an effort to keep them from being parked along county roads. Supervisors Dick Monteith and Jim DeMartini supported the ordinance, but Supervisors Bill O'Brien and Jeff Grover said the parking should be limited to parcels near state highways. The four voted to have the Stanislaus County Planning Commission consider the more limited version. Supervisor Vito Chiesa withdrew from the discussion to avoid a possible conflict of interest. Until the issue is resolved, the county will continue to suspend enforcement of rules that bar the parking.

Voted unanimously to set 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.

Voted unanimously to 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 will continue to pay portions of salaries for a Tuolumne Elementary School resource officer. The Police Department's $153,100 cut will cover some officer overtime costs.

Voted unanimously to 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. Federal stimulus money will cover the cost.

— John Holland