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:
Agree to share with Modesto the cost of an advisory election that could lead to residents of the Parklawn neighborhood, an unincorporated island in south Modesto, to connect to city sewer service. The election could cost as much as $15,000. City Council members agreed July 13.
Hold a public hearing to establish firefighting fees on new development in the Mountain View Fire Protection District southwest of Modesto. The volunteer fire department is among only three throughout the county that have failed to establish such fees over the past two decades. If approved, builders would pay 24 cents per square foot for new homes and other buildings except barns, the rate for which would be half that amount. The money would help the department provide sleeping quarters and new equipment.
Amend rental guidelines making it easier for Grayson Baptist Church to use the United Community Center. The current $250-per-day rate would be halved for groups using the center five or more times a year. The center pulls in about $2,500 per year from the county's Police Activities League, the Grayson Community Services District and other groups providing computer training, senior meals and exercise classes, English instruction and job training.
Accept a $50,000 grant from the Children and Families Commission. Added to $62,300 from Modesto Junior College, the grant is expected to attract $636,200 of federal and state money to beef up awareness of food stamps. Although applications have increased 51 percent in two years, experts estimate 60,000 people in the county might be eligible for food stamps but have not applied.
Spend $228,300 to upgrade the Fox Grove Fishing Access on the Tuolumne River near Geer Road. Improvements include replacing restrooms, fixing the parking lot and adding picnic tables, signs, trash cans and security gates.
Hire Pestmaster Services for pest control at 85 county-owned properties, including the animal shelter and Tenth Street Place. A $42,000 bid submitted by the company, based in Bishop, was lower than those of others in Modesto, Salida and Stockton.
Approve a five-year agreement with the American Red Cross outlining responsibilities in case of flood, earthquake, fire or other disaster.
Agree to provide job training help to the mentally ill. State officials would pay the county $85,400.
-- Garth Stapley