Supervisor Leonard Moty reads a proclamation designating April 10-16 as Crime Victims' Rights Week.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett present to discuss Crime Victims' Rights week. Several members from OneSafePlace and the DA's office are present. The DA's crime assistance office had over 4,700 victims last year.
So many people do not report being a victim, according to Bridgett. So that population is under served, and the DA's office will be performing outreach on the topic.
Supervisor David Kehoe reads a proclamation designating April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
One in five and 1 in 33 men will be a victim of sexual assault according to the proclamation. One in four college women are likely to be sexually assaulted during their academic career.
The board designates April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Chief Deputy District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett, along with Jean King, receive the award.
Bridgett said there is a partnership between the DA's crime assistance center and OneSafePlace. A number of sexual assault crimes have been filed, but not gone to court. Many victims are fearful, because people might not believe them.
DA's office Crime Victim Assistance Unit and OneSafePlace, along with members of Shasta College, will be behind a new campaign "START BY BELIEVING."
King from OneSafePlace said these assaults are some of the most under reported. The hope is to give victim's help through a partnership. There will be a workshop on April 27 and the Annual Take Back the Night, same day, are being supported by Shasta College.
Supervisor David Kehoe presents the proclamation. Asks Bridgett and King to recognize their staff. Kehoe asks the board to sign a certificate recognizing the program. Kehoe asks who has signed the paper?
Supervisor Les Baugh reads a proclamation designating April 7 as National Service Recognition Day.
In 2000 an assembly bill required state water resources to adopt revised standards for the use, monitoring of onsite septic systems.
The state board had a few iterations. Some were not well received, according to Richard Simon from the Resource Management. Critics had issue with the one-size fits all standard. Would have not fit well with Shasta County.
Some of the highlights from this new standard – about 28,000 onsite systems in the county and about 4,000 in the boundaries regulated by the county. The new county plan would not impact old systems.
In 2012 there was a revised plan, which was tiered. Tier 1 is default and the metrics of that would not fit Shasta County. Tier 2 is customizable, which develops local standards.
New standards would apply to replacements or new developments.
A tech manual is being developed for people who install the new septic systems.
About 75 to 80 percent would be standard and meet the Tier 2 standard or would require some minor improvements, according to Simon.
This is the formal introduction. Simon’s dept. has been working on this for some time. Calls it a new and improved version. Has been submitted to the regional board as an informal submissions.
Tomorrow Simon’s staff will meet with industry reps inviting those who are affected to the admin office at the county building to discuss the new plan.
Simon intends to submit the plan by May 13 and then it would come back to the regional board.
They will be working on updating the ordinance of the septic system.
Final implementation would occur around 2018. The next year the regional board will go through the approval process and assuming the county receives approval, the new plan would find its way to the county.
Simon introduces a team of consultants and managers who have been working on this new plan.
Chairman Giacomini asks about Tier 3 and how it relates to the Pit River.
Supervisor Kehoe asks that staff consider the state mandated and not county mandated nature. Kehoe asks about costs to new systems.
Simon said there will be some increase in cost - as much as 50 percent to what is considered a normal system.
Simon estimates a standard system runs around $5,000-$7,000. With new requirements there could be a couple of thousand dollars added to that.
Kehoe said this will have an impact on a single family home. Simon said this would be factored in to the development when developing a property.
Kehoe asks for the rationale for this. Simon said this obligation to protect public health and water systems is the reasons why - contamination due to improperly installed septic systems is a big reason. These new standards are a prevention measure.
Simon: If we implement these measures now, we will not have to worry about contaminated waters in the future.
Supervisor Baugh asks about mandatory inspections. That was a big issue he felt for county officials. Believes he thinks it saved residents billions of dollars.
Simon qualifies that due to the new standards being proposed, there will be some more monitoring required, but not as much.
Giacomini said this has come a long way.
Supervisor Leonard Moty, asks about the amount of footage related to the leech line. Simon said this could be one of the options for alternative dispersal systems.
Or an increased leech area. All of which would be determined on an individual basis.
The two-foot minimum would still be a standard for the leech line. Another question Moty has is an existing home has an outdated septic system - could an old system be repaired or does it have to be replaced?
Simon said the county will be determining what is a threshold for replacement or repair in the next year.
Shasta County has made some adjustments to give people options as this plan is finalized.
Supervisor Bill Schappell asks about tests you would receive from the county. Schappell is concerned about soil. Simon said each case would be assessed. "One system would not fit all, correct?" Schappell asks.
Two-feet would become the standard, according to Simon in answering Schappell.
We're moving on to public comment.