Board meeting begins - first is a proclamation to designate Feb. 2017 as 211 Awareness Month. This a phone service for residents in Shasta County.
Director of Health and Human Services Agency is on the podium.
The 211 system in Shasta County has a phone/online version of the system.
Larry Olmstead, local United Way program director, is on the podium.
Says the 211 service is to the benefit of the residents of the county. He's provided the board a summary of the 211 program.
"Awareness is a critical issue for 211. We found last year the numbers of calls in Shasta County were stagnating," said Olmstead. They launched an awareness campaign. We have 21,000 unique people who make web searches.
We do offer the service in Tehama, Butte County that are covered by United Way California. Olmstead thanks the board.
Supervisor Mary Rickert compliments Olmstead on the service and bringing it to the community.
Supervisor David Kehoe asks how the public can get a copy of the report. UNITEDWAY's website will have a copy. It will be on their social media as well.
Kehoe points out the report wants input from customers. Olmstead there are callbacks to those in the community. We do metrics, Olmstead said. Is the service helpful for people? Since you referenced the report, counseling - critical issue - that's the number one thing ask for when they call - basic needs like food, shelter, utility.
Olmstead points out the county finances the call center - First 5, Dignity Health, Redding Rancheria are also sponsors.
Robert Nash director of Superior Economic Development District is on the podium.
Shasta, Trinity, Siskiyou Counties are part of the economic development district.
Nash says they assist general communities with planning, economic grant applications. One project last year - in Weed, CA - were some public works projects. Another thing the EDA provide funding for a loan fund. That is exciting, says Nash, because the revolving loan funds have not been in play for some time.
Nash is detailing the programs the SCED has been involved with.
Another is business development assistance. There was a development center that went to Shasta College and then at the main office at Chico.
There was micro enterprise assistance... we haven't done that for awhile. The program at the state level became difficult to administer.
Nash says the loan program has grown over the last 25 + years. Sources vary - it's a long term, with reasonable interest rates. We also have a private loan, from a generous bank and a generous interest rate.
Nash has provided a loan report to the board. The breakdown shows a focus on Shasta County, specifically in Redding. Nash says they hunt for loan opportunities in other counties, but those from Redding find them.
Job creation and full payment are the result, Nash says.
In short: to fill a gap for those businesses who need help to finance their business and create jobs.
Nash says there are other loans that are packaged to support his corporation. SBA loans for the nonprofit, which is a means to keep the program alive. This annual report does not lay out how exactly it works. There are 71 loans outstanding, and $33.2 million in SBA loans.
Supervisor Leonard Moty: Besides the presentation... how do people find the program?
Nash: The loan programs we do marketing. We do that throughout the North State. We also talk to the lenders. That's our primary source. They're typically the first contact ...
Moty: Our local Economic Development Corp has an angel fund ... are you connected with them?
Nash: We do. We make a point to meet with them. We try to stay out of each other's way, but there is an important connect to ... help a business get ramp up.
Supervisor Mary Rickert thanks Nash. The fact that you maintained the board for years, and then you were recognized by the Bella Vista Water District ...
Nash: It's a bad habit.
Rickert: Give us an update on consolidated goods plan?
Nash: It's the food hub! We've been working ... as part of our economic development program. We've recognized the need for market access for some of the small producers. Typically, the biggest difficult is reaching larger markets. Food hubs have developed around the country, but it's a challenge to meet the fiscal.
We're working with folks in Chico State on a virtual food hub.
Rickert: There are 145 loans in Shasta Co. Could you summarize those?
Nash: It's a broad mix - one thing we don't do... agriculture finances. Right now they include sawmill startups... a few were not successful. That's just part of lending.
Supervisor David Kehoe: The loan default rate. Payment in the loans?
Nash: We're behind for $93 on one loan. We're doing fine right now. Those were some late fees. As far longterm default rate - it's about 3 percent. Over a period of time that's a lot of dollars. We took a lot of losses during the recession.
The board applauds Nash for his report. We're on to the public comment period.
Chris D. is on the podium. He requested an amendment on the agenda minutes. His request was denied.
Chris D. asked if the board would honor his request, Kehoe said, You're Done. We have move on to the consent calendar.
Supervisor Rickert will recuse herself from an item.
Items C5 and C6 will be pulled for discussion.
Rickert recuse herself on item C1.
Ewert is on the podium again for item C5.
The county is eligible for an intergovernmental program. Ewert is detailing how that works to the board.
This will provide funding to the county.
The state is drawing down the match. That leaves $18 for local governmental agencies. That's one of his examples. Each year Partnership Health Plan asks for that data in how much the county covers. We have to put up money... that money is sent back to Partnership Health and gives back to the county. But there is a fee involved.
Ewert does not believe the county will receive the amount that was put up by the county.
We're on to item C6 - A Coalition letter to advocate for an integrated approach to the Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan.
Public Works Director Pat Minturn is on the podium to describe the item. The existing water rights system got us through the system ... we're getting through now. The system of levies manages the water. We think of stream uses, domestic, agriculture, flood control... most complicated system in the world.
This proposal would cut across all of that and would dedicate a portion, says Minturn. He picks an arbitrary number - who would be impacted by this figure?
Minturn: we have to plan, think about these proposals. There are impacts to the areas - broader impacts. It's a shallow proposal, says Minturn.
The idea has been floated, but there is no meat on the proposal.
The letter proposed is signed by several other counties who are concerned with this.
Moty: Mentions he brought this up in the last meeting. the consequences ... are there. But there are no proven benefits. There is no scientific information available. I do support this.
Supervisor Baugh: The courts have hard disputes over water rights. They ruled and determined water outcomes. How does this comply with law?
Minturn: The state water board, somewhat wading into law, they do have power to adjudicate water rights. They can make decisions what is appropriate. There is also a judicial process. The Sacramento River has never adjudicated. But I think if this proposal were to move forward it would move to the courts.
Rubin Cruse, county counsel, says he would review the proposal, but does not have enough information to comment.
Rickert voices her support for the letter. The importance of recharge is vital to agriculture.
The item is approved and the board will send that letter.
Board goes into closed session.
They still have their legislative reports.
Larry Lees has nothing to report.
Supervisor Steve Morgan details meetings he attended.
Morgan thanks Sheriff Bosenko, Minturn, and Shasta Lake City Manager for all their information related to the wet weather.
Baugh said there is a positive progression at the Day Reporting Center, which rehabilitates people after incarceration.
Kehoe attended a call in with a radio program with Larry Lees. I think we got our message across.
Attended the Merchants Crime Watch Meeting - said Lees and Moty gave dynamite presentations. What happens now after Measure D?
From my perspective, we are fortunate to have one of the most knowledgeable people on public safety. Leonard Moty.
Moty attended the airport land use meeting.
The Crime Watch Meeting: There is a lot of frustration over Measure D. But more are upset about the cancellation of the Adult Rehabilitation Center.
I want to present today for consideration/follow up - He gives credit to Chief Paoletti on an alternative plan. I think there is a lot of push back from judges to alternate day and night courts.
But one thing... the renovation of the basement of the old jail. I'm going to suggest if we can move the laundry facilities to another building and see if we can renovate that. That's going to bring up 64 beds. The kitchen facilities will have to go somewhere - maybe the fleet station. Since it's close to the jail - there are things that are not keeping the fleet where it's at.
Moty said the Sheriff's vehicles are being vandalized where they are currently located.
The thing I find interesting is the renovation of the basement of the jail. I think it was the several million dollar range. The other part is the estimate at the time - the operational costs. It's lower than what was proposed for the ARC.
We can find some partial solution to housing more people.
The board agrees to consider this proposal from Supervisor Moty.
Rickert attended the Merchant's Crime Watch meeting as well. She thanks Public Works for the help with flooding in Fall River Valley.
Now the board goes into closed session.