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Highlights of the September 22, 2020 Board Meeting:
The Board of Supervisors is holding fully electronic meetings in response to the continued COVID-19 pandemic shelter-in-place order. The Board members participate using Zoom videoconferencing technology and encourage remote public participation in the meeting as well. For instructions and guidance on how to watch the meeting or submit public comment, visit the Board of Supervisors' meeting webpage. Viewers also may watch the Community Media Center of Marin's webcast. Comcast subscribers in Marin may watch on Channel 27.
Contact: Brent Ainsworth, Public Information Specialist, County Administrator's Office
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Shortly after the Board convenes at 9 a.m., the Board will hear a report from the County Administrator and possibly other County staff about the local COVID-19 response. The County proclaimed a local emergency and a public health emergency in early March, and since then staff has worked in an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to coordinate public response efforts. A local shelter-in-place order was first issued March 16 to help limit the spread of COVID-19.
The Board received the report, which included comments from Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County Public Health Officer.
Contact: Matthew Hymel, County Administrator
The Board will hear a request from the County Administrator to allocate funds for COVID-19-positive disaster relief payments and authorize the Emergency Services Director to execute an agreement for payment distribution. Staff recommends that the Board accept a $250,000 grant from the Marin Community Foundation (MCF) to fund disaster relief payments and allocate an additional $750,000 for the same cause. Statistics show that 71% of those who have tested positive in Marin are part of the LatinX community, and many of them live in densely populated housing, making it challenging to stop the virus' spread. In July, the Board authorized $500,000 for the program and accepted a $250,000 grant from MCF. The funding was quickly distributed to those who needed resources in order to isolate and quarantine.
The Board accepted the $250,000 grant, allocated an additional $750,000, and approved associated budget adjustments.
The Board will hear a request from the Community Development Agency to receive an informational update on eviction bans and other tenant protections. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board has instituted an eviction moratorium to protect vulnerable renters impacted by the pandemic. The current Board resolution is set to expire September 30. The state and federal governments recently acted to bar residential evictions related to loss of income during COVID-19. Staff plans to provide an update on rental and legal assistance provided to local renters and is asking the Board to provide direction to staff regarding pursuing additional protections.
The Board received the information update.
Contact: Leelee Thomas, Planning Manager, Community Development Agency
The Board will hear a report from the County Administrator regarding budget planning for fiscal year 2021-22. When the Board adopted a $619.7 million budget June 24, it requested quarterly updates as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded and there was more clarification about potential state or federal emergency funds. The County estimates it will have spent more than $60 million in COVID-19 response costs by December. Staff is working with all 22 departments to identify permanent reductions to achieve an ongoing structural balance.
The Board accepted the report.
Contact: Bret Uppendahl, Budget Manager
The Board will consider one vacancy on the County Service Area #16 (Greenbrae) Advisory Board.
The Board made the following appointment:
County Service Area #16 (Greenbrae) Advisory Board: Ronald Peluso
Need more info? See the agenda for details on the interviews/appointments, or the Boards and Commissions webpage.
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