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Highlights of the March 16, 2021 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.
New for 2021: Open time for public expression about topics that are not on the day's agenda has been moved to the start of the meeting in the interest of making the time slot more predictable for participants.
Contact: Brent Ainsworth, Public Information Specialist, County Administrator's Office
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Agenda Item #2: Shortly after convening 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 2020, 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, 2020, to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Marin is currently in the red tier ("substantial risk" of the virus) on the State of California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
The Board heard the report from Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Willis.
Need more info? Check the coronavirus website maintained by the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services.
Contact: Matthew Hymel, County Administrator
Agenda Item #6: The Board will hear a request to award a request for proposal (RFP) #2795 to Motel 6 of San Rafael in the amount of $1.4 million to provide emergency, non-congregate Project Roomkey rooms to shelter individuals considered “high risk’ due to COVID-19. This is an extension of the County's Roomkey project from March-October 2020. The County plans to enter into an emergency occupancy agreement with Motel 6 for the County's use of about 40 rooms through September 30, 2021, or until such time that funding remains available. The agreement is designed to benefit those experiencing homelessness considered "high-risk," such as people over age 65 or who have certain underlying health conditions (respiratory, compromised immunities, chronic disease), and who require emergency non-congregate sites as a social distancing measure. An agreement would not affect net General Fund costs.
The Board awarded the RFP to Motel 6 for Project Roomkey.
Need more info? See the staff report about the request for proposals for the Project Roomkey shelter.
Agenda Item #7: The Board will hear a request from the County Administrator to authorize the Board President to execute a $265,000 agreement with UnQork to provide software for the Rental Assistance Program. Over the past year, the Board has worked to prevent evictions that would lead to more homelessness in Marin. The Rental Assistance Program will protect renters who are disproportionately people of color. UnQork's products will provide online applications for tenants and landlords, robust program tracking, and required reporting by law. The Board recently accepted state and federal funding for COVID-19 relief, and the rental assistance program is intended to help households cover rental and utility arrears and up to 25% of rent for the prospective months of April, May, and June 2021, subject to funding availability. There would be no net General Fund impact.
The Board authorized the Board President to execute the agreement.
Need more info? See the staff report about the software for the Rental Assistance Program.
Contact: Angela Nicholson, Assistant County Administrator
Agenda items 8: The Board will hear a request from the Human Resources Department to extend the expiration date of the current memorandum of understanding (MOU) to July 14, 2022, with the International Association of Theatrical and Stage Engineers (IATSE) Local 16 and provide specified benefits. The tentative agreement reflects the County’s priorities to ensure the continuation of essential public services while working with labor organizations to navigate the economic and operational challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Board extended the expiration date of the MOU with IATSE.
Contact: Mary Hao, Director, Department of Human Resources
Agenda Item #9: The Board will consider three vacancies on the Integrated Pest Management Commission.
The Board made the following appointments:
Integrated Pest Management Commission: Kevin Sadlier, Scott Sherman, Dan Monte
Need more info? See the agenda for details on the interviews/appointments, or the Boards and Commissions webpage.
No earlier than 10:30 a.m., the Board will conduct a hearing to consider a Recology Sonoma Marin rate increase of 3.53% for the West Marin Franchise Area No. 1, which includes coastal communities except for Bolinas and Stinson Beach. Board approval would also authorize the Board President to execute a Second Amendment and Restated Franchise Agreement for refuse collection and removal. Agreements include a discount rate for lower-income customers. The rate increase calculation has been reviewed for accuracy by an independent solid waste consulting firm.
The Board conducted the hearing and approved the rate increase.
Need more info? See the staff report about the refuse rate increase and agreement.
Contact: Steve Devine, Waste Management Division Program Manager, Department of Public Works
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