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Highlights of the September 28, 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.
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. Marin County recently experienced a surge in cases driven by Delta variant, which is much more infectious than earlier mutations of COVID-19.
The Board heard the report from Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Willis.
Contact: Matthew Hymel, County Administrator
Agenda Item #6: The Board will hear a request from the County Administrator to confirm the appointment of David Joseph Sutton to the position of Public Defender. Sutton has served as Trial Chief for the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Los Angeles the past two years. At the start of his career, Sutton interned with the Marin County Public Defender for three years and returned as an extra-hire deputy public defender after passing the bar in 2008 and clerking with the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office.
The Board confirmed the appointment of David Joseph Sutton.
Need more info? See the staff report and news release about the appointment of David Joseph Sutton.
Agenda Item #7: The Board will hear a request from the County Administrator to adopt a resolution allowing the continued use of tele/video-conference meetings during the COVID-19 State of Emergency for County public meetings. After a year and a half of all-electronic public meetings, the Board has set its sights on allowing in-person meetings at some point, as soon as it is considered safe by public health officials. A new state bill, AB 361, extends the flexibilities provided in a previous executive order that temporarily suspended some elements of the state’s open meeting law known as the Ralph M. Brown Act.
The Board adopted the resolution.
Agenda item #8: The Board will hear a report from the County Administrator regarding budget planning for fiscal year 2022-24. When the Board adopted a $683 million budget in June, it requested quarterly updates as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded and there was more clarification about potential state or federal emergency funds. The gradual reopening of the economy over the past year has reshaped the County’s budget outlook after a year of uncertainty and concerns. Still, structural operating shortfalls are projected in 2023 because of Marin’s history of slow revenue growth.
The Board heard the report about budget planning.
Contact: Bret Uppendahl, Budget Manager
Agenda item #9: The Board will hear a request from the Marin County Free Library to receive a presentation regarding a collaboration with First 5 Marin. The presentation will focus on the 2021 Summer Learning Preschool Backpack Giveaway project, jointly funded by the agencies and led by the library's Learning Bus team. The partners will describe the process, outcomes, and future goals of the partnership in addressing the needs of young Marin children.
The Board received the presentation.
Contact: Lana Adlawan, Director, Marin County Free Library
Agenda item #10: The Board will hear a request from the Department of Public Works to adopt a resolution setting the pilot program phase II for County assistance toward drainage improvement projects on private property. In December 2019, the Board approved a private property drainage assistance pilot program and set aside $400,000 as a one-time allocation to provide financial assistance to private property owners to improve private culverts that serve the public interest. These culverts are the responsibility of the property owner to maintain, but maintenance may be cost-prohibitive and ignored. After a review, staff identified opportunities to modify the program criteria to improve the County's ability to assist as many property owners as possible.
Contact: Jason Wong, Senior Civil Engineer, Department of Public Works
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