UKIAH, 4/1/2017 — If the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors approves the consent calendar at the next meeting on April 4, the medical cannabis cultivation ordinance will go into effect by May 4. Adoption of the two chapters of the county code that will govern how and where to grow medical cannabis is item 4L on Tuesday’s consent calendar, tucked in between approval of an automobile allowance for the deputy CEO, and approval of the Mendocino Council of Government’s biennial review of its conflict of interest code.
The agenda for the upcoming meeting includes half a dozen presentations, one recommended approval, and one resolution outside the consent calendar. The board may take action on a number of those presentations, including one on “cannabis cultivation program operational readiness and enforcement planning.”
The board may adopt a resolution first addressed at the March 20 meeting, raising the fees for services from planning and building and the Health and Human Services Agency. At the meeting in March, the board agreed to raise most of the planning and building permit fees to recover the cost incurred by the county in providing the services. In some cases, this tripled the cost of the permit. Two of the permits will still be partly subsidized by the county’s general fund. The minor administrative permit in the coastal zone went from $690 to $1,707, though the full cost is $2,768. The Mendocino Historical Review Board permit went from $290 to $663, though the full cost is $1,036.
The transportation director’s report is the lone non-consent calendar approval, detailing the federal sources for various repairs around the county. Director Howard Dashiell plans to work towards obtaining Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) funding for the Bailey Bridge project on Orr Springs Road outside of Ukiah, and work on Mountain View Road in Boonville. He intends to work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for work on four other county roads. The report ends by noting that, while a dozen bridges in Mendocino County are eligible to have 100% of their replacement costs reimbursed by FHWA, “The backlog of existing statewide bridge projects represent 19 years of backlogged projects at present funding levels.”
The board may also provide direction on preparing the budget for the upcoming year; consider comments by the California Coastal Commission on the Mendocino Town Local Coastal Plan Amendment; and hear reports from the CEO and individual supervisors.
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