Lake County News, CA – US EPA staff to brief supervisors on Superfund site cleanup plan

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — The Board of Supervisors will hear an update this week on the federal government’s plans to clean up the Sulfur Bank Mercury Mine Superfund site.

The‌ ‌board will meet from ‌at‌ ‌9‌ ‌am. ‌Tuesday, April 19, in council chambers on the first floor of the Lake County Courthouse, 255 N. Forbes St., Lakeport.

The meeting can be watched live on Channel 8, online at https://countyoflake.legistar.com/calendar.aspx and on the county’s Facebook page. ‌Support‌ ‌board‌ ‌documents, ‌‌‌agenda‌ ‌and‌ ‌archived‌ ‌board‌ ‌meeting‌ ‌videos‌ ‌also‌ ‌are‌ ‌available‌ ‌‌‌ ‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌ are‌ available‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌. ‌ ‌

To‌ ‌participate‌ ‌in‌ ‌in real time, ‌join‌ ‌the‌ ‌Zoom‌ ‌meeting‌ ‌by‌ ‌clicking‌ ‌this‌ ‌link‌. ‌ ‌

The‌ ‌meeting‌ ‌ID‌ ‌is‌ 914 8812 1115, ‌access code 495681.‌ ‌The meeting can also be reached via mobile at +16699006833,,91488121115#,,,,*495681#.

Any interested members of the public who do not have internet access or a Mediacom cable subscription are encouraged to call 669-900-6833 and enter the Zoom meeting ID and passcode information below. above.

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At 11 a.m., Lake County Water Resources will host and introduce a presentation by US EPA Region 9 staff at the Sulfur Bank Mercury Mine Superfund site.

EPA Site Project Manager Carter Jessop and staff members Karen Jurist and Gavin Pauley will host a presentation in which they will discuss the next EPA-recommended cleanup plan and community engagement opportunities.

The 160-acre Sulfur Bank Mercury Mine site is located in Clearlake Oaks on the shore of Clear Lake adjacent to the Elem settlement. It was added to the US EPA’s Superfund Clean Up program in 1990.

Although there have already been cleanup activities at the site, it remains a source of mercury contamination for Clear Lake and “poses a direct risk to anyone who enters the property,” according to the report to the board. Lake County Water Resources Assistant Marina Deligiannis. department director and Angela DePalma-Dow, invasive species program coordinator.

The report explains that the EPA is preparing to release its recommended cleanup plan to the public this year. The agency wants to let the board and community know how to access the plan and how to participate and collaborate in upcoming meetings.

In other business, at 10:30 a.m., council will receive a presentation from the Ygrene Energy Fund on clean energy programs being evaluated by commercial properties as part of a county economic development strategy.

In an untimed item, the board will hear about opportunities identified by county department heads regarding improving employee recruitment and retention. During the discussion, the board will also consider recommended revisions to county staff rules.

The full agenda follows.

CONSENT SCHEDULE

5.1: Adopt a resolution temporarily reducing the cannabis cultivation tax rate and temporarily limiting the cultivation tax to the canopy area.

5.2: Second Reading of Ordinance Amending Ordinance 3062, revising Section 2-192.1, Article XXVI, Chapter 2 of the Lake County Code, conferring authority to enforce leases and licenses.

5.3: a) Reaffirm the steps taken on January 4, 2022 to approve Amendment No. 1 to the Agreement between Lake County – Behavioral Health Services as the Lake County Continuum of Care Lead Agency and the Elijah House Foundation for services funded under the Coronavirus Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG-CV) program for the 2021-2022 fiscal year and b) authorize the Board Chair to sign.

5.4; To approve Amendment No. 1 to the Agreement between Lake County and Lisa Warner, MBA, for Managed Care Support Services for a new contract maximum of $50,000.00 for fiscal year 2021-22 and authorize the chairman of the board to sign.

5.5: Approve Memorandum of Understanding between Lake County and Rural Communities Housing Development Corp. for the permanent supportive housing project No Place Like Home on avenue Collier in Nice and authorize the chairman of the council to sign it.

5.6: Approve Amendment #3 between Lake County and Manzanita House for Adult Residential Support Services and Specialty Mental Health Services to reduce the contract maximum by $30,000 for a new contract maximum of $164,150 for the 2021-22 fiscal year and authorize the Chairman of the Board to sign.

5.7: Approve Amendment #1 to the Agreement between Lake County and Clover Valley Guest Home for Adult Residential Support Services and Specialty Mental Health Services to increase the contract maximum to 27,000 $ to a new maximum of $87,000 for the 2021-22 fiscal year and authorize the Chairman of the Board to sign.

5.8: Approve Amendment #2 to the agreement between Lake County and Davis Guest Home to increase the contract by $50,000 to a new contract maximum of $236,000 for fiscal year 2021-22 and authorize the President advice to sign.

5.9: Approve the maintenance of the resolution authorizing meetings by teleconference during a state of emergency to continue to exist.

5.10: Approve the continuation of a local health emergency by the Lake County Health Officer for the Cache Fire.

5.11: Approve the second amendment to the Professional Services Agreement, Contractor/Consultant for Medical Health Preparedness Response, between the Lake County Department of Health Services and Marsh EMS Consulting, and authorize the Chairman of the Board to sign the second amendment.

5.12: Approve the continuation of a local Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) health emergency as proclaimed by the Lake County Public Health Officer.

5.13: Approve the continuation of a local health emergency and order a prohibition on endangering the community through the unsafe removal, transportation and disposal of fire debris for the LNU Complex Wildfire.

5.14: Approve the continuation of a local emergency due to COVID-19.

5.15: Approve the continuation of an emergency declaration for drought conditions.

5.16: Approve the continuation of a local emergency in Lake County in response to the LNU Lightning Complex wildfire event.

5.17: Approve continuation of local emergency by Lake County Sheriff/OES Director for Cache Fire.

5.18: (a) Approve the agreement between Lake County and the State of the California Department of State Hospitals, or DSH, to allow DSH to compensate the County when the Sheriff’s Office coordinates video interviews of telehealth with inmates in the custody of the sheriff and (b) authorize the sheriff to sign all documents.

5.19: Adopt the resolution amending resolution no. 2021-116 determining the distribution of positions for the 2021-2022 fiscal year, budget unit no. 2201, sheriff/coroner.

5.20: Approve the contract between Lake County and North Coast Opportunities Inc. for the Housing and Disability Advocacy Program, July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2024, and authorize the President to sign.

5.21: Approve the contract between Lake County and North Coast Opportunities Inc. for the Housing Support Program for the duration of December 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, in the amount of $774,816, and authorize the President to sign .

TIMED ITEMS

9:05 am: Pet of the week.

6.3, 9:07 a.m.: Lake County Health Services monthly update.

6.4, 9:30 a.m.: Presentation of the Final Report of the Lake County Behavioral Health Services External Quality Review for Fiscal Year 2021-22.

6.5, 10 a.m.: Public hearing, examination of the modification of the general plan (GPAP 20-02), rezoning; (RZ 20-02) and initial study (IS 20-91) for Greg Hanson.

6.6, 10:30 a.m.: Review of a presentation by Ygrene Energy Fund on Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy Programs, or PACE, as part of a county economic development strategy.

06:07, 11:00: Review of a presentation by US EPA Region 9 staff at the Sulfur Bank Mercury Mine Superfund site. Site Project Manager Carter Jessop, Karen Jurist and Community Involvement Coordinator Gavin Pauley will lead the presentation to provide an update on the site and the next EPA-recommended cleanup plan (“Proposed Plan”). ) and community engagement opportunities.

UNTIMED ITEMS

7.2: a) Consideration of a presentation regarding opportunities identified by the department head to improve employee recruitment and retention; and b) review of recommended revisions to County Staff Rules.

7.3: a) Discussion of the allocation of interest with the treasurer-collector of taxes; and b) an update on the status of the tax sale.

7.4: Consideration for nomination to the following advisory board: Lower Lake Waterworks District.

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

8.1: Conference with the union negotiator: a) chief negotiator: Mr. Long; county negotiators: C. Huchisson and P. Samac; and (b) employee organizations: LCDDAA, LCDSA, LCCOA, LCEA, LCSEA and LCSMA.

8.2: Conference with designated temporary representatives to meet with confidential employees A and B regarding salaries and benefits.

8.3: Conference with designated temporary representatives to meet with county department heads regarding salary and benefits and unrepresented management employees.

8.4: Conference with Legal Counsel: Existing Dispute under Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(1): Nichols v. County of Lake, et al.

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