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New Voting Machines - Board of Supervisors Meeting – December 19, 2017 - Board actions

Item 7.f. 3535  County Clerk-Recorder – New Voting System

The current primary voting system was purchased in 1990 and has served the County well for 27 years. The voting systems are now obsolete.  Madera County is one of 5 California Counties implementing the Voters Choice Act (VCA) in 2018.

The new contract with "Dominion Voting Systems", proposes that the County of Madera and DVS enter into a Managed Services Agreement, wherein, the County will use the professional services and the Dominion voting system for a period of 8 years for an anticipated cost of $99,768.97 per year plus tax for a total contract cost of approximately $800,000 plus applicable taxes.

This contract includes election programming for 8 elections (2 each in years 2018, 2020, 2022 and 2024), training, project management, software licenses and hardware usage, actual election-day support for the first two elections and warranty and service all equipment for the life of the Agreement

In your first action the Board is being asked to grant the County Clerk-Recorder authority to enter into agreement with Dominion Voting Systems and sign all necessary documents to complete the master service agreement including installation and operation.

The Clerk has two major funding sources that will help offset the expense of this contract. The Help America Vote Act funds in 2006 (HAVA), to date 399,126.87 remains in available funding. Madera County has $183,000 remaining in the Voting Modernization Bond of 2002 (VMP) funding.
 It is important to note that not all of the expenses in the proposed agreement qualify for HAVA or VMB reimbursement. Additionally, both HAVA and VMB money is issued in a reimbursement process that requires the County to expend the funds prior to receiving the funding

Additionally, in coordination with County Administration, the Clerk has reserved in excess of $160,000 in the County Clerk Trust Fund in anticipation of a new Voting System.

In your second action
, the County Clerk is requesting that your Board approve a Receipt of Unanticipated Revenue in the amount of $160,000, from the County Clerk-Trust fund to be appropriated to the elections special departmental expense budget.

In your third action
the Board is being asked to grant the County Clerk authority to sign all documents necessary to secure Voting Modernization Bond of 2002 funding for the purpose of acquiring a new voting system and implementing the Voters Choice Act.

In your fourth action
the Board is being asked to grant the County Clerk  authority to sign all documents necessary to secure Help America Vote Act funding for the purpose of acquiring a new voting system and implementing the Voters Choice Act.

It is important to note that not all expenses associated with this agreement will be met with the funding sources mentioned above. Additional County appropriations will be needed; however, the funding addressed above will satisfy the obligations for the first several years.

State
The following Nominated Offices are scheduled to appear on that ballot:
Governor
Lieutenant Governor
Secretary of State
Controller
Treasurer
Attorney General
Insurance Commissioner
Member, Board of Equalization District 1
United States Senator
US Representative in Congress, Districts 4 and 16
State Senator, Districts 8 and 12
Member of the Assembly, District 5
Madera County
The following Nonpartisan Offices are scheduled to appear on that ballot:
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Judge of the Superior Court – 5 seats
County Superintendent of Schools
County Supervisor, District 1
County Supervisor, District 2
County Supervisor, District 5
Assessor
Auditor-Controller
County Clerk-Recorder
District Attorney
Sheriff-Coroner
Tax Collector-Treasurer

Board of Supervisors – December 19, 2017

7.i. 3580:  Appointments to the Madera Subbasin Groundwater Advisory Committee.

Madera Subbasin Groundwater Advisory Committee meet the first Wednesday of the months of February, May, August, and November 2018 at the Government Center, located at 200 W. Fourth Street in the Board Chambers, First Floor.
Disadvantaged Communities:   Alejandro Vieyra   Victoria Ortiz
Agricultural:      Bill Diedrich    Kevin Herman
Residential:      Jerrold Kazynski   Brent McCaffrey
Alternate:      Jay Quick    Charles LaRue     
At-large:      James Maxwell   Devin Aviles                       
Public Water Systems:    Madera Valley Water Company

7.h. 3579:  Appointments to the Chowchilla Subbasin Groundwater Advisory Committee.

Chowchilla Subbasin Groundwater Advisory Committee meet the first Wednesday of the months of February, May, August, and November 2018 at the Government Center, located at 200 W. Fourth Street in the Board Chambers, First Floor.

Disadvantaged Communities:   Lois Lee Davidson  Joseph Moore
Agricultural:      Lest Farms    Ben Pitman
Residential:      Clay Daulton,    Miguel Guerrero
Alternate:      Kevin Herman,   James Maxwell                     
At-large:      Jay Mahil   Ralph Pistoresi
Public Water Systems:    Sierra Vista Mutual Water Company

Tesoro Viejo – "San Jaquan River Water to be used for housing"

Board of Supervisors - December 12, 2017

Revised Memorandum of Understandings between - County Service Area 16-Sumner Hill and Tesoro Viejo Master Mutual Water Company for Common Diversion Facilities and Wheeling Agreement.

1. Consideration of entering into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between County Service Area 16 (CSA-16) and Tesoro Viejo Master Mutual Water Company (TVMMWC) for Common Diversion Facilities
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2. Consideration of entering into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between County Service Area 16 (CSA-16) and Tesoro Viejo Master Mutual Water Company (TVMMWC) for a Wheeling Agreement
On October 10, 2017 your Board approved the Memorandum of Understandings (MOU) between County Service Area 16 (CSA-16) and Tesoro Viejo Master Mutual Water Company (TVMMWC) for Common Diversion Facilities and Wheeling Agreement.

Tesoro Viejo Master Mutual Water Company (TVMMWC) plans to construct new water and wastewater treatment facilities and combine this with the Rio Mesa Facilities, which they intend to acquire from its current owner, Rio Mesa Holdings, LLC.

The resultant TMMWC facilities will divert, transport, treat, and deliver water, waste water and reclaimed water for municipal, industrial, and agricultural purposes to and from the Tesoro Viejo project.

The Division of Drinking Water (DDW) has recognized the possible connection of CSA-16 to TVMMWC as a solution to the compliance order and supports the possible consolidation of CSA-16 Facilities with the TVMMWC Facilities such that the TVMMWC facilities will serve both the Tesoro Viejo project and the Sumner Hills Subdivision.

The intent of this amendment is to include the Rio Mesa Holdings, LLC as additional signatory for Common Diversion Facilities and Wheeling Agreement. The Department
recommends approval of these amended MOU’s to move forward with the process of negotiating a possible agreement between CSA-16 and TVMMWC as outlined in the MOU’s.

Madera Oversight Coalition reaches lawsuit settlement with Vulcan Materials Company on Austin Quarry Project

Contact: Bruce Gray    Email: info@moc1.org


Madera County, CA, November 7, 2017 - Madera Oversight Coalition, CalMat Co. dba Vulcan Materials Company Western Division, and property owner Michael William Urrutia have reached a settlement agreement regarding the Austin Quarry project located in Madera County.

Since 2006, Madera Oversight Coalition (MOC) has been an advocate for Madera County citizens in matters regarding development in the county. MOC’s primary objective is to encourage responsible growth through adherence to California Land Use Law and the Madera County General Plan, and to promote the health, safety and welfare of the public within Madera County.

The organization’s role in monitoring the transparency of the approval process for proposed projects often entails taking legal action against the county—and the developer—when the project or the process itself violates local and/or state laws, or has a substantial negative impact on the surrounding community.

In the case of the Austin Quarry, Madera County approved the project in spite of MOC’s position, supported by state-certified hydrologists and geohydrologists, that the quarry could cause significant impacts to the wells of the nearby Madera Ranchos community. As a result, MOC filed a lawsuit against both the county and the developer.

MOC was represented by attorneys David Hale, Lee Smith, and David Doyle.

After months of negotiations between the involved parties, a settlement agreement was reached that will aid in relieving potential impacts to the local community. The settlement establishes the following:

WATER FUND: Payment to a third party administrator of $3.1 million to assist homeowners in the five-mile study area of the project to remedy potential future problems with groundwater wells. Monies to be put into an account at the rate of $103,333.00 per year for 30 years for a total of $3,099,990.

TRAFFIC CAPS: To ease traffic impacts, maximum aggregate tonnages shipped from the project are as follows:
a. 1.5 million tons per year until July 1, 2023, as stated in the Madera County Condition of Approval.
b. 2.0 million tons per year until July 1, 2023 to July 1, 2029. For this six year period, traffic cap exceptions shall include projects involving State Highway 41, State Highway 145, and/or High Speed Rail.
c. After July 1, 2029 the cap expires and reverts to the Conditional Use Permit limit of 2.5 million tons per year.

AIR QUALITY: Vulcan agrees to work with MOC to negotiate a proposal with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District in which the funds for the Voluntary Emission Reduction Agreement (VERA), approximately $650,000, envisioned for the project’s EIR mitigation measures be spent within Madera County east of Highway 99.

On June 27, 2017

The Board of Supervisors votes to Cancel Lease Agreement on Black Hawk Off Highway Vehicle Park Property which in turn Kills the project. All Grants were predicated upon the purchase of the property owned by Margaret Jamison. The only no vote was from Supervisor Wheeler as expected. Like Supervisor Roger’s Coffee Kiosk the County has spent in excess of $100,000 with nothing to show for it. MOC has been asking for a Feasibility study at every HOV meeting for the past 2 years only to be told by the Supervisors there was no money for the study. Now maybe the County can concentrate on what is important - Fire Protections!!


Here we go again.  During the 2006 Madera County Supervisors race, Tom Wheeler and I attended many community meetings to meet residents in District 5.  At almost all of the meetings, Tal Cloud, representing VRPA Technologies Inc. was there pushing the benefits of approving Measure "T", the ½ cent sales tax for the "Transportation Measure".  
Mr. Cloud’s job was to convince Eastern Madera County residents to vote for the measure even though the Measure only identified two (2) out of twenty five (25) improvements for District 5.  Heading the priority list was to construct passing lanes between SR 145 and Road 200.  To date, this has been partially accomplished.  The eleventh listed priority under   Tier 1 listing was widening Highway 41 from Rd. 420 (top of Deadwood) to SR 49 from 2 to 4 lanes.  This was sold as a way to evacuate Oakhurst in case of fire and relieve week-end traffic.

The SR 41 to Rd. 420 has been dropped.  We were told, after the fact, that it would be too hard to build.  Only one of 25 tasks will benefit District 5 and we get to pay for the rest of Madera County’s plan for the "Streets and Highways Program".  When a measure is misrepresented, such as Measure "T", it cast doubts  on the "sales pitch" we are seeing now.
Now it is difficult for me to oppose Measure "L" when I feel the need for better Public Safety and my son is a Police Officer, but the Madera County Board of Supervisors should accept their responsibility to provide safety through property tax dollars like all other counties in the State.

We are being asked to increase our tax burden by approving a sales tax of one cent as described in the Measure "L" sales pitch.  The same VRPA Technologies Inc. has been selling us on the need to support Public Safety just like they did on the Measure "T" Transportation Plan.
Experience shows that the Plans can be changed after the public approves the Measure.  This is done by the Board of Supervisors appointed Oversight Committee.  We approve a contract, Measure "L" or "T", and they can change it without a consensus from the electorate.

It should be noted that the new measure is for the unincorporated areas of the County but both Madera City and Chowchilla will benefit by having the personnel and facilities that we paid for in close proximity.  Both cities should help pay for the convenience of ready-to-go Public Safety facilities. Just listen to the scanner any day and realize that they rely on unincorporated facilities every day.
While we, in District 5, are asked to pay for services that should be covered by property taxes, the County is pursuing other costly projects and ignoring the existing road hazards and lack of medical facilities in our communities.

If Measure "L" promises are changed, in the event it is approved, then the measure should be terminated until the voters approve the change.
I am voting NO on Measure "L" as submitted to us voters.

Respectfully,
Tony Ward, Ahwahnee

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The Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (IRWMP)
Madera County 2014 Drought



Water Conservation Measure Stage 3.5




OUR TEAM NEEDS YOUR HELP

We need residents of Oakhurst, Ahwahnee, North Fork and other areas of Madera County to help identify and maintain community bulletin boards with Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission agendas. To help out, contact Helen Brohm at jbrohm@sti.net

We need each member to identify and sponsor a new member from their neighborhood or anywhere else in Madera County.

Meetings


Madera Oversight Coalition meets on the second Monday of the month.
Meetings are currently held at the Oakhurst Public Library - 49044 Civic Circle Drive, Oakhurst
Time of meeting is 6:00 P.M.
(559) 868-4400

 
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