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Board of Supervisors

January 23, 2001


Staff Writer

The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to adopt new air pollution rules and increase the fees charged for certain services by as much as 40 percent.

The fees will increase some years by 10 percent of what they were last year while not increasing other years. The fees will increase until the Air Pollution Control District has an expenditures fund balance of 15 percent. If the 15 percent is reached before the full 40 percent increase is imposed, the increases will stop.

The board vote was 4-1, with District 5 Supervisor Wally Leimgruber voting "no." Voting "yes" were supervisors Tony Tirado, Hank Kuiper, Joe Maruca and Gary Wyatt.


The new rules include those regarding soil-decontamination operations, organic solvent degreasing operations and revisions to several other areas.

Fees were increased in several areas as well.

Two people spoke against the increases — local farmer Ben Abatti and local feedlot operator Chris Jackson, who said increased fees to suppliers will lead to increased costs for him.

"I'm opposed to raising any fees," Jackson said.

Abatti said instead of increasing fees the APCD should decrease them.

Leimgruber urged Air Pollution Control Officer Stephen Birdsall to seek funding from state or federal programs to avoid fee increases.

Birdsall said his department had done so.

In other business, the board:

l approved an immunization tracking system grant for the Public Health Department;

l authorized the purchase of computers for the supervisors and the county executive office;

l approved the appointment of Tirado and Kuiper to the county Local Agency Formation Commission and Maruca as an alternate;

l approved the return of a preliminary questionnaire and grant request to the State Water Resources Control Board to pay for the cost of developing ordinances, regulations and elements for the county general plan or other planning devices to assist in providing uniform standards for the permitting and operation of animal feeding operations within the county jurisdiction. Of special interest to the county is using the funds for its dairy attraction efforts;

l approved spending $300 to help oppose efforts by some telecommunications companies that have petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to preempt local controls over rights-of-way.

Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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