In other business, the board ratified a tentative agreement with the California School Employees Association that includes retroactive pay increases to Jan. 1 of 3.02 percent to 10.85 percent. The pay raises follow recommendations made in a salary study. In addition, the CSEA's three units will get 3 percent pay raises effective June 1, unless the county grants higher pay raises to other bargaining units, in which case those represented by CSEA will receive similar increases.
The three units are technical, clerical and crafts, labor and trade.
Other changes include limits on the amount employees will pay for certain health benefits, a personal day off for birthdays retroactive to July 2000, free flu shots and free mammograms and prostate exams.
The new agreement is in force through Sept. 30, 2003.
The board also:
l Voted to spend $500,000 in insurance settlement money to build a 1 million gallon water storage tank at the water treatment plant for the Gateway of the Americas project. The tank will join another of 500,000 gallons. Both will result in a four-hour fire suppression source of water.
l Accepted the county treasurer's portfolio master summary for April. In an item from last week's board meeting, county Treasurer Don Brown was asked if he knew why the auditor's office would list $26.6 million in noninterest bearing accounts in its investment master portfolio for April.
Brown attributed the issue to semantics.
"There is no money that I know of in the county that does not earn interest on it," he said. "It's semantics."
l Voted to support a $32.5 million potential increase in funds to the U.S. Economic Development Administration for planning grants.
l Voted to spend $32,000 for a new voice mail system for certain offices. The board was told there are about 175 employees without voice mail with the current system.
l Voted to proceed with a request for proposals and bid process for a $290,000 reconnaissance inventory of potential wetlands and sedimentation sites for the Alamo and New rivers.
l Voted to possibly sell a 1996, 15-passenger van to the Westmorland Police Athletic League. The board was told that normally the county sells the vehicles to other agencies at 60 percent of estimated value, with the proceeds going toward the purchase of a new vehicle. The van was slated for auction.
Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.