Stanislaus County supervisors wont take up a groundwater ordinance on Tuesday as previously intended. The long-awaited ordinance dealing with groundwater exports has been pushed back to Oct. 29.
The countys legal experts have fine-tuned the language, and a committee including local water district officials will take a final look, said Keith Boggs, an assistant executive officer for the county.
Boggs said the final draft was revised for grammar and clarity. There were no substantive changes to the proposed groundwater policies, he said. After Tuesdays meeting, the county Board of Supervisors has no meetings set for Oct. 8 or Oct. 22.
The ordinance has been four years in the making. Proponents maintain it will protect a vital resource by banning out-of-county water sales and transfers that threaten to deplete aquifers.
Stanislaus would become the 29th county in California to adopt a groundwater ordinance. The proposal has numerous exemptions for irrigation districts so they are not restricted from pumping thats consistent with sound use of groundwater, officials have said.
Tuesday, supervisors could approve a contract not to exceed $1.62 million for Modesto-based Simile Construction Service to renovate a county-owned building in Ceres for a 16-bed psychiatric health facility. The county plans to modify a former residential facility at Stanislaus Recovery Center on Richland Avenue.
According to an analysis of bids from six companies, Simile made the lowest responsible proposal. Other bidders were Acme Construction of Modesto, Iomlan Construction Services of Oakdale, Diede Construction of Woodbridge, Pacific-Mountain Contractors of Concord and Zovich & Sons of Hayward.
The county will pay for the $2.43 million project by using proceeds from the 2007 sale of Stanislaus Behavioral Health Center to Tenet Healthcare Corp., plus carry-over funds. That amount includes design, construction, inspections and construction management.
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