The Merced County Board of Supervisors is set to vote on a series of issues this morning at their regularly scheduled meeting.
The issues before them include whether to spend additional funds on an environmental review for a mining project expansion in Snelling, a series of contract extensions and the adoption of a new water conservation ordinance, among other items.
The board will also receive a report on the abuse of food stamps in Merced County.
The board is set to vote on whether it will pay for consultant services, among other costs, for the preparation of an environmental impact report for the Snelling Mine Expansion Project.
Upon the request of the Board of Supervisors, the county's Human Service Agency is scheduled to issue a report illustrating to what degree Electronic Benefit Transfers (EBTs) have been used for purposes other than what they are meant for, which is food. The request was prompted by a story in the Los Angeles Times illustrating abuses.
The report, already released in the board's agenda, found no such abuse in Merced County and found that the majority of EBT use occurred in the county.
The board will also decide whether to approve a deferral of $1,000 monthly reimbursement payments owed to the county by the Merced County Rescue Mission for an addition 14 months. The monthly payment will resume Feb. 10, 2011.
The board is also scheduled to vote on zoning code changes that will incorporate the state mandated Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance. The Water Conservation and Landscaping Act, 2006, which was meant to minimize water waste, required all state and county governments adopt similar or more stringent ordinances by Jan. 1 of this year.
The board will also vote on a request from the Merced County Association of Governments (MCAG) for aid in the acquisition of property for the Atwater-Merced Expressway Project.
The meeting begins at 10 a.m. on the third floor of the County Building at 2222 M Street.