Chris Caskey, The Union Democrat

PUBLIC MEETING: Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors, 9 a.m. Tuesday, 2 S. Green St., Sonora.

The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors could set the process in motion to find its new top attorney this week.

According to the agenda for the board's Tuesday meeting, the supervisors are scheduled to set special meetings for interviewing finalists for the county counsel. The person eventually chosen will serve as the county's chief legal advisor who serves directly under the board.

The schedule, if approved, would include special closed-session meetings on Jan. 30, 31 and Feb. 1 to interview candidates. According to a memo from County Administrator Craig Pedro to the board, the goal is to choose a successful candidate by Feb. 19 and have the person in place March 13.

The new counsel will replace Gregory Oliver, who announced in July his plan to retire in March citing a desire for a change. The announcement followed his unsuccessful bid for Tuolumne County Superior Court judgeship.

In October, the Board of Supervisors approved the initial search process and requested the county's Human Resources and County Administration offices conduct the search.

The board, which included Liz Bass and Dick Pland, who are no longer supervisors, opted to look both outside and inside the county for candidates.

Also on Tuesday's agenda:

• A possible settlement in the lawsuit over the Red Tail Ridge development. Residents of the nearby Quail Ridge Ranch sued the county in fall 2011 over the proposal to subdivide a 542-acre property and change zoning for the 46-unit development. The lawsuit claims the county did not follow proper environmental protocol because the board moved the project forward without requiring a lengthy and detailed Environmental Impact Report.

The main concerns included depletion of the water table due to at least 46 new wells, impacts from septic systems, an added burden on emergency services, increases in traffic around the area and removal of up to 5,000 oak trees and 82 old-growth trees that provide habitat to wildlife.

Details of a proposed settlement were not available by Friday.

• Continued discussion and a possible vote on rates at the Cal Sierra Earth Resources Facility, including possibly setting the minimum rate for one-half cubic yard of green waste instead of one cubic yard.

• A proposal to revive a special committee to review and upgrade the Biological Resources Review Guide.