Board to talk budgets at Monday meeting

April 17, 2003 11:00 pm

By ABBY SOUZA

The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors has several money and safety related issues on its Monday agenda.

A study session on the West Nile Virus 1:30 p.m. will be presented by the county's Health Services Agency. The presentation will discuss potential health risks of the disease, prevention measures and ways to decrease mosquito exposure, the insect known to carry the virus.

An agreement between New Leaf Counseling Services and Calaveras County Behavioral Health Services - Substance Abuse Programs also needs board approval. The agreement would pay New Leaf no more than $75,000 to provide dependency recovery for women through June 30.

An agreement between Nitya Prema, a marriage-and-family therapist, and the county's behavioral health services is also up for approval. Prema will provide after-hours crisis intervention for people with psychiatric emergencies. The agreement will begin April 28 on a rotating on-call basis. If the board gives the agreement a thumbs up, Prema will get a retainer fee of $1,000 a week and $8.15 an hour. The maximum cost to the county will be $42,000. Several people share this job and rotate weekly to provide the after-hours service.

Also, Robert Kawasaki, director of public works, needs the board's approval to establish a 10-minute parking zone from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays in front of the Union Public Utilities district office at 349 Main St., Murphys. The 10-minute spot will allow people to run in and out quickly to pay bills.

A handicap parking zone in front of the Native Sons of the Golden West hall at 389 Main St., Murphys, will also be up for approval. That request came from the Native Sons group.

The Environment Health Department has asked the board to OK the purchase of two new Ford Ranger trucks, at $17,823.52 each, for monitoring solid waste facilities. Money for the trucks would not come from the general fund, but from other sources, including grants.