Supervisors to discuss cannabis project appeal, drought issues

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LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — The Board of Supervisors this week will consider an appeal of a permit for a large cannabis grow near Hidden Valley Lake and hold a discussion on issues related to the drought, from future agriculture projects to water trucks that draw from Clear Lake.

The‌ ‌meeting‌ ‌will‌ ‌begin‌ ‌at‌ ‌9‌ ‌a.m. ‌Tuesday, June 8, in the board chambers on the first floor of the Lake County Courthouse, 255 N. Forbes St., Lakeport.

The‌ ‌meeting‌ ‌can‌ ‌be‌ ‌watched‌ ‌live‌ ‌on‌ ‌Channel‌ ‌8, ‌online‌ ‌at‌ ‌https://countyoflake.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx‌‌ and‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌county’s‌ ‌Facebook‌ ‌page. ‌Accompanying‌ ‌board‌ ‌documents, ‌the‌ ‌agenda‌ ‌and‌ ‌archived‌ ‌board‌ ‌meeting‌ ‌videos‌ ‌also‌ ‌are‌ ‌available‌ ‌at‌ ‌that‌ ‌link. ‌ ‌

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At 10 a.m., the board will hold a public hearing for the appeal of the Lake County Planning commission’s April 22 decision to grant a major use permit to We Grow LLC.

Zarina Otchkova, owner of WeGrow LLC, is proposing a commercial cannabis cultivation operation on a portion of a 309-acre property she purchased in 2020 at 16750 Herrington Road, 17610 Sandy Road and 19678 Stinson Road in Middletown.

The project — located next to Hidden Valley Lake — calls for nine acres of cultivation, 35 greenhouses, four 50-foot by 100-foot drying buildings, a 200-square-foot shed, four 2,500-gallon water tanks and fencing.

In other business on Tuesday, the board will get an update, scheduled for 9:06 a.m., on COVID-19 from Public Health officials.

At 9:30 a.m., the board will consider a $100,000 agreement with Management Partners for consulting services for the Lake County Community Development for the amount of $100,000 and while the department is transitioning back to a standalone agency, the board will consider appointing County Administrative Officer Carol Huchingson or her designee as interim Community Development director.

At 1:30 p.m., the board will hold a public hearing on Brandon Strausser’s apparel of the Vicious Animal Abatement Case Number No. 859. That hearing was rescheduled from a previous meeting.

At 2:30 p.m., Board Chair Bruno Sabatier will ask the board to discuss issues related to the drought, including how to handle future agriculture projects, addressing water trucks that pull water from Clear Lake and handling illegal cannabis grows.

The full agenda follows.

CONSENT AGENDA

5.1: Adopt resolution amending Resolution No. 2020-151 Establishing Salaries And Benefits For Management Employees for the period Nov. 1, 2020, to Oct. 31, 2021.

5.2: Approve revised letter of support to Yolo County Flood Control and Water Conservation District revising the date of water diversion to June and July 2021 and authorize the chair to sign.

5.3: Approve addition of special meeting dates to the board’s annual meeting calendar for 2021.

5.4: Appoint temporary representatives to meet for unrepresented management employees regarding salary and benefits.

5.5: Sitting as Lake County Air Pollution Control District Board of Directors, authorize the air pollution control officer to sign the grant agreement with the Kelseyville Unified School District for a School Bus Replacement Grant.

5.6: Authorize the closure of Behavioral Health Services offices from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, June 18, for summer all staff training meeting.

5.7: Approve amendment to lease agreement between the county of Lake and DFM Associates, for a five-year extension or until June 30, 2026, for Election Information Management System in the amount of $29,214.72 annually and authorize the chair to sign.

5.8: Approve request to waive 900-hour limit for extra-help facilities maintenance worker Lawrence Platz.

5.9: (a) Approve rental agreement between the county of Lake and Paul E. Lowen and Kevin Soto for storage hangar No. 1 at Lampson Field for the monthly amount of $300, and authorize the chair to sign; and (b) approve rental agreement between the county of Lake and Paul E. Lowen and Kevin Soto for storage hangar No. 2 at Lampson Field for the monthly amount of $500, and authorize the chair to sign.

5.10: Approve an amendment to the agreement between the county of Lake and Pavement Recycling Systems Inc. for the rehabilitation of Big Canyon Road in the amount of $109,200 for a total contract amount of $252,000, and authorize the Public Works director to sign the amended agreement.

5.11: Adopt resolution authorizing the Special Districts administrator to sign the notice of completion for work performed under Agreement 19-18, dated June 9, 2020, for the construction of the Soda Bay CSA-20 Redwood Tank Replacement Project.

5.12: Approve agreement between the county of Lake and CivicSpark in the Amount of $29,000 for One Civic Spark Fellows to develop and implement an ArcGIS based asset management program and authorize the Special Districts administrator to sign.

5.13: Approve third amendment to the lease agreement between the county of Lake and Lyon Real Estate LLC (formerly Margaret E. Lyon Survivors Trust) for the premises located at 8555 Highway 53 in Lower Lake and authorize the chair to sign.

5.14: Approve first amendment to the lease agreement between the county of Lake and Pauline Usher Revocable Trust for the premises located at 9245 Highway 53 in Lower Lake, in the amount of $6,078.12 per fiscal year, from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2024, and authorize the chair to sign.

5.15: Approve first amendment to the lease agreement between county of Lake and Charles Sawyer and Nancy Sawyer (formerly with Lower Lake JBRE LLC), for the property located at 9055 Highway 53, Suites A, B, and C in Lower Lake, in the amount of $134,926.47 per fiscal year, from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023, and authorize the chair to sign.

5.16: Approve the distribution of excess proceeds in the amount of $331,723.02 from Tax Defaulted Land Sale No. 156 held on June 9, 2018 (per R&T §4675).

5.17: Approve agreement between the county of Lake and Megabyte Systems Inc. for fiscal year 2021-22 MPTS property tax system maintenance, online business property filing licensing/support and the transient occupancy tax licensing/support in the amount of $197,368.13 and authorize the chair to sign; and (b) approve web services addendum to the agreement between the county of Lake and Megabyte Systems Inc. for fiscal year 2021-22 online tax bills and e-payment processing services, in the amount of $4,601.14, and authorize the chair to sign.

TIMED ITEMS

6.2, 9:06 a.m.: Consideration of update on COVID-19.

6.3, 9:30 a.m.: (a) Consideration to waive the formal bidding process, pursuant to the Lake County Code Section 2-38.2, as it is not in the public interest due to the unique nature of goods or services; and (b) consideration of agreement for consulting services for Lake County…

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