June 4, 2013 at the Board of Supervisors’ meeting …

… was not all about Napa Pipe — except it was in the sense that we finally had the proper documents before us:  ordinance, resolution, etc. (with our previously directed corrections/modifications) as well as a tentative ‘deal’ with the City of Napa.   We voted unanimously to approve a resolution of amendment to our general plan, which paved the way (no pun intended) for the rezoning of the previous Kaiser Steel/Napa Pipe industrial site to new mixed use development.  We also gave direction to staff regarding the next set of documents – a formal agreement with the City of Napa, and a development agreement with the developer.

While many Napa County residents were misled to believe that we had been sitting on this issue for 7 years, it is important to remember that the original proposal by the developer had strong opposition from all segments of the community, including ferocious opposition from the City of Napa.  It was not until less than a year ago — when the proposal to downsize the project and include a Costco was submitted to the County — that public sentiment about development at the former pipe plant location changed, and significantly so.  The project finally presented to us — coupled with the agreement we were able to reach with the City of Napa — presented a win-win situation, which is why (I believe) it received our 5-0 support.

Other actions:

  • we presented Napa High School principal Barb Franco with a proclamation to recognize her for being named the 2013 Secondary Principal of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators.  Congratulations, Barb!
  • we approved 24 items on our Consent agenda — including acceptance of the final payment of grant funds totaling over $8,000.00 from the California State Library to partially offset the cost of maintaining improved Internet connectivity at the Calistoga and Yountville branches of the Napa County Library.  The grant required attendance at a summit in Sacramento in December 2009 — thank you to Director of Library Services Danis Kreimeier and Calistoga Library Commissioner Shelby Valentine for attending, and thereby ensuring our qualification to apply for the grants.  The project doubled Internet connectivity speeds at both branches.
  • we awarded $91,290 from the “Special Projects Fund” (a small portion of the transient occupancy tax (TOT) paid by overnight visitors each year) to 12 local non-profit arts and culture-related organizations, for the projects and in the amounts listed in here.
  • we unanimously voted to adopt a resolution opposing the Governor’s proposal to redirect $300 million of county health care funds (statewide) to the state.
  • we recessed to Hatt Hall – Napa River Inn, for a joint special meeting with the Boards of Supervisors of the Counties of Marin, Solano and Sonoma.  We had presentations on issues of joint interest, including Marin’s community choice program for renewable energy supply; a presentation by our various local transportation planning agencies on funding and priority projects and programs; a presentation on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how it will affect County budgets and service delivery; and a review and discussion of how we might coordinate and collaborate to best meet the needs of our constituents vis-a-vis the greater Bay Area.

Categories: Accomplishments, Board of Supervisors, General Information, Library

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