At our regular June 18th meeting, we:
- approved a renewal for the next two years of our decades-long agreement with the City of St. Helena for fire protection services of unincorporated lands next to the City. The new agreement contains some modifications to past practice, reflecting the Board of Supervisors’ goal to streamline our fire protection services by eliminating potential redundancies and unnecessary costs. That approach in turn reflects our business-like approach to how we handle the taxpayers’ monies.
- accepted $212,200.91 bequest to the Napa County Library from the Kunasek Estate. While it has been our experience that most of these bequests come from Napa City residents, such bequests benefit the entire county library system, from Calistoga to Yountville to American Canyon, because the monies are deposited in our general operating fund.
- decided on the disbursements of a previously-allocated amount of TOT (Transient Occupancy Tax) generated by tourist visits to our County, to be distributed to tourism-related organizations. This year’s grants totaled $91,290, and included the following beneficiaries: Robert Louis Stevenson Museum (St. Helena); Napa Valley Museum (Yountville); Napa Valley Opera House (Napa); Music in the Vineyards; White Barn (St. Helena); Calistoga Art Center; St. Helena Public Library Foundation – in partnership with other local organizations to develop a countywide event calendar system; Suscol Intertribal Council; Napa Valley Film Festival; Napa County Historical Society; and Napa County Landmarks.
- appointed Napan Dina Greenberg to the Napa County Library Commission to fill a vacated position. Dina is a Leadership Napa Valley graduate, dental hygienist by profession, and Brownie/Girl Scout leader!
- … meeting as the Napa County Housing Authority, approved the budget for the farm labor housing centers in the amount of $1,448,697.00. Since taking over the operation of the housing centers several years ago, the County has been able to make them much more successful than in the past. In 2007-08, occupancy was 2,000 bed nights. In 2013-14, we expect to have 4,612 bed nights, equaling a 89% occupancy rate. In the first six months of this year, we have turned away 200 people. The workers pay $12 for a night’s stay.