January 22, 2014, Ways and Means Agenda

AGENDA
WAYS & MEANS COMMITTEE
January 22, 2014
6:30 p.m.
Administration Building - Board Room
220 N. Main Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan
http://www.ewashtenaw.org

I.  Roll Call
II.  Citizen Participation
III.  Commissioner Follow-up to Citizen Participation
IV.  New  Business

A.  Economic Development

1.    Community and Economic Development

a.  2014-2016 Human Services & Children's Well-Being Coordinated Funding Allocation and Distribution to Washtenaw County Departments

  • Stipulating that County departments and agencies are not eligible to apply for Coordinated Funding
  • For the 2014-2016 Human Services and Child Well-Being funding period
  • With two exceptions including:
    - The Project Outreach Team (PORT) program of Community Support and Treatment Services (CSTS)
    - Other county departments or agencies applying on behalf of a collaboration of nonprofit agencies and/or community groups that cannot act as fiduciary on their own
  • To keep with past policy and practice of awarding funds to nonprofit agencies providing interventions and services to economically and socially disadvantaged residents throughout Washtenaw County
  • To reflect the fact that departments and agencies within the Washtenaw County government hace access to and domain over non-competitive federal, state and local tax and other revenue streams that nonprofit agencies do not

RECOMMENDATION: Approval

B.  Land Use & Environment

1.    Water Resources Commissioner

a. Michigan Department of Agriculture's Clean Sweep Grant  (Grant Application)

  • Ratifying the signature of the County Administrator on the contract
  • To the Michigan Department of Agriculture
  • For the period of October 1, 2013, through September 30, 2014
  • To accept pharmaceuticals, pesticides, herbicides and mercury to process for proper disposal
  • To offset the typical cost of the program, foster regional coordination, and to pay for the materials brought in by the business community
  • To promote outreach activities to the agricultural community, nurseries, golf courses, commercial exterminators, and farmers
  • For a total program of $13,000:
    - State Revenue: $13,000
    - County Match: $0
  • Indirect costs are not eligible under this grant

RECOMMENDATION: Approval at Board

C.  Public Safety

1.    Prosecuting Attorney

a. Grant to encourage Arrest Policies   (Resolution)

  • Ratifying the signature of the County Administrator on the application for continued funding
  • With the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women
  • For the period of October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2016
  • To provide dedicated services to victims of domestic violence in partnership with Domestic Violence, Inc. / SAFE House Center and the Washenaw County Sheriff's Office
  • To fund a portion of two positions in the Prosecutor's Office, one assistant Prosecuting Attorney, and one Domestic Violence advocate
  • To fully fund one Personal Protection Order Advocate at SAFE House
  • To fund one Domestic Violence investigator in the Office of the Sheriff on a contractual basis
  • For a total program of $ 300,000
    - Federal Revenue: $ 300,000
    - County Match: $ 0
  • Indirect costs are not included in this grant

RECOMMENDATION: Approval

D.  Civic Infrastructure

1.    Treasurer

a. Dog License Ordinance  (Ordinance)

  • Adopting an Ordinance to provide for the issuance of municipal civil infractions for owning an unlicensed dog
  • Establishing the Washtenaw County Treasurer as the bureau for this municipal civil infraction
  • Adopting the schedule of civil fines
  • Providing licensing fee changes
  • To promote public safety and adjust dog license fees to reflect the cost of administration
  • Schedule of civil fines:
    - First offense...................................$50.00
    - Second offense.............................$100.00
    - Third (or subsequent offense.....$500.00
  • License fee structure:
      Spayed or Neutered dogs:
      -  1 year license............$6.00
      -  3 year license............$15.00
      Unaltered dogs:
      -  1 year license...........$12.00
      -  3 year license...........$30.00
    Service dogs, with proper documentation and proof of rabies vaccination are licensed at no charge.

RECOMMENDATION: Approval

E.  Support Services

1.    Office of Infrastructure Management

a. Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program in Washtenaw County  (Resolution)

  • Creating a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program in Washtenaw County
  • With the PACE District comprising the geographical boundary of the County
  • To provide innovative financial options for proposed energy projects for commercia, industrial and multi-family properties by setting up a special assessment district to pay for the project
  • Single family residences are not currently eligible
  • Eligible property owners can obtain financing from private lenders, which is then re-paid through a special assessment district, enforced by local governments
  • The special assessment runs with the land, so if the property is sold, the new owners are still responsible to repay the energy project
  • If the property owner defaults on the payment, the special assessment would be treated as a delinquent property tax and handled by the County Treasurer
  • The PACE program will be administered by Lean & Green Michigan, a public-private partnership specializing in PACE Programs
  • This will be at no cost to county taxpayers

RECOMMENDATION: Approval

V. Report of the Administrator

1. Report from directive at October 16, 2013 meeting:  Administrator is directed to research the process and cost of expanding autism coverage in the county health plans and report these findings to the Ways & Means Committee in January, 2014.

2. Report and recommendation from November 20, 2013 meeting: Administrator is directed to research and recommend staffing options that will support the BOC Community Investment priorities.

VI. Report of the Chair of Ways & Means
VII. Report of the Chair of the Board
VIII. Items for Current/Future Discussion
IX. Pending
X. Adjournment

February 5, 2014
Board Room
220 N. Main St.,
Ann Arbor
6:30 p.m.

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