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San Andreas, CA – Calaveras County’s financial plans for the next fiscal year will loom large next week, as the county’s administrative office will roll out its recommended budget at the board of supervisors meeting on Tuesday.

County staff estimates that its presentation, scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., will take approximately two hours. Hearings on the recommended budget will continue through the week, as needed, with final adoption slated for June 23.

The board meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the board chambers (891 Mountain Ranch Road). Among its consent agenda actions, the supervisors plan to sign a construction services agreement with George Reed, Inc., of Modesto, for $1,210,731.90, the lowest of three bids on Phase II widening, turn and pedestrian-related improvements for the Highway 12/26 intersection in Valley Springs. Project funding will come from the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), Caltrans and through county Road Impact Mitigation (RIM) fees. The agreement calls for an 80-day work term and completion before the end of the construction season in November.

Airport Improvements Looking Up 

As Calaveras County Airport renovations continue, the supervisors anticipate closing the ledger on major airfield lighting and electrical improvements, for which the related final grading work has been recently completed. The project, which began last October at a cost of $776,790, was 90 percent funded through FAA airport improvement funds; ten percent from the county’s airport fund. The board also expects to give the go-ahead to funding the repair of the “Hangar A” roof from the airport fund, and award the work contract for it to the lowest of four bidders, Advanced Roofing, of Oakdale, which submitted a price of $30,525.

The board also expects to sign the next fiscal year’s work and financial plan with Animal Plant Health Inspection Service-Wildlife Services (APHIS-WS). Under the new agreement, the county will pay about $65,720, fractionally more than last year, with a cost share from APHIS-WS of around $24,350 to cover the full-time services of a wildlife specialist/trapper. As more nuisance wildlife and predator-related local property issues are anticipated, due to the extended drought, under prioritized scope, the specialist would primarily focus on incidences involving mountain lions, bears and coyotes causing safety concerns and livestock loss.

In other actions, the board plans proclaim June 15 as Elder Abuse Day and recognize Laurie Andrade and Leo Quintana for their work as the county’s Senior Volunteers of the Year for 2015.