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Grand Jury Investigates Several Topics

Sonora, CA — Tuolumne County’s Grand Jury has released its 2014-15 report.

Grand Juries are assembled by the Superior Court in each of California’s 58 counties, and investigate and report on the operations of local county government agencies. This year’s report focused on the county jail, Tuolumne County Planning Commission, Sierra Conservation Center, Building and Safety Division and Adult Protective Services. There were several recommendations in the 106 page report. It noted that the current jail is outdated, and additional signs are needed to help identify the facility. It also calls for the re-introduction of the Southern Tuolumne County Planning Commission, arguing that residents in that part of the county are now dis-enfranchised. It also recommends the county start streaming the Tuolumne County Planning Commission meetings on the internet, like it does for Board of Supervisors meetings.

Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors response to Adult Protective Services Committe Reports is here. The Supervisors agree the goal “To wrap a safety-net around the adult person to support their aging in place” a formalized public education plan is needed. An upgraded brochure will be produced and distributed by December 15, 2015

Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors response to the report on the Tuolumne County jail is here. “Despite the age of the facility, the jail is well maintained and sanitary.” Maps to the jail will be created and provided, signage is to be worked out with the City of Sonora. More regarding proposed signage.

Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors response to the Permit Fees report is here. the User Fee Development Guide used by all departments will be available to the public on the County website by the end of 2015. Further details here.

Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors response to Building and Safety Division report is here. Employee safety, permit costs and the eTrakit program are explained. Permit Technician under staffing was reported as resolved.

Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors response to Planning Commission report is here. There was considerable disagreement with the Grand Jury about making changes. An additional response is here.

Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors response to the reported $100,000 Karpel software system PBK that cannot be used yet is here. The IT department is to complete installation of server hardware before the end of the fiscal year 2015-16.