Monday, October 10, 2011

Humboldt County Supervisors to mull grand jury report response

Megan Hansen/Times-Standard
Posted: 10/10/2011 02:29:45 AM PDT

An employment evaluation of Community Development Services Director Kirk Girard will take place Tuesday during the closed session portion of the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors meeting after being continued from a previous meeting in September.

As head of the county's planning services department, Girard has overseen several controversial issues -- including the recent multifamily rezoning process -- that have sparked lawsuits. Some county residents spoke negatively of Girard before September's portion of his evaluation with the supervisors.

County responses to the 2010-2011 grand jury report will be discussed during the open part of Tuesday's meeting. The supervisors will be evaluating responses to six reports received by the county in July. The county has previously responded to two of the nine reports, eight of which require a response.

In addition, the supervisors are expected to approve closing the Humboldt County Library for five days as a way to achieve some budget savings. The library would be closed Nov. 26 and Dec. 20-23. According to a staff report, the library receives much of its revenue from property taxes, which have remained stagnant during the past year and are projected to remain flat during this fiscal year. The library's website and all other online services would be shut down during the closures.

The board will make proclamations honoring Oct. 10, 2011, as the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in California and a proclamation that October is United Way month. Supervisors will also make a proclamation honoring the Great California Shake Out earthquake drill program that will be held Oct. 20 at 10:20 a.m.

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