(61) UPCOMING PROJECT- Double Chip Seal & Microsurfacing

This week, a construction contract was awarded to Pavement Coatings Co., for the Zinfandel Subdivision Double Chip Seal & Microsurfacing Project. This project will install two layers of asphalt and a finish layer of microsurfacing on Stice Lane, Walnut Avenue, Zygmunt Drive, Bello Avenue, Vineland Avenue, Garden Avenue, Mountain Avenue, and Victoria Lane. SBl funds will be utilized to fund this project.

(6R/10E) Appointments

Congratulations to those appointed to the following groups:
Re-appointment of Todd Cooper to serve on the Napa County Assessment Appeals Board.
Appointment of A. Kay Altizer to serve on the First 5 Napa County Children and Families Commission.

(9B) Hemp Cultivation Moratorium Extended

This week, the Board extended the existing moratorium (originally approved on July 23) on the cultivation of Industrial hemp in order to protect public health and safety, as well as to assess concerns regarding enforcement, possible conflict with commercial cannabis cultivation, and compatibility with the wine and agricultural industry. As a result, all cultivation of industrial hemp by any person or entity will be prohibited in all zoning districts in the unincorporated area of the County. The moratorium will be extended for l O months and 15 days from September 5, 2019, giving ample time for the State to finalize regulations, and for County staff to better assess what local controls may be necessary to ensure that cultivation of industrial hemp is compatible in Napa County. To read this ordinance in full, click here.

(9D) Release of a RFP for the Napa County Airport Authorized

Staff presented the Request for Proposals (RFP) draft, which provides a plan for growth, development, business, and sustainability of the airport. This RFP would then facilitate a possible long-term lease for property at the Napa County Airport by a second Fixed Based Operator (FBO). The RFP process ensures the airport can continue to meet its Federal Aviation Administration grant assurances, as well as take a proactive step towards increasing on-airport competition, maximizing airport and County revenue generation, and strengthening the operation, efficiency, and potential of our airport. To view the RFP in full, click here.

(9E) Update on the Jail Replacement Project

Our Deputy Director of Public Works, Director of Corrections, and project design consultants presented us with an update regarding the jail replacement project. Currently the design development phase and the design development phase cost estimate are complete! The project is now moving into the construction documents phase, which will be followed with a final construction cost estimate. Additionally, an issuance of a request for qualifications and receipt of Statement of Qualifications from six firms for construction management services was made. Staff will continue to provide us with quarterly updates throughout the design phase and will initiate more frequent reporting once construction is underway. To view the presentation in full, click here.

(10A) Commercial Cannabis Cultivation

This week, we held a discussion on whether to develop our own commercial cannabis cultivation ordinance as an alternative to the Measure “J” citizen’s initiative which qualified for the March 3, 2020 ballot. There is a great deal of collective concern about the initiative as written. It fails to consider many potential issues around compatibility with Napa’s agricultural industry and quality of life. Also of concern, initiatives in general don’t allow local government to change the law should problems be identified along the way. Our discussion around this question of doing our own ordinance covered topics such as staff resources, other priorities, time constraints and cost of developing an ordinance. Ultimately, after public comment and discussion, the Board could not justify rushing an ordinance at this time and could not make any commitments on timing or outcome for an ordinance In the future, leaving the fate of cannabis cultivation in our community up to the voters. In the meantime, we will be discussing soon what has to happen in December when our existing moratorium ends, which can’t be extended any longer. More to come on this piece.

UPDATE: After this week’s Board meeting, the initiative proponents have decided to drop the initiative from the ballot! I want to thank them for hearing the concerns of the County and the public and for demonstrating good faith in approaching this complex issue in a more collaborative way.

(10B) We Have a Buyer for the Old Sonoma Road Property!

We adopted a resolution this week accepting a bid from Caritas Related, LLC and entering into a purchase and sale agreement for a total of $7 .5 million. The bid was found to be responsive to the requirements outlined in a resolution approved in June which aimed to encourage affordable housing development on the property. The bid promises the development of at least 25 affordable housing units, or a minimum of 15% of the total number of residential units. Thank you to all staff who worked diligently throughout this process.

Next Board of Supervisors Meeting …

Join the Board on September 1 O, at 9:00 a.m. on the third floor of the County Administration Building – 1195 Third Street, Suite 310, Napa.