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Posted: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:17 am, Tue Feb 8, 2011.

Since today’s San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors meeting in Stockton is the only one scheduled for this month, the agenda is full of items affecting the Lodi area.

They include contract renewal for ambulance service, library service in Thornton, Lockeford and Clements, the Lodi Grape Festival budget, a new county bicycle master plan and appointments to councils in Woodbridge, Lockeford and Thornton.

Ambulance: Discussion of a five-year contract renewal with American Medical Response to provide ambulance service. A large crowd is expected because some AMR union members are concerned about some of the working conditions in the new contract, according to Dan Burch, the county’s Emergency Medical Service administrator.

Workers are concerned, Burch said, about a new condition that would reduce the number of consecutive hours that ambulance workers can be on duty. Anyone scheduled for a 12-hour shift would be limited to four additional overtime hours, for a total of 16. Then they would be required to be off duty for eight consecutive hours, Burch said.

County Supervisor Ken Vogel met with two AMR representatives Monday morning.

“I’m sure I’m going to have some questions,” Vogel said Monday afternoon. “My question will be what does it actually mean to the citizens of the county.”

The new contract also calls for an increase in basic ambulance rates from $1,091.69 to $1,767.56; mileage rates would increase from $30.78 to $37.50; and the cost of oxygen would go up from $89.61 to $110.32.

Library: The Board of Supervisors will consider a new contract with the city of Stockton to administer library services to all communities except Lodi, where the library is operated by the city of Lodi.

County officials had considered dropping Stockton and having a private Maryland firm operating libraries in unincorporated areas, including the Thornton branch and the weekly Bookmobile that serves Lockeford and Clements.

The new contract, if approved by the Board of Supervisors, will require the city of Stockton to maintain separate budgets for the Stockton branches and for the branches in rural areas. The county has allocated $5 million in property tax revenue for the current fiscal year.

Planning Commission: The board will consider reappointing Woodbridge resident Michael Devencenzi as the District 4 representative to the county Planning Commission. Devencenzi has served the past four years on the Planning Commission, but he is subject to reappointment with Vogel’s first term ending in December. Devencenzi is the only applicant.

Lockeford Municipal Advisory Council: The board will consider reappointing Rodney Scott Baker and Larry Wennell to the Lockeford Municipal Advisory Council.

Thornton councils: Three people have applied for the four available seats on the Thornton Municipal Advisory Council. They are Angela Rohrer, Rae Simas and Maria Tristao. Also, Rebecca Alvarado has applied for the one available seat on the Thornton Community Center Advisory Board.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

When is Board of Supervisors meeting?

9 a.m. today in the board chambers, 44 N. San Joaquin St. at Weber Avenue, sixth floor, Stockton. There will also be a budget workshop for the 2011-12 fiscal year at 1:30 p.m.

— Source: San Joaquin County

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