The San Joaquin Board of Supervisors Tuesday, meeting for the first time in two weeks, is expected bypass bids and OK an emergency fix to a Tracy-area well.
The board is also expected to pay more than $400,000 to settle lawsuits with two people who sued the county, and approve a one-year labor contract with sheriff's employees.
The broken well is one of three at Par Country Estates, a subdivision south of Tracy near the intersection of I-580 and Highway 132. One well has not worked for more than a decade, which leaves only one well for the entire subdivision.
Public Works Director Tom Flinn said in a report to supervisors that the broken well constitutes a local emergency and a threat to public health.
"We call it urgent in order to bypass some procedures to get this thing quicker," Supervisor Leroy Ornellas said. "We don't want to get to this summer and be relying on the one well. We want to get ahead of the curve."
The pump has corroded and has to be replaced. It will take between four to six weeks to get a new pump, and even that will be cutting it close to the traditionally dry summer months.
The new pump is expected to cost about $84,000.
Supervisors will most likely agree to pay $400,000 to the parents of a 3-year-old girl who was injured when she was born at the San Joaquin County General Hospital in October 2003.
The girl, Perla Gonzales, suffered a shoulder injury after she got stuck in the birth canal during birth.
"For the rest of her life, her right arm is not going to be usable," Ornellas said.
The girl's parents said in the lawsuit that a surgeon's error was the cause of the injury.
The board is also expected to pay $30,000 to Carl Schmid to settle a lawsuit that was filed in federal court in Sacramento.
In the suit, Schmid said that in February 2002, while a county community development inspection team was searching his home for code violations, he was arrested on charges of interfering with an officer and suffered injuries because officers used excessive force.
Schmid will be paid in two installments, the second of which will come after he cleans up his property.
The board is also expected to agree to use $51,680 given by the state to screen shipments of plants, fruits and vegetables for pests that come from Florida and other southern states. The extra money was provided by the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
San Joaquin County Agricultural Commissioner Scott Hudson said the county already checks plants which arrive from the southern part of the country for pests, so the new money will simply help to offset the program's costs.
"We look for harmful pests and ensure the plants don't bring in pests that are foreign to the area," Hudson said.
A common insect pest in Florida that San Joaquin County doesn't want to make a home for locally is the Magnolia white scale
Finally, supervisors are expected to ratify a contract for district attorney's investigators that will run through the end of the year. The new contract will give the group of employees a 2- to 4-percent cost-of-living raise.
Wayne Heine, director of county labor relations, said the district attorney investigators are the second group of county employees to reach a contract extension through the end of the year. Their previous contract expired last December.
"We had been bargaining with them since last November," he said.
First published: Saturday, April 8, 2006