Nash Road bypass moves closer to reality

Board of Supervisors make inroads on project

The crowd watches from the county board chambers in 2016

The San Benito County Board of Supervisors Tuesday took one step closer to the creation of the Nash Road bypass.

Supervisors approved a $153,140 contract with Santa Cruz-based Mesiti-Miller Engineering for design services related to the bypass. The contract defines the period of work from September 12 through December 31, 2018.

The board previously approved a contract last year with the engineering firm to prepare a preliminary design for the Regional Park access road. The project is estimated to have a total cost of $1.25 million with a goal of completing the road by August of next year.

In November 2016, the Hollister City Council, San Benito County Board of Supervisors and the San Benito High School District approved an interagency agreement relating to the closure of a busy portion of Nash Road near the high school.

The bypass road needs to be constructed and opened before the closure goes into effect.

Supervisors established job classifications and a salary range for a Permit Technician at the Resource Management Agency.

The Permit Technician will provide permit requirements, building codes, land use regulations, inspection procedures, review of plans and documents, codes and more.

The new position is critical to the agency as it is currently understaffed.

Salary range will be set from $18.31 an hour to $24.55 an hour.

According to the staff report, county officials met with the SEIU Local 521 union to discuss the job description on September 6. The county incorporated changes and got verbal approval from union on the same date.

The San Benito County Public Health Services Division received approval Tuesday to conduct their annual mass influenza vaccination clinic for county residents.

The clinic will open Thursday, October 26 at the Veteran’s Memorial Building at 649 San Benito Street in Hollister.

According to the staff report, the flu clinic has been an annual event since the 2009 H1N1 swine flu outbreak.

The public health services division offices will close to the public so that all staff can work the flu clinic.

The San Benito County Free Library will bring the bookmobile to the San Benito County Fair, which takes places at Bolado Park from September 28 to October 1.

The staff report said the county fair offers a valuable outreach opportunity for the library.

There will be no charge for having the bookmobile out at the fair.

County supervisors approved multiple vehicle purchases at their Tuesday meeting.

The San Benito County Sheriff’s Office was authorized to purchase two vehicles for law enforcement operations and services. Two vehicles were purchased for the sheriff: a 2018 RAM Special Service Vehicle 4×4 1500 Crew Cab for $34,989.98 and a covert vehicle with an undisclosed make, model and year for $27,006.55.

The office does not currently have fleet vehicles considered truly covert.

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