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Monday, 14 September 2015 18:07

COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS PREVIEW $500,000 IN MERCED TAX DOLLARS WASTED BECAUSE OF DOJ LAWSUIT

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COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS PREVIEW $500,000 IN MERCED TAX DOLLARS WASTED BECAUSE OF DOJ LAWSUIT

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MERCED COUNTY, CA - As part of our commitment to improving community knowledge in Merced County we will provide a brief preview of any government meeting the day before it is scheduled to be held.

The Merced County Board of Supervisors will hold a public board meeting Tuesday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m. at the County Administration Building, 2222 M Street (3rd floor) in Merced.

The glaring item on the supervisor’s agenda is a contractor agreement; as part of a lawsuit settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice that MCN TV reported on earlier today, the Board of Supervisors will likely vote to approve a $500,000 contract with Vanir Construction Management, Inc of Fresno to quite literally babysit/ ensure the county doesn’t screw up and fail to provide and/or construct ADA compliant access for county buildings.

The lawsuit settlement, in which the DOJ slammed the county after their investigation determined Merced county residents with disabilities, “are excluded from participation in or are denied the benefits of many of Merced County’s programs, services, or activities or are subjected to discrimination in violation of the (ADA).”

As part of the agreement, Merced County must retain an Independent Licensed Architect to ensure they are building to ADA compliance.
The settlement noted, “Merced County will bear all costs and expenses of retaining and utilizing the ILA, including the costs and expenses of any consultants and staff. Merced County will compensate this ILA without regard to the outcome.”

So there goes $500,000 of Merced County tax-payer funds because government leaders failed to comply with ADA- a pretty cut and dry federal requirement.

In other agenda items, the county plans to honor Merced County resident Maria Giampaoli for receiving the Catholic Charities of Merced, Harvest of Hope Award, as well as her many years of service on the Le Grand  Municipal Advisory Committee.

The Board will proclaim September as National Recovery Month and will proclaim Sept. 19 as Boys & Girls Club Day for Kids. The Board will also give Merced Atlas Soccer a certificate for their grand opening in Merced.

To view other information on the board agenda, visit http://www.co.merced.ca.us/BoardAgenda/

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