OROVILLE — After months of redistricting tension all around, the Butte County Board of Supervisors is slated to pass a new district map for Tuesday.
The board will choose from three maps, two drawn by Redistricting Partners representative Chris Chaffee and one drawn by supervisor Tod Kimmelshue.
A map must be submitted Wednesday for the county to meet its deadline. The final vote will therefore take place at Tuesday’s meeting on which map the county will move forward with.
“Every ten years after the federal census, county watch district boundaries should be adjusted so that the districts are similar in population,” the Agenda report states. “Redistricting Partners, the consultants hired to manage the 2021 redistricting process in Butte County, have made public presentations at seven Board of Supervisors meetings as well as three community outreach meetings, with the goal of educating and inform the community about the redistribution process and gather public input.
Once the board selects a map, Chairman Bill Connelly will sign the final resolution and the map will be used in the next election for the next 10 years, unless challenged.
Council will hold a public hearing and vote on a resolution to adopt the Groundwater Sustainability Plan for the Butte Sub-Basin.
Butte County agreed in 2019 to create a plan for the area with a deadline of January 31, 2022. A presentation was made to council on the plan at its October 26 meeting. The county is one of eleven groundwater sustainability agencies that use the sub-basin.
Until 2018, the California Water Service Company in Oroville purchased approximately 3,000 acre-feet of water from PG&E per year for the Lime Saddle Power Plant which was delivered through the Miocene Canal.
Since the camp fire, the plan had to change due to the severe damage to the canal.
On Tuesday, the board will vote on whether to extend the agreement between PG&E to allow water to come from another point.
If approved by council, the county will seek an agreement with the Department of Water Resources to allow the new mode of transport.
A discussion will take place on the feasibility of maintaining Project Roomkey and related activities. The Roomkey Project has been used to help homeless people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Activities have included expanding emergency accommodation spaces to meet social distancing requirements, moving high-risk people into non-congregate shelters, and providing bypass and monitoring services to homeless people. eligible that have been placed in the NCS. In an effort to continue providing services, the Department applied for and was awarded Emergency Solutions Grants – Coronavirus Funding and contracted with United Way to help oversee NCS operations in Butte County,” indicates the related calendar report.
Supervisors Debra Lucero and Tami Ritter requested that the board hold the discussion and consider continuing services. If this continues, an additional $1.5 million will need to be drawn from the general fund.
An order that created oversight for industrial hemp will be back before the board for review one year after its implementation.
The Butte County Board of Supervisors typically meets at 9 a.m. on the second and third Tuesdays of the month in its chambers located at 25 County Center Drive, Suite 205 in Oroville. Meetings are free and open to the public. Those who are not fully vaccinated must wear a mask in the building.