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San Benito County approves contracts for homeless shelter and road repairs

Other projects include training for social workers and electronic polling.

The San Benito County Board of Supervisors approved over $2 million in contracts during its Sept. 11 meeting, including one for the reconstruction of Lovers Lane which was damaged in storms in early 2017.

The largest was a $1.2 contract with Tombleson, Inc. for the Homeless Services Center Building Improvements Phase 2 project.

The Phase 2 plan for the Housing Opportunities Meals Empowerment (HOME) Resource Center at 1161 San Felipe Road in Hollister includes staff offices, client training rooms and kitchen and laundry facilities, according to the supervisors’ agenda. It also states that construction is scheduled to begin in October and will be completed in April 2019. The county obtained a $5 million grant in July for this phase.

Phase 3, which would include transitional housing, is expected to begin shortly after completion of Phase 2.

Two contracts with Graniterock totaling nearly $700,000 were also approved, one of which is for the reconstruction of Lovers Lane Road after a Pacheco Creek levee breach caused flooding and mudslides during severe winter storms in January and February 2017. The Lovers Lane contract is for $358,231.

Resource Management Agency Director John Guertin said at the meeting the project would start between late October and mid-November. He also said the money used in the project would be reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) after Supervisor Jaime De La Cruz asked if the project used FEMA monies.

The other Graniterock contract, for $337,500, was approved for the rehabilitation of Magladry Road from Rodriguez Court to Lone Tree Road, and Southside Road from Carousel Drive to Union Road. Construction is scheduled to last 35 days or less, according to the contract.

“This is a smaller project in scope so I think we can comfortably say this will be done by the end of October, the latest,” Guertin said, contrasting the rehab project with the Lovers Lane reconstruction project.  

Another bid for $444,459 was received for a seal coat and slurry seal project at multiple locations from Intermountain Slurry Seal, but it won’t be accepted until additional funds are received from the state through Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, also known as Senate Bill 1. The act helps with road maintenance, rehabilitation and other safety needs via a gas tax and vehicle registration fees.

Supervisors also approved a contract not to exceed $70,924 with the California State University Fresno Foundation to provide training and coaching to new and existing staff with San Benito County Child Welfare Services Agency.

The meeting agenda states the training will “enhance the social workers’ ability to ensure they develop the skills and knowledge necessary to work in the child welfare field.” It also states the period of the services will be from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019, and the expenditure will be charged to the Social Services realignment funding.

In addition, supervisors approved an agreement with Tenex Software Solutions, Inc. to provide an electronic poll book solution. The $43,037 electronic poll will replace the paper polling place, voting rosters and street indices, according to the agenda. It also states it will improve turnout projections, ballot-counting efficiencies, voter accessibility and increase Election Day security for more than 30,000 registered voters in San Benito County.

Other benefits include software and hardware upgrades, system customization, integration, data conversion, training, documentation and project management, according to the agenda.

Other contracts approved at the Sept. 11 meeting were for the Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) which includes $20,500 for Emmaus House, $12,500 for the Community FoodBank of San Benito County, $4,000 for Chamberlain’s Children Center, and $3,000 for CASA of San Benito County.

Finally, the board approved two other contracts for $15,000 each with San Benito County Resource Conservation District and California Institute for Behavioral Health for the Whole Person Care Program, and a $20,000 agreement with Melissa Molina Casas for therapeutic counseling for children and families involved with Child Welfare Services.



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Noe Magaña (Noe Magaña)

Noe Magaña is a freelance writer for BenitoLink. He also experiments with videography and photography. A San Benito High School graduate with a bachelor's in journalism from San Jose State and a Liberal Arts Associate's Degree from Gavilan College. Noe also attended San Jose City College and was the managing editor for the City College Times, the school's newspaper. He also was a reporter and later a copy editor for San Jose State's Spartan Daily.

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