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[00:00:01]

GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE, AND WELCOME TO OUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETING, THE MERCED PLANNING COMMISSION.

I'LL CALL THIS ORDER THIS MEETING TO ORDER AND WILL YOU ALL JOIN ME IN THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE? WE'LL NOW MOVE ON TO THE ROLL CALL OF COMMISSIONERS.

GOOD MORNING, COMMISSIONER AGUILERA? HERE. COMMISSIONER ACHESON? HERE. CHAIR SPYCHER? HERE. COMMISSIONER MOBLEY? HERE. COMMISSIONER ERRECA? HERE.

WE HAVE A FULL QUORUM.

THANK YOU. MOVING ON, WE'RE GOING TO LOOK FOR THE APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FROM SEPTEMBER

[4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

8TH'S MEETING. SO MOVED.

WE HAVE A MOTION.

SECOND. AND A SECOND.

CALL FOR THE VOTE. ALL IN FAVOR? AYE. CHAIR VOTES AYE.

OPPOSED? PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

[5. CITIZEN COMMUNICATIONS]

MOVING FORWARD, CITIZEN COMMUNICATION NOW WOULD BE THE TIME IN THE MEETING THAT ANY CITIZEN WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK ON SOMETHING THAT'S NOT ON TODAY'S AGENDA NOW WOULD BE YOUR TIME TO DO SO. SO WE'LL OPEN THAT PUBLIC HEARING.

I GUESS IT'S NOT A PUBLIC HEARING, BUT CITIZEN COMMUNICATION.

SEEING NONE, WE'RE GOING TO CLOSE THAT AND MOVE FORWARD WITH PUBLIC HEARING, CONDITIONAL

[6.I. CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT No. CUP19-008]

USE PERMIT, NUMBER CUP19-008.

MORNING, MR. CHAIR, THANK YOU AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION, BRIAN GUERRERO, WITH THE COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

I'LL BE PRESENTING TODAY'S PROJECTS.

CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT NUMBER CUP19-008.

APPLICANT IS HILMAR DAIRY BIOGAS, LLC.

THE REQUEST IS TO CONSTRUCT A BIOGAS UPGRADE FACILITY AT THE EXISTING HILMAR CHEESE PROCESSING FACILITY.

PROJECT SITE IS LOCATED ON THE WEST SIDE OF LANDER AVENUE, NORTH OF AUGUST ROAD IN THE HILMAR AREA.

THE PROPOSAL IS TO COLLECT METHANE GAS FROM SEVERAL DAIRY DIGESTER LOCATIONS, REFINE AND CONVERT TO USABLE BIOGAS SOLD BACK TO THE GRID.

THE PROJECT ALSO INCLUDES 10 MILES OF INSTALLED PIPELINE FROM VARIOUS DIGESTERS IN THE AREA. THIS IS A VICINITY MAP OF THE PROJECT AREA.

HERE'S AN IMAGE OF THE SITE AND THE FACILITY'S VICINITY.

WE CAN SEE THE SITE IS DUE NORTH OF HILMAR AND DUE WEST OF THE COMMUNITY OF DELHI.

LOOKING AT THE REGIONAL DIGESTER LOCATIONS, HERE WE CAN SEE THE PROJECT SITE IN RELATION TO THE EXISTING DAIRIES AND THE DIGESTERS.

THE BLACK AND WHITE LINE INDICATES THE PROPOSED PIPELINE ROUTES TO COLLECT AND FEED THE BIOGAS FACILITY.

THE STARRED LOCATIONS ARE THE LOCATIONS OF THE DIGESTERS THEMSELVES.

LOOKING AT THE AERIAL, WE CAN SEE THE SITE IS LOCATED ON HILMAR CHEESE'S PROPERTY, JUST NORTH OF THE COLD STORAGE, BUILDING AND PROCESSING FACILITY.

THE AREA IN YELLOW REPRESENTS THE LOCATION WHERE DEVELOPMENT WILL OCCUR FOR THE PROJECT.

HERE'S AN IMAGE OF THE PROPOSED SITE PLAN.

AGAIN, WE CAN SEE THE AREA OF DEVELOPMENT IN YELLOW HIGHLIGHTED HERE.

THIS FIRST SITE PHOTO IS LOOKING DUE WEST OFF OF LANDER AVENUE OR HIGHWAY 165.

WE CAN SEE THE GENERAL LOCATION OF THE DEVELOPMENT IS HIGHLIGHTED IN THE BLUE BOX HERE AND AGAIN, ANOTHER SITE PHOTO KIND OF LOOKING A LITTLE BIT MORE SOUTHWEST.

AGAIN, WE CAN SEE THE PROPOSED AREA OF DEVELOPMENT WITH THE HILMAR CHEESE PROCESSING FACILITY ON THE LEFT OF THE IMAGE HERE.

THE PROJECT SITE IS DESIGNATED AGRICULTURAL IN THE GENERAL PLAN.

THE STAFF IS DETERMINED THE PROPOSAL TO BE CONSISTENT WITH THE LAND USE ELEMENT, SPECIFICALLY GOAL LU-2, WHICH IS TO PRESERVE, PROMOTE AND EXPAND THE AG INDUSTRY IN MERCED COUNTY, AS WELL AS THE AGRICULTURAL ELEMENT GOAL AG-1, WHICH ENCOURAGES MAINTAINING AND EXPANDING COMMERCIAL AGRICULTURAL ENTERPRISES.

THE PROJECT SITE IS ZONED A-1 GENERAL COMMERCIAL, AND THE PROPOSAL CAN BE FOUND CONSISTENT WITH PERMIT REQUIREMENTS FOR ENERGY GENERATION FACILITIES AND LOT DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS IN THE A-1 ZONE.

IN TERMS OF ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW AND ISME AND WAS PREPARED AND CIRCULATED FOR THE PROJECT FROM JULY 26, 2021 TO AUGUST 25 2021.

NO COMMENTS WERE RECEIVED AS PART OF THAT PUBLIC REVIEW PERIOD.

THE IS/MND IDENTIFIED EIGHT SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS REQUIRING MITIGATION.

THOSE INCLUDE ESTHETICS, BIOLOGICAL RESOURCES, CULTURAL RESOURCES.

HAZARDOUS AND HAZARDOUS MATERIALS.

EXCUSE ME. HAZARDS AND HAZARDOUS MATERIALS.

NOISE TRANSPORTATION.

TRIBAL CONSULTATION, AS WELL AS WILDFIRE.

WITH MITIGATION, THE PROJECT WILL RESULT IN A LESS THAN SIGNIFICANT IMPACT.

AS FOR PUBLIC NOTICING, THE PROJECT WAS PUBLISHED IN THE MERCED SUN STAR AND MAILED TO PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN 300 FEET ON SEPTEMBER 10TH.

TWENTY TWENTY ONE STAFF DID RECEIVE AN EMAIL YESTERDAY 9/21/21 AT APPROXIMATELY 4:40 P.M.

FROM THE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL FOR JUSTICE AND ACCOUNTABILITY.

[00:05:02]

MR. CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION, STEVE MAXEY, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF PLANNING FOR THE COUNTY, WANTED TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY JUST REAL QUICK TO ADDRESS THAT LETTER THAT WE RECEIVED LATE YESTERDAY.

THE AUTHOR STARTS OFF THE LETTER INDICATING THAT THEY'RE OPPOSED TO THE PROJECT OR URGE THE COMMISSION TO REJECT THE THE PROJECT OR REJECT APPROVAL OF THE PROJECT.

REALLY, WITH THE IDEA THAT A AN EIR WOULD BE NECESSARY.

AND AS STAFF AND MR. AGUILERA HAS INDICATED, THE INITIAL STUDY IN MITIGATING NEGATIVE DECLARATION AS PROPOSED IS APPROPRIATE. GOING THROUGH THE LETTER, THE AUTHOR DEMANDS FULL ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW, EVEN THOUGH AN INITIAL STUDY IN MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION IS CONSIDERED A FULL ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW.

THEY ALSO SAY THAT THERE ARE VARIOUS UNIQUE THREATS TO GROUNDWATER AND AIR QUALITY THAT THE ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENT PREPARED DOESN'T ACCOUNT FOR, ALTHOUGH THE LETTER NEVER SPECIFIES WHAT THOSE UNIQUE THREATS SPECIFIC TO THIS PROJECT MIGHT BE.

AND THEN THERE ARE SOME SPECULATIVE IDEAS OF IMPACTS THAT THAT THE AUTHOR RAISES REALLY PERTAINING TO POTENTIAL FOR GAS LEAKAGE ASSOCIATED WITH THE TRANSMISSION OF GAS FROM THE VARIOUS DIGESTERS TO THE COLLECTION POINT, WHICH AGAIN IS SPECULATIVE.

THEY RAISE THE OTHER RAISES THE POTENTIAL FOR RISK OF EXPLOSIONS ASSOCIATED WITH WITH GAS TRANSMISSION AGAIN, SPECULATIVE.

THE PROJECT WOULD HAVE TO BE CONSTRUCTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH BUILDING CODE AND OTHER KIND OF CODES. AND THEN THEY ALSO RAISE THE IDEA THAT THERE ARE SOME CONSTRUCTION RELATED EMISSIONS THAT MIGHT IMPACT GROUNDWATER OR SURFACE WATER.

AGAIN, THOSE ARE INCLUDED AND ANALYZED WITHIN THE INITIAL STUDY AND MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION PROPOSED BEFORE YOU AND CAN BE ADEQUATELY MITIGATED TO A LESS INSIGNIFICANT LEVEL. THE AUTHOR ALSO RAISES THE IDEA THAT BIOGAS FACILITIES ARE INCENTIVIZED TO GROW THEIR HERD SIZE IN ORDER TO PROFIT FROM THE SELLING OF MANURE OR FROM THIS BIOGAS.

I'M PRETTY SURE THAT AND SOME OF YOU ARE FARMERS YOURSELVES.

I'M PRETTY SURE THAT FARMERS ARE MORE FOCUSED ON INCREASING THEIR HERD SIZE WHENEVER THE MAIN COMMODITY IN THIS CASE, MILK OR DAIRY PRODUCTS, IS GOING TO BENEFIT THEM.

NOT WHENEVER THIS KIND OF SECONDARY BENEFIT IS GOING TO MAYBE, MAYBE SEE SOME INCREASE.

SO I DON'T THINK THAT THAT ARGUMENT NECESSARILY HOLDS ANY WATER ON A COMMONSENSE BASIS, BUT THERE WOULD BE NO DIRECT IMPACT ASSOCIATED WITH THIS PROJECT AND INCREASING HERD SIZE AT ANY OF THESE DAIRIES.

NONE OF THE DAIRIES ARE ARE PROPOSING INCREASING THEIR HERD SIZE IN ASSOCIATION WITH THIS PROJECT. ANY POTENTIAL FUTURE SPECULATIVE HERD SIZE INCREASES WOULD BE COVERED BY THEIR OWN PROJECT FINDINGS, THEIR OWN ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW IF IT WAS NECESSARILY IF IT WAS NECESSARY. SO AGAIN, THAT'S THAT'S KIND OF A SPECULATIVE ARGUMENT FROM THE AUTHOR.

AND THERE'S A FINAL ARGUMENT THAT THERE'S THE AUTHOR SAYS THERE'S CONSIDERABLE THREAT TO GROUNDWATER IN THE CASE OF A GAS LEAK FROM THE PROPOSED TRANSMISSION PIPELINES.

AGAIN, THAT'S SPECULATIVE.

WE HAVE NO REASON TO BELIEVE THAT THAT GAS LEAK WOULD OCCUR AGAIN.

THE TRANSMISSION PIPELINES WOULD HAVE TO BE CONSTRUCTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH CODE.

SO AGAIN, AS STUFF, WE BELIEVE THAT THE INITIAL STUDY MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION PREPARED ADEQUATELY ADDRESSES ANY POTENTIAL IMPACTS, ADEQUATELY MITIGATES ANY POTENTIAL IMPACTS THAT MAY BE SIGNIFICANT TO A LESS THAN SIGNIFICANT LEVEL.

SO WHAT'S WHAT'S PREPARED, WHAT'S BEFORE YOU TODAY IS IS ADEQUATE TO MOVE FORWARD.

I CAN ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS. I BELIEVE THE CEQA CONSULTANT THAT HELPED PREPARE THE ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENT IS IN ATTENDANCE TODAY IN CASE THERE ARE ANY SPECIFIC QUESTIONS.

THANKS. ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU, STEVE.

AND FINALLY, WE'LL GO ON TO OUR RECOMMENDATIONS AS THE LAST SLIDE WITH THIS INFORMATION STAFF HAS THE FOLLOWING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE PROJECT FOR CEQA THE COMMISSION FINDS ON THE BASIS OF THE WHOLE RECORD, THERE IS NO SUBSTANTIAL EVIDENCE THAT THE PROJECT WILL HAVE A SIGNIFICANT EFFECT ON THE ENVIRONMENT, AND THE PLANNING COMMISSION ADOPTS THE US/MND AND MMRP AND FOR THE PROJECT STAFF RECOMMENDS THE COMMISSION APPROVED CUP 19-008 BASED ON THE FINDINGS AND PROPOSED CONDITIONS OF APPROVAL.

STAFF, THE APPLICANT, AS WELL AS THE ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS, ARE HERE AND AVAILABLE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

THIS CONCLUDES STAFF'S PRESENTATION.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

CAN WE MAYBE GET THE LIGHTS ON? THANKS. AT THIS POINT, WE ARE GOING TO OPEN UP THE PUBLIC HEARING, SO ANY MEMBER FROM THE PUBLIC THAT WOULD LIKE TO COME SPEAK ON THIS NOW WOULD BE YOUR OPPORTUNITY AND PLEASE, IF YOU COULD GIVE US YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD.

[00:10:05]

GOOD MORNING. MY NAME IS BREANNE VANDENBERG, I'M THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE MERCED COUNTY FARM BUREAU.

IT HAS BEEN SOME TIME SINCE I'VE BEEN IN FRONT OF THIS BOARD.

SO THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY.

I WOULD URGE THIS COMMISSION TO ADOPT.

KEEP IN MIND, PLEASE, THAT THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA HAS MANDATED US TO REDUCE GREENHOUSE GASES BY 2030 AND HAS COME DOWN HARD ON OUR DAIRY COMMUNITY.

AND WITH THAT, CDFA SO CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE HAS OFFERED GRANTS WITHIN THIS AREA OF DAIRY DIGESTERS, GIVING US THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEVERAGE THAT.

I WILL AGREE WITH MR MAXEY'S COMMENTS TODAY.

I WOULD ALSO COMMENT THAT WE DO NOT HAVE MEMBERS THAT ARE GROWING THEIR HERD FOR THIS PURPOSE. I HAVE PLENTY OF GROWERS THAT HAVE A DAIRY HERD OF TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY MILKING COWS AND CANNOT GET INTO THESE PROGRAMS BECAUSE OF THAT AND HAVE TO LOOK FOR OTHER AVENUES TO REDUCE THEIR GREENHOUSE GASES.

BUT BECAUSE OF THEIR HERD SIZE, A DAIRY DIGESTER IS NOT WITHIN THEIR REALM.

THANK YOU. ANY OTHER MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC LIKE TO COME FORWARD? SEEING NONE, WE'LL BRING IT BACK TO THE COMMISSION.

ANY QUESTIONS FOR STAFF OR QUESTIONS IN GENERAL COMMENTS? I'M SORRY, I FORGOT TO CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING.

NOW WE'LL BRING IT BACK TO STAFF.

COMMISSION. ANYBODY LIKE TO ENTERTAIN A MOTION? I PERSONALLY THINK IT'S A GREAT PROJECT, AND SOME OF THE ARGUMENTS DON'T SEEM TO HOLD A LOT OF WATER, SO THAT'S JUST MY OWN PERSONAL BELIEFS.

OK, I'LL MOVE THE PLANNING COMMISSION FINDS ON THE BASIS OF THE WHOLE RECORD BEFORE IT, INCLUDING THE INITIAL STUDY AND ANY COMMENTS RECEIVED THAT THERE IS NO SUBSTANTIAL EVIDENCE THAT THE PROJECT WILL HAVE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND THAT THE PREPARED MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION REFLECTS THE COUNTY'S INDEPENDENT JUDGMENT AND ANALYSIS. THANK YOU.

WE HAVE A MOTION AND A SECOND NOW WE'LL CALL FOR THE VOTE.

ALL IN FAVOR. AYE.

CHAIR VOTES AYE. ALL OPPOSED.

PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

NOW WE'LL MOVE ON TO THE PROJECT DETERMINATION.

HEY. YEAH, I MOVE THAT THE PLANNING COMMISSION ADOPT THE INITIAL STUDY NEGATIVE MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION AND ASSOCIATED MITIGATION MONITORING AND REPORTING PROGRAM.

THANK YOU. WE HAVE A MOTION AND A SECOND, WE'LL CALL FOR THE VOTE ALL IN FAVOR.

AYE. CHAIR VOTES AYE.

ALL OPPOSED.

AGAIN PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

FINALLY, THE PROJECT DETERMINATION.

I MOVE THAT THE PLANNING COMMISSION APPROVES CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT CUP 19-008 BASED ON THE FINDINGS IDENTIFIED IN THE STAFF REPORT AND SUBJECT TO THE PROPOSED CONDITIONS OF APPROVAL. THANK YOU.

WE HAVE A MOTION AND A SECOND WE'LL CALL FOR THE VOTE ALL IN FAVOR.

AYE. CHAIR VOTES AYE.

OPPOSED. AGAIN PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

MOVING ON TO MINOR SUBDIVISION NUMBER MS 20-020.

[6.II. MINOR SUBDIVISION No. MS20-020]

GOOD MORNING, COMMISSIONERS, THE PROJECT BEFORE YOU AS A MINOR SUBDIVISION NUMBER MS 20-020 FOR CASTLE ASSETS.

THIS IS A REQUEST TO SUBDIVIDE A 5.5 ACRE PARCEL INTO FOUR PARCELS AND A REMAINDER.

PARCEL ONE IS 1.0 ACRES PARCEL 2 IS 1.1 ACRES.

PARCEL THREE IS 1.08 ACRES, PARCEL FOUR IS 1.37 ACRES AND THE REMAINDER PARCEL IS 1.0 ACRES. HERE IS THE VICINITY OF THE PROJECT SITE.

THE PROJECT SITE IS LOCATED AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SECOND AVENUE SOUTH AND PETALUMA AVENUE IN DELHI.

THE SITE IS SURROUNDED BY VACANT LAND TO THE EAST, A SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCE ON THE NORTH AND WEST SIDES IN AN ORCHARD TO THE SOUTH.

THE GENERAL PLAN DESIGNATION IS AGRICULTURAL RESIDENTIAL AND THE ZONING IS RR RURAL RESIDENTIAL. THIS IS THE TENTATIVE MAP WITH THE NORTH ARROW POINTING LEFT.

THE MAP SHOWS THE CONFIGURATIONS OF THE FOUR PROPOSED PARCELS AND THE REMAINDER PARCEL.

HERE IS AN AERIAL AT THE PROJECT SITE, THE STRUCTURE SHOWN ON THIS AERIAL HAVE ALL BEEN DEMOLISHED TO PREPARE FOR NEW DEVELOPMENT.

THIS IMAGE OF THE PROJECT SITE WAS TAKEN FROM PETALUMA AVENUE, LOOKING NORTHEAST.

[00:15:04]

HERE WE HAVE ANOTHER IMAGE OF THE PROJECT SITE TAKEN FROM PETALUMA AVENUE, LOOKING TOWARD THE AREA WHERE THE RESIDENTS AND ACCESSORY STRUCTURES ONCE STOOD.

THE PROJECT IS CONSISTENT WITH APPLICABLE GENERAL PLAN POLICIES RELATED TO RURAL RESIDENTIAL CENTERS.

THE PROJECT IS ALSO CONSISTENT WITH APPLICABLE PROVISIONS OF THE MERCED COUNTY ZONING CODE, AS WELL AS THE SUBDIVISION MAP ACT AND TITLE 17.

THE PROJECT CAN BE FOUND EXEMPT FROM ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW PURSUANT TO SECTION 15315 MINOR LAND DIVISIONS OF THE CEQA GUIDELINES.

THE ANALYSIS THAT HELPED MAKE THIS DETERMINATION CAN BE FOUND IN THE CEQA SECTION OF THE STAFF REPORT. NOTICE THE PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE OF THE PUBLIC HEARING WAS MAILED TO PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN 300 FEET OF THE PROJECT SITE ON SEPTEMBER 10TH 2021 AND PUBLISHED IN THE MERCED SUN STAR ON THE SAME DAY.

NO COMMENTS WERE RECEIVED.

STAFF HAS TWO RECOMMENDATIONS MOTION TO DETERMINE THAT THE PROJECT IS EXEMPT FROM ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW AND MOTION TO APPROVE MINOR SUBDIVISION NUMBER MS 20-020.

THAT NOW CONCLUDES STAFFS PRESENTATION.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

AT THIS POINT, WE'RE GOING TO OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC THAT WOULD LIKE TO COME FORWARD AND SPEAK ON THIS OR HAD ANY QUESTIONS FOR STAFF NOW WOULD BE THE TIME TO DO SO. SEEING NONE, WE'RE GOING TO CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING AND BRING IT BACK TO THE COMMISSIONERS, WHAT'S THE WILL OF THIS BODY? WELL, I'LL MAKE A MOTION THAT THE PLANNING COMMISSION DETERMINES THE PROJECT IS EXEMPT FROM ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW PURSUANT TO SECTION 15315 MINOR LAND DIVISIONS OF THE CEQA GUIDELINES. THANK YOU.

WE HAVE A MOTION AND A SECOND, NOW WE'LL CALL FOR THE VOTE.

ALL IN FAVOR.

AYE. CHAIR VOTES AYE.

OPPOSED. PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

MOVING FORWARD ON THE PROJECT DETERMINATION.

OK, I MOVE THE PLANNING COMMISSION APPROVE MINOR SUBDIVISION NUMBER MS. 20-020 NASED ON THE FINDINGS IDENTIFIED IN THE STAFF REPORT AND SUBJECT TO THE RECOMMENDED CONDITIONS OF APPROVAL.

THANK YOU. WE HAVE A MOTION AND A SECOND.

WE'LL CALL FOR THE VOTE ALL IN FAVOR.

AYE. CHAIR VOTES AYE.

OPPOSED? AGAIN PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

[7. COMMISSION ACTION ITEM(S)]

MOVING ON TO COMMISSIONER ACTION ITEMS. ESTABLISHING A CHAIR AND VICE CHAIR FOR THE OCTOBER 21 TO OCTOBER 22.

SO, MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS IS THAT TIME OF YEAR WHERE WE HAVE TO, AS A BODY, THINK ABOUT MAKING THAT TRANSITION.

WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS QUICK OPPORTUNITY, THOUGH, TO ACKNOWLEDGE YOU.

THIS WAS AN OUTSTANDING YEAR FOR YOU.

I THINK FOR YOU AS CHAIR, YOUR STAFF VERY MUCH APPRECIATES YOU AND THE WAY THAT YOU CONDUCT YOURSELF UP HERE ON THE DAIS LEADING THIS BODY.

THAT BEING SAID, WE DO HAVE AN OBLIGATION PER THIS COMMISSION'S POLICIES, SO AS TO IDENTIFY THE NEXT CHAIR AND VICE CHAIR.

THE NEXT IN SEQUENCE WOULD BE MR. ACHESON AND HE WOULD BECOME CHAIR IF HE'S SO INCLINED.

SO I GOT A GOOD NOD OF THE HEAD.

WE DID HAVE A CHANCE TO TALK TO MR. AGUILERA JUST VERY BRIEFLY.

AND OF COURSE, AS YOUR POLICIES SAY YOU MAY RECALL, COMMISSIONERS DO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DEFER, AND WE DO APPRECIATE MR. AGUILERA'S A SERVICE.

AND THAT BEING SAID, HE DID ELECT TO DEFER, WHICH WOULD MAKE THE VICE CHAIR MR. ERRECA. AND SO WE'VE GOT AGAIN, WE'VE GOT SOME GOOD CONTINUITY.

WE HAVE A GREAT COMMISSION AND REALLY APPRECIATE THE TEAMWORK UP HERE.

SO UNLESS I HEAR OTHERWISE AND I'M LOOKING AT MR. ACHESON AND MR. ERRECA, WE LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE TWO FOLKS WILLING TO TAKE ON THAT ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR NEXT COMMISSION MEETING IN OCTOBER.

THE CHAIR WILL BE THEN MR. ACHESON AND YOUR VICE CHAIR WILL BE MR. ERRECA FOR THE NEXT YEAR FROM OCTOBER TO OCTOBER.

ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS? SO THERE'S NO WATCH FOR YOUR SERVICE? NO. SO YOU NEVER YOU NEVER SAID ANYTHING NICE TO ME WHEN I WAS THERE.

AND HERE WE GO. MR. SOMEWHERE ALONG THE LINE, I'M SURE I'VE GIVEN YOU A KUDO OR TWO, BUT THIS IS A PRETTY GOOD GROUP AND I CAN TELL YOU, YOUR STAFF VERY MUCH APPRECIATES THE WAY THAT YOU CONDUCT YOURSELVES. AND I THINK THE FOLKS THAT COME TO YOU FOR YOU TO DELIBERATE, I THINK, APPRECIATE THE WAY THAT YOU CONDUCT YOURSELVES SO.

SO, MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE THIS PAST YEAR.

WE ARE VERY BLESSED TO HAVE YOU ON THIS BODY AND MR. ACHESON. YOUR STAFF WILL BE HAPPY TO HELP YOU NAVIGATE SOME OF THOSE TRICKY WATERS AND IN THE DAYS AND MONTHS AHEAD.

OK, THANK YOU ALL.

AND NOW WE'RE GOING TO MOVE FORWARD TO DIRECTORS REPORT.

AGAIN, NOTHING, NOTHING ADDITIONAL AT THIS TIME.

[9. COMMISSIONER'S COMMENT]

COMMISSIONER'S COMMENTS.

I JUST THINK IT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE TO SAY THANK YOU TO HILMER CHEESE FOR CONTINUING TO INVEST IN MERCED COUNTY WHEN IT SEEMS AS THOUGH THAT WE'RE TRYING TO DRIVE PEOPLE OUT OF THE STATE. IT'S NICE TO SEE THAT THEY STAY.

AGREE MORE. THANK YOU FOR THOSE COMMENTS.

ANY OTHERS? ALL RIGHT, THEN I'M GOING TO MOVE FOR ADJOURNMENT.

[00:20:04]

THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR COMING.

* This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.