20200909-community

New Stanislaus County Nonprofit Grants

The grant program will award $1 million in funding to nonprofit organizations providing services to youth and $1 million to nonprofits offering community centered arts and culture.

COVID-19 pandemic has created a crisis for local arts, cultural, and youth-serving organizations. The public health requirements for safely operating these programs present numerous challenges to nonprofit financial models and affect the design, nature and scale of youth and arts/culture programs.

Considering these challenges and because of the vital role played by these nonprofits, the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors approved $2 million in CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds specifically for county nonprofit organizations providing arts, cultural, and/or youth services and programs. The intention of this funding is to stabilize and secure the ongoing operation of these nonprofit services that are critical to young people and/or contribute to the vibrancy of Stanislaus County.

"It's more important now than ever for us to support the nonprofit youth services and creative arts programs in our community," said Kristin Olsen, Chairwoman of the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors. "Everyone has felt huge impacts of this public health crisis but many youth-serving and arts nonprofit organizations had to close their doors nearly six months ago and have had no way of operating since that time. We want to support as many as we can to make sure they are still around to serve our community when this is all over."

The grant program will award $1 million in funding to nonprofit organizations providing services to youth and $1 million to nonprofits offering community centered arts and culture. Awards will be based on the level of impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to the respective non-profit organization. The grant application portal opens on Wednesday, September 9 and closes on Friday, September 25.

Stanislaus Community Foundation has been contracted to manage the application process on behalf of the County CEO’s Office. A volunteer Evaluation Committee composed of a cross-section of community representatives will score applications and select award recipients based on the criteria established by the County Board of Supervisors. For more information and to apply for this grant visit: www.StanislausCF.org.

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20210802-library

New Turlock Library Coming Soon

A dedication ceremony for the new Turlock library is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 9 at 9:30 am.

The Turlock Library, located at 550 Minaret Ave., is scheduled to open to the public on Tuesday, Aug. 10. A dedication ceremony is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on August 9 and will be livestreamed at www.stanislauslibrary.org. The public is invited to attend in person or enjoy the livestream as County officials celebrate a larger, more modern, safe library for Turlock area residents.

"As Chairman of the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors and County Supervisor representing the Turlock Community, I am thrilled with the successful completion of the beautiful new Turlock Library! As is our way, on time and under budget!" said Supervisor Vito Chiesa. "The Turlock Community has waited a long time for this to happen and the Friends of the Turlock Library and their donors should be commended for their generosity making the new Library even more awesome! This is a great example of working together,with a shared purpose resulting in a new modern library and community center we can all enjoy for generations to come."

Turlock's first community library, a Carnegie library, was built in 1916 and served the community for more than 50 years. In 1968, the library moved to a new 10,000-square-foot Minaret Avenue location. The newly constructed and expanded library will preserve the beautiful park-like setting that is so loved by the community. The new, 16,530-square-foot library will feature teen and children's areas, a community room, a makerspace, and more.

The Turlock Library project budget is $12,795,302, and leveraged funding from Library Savings, Tobacco Endowment Funds, Public Facilities Fees, Deferred Maintenance Funds and County General Funds. The dedicated sales tax for County-wide Library services has contributed to the savings for this project. In addition, the Friends of the Turlock Library have raised $1 million for furnishings, architectural enhancements and technology upgrades. The new facility was designed and constructed by LDA Architects, and Roebbelen Contractors, Dewberry Architects.

"We are grateful for the Friends of the Turlock Library and their donors for their support, encouragement and generosity making this effort truly a remarkable feat," said Stanislaus County Librarian Sarah Dentan.

The new library will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 12 to 8 p.m. Wednesday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The library will be closed on Fridays and Sundays.

For more infomation, visit www.stanislauslibrary.org or call 209-558-7801

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20210726-homeless

Housing for the Homeless

The county has $2,884,000 available for vendors with experience in affordable housing projects and programs.

Do you have an innovative idea to provide housing for the homeless? Stanislaus county wants to know.

The county has $2,884,000 available for vendors with experience in affordable housing projects and programs. The funding is from the Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention (HHAP) grant program. It provides local jurisdictions with funds to support regional coordination and expand or develop local capacity to address homelessness.

Stanislaus County is seeking proposals from qualified and experienced organizations for Delivery of Permanent Housing and/or Innovative Housing Solutions, RFP # 21-13-SD. To find out more and how to register, please go to http://www.stancounty.com/purchasing/county-bids.shtm

A Pre-Proposal Conference is scheduled July 30, 2021 at 10:00a.m. Questions may be submitted in writing up until 5:00 p.m. on August 6, 2021. All RFP responses are due no later than 2:30 p.m. on August 13, 2021.

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Pet of The Week

Pet of the Week

Mamas, an 11 month old Bull Terrier/Foxhound mix who is the absolute sweetest girl. She enjoys time with her human laying on the couch while they watch their favorite show and she loves going on walks to see the neighborhood. This girl will be your best friend and is just waiting for someone to come in and adopt her.

We have so many wonderful pets at the Adoption Center @ 3647 Cornucopia Way Modesto.  We're open Monday & Tuesday 10am - 6pm, Wednesday 1pm -6pm, Thursday & Friday 10am - 5pm, and Saturday 12pm - 5pm. Closed Sundays and Holidays. You can also look online at other Available Dogs and Available Cats. All of our adoptable pets are spayed/neutered, vaccinated and micro chipped.

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20210714-stan

New App & Chatbot Simplify County Business

Stanislaus County is working to enhance service to the community through a new suite of communication tools.

Stanislaus County is working to enhance service to the community through a new mobile app and chatbot.

Those who have used the former GoRequest mobile app to submit service requests, report issues to staff virtually or find information should uninstall the GoRequest app and download Stan Connect. The revamped custom app is available now in the Apple and Google play stores where mobile apps are found.

The newly designed app has more robust offerings to serve residents more effectively. It is a communication tool that will allow users to easily connect with government services and their County elected officials, access county news, job opportunities and information, as well as submit concerns or requests for service. The new app will better serve on the go residents and save time when conducting County business, an attractive feature to people who prefer not to visit County offices in person or call for service.

“This is a great new tool for Stanislaus County residents who want convenience when connecting with County government,” said Board of Supervisors Chair, Vito Chiesa. “With most all of our services at your fingertips in a well-organized, user friendly mobile app, we are ready to serve you wherever you are,” he added.

Stanislaus County has used GoRequest as a Government Outreach platform since 2006. The new and improved mobile app will more easily facilitate interaction between residents and the County. Benefits include property tax information and resources, the ability to request vital records, view pets available for adoption, find public health clinics, social services and access most County services from the convenience of a mobile app.

The app, which partners with the County’s web based Customer Relationship Management (CRM), allows users to efficiently enter and track service requests online. When a new request is entered into the system by a resident, the software automatically routes the request to the appropriate individual within the County organization. The employee receives an email notification indicating the need to resolve a request. Each request has a pre-assigned “Expected Close Date,” which is given to the customer via email. Customers are notified when the project is completed. Although all app users must register to submit and track their requests, submissions can be made anonymously. Anonymous users will not receive email confirmation or notification of completion.

The County has also incorporated a chatbot, “Ask Stan,” into the website as an added efficiency to customers, helping users find information quickly on the website. The chat bot is currently available to residents on a trial basis through a three-month pilot program. Web users will see Stan at the bottom corner of the screen when visiting StanCounty.com. Stan will improve in functionality based on users’ feedback which can be provided directly through the chat bot. Feedback is encouraged throughout the process.

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20210702-gis

New and Improved County GIS Maps

Stanislaus County is offering a new Geographic Information System (GIS) Hub, which allows residents to access open data throughout the County.

Stanislaus County is offering a new Geographic Information System (GIS) Hub, which makes available local data and interactive maps. This public tool allows residents to access open data throughout the County.

There are specific uses of GIS maps for those interested in data from Stanislaus County Supervisorial Districts, river maps, city limits and annexations, municipal advisory councils, transportation maps, parcel records and land assessments. Surveyors and engineers will find the application a useful tool for land development. As a planning tool to assist with urban growth strategy and land management it is useful as well. Property information included there assists the County Assessor with records maintenance.

Real estate brokers as well as Emergency Services personnel will find it useful as mapping routes is common when responding to disasters like floods or fires. There is a fire district map accessible from the page as well.

The system will allow residents to view several large-scale, ongoing projects, like Measure L funded infrastructure improvements, encroachment permits, road and bridge projects underway throughout the region, County islands or unincorporated areas and North County Corridor are featured.

The map information found on the site is downloadable for easy reference in hard copy. Residents are encouraged to explore the new GIS Hub.

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20210618-empire

Empire Community Library Now Open

A dedication ceremony was held on June 8th to celebrate the completion of the new Empire Library.

The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors announced the successful completion of the new Empire Library on Tuesday, June 8, at an inspiring dedication ceremony and celebration of a new, modern, safe library for the community of Empire. Special recognition was given to Bob Dittman, retired Empire school administrator, and his wife Jane, for whom the children’s area of the library is named. The Empire Community Hall Association also was thanked for making the project possible with a generous donation of property. A recording of the event is available at www.stanislauslibrary.org.

Doors opened Wednesday, June 9, with some eagerly waiting young customers among the first to explore the new space. At 4,270 square feet, the new facility is twice the size of the former location on South Abbie, allowing for 50% more Spanish/bilingual children’s books, and an increase of 20-25% in other print collections.

Located at 98 I Street, the new library is adjacent to the Empire Regional Water Safety Training Center/Pool. It features warm and inviting spaces for children, teens and adults, and incorporates a community room that opens to a covered outdoor patio for library programs and community events. A sheriff’s substation will be located in the building as well.

The new facility was designed and constructed by LDA Architects, and Roebbelen Contractors, Dewberry Architects. The project was completed on time and under budget!

The Empire Library is open 12 to 6 p.m, Tuesday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

For more information, visit www.stanislauslibrary.org or call 209-524-5505.

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20210614-bridge

County Celebrates New Bridge

The new bridge enhances pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular safety and provides a safer crossing over the river.

On Thursday, June 5, 2021, the County held an event to commemorate the successful completion of the Santa Fe Avenue Bridge Project. Stanislaus County staff, along with dignitaries and valued partners, recognized the accomplishment with an official ribbon cutting ceremony.

Construction of the replacement bridge began in 2017, and cost $20 million to complete ($2 million for design & right-of-way and $18 million for construction). Federal funding paid 88% of the total project cost with 12% covered by local funds.

The new bridge enhances pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular safety and provides a safer crossing over the river and includes the following improvements:

  • Two 12-foot-wide through traffic lanes in each direction
  • A 12-foot-wide center median lane to accommodate safe turning movements to/from existing driveways at both ends of the bridge
  • Eight-foot-wide shoulders

Originally built in 1947, the bridge is major north/south arterial road approximately one mile south of State Route 132 serving roughly 10,000 vehicles per day. The old bridge in this location was determined to be seismically deficient. In service of the public, Stanislaus County assesses the infrastructure needs of the community on a continuous basis and strives to support the Board of Supervisors’ priority around Efficient Public Services and Community Infrastructure.

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20210518-covid

County Reflects on Pandemic Response

First detected in the U.S. in January 2020, COVID-19 quickly spread across the nation. In early March 2020, COVID-19 was declared a national emergency and Stanislaus County began to feel the impacts of the virus on our community. Here is an overview of our local response.

The early months of 2020 included rapidly changing information from both federal and state government agencies. Stanislaus County Leadership worked diligently to understand this virus, broadly believed to pose a grave threat to human lives around the world. However, not much else was known other than its origin and the potential devastation it could cause. By early March, the Stanislaus County Office of Emergency Services had activated the Emergency Operations Center and established an Incident Command structure. Shortly thereafter, Stanislaus County saw its first two COVID-19 cases on March 11, 2020 and the County Public Health Officer declared a local health emergency on the same day in order to protect our residents.

As cases continued to mount, the Governor of California proclaimed a State of Emergency on March 19, 2020 and issued a statewide Stay at Home Order. This action supported the County of Stanislaus and other jurisdictions to take extreme mitigation measures toward preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Many businesses closed or modified their operations to maintain the safety of the public and employees. Students were sent home to continue their education via distance learning. Across the community and the nation, people struggled to prepare for what was to come and guard against the negative impacts of COVID-19.

Despite Stanislaus County's initial measures to prepare for and prevent the spread of the virus, COVID-19 cases continued to increase across the state and locally throughout the duration of the incident period. While the pandemic response efforts are ongoing, the County's strategy and the lessons learned offer an opportunity to enhance future preparedness efforts which will serve as a local standard, and act as a best-practice response model going forward.

The COVID-19 pandemic in Stanislaus County has been exceptional in its scale, and the County's response has been all consuming. The unprecedented nature of the pandemic meant the County was challenged to design and implement new approaches to thwart the spread of the disease and protect our community without the benefit of prior experience or use of traditional pandemic response plans. The County's response focused our best resources and our most concentrated efforts on protecting residents through a multifaceted approach which included a reliance on local partnerships, active engagement with the community through public information channels and innovative mitigation strategies tested for the first time.

Stanislaus County recorded its first death on April 10, 2020. Since that day over 1,000 Stanislaus County residents have perished as a result of COVID-19 and over 53,000 residents have tested positive.

Stanislaus County's emergency operations team has worked diligently to balance the health and safety of the community with the need for people to work and for local businesses to remain viable. Throughout the past year, the County has worked tirelessly adapting to changes in incident priorities, state public health restrictions, local response needs and mitigation strategies to detect and control the spread of the virus in the community.

This report details the most significant impacts of COVID-19 and the County's response to the public health pandemic in Year One. Click here for report.

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20210513-condit

Supervisor Condit Hosts Mobile Office Hours

Stanislaus County Supervisor, Buck Condit, will hold a mobile office events to provide an opportunity to meet with constituents in their own community.

Stanislaus County Supervisor, Buck Condit, will hold a mobile office event in Riverbank during the month of June. Mobile office hours will provide an opportunity for the Supervisor to meet with constituents in their own community. “Being accessible and responsive is the cornerstone to local government,” said Supervisor Buck Condit.

Condit was sworn into the Board of Supervisors in January of this year and represents Stanislaus County District 1. He is a proponent of building a better quality of life throughout the County and shares that, “While we face many challenges, I am optimistic about our future in Stanislaus County. Our first goal must be to defeat the COVID-19 virus and ensure our local economy rebounds strong enough to overcome the long-term impact of being shut down.”

Supervisor Condit encourages residents to visit during mobile hours in Riverbank on Thursday, June 10th from 1:00 to 3:00pm at Pizza Plus located at 3327 Santa Fe Street. Supervisor Condit also plans to hold similar mobile office events in Oakdale, Waterford and the communities of Knights Ferry, Valley Home and Empire. Dates and locations will be announced via social media.

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20210310-input

County Hosts Summit on Homelessness

On Saturday, May 22, a virtual meeting will be held present the feedback collected since January. It will be used to develop shared goals and community strategies regarding homelessness.

Since January, community feedback has been collected to develop a regional homeless strategic plan for Stanislaus County. Interviews, focus groups, and surveys have been conducted across a variety of sectors and locations. All the feedback gathered will be presented to the public at a Community Summit and will be used to develop shared goals and strategies to serve the entire community moving forward. The Community Summit is open to anyone in Stanislaus County and will be held virtually on Saturday, May 22 from 10AM to 12PM. Individuals who would like to attend online meeting can register at https://homebaseccc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwpc-CvqjsvGtFZ2WWDFzuUfA-emcUWCaTv

The survey will be live through May 4th. Stanislaus County's Community Services Agency has sought residents' help through participation in a short survey on homeless needs & services. Feedback gathered will be used to develop a regional homeless strategic plan. The survey will remain accessible only until May 4th and can be found here: http://surveymonkey.com/r/stanislaus-community-survey>

Any questions or concerns about this project can be directed to stanislaushomelessplan@homebaseccc.org

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