January 30, 2009
BOARD MEETING DATE:
February 24, 2009
Honorable Board of Supervisors
Jean Fraser, Chief, Health System
Gail Raabe, Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer
Agreement (#08-0698) with the California Department of Food and Agriculture for detection and trapping of Mediterranean fruit fly and other economically important pests for the term of July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2010 in an amount not to exceed $982,114.
Adopt a Resolution authorizing the President of the Board to execute an Agreement with the California Department of Food and Agriculture for detection and trapping of Mediterranean fruit fly and other economically important pests for the term of July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2010, in an amount not to exceed $982,114.
Commitment: Preserve and provide people access to our natural environment.
Goal 14: Important natural resources are preserved and enhanced through environmental stewardship.
The Agreement contributes to this commitment and goal by reimbursing the County for pest detection work activities that protect the agricultural industry and the environment from harmful exotic pests that may be introduced into California.
Percent of exotic insect quality control specimens recovered by Pest Detection Program staff
On December 1, 1981, your Board approved the first Agreement with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to initiate the Pest Detection Trapping Program. The Agreement has been renewed each year. The statewide insect pest detection trapping program protects the agricultural industry, home gardens, and the environment by providing early detection of exotic pests that may be introduced into California.
The County will receive $491,057 per year for a total of $982,114 as reimbursement for personnel hours expended on Pest Detection Trapping Program activities. Program staff place and monitor 552 Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly) traps, 552 Mexican fruit fly traps, and a total of 1,967 other traps per year (including Japanese beetle, gypsy moth, Oriental fruit fly, and melon fly). The insect traps are placed throughout the County on residential and rural properties and are serviced at regular intervals from April through November. CDFA has revised the trapping protocol and has reduced the number of trap placements and servicings required for FY 2008-09 and FY 2009-10 compared to FY 2007-08. Consequently, under this Agreement, annual revenue has decreased $60,693 due to the reduction in the workload.
County Counsel has reviewed and approved the Memo, Resolution and Agreement as to form and content. This contract is late because of delays in CDFA.
The term of this Agreement is July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2010. The total Agreement amount of $982,114 will reimburse the County for expenses up to $491,057 annually during FY 2008-09, and FY 2009-10. The annual revenue of $491,057 authorized by this Agreement is included in the Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer FY 2008-09 Adopted Budget. Agreement revenue will also be included in the FY 2009-10 Recommended Budget. There is no Net County Cost associated with this Agreement.