Inter-Departmental Correspondence

Health System



February 7, 2011


March 1, 2011







Honorable Board of Supervisors


Jean S. Fraser, Chief, Health System

Brian J. Zamora, Director, Community Health



Application and Acceptance of grant funding from the California Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery.



Adopt a Resolution authorizing the:


Health System to act on behalf of San Mateo County and to apply for and accept all available Waste Tire Recycling, Cleanup, and Enforcement funds on behalf of San Mateo County for which San Mateo County is eligible for period October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2015; and



Chief of the Health System or designee to execute all necessary applications, agreements, amendments, payment requests, and all documents necessary to secure funds to implement the approved projects and carry out the purposes specified in the applications on behalf of the County of San Mateo for which San Mateo County is eligible effective until September 30, 2015.



This is a resubmission for this Resolution. The California Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) is requiring specific technical language for the Resolution which we have incorporated.


The County of San Mateo serves as the lead agency for all the incorporated cities for the Solid Waste, Used Oil Block Grant, Tire Recycling and Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) grants. Environmental Health manages these four programs that are vital in ensuring hazardous and damaging waste do not pose a threat to public health or the environment. These grants have been in effect for years and provide the annual funds to sustain important education and environmental protection programs for the public. Since 1996 your Board has adopted a number of Resolutions enabling Environmental Health to administer these grants and authorizing the Chief of the Health System or designee to execute all documents related to these grants. Until December 31, 2009, these grants were funded by the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB). CIWMB’s functions have been transferred to CalRecycle.



Environmental Health submits annual grant applications to CalRecycle for Waste Tire Enforcement and has been receiving the grant for seven years. The grant is a reimbursement grant; a signed payment request certifying that the money has been spent in accordance with the agreement between CalRecycle and the County. The funds are used to expand Environmental Health’s current regulatory inspection program by adding tire facility inspections.


The majority of facilities that manage waste and used tires in San MateoCounty are already inspected by Environmental Health because they generate hazardous waste. Waste and used tires pose an additional risk because they can hold water and breed mosquitoes, particularly mosquito species known to carry West Nile Virus. In addition, large tire piles are fire hazards and when on fire, release toxic fumes and contaminate underlying soil. Facilities storing more than 500 tires must be inspected every year, tire haulers must be inspected every two years, and other tire generating facilities must be inspected every three years. For the past several grant cycles Environmental Health has exceeded these requirements by inspecting all facilities on a two year cycle, except for the larger facilities which receive annual inspections.


Besides inspections, the grant funds allow Environmental Health to provide educational outreach to businesses and residents of the County regarding proper disposal options and the dangers of illegally accumulating and transporting waste and used tires.


The Resolution has been reviewed and approved by County Counsel.


Waste tire grant funds contribute to the Shared Vision 2025 outcome of an Environmentally Conscious Community by ensuring that waste and used tires are properly stored, handled, and disposed to protect the public’s health. It is anticipated that Environmental Health will inspect 94% of all permitted facilities annually.


Performance Measure:






Percent of permitted facilities receiving an annual inspection





The appropriations and revenue are included in the Environmental Health’s tentatively Adopted FY 2010-11 Budget. The budgeted amount for the Used Tire Program is $100,000 for FY 2010-11. Appropriations and revenue for future years will be included in subsequent budgets. There is no Net County Cost associated with this program.