The San Benito County Council of Governments is set to meet at 3 p.m. Thursday at the San Benito County Administration Building, 481 Fourth St., to consider the following:
Construction Projects Report:
The COG board will receive an update on a variety of construction projects planned for Highways 101, 25 and 156. See the project update outline below:
Apply for state ‘Good Repair’ program funds
According to the COG agenda: With the signing of Senate Bill 1, many new funding sources were established including the State of Good Repair (SGR) Program for transit operators to fund eligible transit maintenance, rehabilitation and capital projects. Distributed through the use of the State Transit Assistance formulas, COG, as the Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA), and the Local Transportation Authority (LTA), as the transit operator, are eligible to receive a total of $76,845 for fiscal year 2018-19. Allocation requests were due to Caltrans August 31, 2018.
Opposition to Prop. 6
The COG board will consider a formal resolution in opposition to Proposition 6, which would repeal Senate Bill 1. Senate Bill 1 taxes drivers 12 cents per gallon for regular gas and 20 cents for diesel fuel, and raised registration fees. The funds are used for road repairs.
Update on Measure G tax proposal
According to the agenda, staff continues to provide information-only presentations to the community at the request of community groups. Measure G, a 1 percent countywide sales tax proposal for the next 30 years, is applicable in the incorporated and unincorporated territory of San Benito County, and will provide funds to repair potholes; improve and maintain local roads; widen Highway 25 to relieve traffic congestion and improve safety; improve pedestrian and bicycle safety; provide mobility, bus, and paratransit services for seniors, people with disabilities, and youth; and qualify for state and federal matching funds.
The COG board is made up of locally elected officials who include Supervisors Jaime De La Cruz and Anthony Botelho; San Juan Councilman Tony Boch; Hollister Mayor Ignacio Velazquez; and Hollister Councilman Jim Gillio.