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Supes dealing with solar help, medical pot dispensary ban, new district aid pacts

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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Help is moving closer from Placer County’s Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office for homeowners searching for a loan to pay for a greener home. County Treasurer Jenine Windeshausen provided a progress report Tuesday on a new mPOWER program her office is close to starting up that will provide loans backed by $33 million in county treasury reserves. Programs are already underway in several California jurisdictions. Under Placer County’s plan, a loan would be repaid on everything from new heating and cooling systems to solar power in installments attached to property tax bills. In separate actions, county supervisors voted to approve a consultant services contract and hire a program manager. Tax Sale Services of California will be paid no more than $225,000 to do public records and title searches as part of the approval process for loans. Patricia Cole, who worked 18 years with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, was hired for a $68,000 professional services contract. In other board business: - New agreements were approved for three district aides. Kirk Uhler’s District 4 aide Brian Jagger was re-hired at $33.96 an hour plus benefits. Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery’s District 5 aides Steve Kastan and Pat Malberg were re-hired at $30.05 an hour plus benefits. - Troy Held, director of Child Support Services, was awarded a 5 percent merit increase. The approval process wasn’t unanimous. Montgomery voted against it and Uhler, whose wife was hired this summer by Held, recused himself from the vote and discussion. - The Planning Department outlined its own plans for work over the next year, including a ban on medical marijuana collectives and dispensaries in Placer County. The proposed ordinance is expected to go before the Planning Commission on Thursday.