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Office of Emergency Services Announces New Hires and Grant Applications

In the continued spirit of Ready Nevada County, Office of Emergency Services (OES) expands capacity with new hires and aligns with key stakeholders to create initiatives ranging from Arts & Education to Senior Services to County Road fuel reduction treatments.

United States Air Force Major Paul Cummings was recently announced as the new OES Program Manager responsible for overall OES programming. Lieutenant Bob Jakobs, a Nevada County Sheriff's deputy with experience leading the SWAT and dive teams, will work on evacuation planning and will be responsible for training, guiding and equipping the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) and its personnel.

The Office of Emergency Services also recently submitted seven fire prevention grants that, if awarded, total nearly $8 million in additional funding for wildfire preparedness and prevention programs and partnerships. 

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Waitlist Open for Housing Choice Vouchers

Regional Housing Authority announced that the Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly known as Section 8 Voucher Program) waitlist is currently open. 

If you are low income, family or individual, this is an opportunity to potentially help secure a voucher that would provide ongoing rental assistance. More information is available on Regional Housing Authority's website.

Applying for any open waitlists online is a FREE, quick, easy and secure way to submit an application. After landing on this page select "applicant login" in the top right corner to register and complete the forms online.

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Nevada County Supervisors attend 2019 Annual CSAC Conference

The first week of December, Nevada County Supervisors Heidi Hall, Ed Scofield and Susan Hoek attended the 2019 Annual California State Association of Counties (CSAC) Conference in San Francisco, California. CSAC holds its annual conference every year to provide summary reports on current state legislation and major priority issues, as well as to elect its annual officers.

One of the biggest topics addressed at the conference included the impacts of the Public Safety Power Shutoff’s that have so severely impacted much of California and Nevada County.

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District III Supervisor Dan Miller elected 2nd Vice-Chair of RCR

On Wednesday December 11, 2019, District III Supervisor Dan Miller was elected as the 2nd Vice-Chair of the Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC). Supervisor Miller has been the County’s representative on RCRC since 2017 and most recently serves on the RCRC Homeowner’s Insurance Subcommittee that was formed to examine the growing homeowner’s insurance crisis in California and is tasked with developing a set of recommendations to address the issue. 

In his role as 2nd Vice-Chair Supervisor Miller will be attending and assisting in leading RCRC Executive Committee meetings where he will have the opportunity of setting RCRC policy priorities.

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Economic Development Survey

Economic Development means different things to different people. From CEOs to first time job seekers, telecommuters to retail workers, new small businesses to seasoned professionals, we are all part of the economy and County Sfaff welcomes your valuable insight.

The Nevada County Board of Supervisors sets its annual Priority Objectives each year during its workshop in January. The County's 2019 Priority Objectives include supporting job-enhancing economic development with an emphasis on infrastructure that expands or preserves commerce and provides leadership and coordination opportunities to bring funding sources and community partnerships

Please take 3-5 minutes to complete this short survey and share with those who are invested in the success of Nevada County!

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December 17th Board Meeting Preview

Board of Supervisors regular meetings take place every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Unless otherwise noted, at the beginning of each meeting, the public can address the Board on items that don't appear on the agenda but are of public interest and are within the jurisdiction of the Board. Tuesday's December 17th special meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Board Chambers at the Eric Rood Administrative Center in Nevada City.

First, the Board will consider a resolution approving a contract between the County of Nevada and M. Arthur Gensler Jr. & Associates, Inc., for architectural design services at the Nevada County Truckee Library for the Truckee Library Remodel Project located at 10031 Levone Avenue, Truckee, CA.

At 10:30 a.m. There will be a public Community Forum, pursuant to The Truth Act, to provide information to the public about Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) access to individuals, and to receive and consider public comment.

The Board will then consider acceptance of the presentation and report on the Nevada County Recreation and Park Services: Evaluation of Governance Alternatives by Economic & Planning Systems, Inc., and direction to staff to form and facilitate a community coalition.

Meeting Agenda 

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Gain Access to VA Benefits Quickly After Discharge 

Did you know that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers two programs, including "Benefits Delivery at Discharge" and "Quick Start" to assist Nevada County Veterans receive disability benefits much faster than usual after discharge from service? Now veterans can gain access to the benefit services they've earned, much quicker than ever before, and your local Veterans Service Office can help.

The Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD) program allows a service member to file a VA disability claim while still on active duty and without the completed DD-214 paperwork. The Quick Start program allows a service member to file a disability claim for compensation up to 59 days prior to separation from military service, retirement or release from active duty or demobilization.

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Nevada County Staff Recieve CSAC Credentials

Our Human Resources Director, Steven Rose, and Board Analyst, Jeffrey Thorsby accepted their California State Association of Counties (CSAC) Institute Credentials at CSAC's annual conference.

Nevada County has one of the highest numbers of credentialed staff of California's 58 counties. Thank you CSAC for providing a program to expand capacity and capability of county staff to continuously improve the services we provide to the public!

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Deputy Purchasing Agent Receives Procurement Certification

Desiree Belding, Nevada County's Deputy Purchasing Agent, received her Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) Certification. Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) Certifications reflect established standards and competencies for those engaged in government procurement and attest to the procurement professional’s ability to obtain maximum value for the taxpayer’s dollar.

The CPPO Certification identifies standards for practice, recognizes those who meet the standard and through re-certification requires certified individuals to continue to meet standards as they evolve through ongoing professional development activities.

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Happy Holidays from Gold Country Stage

Transit Free Fare Days: 12 Days of Christmas

As a special holiday gift Gold Country Stage riders, Nevada County Transit will provide free fares on all routes starting December 17th through December 31st, excluding December 25th because of the Christmas Day holiday. Gold Country Stage will be operating normal schedules and times on all routes with free fares for all.

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Victorian Christmas Open House at the Doris Foley Library

The Doris Foley Library for Historical Research welcomes the public to attend an Open House with the Native Daughters of the Golden West on Wednesday, December 18th, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Members of Grass Valley's Manzanita Parlor No. 29 will be on hand to talk about the group's contributions to historical preservation and the Native Daughters of the Golden West yearbooks, part of the Foley's permanent collection of reference materials pertaining to local history and genealogy, will be available for browsing.

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Library Celebrates Local Cornish History

The Nevada County Community Library is celebrating the rich Cornish history of Nevada County. On Friday, December 13th, the library will have a pop-up at Cornish Christmas in Grass Valley featuring books on local Cornish history and December holidays. On Friday, December 20th at 2:00 p.m., stop by the Madelyn Helling Library for a celebration of our local Cornish Choir. 

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We're Hiring

Job Openings at Nevada County: Behavioral Health Nurse

Nevada County employs approximately 800 employees covering a full range of services and positions, from accountants to wastewater treatment system operators. In Nevada County, quality of life comes first. It is the only rural California county with two designated Cultural Arts Districts and is known for its abundance of outdoor recreational activities.

Nevada County Behavioral Health Department is looking for a Limited-Term Behavioral Health Nurse I or II or a Registered Nurse I or II to work as part of a clinical team that includes a supervisor, psychiatrist, case manager, therapist, and another nurse. This person provides support for medication refills, nursing assessments, assisting psychiatrists in daily duties, and coordinating services within the clinical team as well as with primary care and other agencies. Behavioral Health has a friendly, nurturing work environment and enjoy the privilege of serving individuals with serious mental illness.

Find out more information about this position online. Have a question? Contact Human Resources by calling (530) 265-7010 and selecting option 2.

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