Friday Memo, County of Nevada
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Winter Driving Conditions Ahead

Caltrans District 3 is alerting motorists traveling over the Donner or Echo Summits Friday and Saturday, November 3rd and 4th, to be prepared for travel delays. The first of a series of winter storms, including high winds, is predicted to arrive Friday evening and continue through Saturday, resulting in winter driving conditions. A second, less intense storm is predicted to arrive Sunday evening and last into Monday morning.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Sierras and eastern Sacramento Valley. Snow accumulations of one to two feet are predicted for summit passes. Chain controls on Interstate 80 over Donner Summit and on U.S. Highway 50 over Echo Summit should be anticipated. High winds may create white-out, low visibility conditions over the summits. Heavy rains in valley and foothill areas will result in wet, slippery surfaces and potential roadway flooding.

Caltrans' snow removal crews will be working throughout the storm on summit passes and impacted Caltrans roadways. Caltrans permitted and trained chain installers on I-80 can be identified by a reflective sign with their bib number. Valley area crews will be monitoring roadway drainage systems and motorists are advised that detours resulting from flooded roadways should be anticipated.

Severe weather may slow motorists, resulting in roadway congestion. Wet and slippery roadways reduce tire traction, especially at high vehicle speeds. Hydroplaning can result in loss of driver control. Motorists are encouraged to slow down and observe Caltrans' winter driving tips.

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Call 211 to Connect with or Offer Disaster Relief Services

Nevada County Emergency Operations Center (EOC), local organizations, churches, and businesses are making a coordinated effort to provide assistance for residents affected by the Lobo and McCourtney fires.211 Connecting Point will be the point of contact for all Lobo and McCourtney fire-related community services. 211 can connect affected residents to available services, and collect information from local organizations, churches, or businesses who are offering fire relief services.

Residents who have been impacted by the recent fires and want to connect with local services are encouraged to dial 211. Available services include gift cards and vouchers for local grocery and shopping stores for clothing, furniture, and school supplies; clothing available for no cost; tree removal; transportation; and other requested needs. Residents who need additional monetary support are encouraged to fill out an application for the Nevada County Community Disaster Response Fund and return to or at the Grass Valley Police Department.

Local organizations, churches, or businesses who want to provide assistance or services to affected residents are encouraged to dial 211 and work with 211 Connecting Point. 211 will create a database with information on the services and assistance available, and how to connect residents-in-need to those services.

Property Value Transfers for Fire Damaged Properties

Nevada County property owners whose properties were destroyed or sustained damage equal to more than 50% of the fair market value of their property from the recent fires are eligible to transfer their base year value to a replacement property in Nevada County within 5 years of the date of damage of their property.  Calamity base year transfer applications are available at the Nevada County Assessor's Office or on-line at on the Calamity Reassessment, Property Tax Deferral & Rebuilding Options Assessor's web page and then clicking on the Claim For Intracounty Transfer of Base Year Value form.

If an owner wishes to transfer their base year value to a different county, only the following counties will accept base year transfers from damaged Nevada County properties:  Contra Costa, Los Angeles, Modoc, Orange, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma, Sutter and Ventura.

Please contact the Assessor's Office at (530) 265-1232 or by email at for additional information regarding this option for those home owners whose properties were significantly damaged or destroyed in the recent fires.

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Building Permit Outpost is Open Starting November 16th

After months of planning and coordination, the Nevada County Building Department will be opening a Building Permit Outpost at the Nevada County Contractors Association to deliver added services and develop solid connections with public and the local building industry. 

The Building Permit Outpost is located within the Nevada County Contractors Association at 149 Crown Point Ct, Grass Valley.  Building Department Staff will be onsite Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Available services will include application submittals, over-the-counter permits, project resubmittals, fees estimates and general building permit and plan check questions.  

A self-service kiosk will also be open during business hours for online services such as digital application submittals, scheduling building inspections, checking status of plan check, completing property research, and accessing resources on the County webpage.

If you have any questions about the Building Permit Outpost and the services that will be provided, please contact the Building Department at (530) 265-1222 or by email at

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mPOWER September Report

The mPOWER program (Money for Property Owner Water and Energy Efficiency Retrofitting) has financed $813,060 and approved $1.29 million in project costs since it opened in Nevada County late November 2016. The program has received a total of 60 applications to date, an increase of 17 applications in Nevada County since June, with 52 residential applications and 8 commercial applications.  This September, Nevada County had its first commercial project funded to install a solar photovoltaic system (PV). The program has created an estimated 16 construction jobs; two thirds for solar PV improvements with the other 30% from energy efficiency improvements to HVAC systems, windows or doors, insulation, roofs, or stoves.

Energy efficiency improvements that qualify for the mPOWER program may include a new furnace and air conditioner, energy efficient windows, or even a solar photovoltaic system. Water conservation improvements can also be financed with mPOWER and include measures like on-demand hot water heaters, smart irrigation controllers and high-efficiency toilets. mPOWER can finance up to 100% of the project costs with a fixed-interest rate and terms up to 20 years for many improvements. For applications and more information about mPOWER and PACE financing, visit the mPOWER webpage or call (866) 396-7693.

You can find more detailed information on mPOWER in Nevada County in mPOWER's September Report.

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CDPH's New “Let’s Talk Cannabis” Web Page Launched

Recently the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) launched its health information and education campaign about what is legal in California and the potential impacts of cannabis use. "CDPH engaged in extensive conversations with stakeholders in California and partners in other states with legalized cannabis to target the most vulnerable populations and apply their lessons learned," said CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. "We are committed to providing Californians with science-based information to ensure safe and informed choices." CDPH has and will continue to incorporate the latest data available into public messages to increase awareness about how cannabis affects bodies, minds and health. 

On CDPH's website, individuals can find information about legal, safe and responsible use, and health information for youth, pregnant and breastfeeding women, parents and mentors, and health care providers. CDPH produced fact sheets with safe storage tips and the important things Californians need to know about purchasing and possessing cannabis for personal use. An educational digital toolkit for local governments and community organizations will be available in the future.

For additional information, visit the Let's Talk Cannabis webpage.

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Cannabis Conversation: November 7th CAG Meeting Agenda

The Cannabis Regulation Community Advisory Group (CAG) has met eight times since late May with an additional ninth meeting scheduled for Tuesday, November 7th, from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Foothill Events Center at 400 Idaho Maryland Road in Grass Valley.  Tuesday's meeting will finish discussions of general directions and initial recommendations for the Board on the revised cannabis ordinance. An agenda for the meeting is published on the Cannabis Conversation website.

Community members are welcome to attend the meetings in person where the CAG hears public comment.  Alternatively, all meetings are available to watch online, both archived and live stream on the Cannabis Conversation website and written comments can be submitted via email to All written comments submitted within 48 hours of each meeting are included in the meeting summary and distributed to the CAG members for review and consideration. Commenters are not required to identify themselves, per the Brown Act, and all published comments are redacted to remove personal identity.  Meeting materials and related documents are available to the public on the Cannabis Conversations website.

The Cannabis Regulation Community Advisory Group (CAG) was formed by the Board of Supervisors to advise the Board on the development of a permanent Cannabis Ordinance for Nevada County.  This inclusive process will take into account the input of all community stakeholders. Nevada County has contracted MIG as a consultant during this process. MIG is providing facilitation services for the Cannabis Regulation Community Advisory Group to ensure a fair and equitable process while advising and drafting a new Cannabis Ordinance.

Please visit the Cannabis Conversation webpage for up-to-date information.

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Expanded Hours at your Nevada County Libraries

The Nevada County Community Libraries will expand hours of operation beginning Monday, November 6th, to better meet the needs of library patrons throughout our community.  The change in open hours is based on public feedback from a recent survey and patterns of library use. 

The Madelyn Helling Library and Truckee Library will  open at 10:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday.   In addition, Truckee will  expand Saturday hours to 3:00 p.m.  Grass Valley Library will offer later closing hours;  Tuesday and Wednesdays until 7:00 p.m., Thursday and Friday until 6:00 p.m., and Saturdays until 5:00 p.m. Bear River Library hours will remain the same, but has changed operating days to Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.   Penn Valley Library has expanded service Tuesday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and  Saturdays 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For specific hours, go to visit the Nevada County Library's website.

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