Friday Memo, County of Nevada

Veterans Day Events CORRECTION

The information on Veterans Day Events in today’s Friday Memo was incorrect; please find corrected information on this weekend's Veterans Day Events below. We apologize for any confusion.

A free Veterans Day breakfast will be held at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main Street in Grass Valley, from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 11th. The breakfast is free for veterans with their Veteran ID and children, and $5 for others.

A Veterans Day Ceremony on Saturday, November 11th, will be held at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Hall, 255 South Auburn Street in Grass Valley, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

An Annual Veterans Day pot lock lunch hosted by VFW Post 2655 will also be happening on Saturday, November 11th, for members and Veterans from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 415 North Pine Street in Nevada City.

To find services for a veteran in our community, please visit the
Nevada County Veterans Services website.

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Better Together: Steinburg Institute Tours Nevada County Behavioral Health

On Monday, November 6th, the Steinberg Institute visited Nevada County Behavioral Health as a part of their fall tour of mental health operations in rural California counties. The Steinberg Institute is a statewide organization dedicated to advancing sound public policy and inspiring leadership on issues of brain health. They have played a large role in legislation such as the "No Place like Home" Housing Initiative (AB1618), securing $2 billion for permanent supportive housing and services for homeless individuals living with serious mental illness, and Proposition 63, which imposes a 1 percent tax on personal income over $1 million and funds mental health services across California.

The tour included learning about three of the County's facilities that provide mental health services to our community: Crown Point, which houses our Behavioral and Public Health departments; Brighton Greens, which is a one-stop-shop for connecting with Social Services programs in Nevada County; and the Nevada County Behavioral Health Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU), which provides 24-hour urgent care for people in psychiatric crisis and takes the burden off hospital emergency rooms who are often less equipped to deal with psychiatric issues. The tour also included some of the County's mental health service provider partners including the Insight Respite Center and Turning Point Community Programs. 

"Nevada County serves as an outstanding model of Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) spending, amplified by an innovative blend of other revenue streams. Our thanks to this team whose professionalism and dedication are changing lives every day," says Maggie Merritt, Executive Director of the Steinberg Institute.

Nevada County Behavioral Health was one of nine planned tours of mental health programs in California rural counties. This visit was a first step for the Steinberg Institute to understand the needs and differences of smaller, rural counties as advocates for progressive mental health legislation.

Cal OES Wildfire Recovery Resources

Fire Clean-up Right of Entry Forms Due Today, Clean-up Starts Next Week

In partnership with CalRecycle and Cal OES, a free Fire Debris Removal Program will be provided to residents who lost or had damage to their homes during Nevada County's October Fires. In order for State services to be provided, property owners need to sign a Right of Entry (ROE) form agreeing to let CalRecycle enter and clean the property.

Nevada County Environmental Health has been collecting ROE forms since mid-October with a deadline of today, November 9th, to allow time for processing before CalRecycle starts clean-up on the properties next week on Monday, November 13th. Clean-up of properties is hoped to be completed by the end of the year. With a signed ROE, CalRecycle can access the property and remove all fire debris, including any structures and the foundation, so affected residents can rapidly rebuild with a safe, hazard-free lot. This program operates at no cost to the property owner.

If a property owner chooses not to participate in the Fire Debris Removal Program and instead chooses to clean the property on their own or through a private contractor, the Nevada County Development Agency has provided guidelines for the safe removal of all ash and burn debris. The guidelines state that the property will be cleaned at the property owners expense, cleaned to environmental and public health standards so that health and safety risks are adequately addressed for the community and the environment, requires documentation on the adequate clean-up and proper disposal of ash and debris, and requires a Demolition Permit from the Nevada County Building Department prior to any work. The County is also recommending that property owners complete all debris removal within 90 days of the fire event, by February 9th, 2018. If property owners require more time, the Nevada County Environmental Health Department will work with the property owners on a continuation on the suggested February 9th completion date.

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Board Passes Resolution Asking Caltrans to Re-evaluate HWY 174

On Tuesday's November 7th Board of Supervisors Meeting, the Board adopted a Resolution requesting that Caltrans re-evaluates its proposed Safety Improvement Project on Highway 174. Both Caltrans and Save Highway 174, a community group concerned with Caltrans' proposed safety improvements, spoke to the Board about the project at the October 24th Board Meeting, resulting in the creation and adoption of the November 7th Resolution. The Highway 174 Safety Improvement Project will realign several curves, widen shoulders, widen the Clear Recovery Zone (CRZ) from Maple Way to You Bet Road, and add a southbound left-turn pocket at Greenhorn Access Road intersection. Caltrans is applying an adaptive solution that proposes the removal of approximately 1,700 trees, will require 20 feet of clearance from the edge of the road, and will impact 49 parcels in the area.

Moving forward, the Board also directed County staff to start researching and identifying what the necessary steps would be to designate Highway 174 as a State Scenic Highway in order to inform the Board of the pros and cons, and potential impacts of a designation. The Board is not currently taking any action towards designating Highway 174 as a State Scenic Highway at this time, but rather starting the preliminary stages of research into what a designation would take and what its implications would be.

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Voter's Choice Act

The Nevada County Elections Department would like to announce the public review of the Draft Elections Administration Plan (EAP) for the Voter’s Choice Act (SB450), on November 14th, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Chambers located at 950 Maidu Ave. in Nevada City. The Draft EAP is currently available to review and provide input on by visiting the Nevada County Elections website. All interested members of the public are encouraged to attend.

The Voter’s Choice Act is a model for future elections that increases convenience, modernization and flexibility for Nevada County’s registered voters. All registered voters will receive a ballot in the mail, which can be returned via mail, drop box or the voter may vote in person at a Vote Center.

For more information please contact the Nevada County Registrar of Voters at (530) 265-1298.

Truckee Library

Truckee Library Open House

The Nevada County Community Library is hosting a Truckee Library Open House to show the community their new, open look! Stop by the Truckee Library, 10031 Levon Avenue in Truckee, on Friday, November 17th, from  3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Bring your ideas of how we can make the library work for you, play with our new technology lending library and the Library's new Virtual Reality program, hear about upcoming projects, enjoy some refreshments, and join our movement: building the library of today as the foundation of the library for the future!

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