Friday Memo, County of Nevada
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SB1: Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Program

Earlier this year, the Legislature passed and the Governor signed Senate Bill 1 (SB1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, which will soon begin funding critical projects in Nevada County to maintain and improve local roads.  With SB1 funding, Nevada County Public Works has the following road safety projects planned:

  • 2017/2018 Microsurface - $980,000
  • 2018/2019 Overlay - $2.71 M
  • 2019/2020 Overlay - $2.74 M
  • 2020/2021 Overlay - $3.05 M

The full list of projects is available on Nevada County's website. Specifically, refer to the "Nevada County Board of Supervisors Meeting Agenda, December 12, 2017" Item SR 17-0883, page 10 titled "Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Program" of the proposed "Capital Improvement Program, 2018 Annual Update".   This list was compiled as part of the transparency and accountability measures required by SB1.

Local governments will track SB1 dollars and report to the Legislature and public how they are being used to ensure they are improving our existing infrastructure with a focus on the community's priorities.  The "Rebuilding California – Senate Bill 1" website has been created to provide this information to the public.

Maintaining and improving our roads will make them safer for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists, and, in the long run, could even reduce the overall cost of driving.  Nevada County Public Works is looking forward to the projects ahead, putting people to work to improve the roads we use every day!

If you have any questions, please contact the Nevada County Department of Public Works at (530) 265-1411.

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County Staff Recognized for Completion of CSAC Fellows and Senior Executive Credentials

Twelve Nevada County employees were recognized for completing California State Association of Counties (CSAC) Institute's Executive Credential program and the Fellows program.

"The Fellows and Senior Executive Credentials are a remarkable achievement and investment in the future success of Nevada County's leaders.  Congratulations to each of the leaders that have fulfilled this commitment while continuing to provide outstanding services to your community.  The CSAC Institute is the national model for county-specific leadership and policy-based training, and Nevada County and its talented workforce have paved the way since the first CSAC Institute courses in 2009.  CSAC and the California Counties Foundation are thrilled to have such a strong partnership with Nevada County, including CEO Rick Haffey as a longtime Board member of our Foundation," says Graham Knaus, CSAC Deputy Executive Director. 

CSAC Institute's Executive Credential program provides recognition of the enhancement of leadership practices and knowledge capacity, increasing County staff's ability to better address the complex challenges of counties today. Congratulations to the following County employees for their completion of the Executive Credential program:

  • Jennifer Burns, Child Support Services
  • Josie Garcia, Child Support Services
  • Alicia Smith, Eligibility
  • Donna Somers, Auditor-Controller
  • Brittany Tassone, Health and Human Services
  • Trisha Tillotson, Public Works
  • Leslie Woodman, Code Compliance
  • Jason Jones, Information and General Services
  • Sue Piscatella, Child Support Services

CSAC Institute's Fellows program provides credentialed executives with an advanced engagement in their continuing education. Fellows complete additional courses, participate in the unique Fellows Seminar, and share their expertise as a a sounding Board for the Institute. Congratulations to the following employees for their completion of the Fellows programs and their commitment to continuing education and excellence in County government:

  • Mali Dyck, County Executive Office
  • Mike Dent, Department of Social Services
  • Tyler Barrington, Planning Department

Property Taxes Due December 11th

Tina M. Vernon, Nevada County Treasurer and Tax Collector, reminds property owners that the 1st installment of the 2017-2018 secured tax bill is due postmarked no later than Monday, December 11th, due to the usual 10th deadline falling on a Sunday. Payments can be made in person at our office or through the drop box up until 5:00 p.m. on December 11th.

Payments made through the mail must have a December 11th postmark to be considered timely. If mailing close to this date, please get a hand-stamped postmark to avoid any chance of penalty. Online payments can also be made up until 11:59 p.m. on December 11th through our website. We offer payment by Credit/Debit Card or by e-check. Credit/Debit card transactions online incur a 2.4% fee while e-checks are $0.50 (comparable to a postage stamp). Payments not received timely will incur a 10% penalty. If you own property in Nevada County and have not received a tax bill, a copy may be printed from the Nevada County Tax Collector’s website.

The Tax Collector's office is located on the 2nd floor at 950 Maidu Avenue in Nevada City. The mailing address is P.O. Box 128, Nevada City, CA 95959-0128 and the phone number is (530) 265- 1285. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays.

An outside Drive-up Drop Box is available at the Rood Government Center, please look and follow signage for easiest access. 

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Re-Opening of Bost House

Nevada County Behavioral Health and Community Recovery Resources celebrated the grand re-opening of the Lovett Recovery Center at the Historic Bost House, a 24-hour residential substance use treatment facility in Nevada City on 145 Bost Avenue.

The Bost House has a long history of operating as a substance use residential treatment facility. The nine-bedroom, three story farmhouse was built in the late 19th century by pioneer John Bost, who immigrated to California from Bavaria in 1848. In 1987, the Nevada County Council on Alcoholism purchased the house from the Bost family to provide treatment services. A few years later the home was purchased by Nevada County, and continues to serve as a residential substance use treatment facility.

In 2016, the County temporarily closed the doors to use $468,000 of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to allow a major renovation of the Bost House. At that time, a Request for Proposal was issued to seek qualified applications from experienced substance use treatment providers in California to lease the facility and provide residential substance use treatment and withdrawal management services once the renovation was completed. Community Recovery Resources, a local provider with more than 20 years of experience in the field of substance use treatment, was awarded the contract after a careful selection process.

Today, Nevada County and Community Recovery Resources celebrated the re-opening of the Bost House which will provide treatment for up nineteen adult men and women.  The program that Community Recovery Resources will offer will focus on safe withdrawal, stabilizing health, building life skills, and connection to resources, including housing, employment and medical care.

Lobo and McCourtney Fire Recovery: Clean-up and Assistance Updates

The Nevada County Office of Emergency Services continues to coordinate fire recovery efforts with non-profit, state and federal partners for debris clean-up and assistance efforts.

Debris Clean-up:

Nevada County has almost forty properties who have signed Right of Entry (ROE) forms to participate in the State's debris removal clean-up. CalRecycle has contracted with Teichert Construction for the clean-up of fire damaged properties in Nevada County. Teichert currently has five task force teams working to clean-up these sites as quickly as possible. So far, approximately fifteen sites have been cleaned of debris with twenty properties remaining. As a part of the clean-up, soil samples have been collected to ensure the environmental health safety of the property. Due to the large volume of devastation that the October wildfires caused, large numbers of soil samples are coming in from all affected counties creating a backlog of soils to test. Staff is hoping to start seeing some test results next week, but is asking for the patience of homeowners.

Upcoming Federal Assistance Deadlines:

Monday, December 11th, is the last day to apply for disaster assistance through FEMA's Individual Assistance program. Individual Assistance can provide financial assistance for temporary housing or lodging reimbursement, necessary home repairs, housing construction, and other disaster-caused needs on a case-by-case basis. Residents who were affected by the Lobo and McCourtney fires can apply online at, or over the phone by calling 1(800) 621-3362.

Monday, December 11th,  is also the last day to apply for a low-interest disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA can provide low-interest, long-term disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters to repair or replace uninsured or under-insured disaster damaged property. Find more information on SBA's The Three Step Process: Disaster Loans guide.

Call 211 for Local Assistance:

211 Connecting Point is 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.

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Phebe Bell Awarded Partner of the Year

Phebe Bell, the Program Manager of Nevada County Health and Human Services for the Truckee area, has been awarded Partner of the Year by the Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee to recognize her outstanding leadership in collaboration across our region. Phebe has worked in the Tahoe-Truckee area for over 20 years and has been a Program Manager with Nevada County for four years.

"Phebe has been a long time visionary and advocate for children and family services in the region. Her innovative approaches to long standing community challenges has resulted in tangible outcomes for countless community members and she is a tremendous asset to our community," says Alison Schwedner, Director of the Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee.

The Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee, a program of the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation,  is comprised of over 45 health, education and social service agencies that work together to address the fundamental needs of children, families and all community members in the Tahoe Truckee region.

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Clerk of the Board Receives Certification Designation

Julie Patterson Hunter, Nevada County Clerk of the Board, was honored by the California Clerk of the Board of Supervisors Association (CCBSA) with the designation of Certified Clerk of the Board (CCB).

The mission of the CCBSA is to provide a professional network of shared resources to further the collective goal of excellence in public service. The CCB program was created to recognize those Clerks of the Board who have achieved a level of professionalism and leadership among the Clerks of the Board throughout the State. The CCB award is granted after an applicant has met specific requirements in education, experience, professional participation and contribution to the CCBSA.

Julie has taken every opportunity to attend training related to the position of Clerk of the Board, along with training related to management and leadership, since she started in the Board of Supervisors and Clerk of the Board office in 2004. After thirteen years of service in the Nevada County Clerk of the Board's office, and her commitment to continued education and the CCBSA and its mission, she has completed a long-time goal to earn the difficult and prestigious honor of Certified Clerk of the Board.

"I have such a respect for my fellow Clerks throughout the State of California and am honored to have achieved certification through CCBSA. I plan to continue learning and growing in the position of Clerk of the Board of Nevada County," says Julie.

Julie has set a new standard for future Nevada County clerks, as she is the first Nevada County Clerk of the Board to receive CCBSA certification. 

The Snack Shack: A Small Program That Makes a Huge Difference

The Snack Shack vocational program, a collaborative effort between Nevada County Behavioral Health and National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), has been active since 1995 and has made a difference in the lives of over 150 volunteer participants since its inception. The program opened with the goal of teaching vocational and socialization skills, reducing isolation and improving self-confidence through volunteering at The Snack Shack.

The Snack Shack is a place where consumers and staff can buy snacks (chips, crackers, granola bars, etc.), sodas, and a few lunch items (sandwiches, salads, burritos). The Snack Shack, which is located at Crown Point Circle building, expanded to the Brighton Greens complex this year. All profits from the Snack Shack are returned to the volunteers as gift cards, food certificates, or providing a monthly luncheon at a community restaurants. We look forward to many more clients joining the program on their journey to recovery.

Over the years, some of the volunteers have expressed their appreciation of belonging to a special group of people where they have felt accepted and been able to socialize together, saying, “I feel comfortable with the group; I am less anxious and can go out in public to eat,” or “for the first time in 18 years, I am a tax paying citizen and part of the community!” For others, it has been the accountability and having something to do or the pride of learning job skills. Some of the volunteers in the program have become Peer Managers where they have learned in-depth the tasks of running a small business. The comments from participants express the importance of this valuable program, saying things like,“Snack Shack has been a large part of my recovery,” and “if it wasn’t for my Snack Shack shift, there are many days I would not have gotten out of bed”. Behavioral Health looks forward to many more clients joining the program on their journey to recovery.

For more information about the program please contact Darryl Quinn at (530) 470-2559 or email him at

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Hoopla Now Available with Your Nevada County Community Library Card

The Nevada County Community Library launched hoopla, a digital resource that allows our patrons access to thousands of movies, music albums, eBooks, eAudiobooks, TV episodes, comics and graphic novels.  Items that are borrowed can be streamed on a computer or mobile device, or downloaded temporarily to use offline through a new partnership with The content allows simultaneous use, meaning that patrons won't have to put items on hold/request and wait for them to be available.

By increasing our online offerings, the Library is able to provide greater service to our community and a new way for library cardholders to engage with the Library's digital resources.  Similar to checking out other library items, library cardholders can borrow up to 5 items per month.  eAudiobooks and eBooks can be borrowed for 21 days, eMusic Titles for 7 days, and eVideos (Movies and TV Shows) for 3 days.  To get set up and registered, or find out more information, visit the library website and try it out today!

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