Friday Memo, County of Nevada

Animal Shelter Services Contract

In December, a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Nevada County's animal shelter contract was opened to the public by the Nevada County Sheriff's Office – Animal Control. For the last ten years, Sammie's Friends, a local non-profit, has held the Animal Shelter contract and since then has made significant strides in reducing the kill rate for Nevada County's Animal Shelter.
As a government agency, Nevada County utilizes a competitive process to select contracted services providers for a variety of community services.  As a best practice, the County usually reassesses contracts at least every five years to allow qualified organizations to compete to deliver county services and to ensure the County, and Nevada County’s tax payers, are getting the best price as well as the best possible service.
The animal shelter operation is the responsibility of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office – Animal Control.  As such, the Sheriff’s Office worked with our Purchasing Agent to issue a RFP and to evaluate the proposal responses. During any County RFP process, Nevada County's Purchasing Agent assists as the facilitator to administer a fair and competitive process.
Purchasing helps departments craft RFP's to solicit proposals from the public, and facilitates the process. The RFP process for animal shelter services included written proposals and hour long interviews with the two applicants, Sammie's Friends and Placer County. Both the written proposals and the interviews are rated by a panel selected by the Sheriff's Office, as is customary in the RFP process.
Members of the panel for the animal shelter RFP represented both internal County staff and regional subject matter experts. All members of the panel are held to a confidentiality agreement where they are not able to share their opinions of the written proposals or the interviews. Panelists scored both the written and interview proposals independently, and their ratings were sent directly to the Purchasing Agent. Purchasing then takes each panelists ratings and calculates the final scoring result.
Earlier this week, both Sammie's Friends and Placer County we're notified of the results of panel ratings. Sammie's Friends applied to provide intake, animal husbandry, and animal adoption for the Nevada County Sheriff's Office - Animal Control, whereas Placer County applied to provide animal husbandry, and animal adoption services. As a result of the interview process, Placer County ranked higher overall by the panel for providing animal husbandry and animal adoption services, and was sent a Notice of Intent to Award for those two components of the contract. Sammie's Friends was provided a Notice of Regret, although an additional opportunity was extended to apply for individual service components, such as intake, that Sammie's Friends declined.

Since the Notice of Intent was sent out to Sammie's Friends, both the Nevada County Sheriff's Office and the Board of Supervisors Office have received community feedback in support of Sammie's Friends. Moving forward, the Nevada County Sheriff's Office will be responsible for negotiating and recommending a contract agreement to the Board of Supervisors during a Board meeting. Although this is not scheduled for a Board of Supervisors meeting yet, residents are encouraged to sign-up for agenda alerts to receive the Board of Supervisors agendas the Thursday before the Board’s bi-weekly Tuesday meetings.

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Nevada County SB 1 Projects Approved

Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, was passed by the Legislature and signed into law by the Governor in April 2017 to address significant transportation funding shortfalls statewide. SB 1 includes accountability and transparency provisions that will ensure the residents of Nevada County are aware of the projects proposed for funding in our community and which projects have been completed each fiscal year.

On Tuesday, April 10th,the Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution approving an annual list of projects scheduled to receive funding in Fiscal Year 2018/19 from the SB 1 Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Account (RMRA). Overall, Nevada County is scheduled to receive an estimated $2,750,785 in RMRA funding in Fiscal Year 2018/19. Projects utilizing this funding includes a 2019 Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation project and culvert improvements on Rough and Ready Highway at Squirrel Creek.

The 2019 road maintenance and rehabilitation plan will resurface or repave roads throughout Nevada County. Roads are selected and prioritized based on the County's Pavement Management System  to ensure revenues are being used on the most high-priority and cost-effective projects that also meet the communities priorities for transportation investment. The 2019 project is part a comprehensive 5-year road maintenance and rehabilitation program, adopted annually by the Board of Supervisors and accounted for in the County's Capital Improvement Program (CIP). Roads proposed for improvements in 2019 include Boulder Street, East Lime Kiln Road, Alta Sierra Drive, Duggans Road, and Combie Road. Work is expected to begin in late spring 2019 at a cost of about $1.95 million dollars.

The Rough and Ready Highway at Squirrel Creek culvert project proposes to repair or replace a damaged 14-foot diameter culvert located near the intersection of Rex Reservoir Road and just south of Rough and Ready. The existing corrugated metal pipe culvert has been compromised in recent years, as water from Squirrel Creek has undermined soil below the large culvert. In addition, portions of the pipe's bottom has eroded away, creating additional concerns with water infiltration into the soil supporting the culvert and roadway above. As a result the culvert has begun to deform, causing portions of Rough and Ready Highway above the culvert to drop in elevation. The project will design and construct improvements at this location. Work is scheduled for spring 2019 at a cost of about $800,000.

Local governments will track SB1 dollars and report to the Legislature and public about 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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April 24th Board of Supervisors Meeting Preview

Board of Supervisors meetings take place every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. At the beginning of each meeting, the public can address the Board on items not appearing on the agenda, but are of public interest and are within the jurisdiction of the Board.

At Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board will award a Certificate of Recognition to Ms. Sandra "Jake" Jacobson for her dedicated service and extensive work as Executive Director of the non-profit Gold Country Community Services. Afterwards, public comment will be heard for items not appearing on the agenda.

The Board will also hear about the County's upcoming Operation Center Project on La Barr Meadows Road in Grass Valley. The Board will consider entering into a contract for construction management services for this project. Re-located at the center will be the Public Works Corporation Yard, Fleet Services and Transit Services.

Afterwards, County Counsel will be bringing forward a contract for Board approval in response to the Country’s opioid crisis, and Nevada County's Public Health Officer, Dr. Kenneth Cutler, will provide a presentation on how the crisis directly affects our County.

View the meeting agenda or watch Tuesday's Board meeting live or archived online from our website.

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Get Unplugged During Screen-Free Week!

Get ready to unplug! Nevada County is celebrating its first Screen-Free Week, April 30th to May 6th. Join Nevada County Public Health, UC CalFresh, Nevada County Libraries, Bear Yuba Land Trust, NEO, and Sierra Harvest in this national campaign.

Screen-Free Week is a national effort for kids to cut back on the use of electronic devices. As part of this effort, local schools and organizations will be encouraging students and families to unplug from electronic devices for the week and explore other things to do together.

"We know too much screen time can adversely affect kids' development and behavior," said Public Health Department Director, Jill Blake. "Overdoing it can reduce the amount of sleep your child receives, increase their risk for obesity later in life, and, in young children, negatively affect brain development.  Screen-Free Week is a chance for families to unplug and experience other ways to occupy ourselves."

In 1971, the average age children started watching TV was 4 years old. Today many children begin to interact with digital media as early as 4 months old. It is estimated that preschool children spend between 2 and 5 hours a day using electronic media. Including watching TV and looking at social media, 8 to 18 year-olds consume an average of 7 hours a day.

Join Nevada County Public Health in this campaign to unplug, and spend the week reading, daydreaming, playing, hiking creating, exploring, and connecting with family and friends! Find a calendar of activities and a pledge card on Public Health’s website. For more information about Screen-Free Week, please contact Lynne Lacroix at (530) 265-2846 or

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Prescription Drug Take-Back Set for April 28th

Most of us have a leftover bottle of prescription medication in our medicine cabinet that we no longer need or is expired. But few of us know what to properly do with prescription drugs once we no longer need them (hint: don't flush them or throw them in the trash!).

Saturday, April 28th, the 15th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, a free event hosted by local police departments in collaboration with the DEA, Nevada County Public Health, Coalition for a Drug-Free Nevada County, Tahoe-Truckee Future without Drug Dependence, and Tahoe Forest Health System.

To drop off your prescription, mark out any personal information on your bottle and bring it to the drop-off events at the following locations:

Grass Valley
Pioneer Lot (across from downtown GV Safeway)
Corner of South Auburn and Neal Street
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Gateway Shopping Center parking lot (in front of Safeway)
11290 Donner Pass Road
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

You can always drop your unused prescriptions off at one of the many permanent Rx Drug Bins:

  • Grass Valley Police Department (Prescription drugs only)
  • Nevada County Behavioral Health & Public Health Offices
  • Grass Valley (Prescription and over-the-counter drugs only)
  • Truckee Police Department (Prescription and over-the-counter drugs only)

For more information, contact Devin Bradley, Health Education Coordinator at Nevada County Public Health: (530) 550-2309 or More information on Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is available on Nevada County Public Health’s website.

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Spring into Health with the Grass Valley Library

The Nevada County Community Library will be offering a workshop dedicated to helping you achieve your 2018 health goals.

On Thursday, April 26th, Dr. Karen Sessler will be presenting, "Spring into Health" from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., an after-hours event at the Grass Valley Library—Royce Branch. Sessler's program will focus on learning proven strategies to build willpower, increase energy, and feel more at ease in your body.

"Spring is about new beginnings," she said. "I want to inspire more people to have the fitness and health to enjoy all the beauty in our community."

Committed to helping others be healthy, Sessler's work as an emergency physician, general practitioner, and wellness consultant has given her a broad experience of the challenges individuals face throughout their lives.

"True health comes from creating balance in your life," she explained. "Managing stress, nurturing relationships, and meaningful work are as important as diet and exercise."

Dr. Sessler hopes attendees will leave the workshop equipped with practical solutions for healthy living, including finding more balance. Her tools, strategies, and goal-planning are focused on long term well-being.

"I invite people to feel excited and ready to take control of their health," she said.

For more information, please contact Laura Pappani, Grass Valley Branch Manager, at (530) 470-2692. To register for the event, visit the Nevada County Library’s online event calendar.

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National Infant Immunization Week

Measles, polio, flu, meningitis, whooping cough. It is easy to think of these diseases as being concerns of the past, but, in reality, children in California and throughout the world still contract these illnesses. Although the US has seen prevention of nearly 855,000 early childhood deaths and millions in cost to families and society through the use of safe and effective vaccines, we still have work to do to protect the most vulnerable in our communities.

In observation of National Infant Immunization Week from April 21st to the 28th, Nevada County Public Health invites the community to join in helping to keep these illnesses out of our homes, schools, and communities. Contact your physician to make sure your child is up-to-date on their immunizations.

The Public Health Department will also be offering immunizations for children who qualify for the Vaccines for Children program on April 26th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and every second and fourth Thursday of the month. Whether it's their first time, or even if you're a little behind, call the Public Health Department at (530) 265-7049 to make an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome too.  Please remember to bring your child's shot records.  

The Verdict Is In: Evans v. County of Nevada

A jury verdict on the seven year Evans v. County of Nevada case was announced late Wednesday afternoon in favor of the County.

The Evans v. County of Nevada case began in 2011 when Yvonne Evans filed complaints of harassment and Bill Evans claimed he was forced to resign due to "intolerable working conditions" in the Nevada County Sheriff's Office. In regards to Yvonne Evans complaints, the jury found that, although she had engaged in the type of activity that protected her from retaliation and although she suffered an adverse action (the termination of her employment), the complaint of harassment was not a motivating factor in the decision to terminate her employment. With respect to Bill Evans, the jury found his working conditions at the Sheriff’s Office were not so intolerable that a reasonable person would have been forced to leave County employment.

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Upcoming Events at the Nevada County Library

Stop by your local Nevada County Library branch for fun activities for all ages! All Nevada County Library events can be found online on the Nevada County Library’s event calendar.

Family Night: Calvin and Hobbes: April 26th
Let's celebrate Calvin and Hobbes! Come learn how to make a slingshot and draw your own comics on Thursday, April 26th, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Madelyn Helling Library. Activities are for ages 5 and up and no registration is necessary. Bring the whole family!

Hamilton+Party Teen-Lock-in: April 27th
Calling all teens! Prepare for the musical library event of the year! On Friday, April 27th, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. teens are free to take over the Grass Valley Library after hours to sing songs, watch videos, play games, test your trivia skills, and eat plenty of snacks. This musical themed lock-in will give you plenty of opportunities to talk and sing as loud as you want in the library. Join the Teen Advisory Group for this awesome after-hours party! Open to teens 13 to 18. Please register online and fill out a permission form to bring to the lock-in. 

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