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July 10th Board Meeting Preview

Board of Supervisors meetings typically take place every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. However, for the month of July, a special meeting is scheduled for the 3rd Tuesday of the month with no regular Board meeting scheduled for the 4th Tuesday. Towards the beginning of each regular 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 consider a resolution adopting the Nevada County Multi-Jurisdictional All Hazard Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan. If adopted, the plan will make Nevada County, Grass Valley, Nevada City, Truckee, and local water and utility districts eligible to seek funding under the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Pre-Disaster Mitigation and Hazard Mitigation Grant programs.

At 10:30 a.m. the Board will have a public hearing to consider a proposed ordinance/ballot measure to establish a cannabis business tax on all commercial cannabis activity in the unincorporated areas of Nevada County. Afterwards, the Board will consider a resolution to put a Cannabis Business License Tax Measure on the November ballot.

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

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Dial 2-1-1 for Assistance with CodeRED Emergency Alert Sign-Ups

CodeRED is the County's emergency alert system that notifies subscribed residents when an emergency is happening in their neighborhood. Residents can register their landlines, cell phones, and emails to CodeRED, and will receive alerts by phone, text or SMS, and email, depending on what they subscribed for.

In the past, residents had the option to subscribe to CodeRED from Nevada County's Office of Emergency Services (OES) website and could call OES with any related questions. Since not all residents feel comfortable navigating the online CodeRED platform, Nevada County has partnered with 211 Connecting Point to provide over-the-phone sign up assistance. Nevada County residents can now dial 2-1-1, or 1(844)319-4119 from non 530 area codes, to be connected to a 211 Connecting Point call center representative who will guide them through the CodeRED registration process over the phone, and can help to answer any questions they may have.

OES recommends signing up all phone numbers associated with your home address. For example, sign up your cell phone, your landline, and your family members cell phones who are living at your residence so everyone receives a CodeRED emergency alert during an emergency event in your neighborhood.

It is also recommended to add CodeRED's two phone numbers 1(866) 419-5000 and 1(855) 969-4636 to your cell phone and/or landline contacts as "CodeRED Emergency Alerts." This way, when you receive a phone call from either of CodeRED's phone numbers during an emergency event, you will be able to recognize the call as a CodeRED alert rather than easily mistaking the 1-866 or 1-855 number as a telemarketer.

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Better Together: Homeless Strategic Plan

On June 26th the Nevada County Health and Human Services Agency entered in to a contract with Thurmond Consulting, LLC. to write a 10-year Homeless Strategic Plan. The development of the plan will begin in July and end in October, and will include a facilitated community engagement process involving a community stakeholders. The completed plan will meet the funding requirements set forth by No Place Like Home, a 2-billion dollar statewide funding stream for low income and supportive housing projects. The strategic plan will update the current 10-year plan (2009-2019) and provide a strategic framework for the County to use to implement and coordinate programs and practices to address homelessness. The County was awarded a Planning and Technical Assistance grant through the No Place Like Home initiative to cover the cost of developing the plan.

The strategic plan will be shaped through research activities and a series of community stakeholder meetings and interviews with elected officials. Elements of the plan will include a description of the homeless population, an inventory of existing services, a study of existing plans, survey of best practices, community stakeholder meetings, and interviews with local area officials. Based on input from the meetings and interviews, the consultant’s strategic plan will propose specific strategies, identify resources for implementing those strategies, designate responsibility for implementation, and propose timelines for implementing those strategies. There will be particular attention given to the requirements of No Place Like Home. The consultant will also suggest approaches and systems for evaluation of the strategies. Summary of the plan will be communicated via presentations to the County Board of Supervisors, City Councils, and community groups in late October.

Moving forward, the Homeless Strategic Plan will help clarify goals and priorities, and focus the energy, resources, and time of those involved. Additionally, the plan will assist the County by fielding a more competitive application for federal and statewide funds targeted at addressing homeless services and housing.

Nevada County Expands Access to Substance Use Treatment Services

Substance abuse is a significant issue in California and locally in Nevada County.  Abuse of alcohol and other drugs impacts not only the user, but also their children, family, and the community. 

Local data indicates that Nevada County has rates of use and abuse higher than state average.  The 2014 Nevada County Health Status Report indicated that adults in Nevada County engage in binge drinking at 5 to 7 percent higher rates than the State average.  Opioid abuse is also a significant challenge for our community, with the rate of opioid prescriptions, as well as opioid overdose emergency department visits, exceeding the State rate significantly. 

In 2015, California began an effort to expand services for Substance Use Disorder by piloting a new system of care called the Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (DMC-ODS). For counties that choose to participate in the DMC-ODS, their Medi-Cal beneficiaries will be eligible for a wide array of new treatment services including residential treatment, case management, and post-treatment recovery services.  The county must commit to basing their system of care on the continuum outlined by the American Society of Addiction Medicine Criteria, in addition to creating utilization controls to improve care and efficient use of resources, and implementing evidenced based practices in treatment. 

Nevada County Behavioral Health has been working on the application for DMC-ODS for two years and was notified last week that has been approved.  Effective July 1st, Medi-Cal beneficiaries in Nevada County can now access extensive substance use treatment services through Nevada County and our many non-profit partners.  Nevada County is one of only two small counties to achieve this status, and we are excited to support our residents on the path to recovery and a more stable life with these expanded services.

After Action Report on Lobo and McCourtney Fires

After major emergency events, such as the Lobo and McCourtney fires that occurred in October of 2017, Nevada County's Office of Emergency Services (OES) prepares an After Action Report (AAR) to identify and address how the County can better serve the public and work with local partners during the next emergency event.

The McCourtney Fire burned 76 acres, destroyed 10 homes, and many outbuildings. The Lobo Fire burned 820 acres, and destroyed 20 homes including many outbuildings. In response to the Lobo Fire, large areas were evacuated during the night to ensure public safety. Lake Wildwood was the most populated area that was evacuated which stressed road systems to their maximum capacity. Traffic was backed up for many miles which increased frustration of evacuees and challenges for first responders. Two human shelters and one animal shelter were activated to support the evacuated residents. Of the two human shelters, the shelter at First Baptist Church was staffed by County personnel, and the shelter at Twin Cities Church was staffed by the American Red Cross. The Nevada County Veterinary Disaster Response Team opened a shelter at the fairgrounds which housed hundreds of animals during the course of the incident.

Following the fires, several "hot washes", an After Action Review (AAR) Workshop, and completed questionnaires from County staff were reviewed and provided valuable information regarding Nevada County's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) actions during the fires. Nevada County OES recently completed the AAR for the Lobo and McCourtney fires, and has it available to view on OES' website. The AAR's principle findings identified the need for Evacuation Traffic Control Plans, clear alert and notification messaging, increased citizen sign-up for CodeRed emergency alerts, and Local Operational Coordination with FEMA concerning temporary housing.

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Donner Pass Road Improvements Project Community Meeting

The planning and design process for the Donner Pass Road Improvement Project is now underway, led by the Central Federal Lands Highway Division with local assistance from Nevada and Placer Counties. Key elements of the project include road rehabilitation, widening to provide bicycle lanes and wider paved shoulders, and improved parking for recreational access.

Community input is desired on preliminary project plans. Please join Nevada County Public Works for a presentation on the project and process, followed by the opportunity to participate and provide feedback on initial plans, on Wednesday, July 11th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Donner Ski Ranch Lodge, 19320 Donner Pass Road in Norden.

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Tobacco Prevention Education: Same Old Tricks with New Flavors

Public Health's Tobacco Use Prevention Program partnered with Ms. Spencer's 6th grade Grass Valley Charter School class to create a PhotoVoice video on the 4 P's of big tobacco's marketing tactics: point of sale, product placement, power walls, and price promotions. Working over six months, the students became savvy advocates on how  tobacco companies make tobacco products cheaper and more appealing  to youth with colorful packaging, using kid-friendly flavors like green apple and bubble gum, and selling inexpensive products like little cigars as singles at the counter.

On May 22nd, the culmination of the students' project was a presentation to the Grass Valley City Council. The goal of the presentation was to ask that Grass Valley's current Tobacco Retail License be updated to include new products such as e-cigarettes, vapes, and snus, and to create minimum pack size of five or more for little cigars. Watch the students' informative PhotoVoice video online.

Public Health's Tobacco Use Prevention Program collaboratively engages youth and adults to lead the way in creating tobacco-free environments. Public Health’s work is based on best practices. For example, research tells us that increasing the price of tobacco products reduces use among youth, reduces the total number of tobacco products consumed, reduces tobacco-related mortality, and increases the number of users who quit. If you are interested in joining the coalition, contact Shannon at

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Traffic Delays into Rood Center on Saturday, July 7th

On Saturday July 7th, the Department of Public Works will be working with a contractor to perform maintenance on Maidu Avenue and a portion of the upper parking lot on the west side of the building. There will be access to the building at all times, however  one way traffic control will be required on Maidu Avenue.

If you are planning on traveling to the Eric Rood Administrative Center on Saturday, please help us make sure that all vehicles are not parked in the parking lot at the front, west side of the building. The western parking lot in front of the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility will remain open.

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