Friday Memo, County of Nevada
2017 Employee of the Year receiving award from Supervisor Ed Scofield

Congratulations to the Nominees and Award Winners of the 2017 Employee Recognition Awards!

The nominees and award winners of the 2017 Employee Recognition Awards were announced at the Board of Supervisor’s meeting on Tuesday, July 17th.
The Employee Recognition Program was established in 1995 to give County employees the opportunity to recognize and highlight the contributions of their co-workers, supervisors, and managers.  For the 2017 calendar year, 62 nominations were submitted recognizing over 150 individuals.  A review committee of employees, managers, elected officials and a community representative selected the category winners.
The following employees were awarded plaques and certificates for their efforts in the categories listed:

  • Employee of the Year:  Georgeana Pilcher, Treasurer-Tax Collector
  • Supervisor of the Year: Kristin Plante, Department of Social Services
  • Collaborative Team of the Year: The Atmospheric River Storm Response Team, Public Works
  • Multiplier Employee of the Year: Jeff Thorsby, Board of Supervisors
  • Innovative Employee of the Year: Josh Pack, Public Works
  • Above and Beyond Employee of the Year: Kevin Gunning, Information and General Services
  • Rookie of the Year: Taylor Wolfe, County Executive Office

Congratulations to all the nominees and award winners, and thank you to all our hardworking staff dedicated to serving the residents of Nevada County!

Nevada County Fire Inspectors

Contact OES for Neighborhood Fire Inspections

It is a top Board priority to reduce the risk and effects of wildfire by pursuing hazardous vegetation mitigation resources. This year, Nevada County Office of Emergency Services (OES) has funded and hired three additional fire inspectors for a total of four full time fire inspection staff throughout the summer months.

Fire inspectors assess fire safety hazards around your home and can advise residents on the best way to create defensible space and harden your home against fire. With the additional fire inspectors on staff, Nevada County OES hopes to complete an additional 2,000 inspections this year, compared to 646 inspections conducted in 2017. The additional inspectors were funded through Proposition 172 funds, which can be used for public safety activities.

Fire inspections can be requested for your property or your neighborhood by filing out Nevada County's Fire Inspection Request form online. Residents can find out their designated fire district through Nevada County's MyNeighborhood Maps. Many fire districts preform fire inspections for residents within their fire district, such as Penn Valley Fire District and Nevada County Consolidated Fire District. Fire inspectors from Nevada County OES or CalFire are available to preform fire inspections for any Nevada County residents.

For more information about emergency preparedness and fire safety, take a look at the 17-18 Fire Season Guide, visit CalFire's Ready for Wildfire website, find community resources from the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, and don't forget to sign yourself and your family up for CodeRED Emergency Alerts online or by dialing 2-1-1 to sign up over the phone with 211 Connecting Point.

River Ambassadors with Satellite Phones and Yuba River

Satellite Phones for River Ambassadors will Quicken Response Times at Yuba River

Following the installation of an Emergency Call Box at the South Yuba River's Purdon Crossing, Nevada County's Office of Emergency Services is distributing four Iridium Go Satellite Hot Spot Devices to the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL). These high-tech devices will help to quickly report emergencies in the Yuba River Canyon through River Ambassadors, a volunteer outreach program jointly managed by SYRCL and California State Parks, that runs on the weekends. The Satellite Hot Spot Devices operate on the Iridium Everywhere network which utilizes a global constellation of 66 cross-linked Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites to provide voice and data connections over the planet's entire surface, including across oceans, airways and Polar Regions.

Due to its remote location, the South Yuba River has minimal to no cell phone service, creating increased response times for water and fire emergencies in the area. The Iridium Go Satellite Hot Spot acts as a router for smart phones, iPads, tablets, and laptops delivering a private wireless network up to 100 feet from its location. With these communication devices, SYRCL's River Ambassadors will be able to make and receive emergency calls, SMS or text message, e-mails, internet, and GPS services throughout the South Yuba Canyon regardless of cellphone reception.

Melinda Booth, Executive Director of SYRCL, says, "SYRCL is thrilled that our River Ambassador volunteers will have the use of satellite phones for emergencies this summer, thanks to Nevada County.  These satellite phones allow us to expand our River Ambassador program to cover additional sites along the river, assisting more of the community and sharing our safety message with a greater number of visitors.  The more quickly emergency responders can be contacted the better the likelihood of a positive outcome for the situation."­­­

A collaboration between California State Parks and SYRCL, the River Ambassador program kicked off its seventh summer season in June. This program stations friendly volunteers at key river crossing locations on the weekends within the South Yuba River State Park. River Ambassador volunteers help welcome visitors and promote "pack-it-in and pack-it-out" ethics, educate about fire safety, and remind visitors to recycle when possible.  Over the past six years, SYRCL's River Ambassadors have spent 5,317 hours on the river and had face-to-face contact with 36,230 South Yuba River State Park visitors about stewardship. For more information about this this critical program that helps keep the Wild and Scenic Yuba River Corridor beautiful and safe for its visitors, visit

Recycle Symbol

2018 Regional Used Oil and Filter Recycling Campaign

If you change your own motor oil, don't forget to recycle the oil and the filter. Improperly disposing of your used oil can cause irreparable harm to the environment; just one gallon of used oil can pollute one million gallons water.

Recycling is easy and free. Simply put your oil in a clean, empty plastic container or your filters in a zip lock bag, and visit any oil-recycling center in Nevada County. Additionally, Waste Management will collect used oil and filters curbside free of charge from residential customers. For a list of local recycling centers or for more information on how to request curbside service, please visit

Another helpful hint, most car-makers no longer recommend changing your oil every 3,000 miles. With improved oil chemistry and engine technology, most cars are designed to go 7,500 miles or more. We recommend checking your owner's manual, not that sticker on your windshield before your next oil change.

This project is being funded by Nevada County with Calrecycle Used Oil Payment Program (OPP) funds.

Insight Respite Center

Insight Respite Center Partners to Provide Medi-Cal Mental Health Services

Nevada County Behavioral Health is pleased to announce the Insight Respite Center, located in Grass Valley, has completed all the necessary requirements to become our newest partner to provide Medi-Cal specialty mental health services.

The Insight Respite Center is an organization that contracts with Nevada County Behavioral Health to provide services to adults 18 years or older, 24 hour a day, 7 days a week. The services are provided in a home environment for those with mental health challenges and are experiencing difficult times. In this supportive environment, individuals get the support they need in order to prevent a hospitalization or crisis intervention.

The emphasis of the Insight Respite Center is to assist participants to work toward their recovery by focusing on their personal strengths and assisting them to gain emotional stability, balance, and resilience in their lives. The Center is staffed primarily by peer supporters and others with lived experience.

Referrals to Insight Respite can be made by contacting Nevada County Behavioral Health at (530) 265-1437. Congratulations Insight Respite on the achievement of Medi-Cal Certification!

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