Friday Memo, County of Nevada
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Farewell from CEO Rick Haffey

It has truly been an honor and privilege to serve our community, the Board of Supervisors and this organization these past two decades. There have been so many great interactions with the citizens and our employees. We have made some great strides because of our citizens' engagement in the issues that face our County.

It is because of our employees' professionalism, responsiveness, creativity, compassion as well as a deep commitment to public service that these accomplishments were achieved. I have had many wonderful interactions and memories with our employees over the years. I am so grateful that I was able to finish my career here in Nevada County.

The Board of Supervisors has wisely appointed Alison Lehman as my successor as County Executive Officer. The County will not just be in good hands, they will be in better hands!

I wish nothing but the best for our community and organization.

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Cannabis Conversation: Submit Your Comments on the Cannabis EIR Process

After receiving the Cannabis Regulation Community Advisory Group's recommendations on January 9th, the Board provided direction to staff for drafting the County's new permanent cannabis ordinance at the February 13th and March 6th Board meetings. Since then, staff has used the direction from the Board to draft the first copy of the County's new cannabis ordinance, which includes conducting a Cannabis Environmental Impact Report (EIR) in compliance with the State's California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines that addresses the potential physical environmental effects of the proposed Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance.

The Planning Department held an additional scoping session in Truckee yesterday afternoon, August 30th, at the Truckee Town Hall. The Planning Department also held two public scoping sessions in the Grass Valley area on August 22nd.

Written and email comments regarding Planning's Notice of Preparation on the Cannabis EIR project can be submitted to the Planning Department at through September 10th at 5:00 p.m.

For more information, the full Notice of Preparation is available on the County's Cannabis Conversation website.

Traffic Delays on Ridge Road Starting September 4th

County portions of Ridge Road between Rough and Ready Highway and Slate Creek Road and between Via Vista and Nevada City Highway will experience moderate delays for road rehabilitation and resurfacing beginning the week of September 4th. Through traffic is strongly encouraged to use alternate routes to avoid the delays. Lane closures will be scheduled outside of Nevada Union school pickup and drop off hours to minimize impacts to school traffic.

Please observe all traffic control signs and the instructions of onsite personnel.  Nevada County Public Works apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your patience. 

This is the second phase of a $1.3 million road rehabilitation project for various roads in western Nevada County. The project is being funded by Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) gas tax funding. If you have any questions about the current road rehabilitation project or future SB 1 projects, please contact the Nevada County Department of Public Works at (530) 265-1411 or visit Public Works on Facebook.

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Parks & Recreation Public Meeting, September 17th

Nevada County is partnering with Economic & Planning Systems, Inc. (EPS) to update the County’s Park Facility Impact Fee (AB1600 Nexus Study) and to conduct a Western Nevada County Parks District Consolidation Feasibility Study.

EPS is looking for input from the Nevada County community and interested stakeholders regarding parks and recreation facilities and services in Nevada County. Nevada County will be holding a Community Meeting to review the work that has been done on the AB1600 Nexus Study and to gain public input on the Western Nevada County Parks District Consolidation Feasibility Study. While the County does not provide parks and recreation services, there is an interest in understanding whether there are more efficient ways to provide these services to the community.

The meeting will be held on Monday, September 17th, at the Nevada County Board of Supervisors Chamber at the Rood Center located at 950 Maidu Avenue in Nevada City from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Public participation is strongly encouraged; we want to hear from you! Mark your calendars and let us know your input on your local parks and recreation services. 

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Better Together: Nevada County Seeks Community Partner for Affordable Housing Project

Over the last year, the State of California has been taking huge steps to address the homelessness and affordable housing crisis that impact communities across the state. To address the need for housing for highly vulnerable members of the community, the State created the No Place Like Home (NPLH) Program. Through a noncompetitive and competitive process, NPLH provides the county's with funds that can act as leverage and incentives for housing developers and nonprofit programs to finance affordable housing projects that also include units of supportive housing for individuals and families experiencing homelessness and mental health challenges. NPLH funds will be offered in multiple rounds over the coming years, providing a vital funding source for counties and communities to address local housing needs.

Nevada County is pleased to announce the release of a Request for Proposal (RFP) to secure a development partner to utilize NPLH funds for an affordable housing development that will include supportive housing units. The RFP is designed to meet NPLH requirements and includes required elements needed to ensure the proposed project provides both supportive housing and general affordable housing.  The development partner that is chosen should have experi
ence working on housing projects, experience working with supportive housing tenants and the ability to utilize the NPLH funds as leverage for the broader financing that will be needed to bring the project to completion. 

Over the coming months, County staff will review proposals and recommend a development partner to the Board of Supervisors. With a partner secured, the County and the development team will work together to bring the project to completion, meeting the important need for more affordable housing in Nevada County. 

NPLH will continue to be a big topic of discussion at the local Continuum of Care meetings (NCCC). Interested community members wishing to learn more are encouraged to attend the NCCC the third Thursday of every month (excluding July) from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Empire Room at the Rood Center,  950 Maidu Avenue in Nevada City.

An electronic copy of the RFP may be downloaded from Nevada County Purchasing Department’s website. Potential offerors must register with the County in order to be notified of addenda and other notices. To register, please send an email to indicating "No Place Like Home (NPLH) Affordable Housing Project" in the subject field. If you do not receive a reply to this email indicating that you have been registered, please call (530) 265-1557.

Active Shooter Preparedness Exercise Provides Valuable Feedback

In an effort to promote the safety of the County and the public, Nevada County conducted its second Active Shooter Emergency Preparedness Exercise on Friday, August 24th.  The second exercise took place at the Crown Point Campus which houses Public Health, Behavioral Health, and Turning Point staff.

The exercise was in response to the increase in active shooter events we have seen in schools and government agencies in recent years, and is a part of the County's Emergency Action Plan.  During the exercise, County staff implemented the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Run, Hide, Fight protocol which encourages staff and County customers to decide their best survival option based on their situation.  Grass Valley Police Department participated in the exercise as the first responders who would respond to an event at Nevada County's Crown Point Campus.

The exercise was successful.   County services were temporarily interrupted, resuming immediately after the exercise was complete.

Happy Labor Day! County Offices Closed for Monday Holiday

All administrative County offices will be closed Monday, September 3rd, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Public safety and Sheriff's patrol services will resume as normal. Normal business hours for administrative offices will resume on Tuesday, September 4th.

It is important to enjoy your holiday weekend while staying safe. Consider following these safety tips this Labor Day:

Fire Safety
We are in the peak of high fire season. Be fire safe this weekend! Avoid outdoor activities that can cause a spark near dry vegetation:

  • Properly dispose of cigarettes. Please don't throw them onto dry grass!
  • Always check towing chains or vehicle parts for any dragging on the ground before taking off.
  • Don't forget to properly maintain your vehicle, including smog checks.
  • Be cautious if doing yard-work outside with power equipment that can create sparks, especially if near or around dry vegetation.
  • Fires can be caused by target shooting outdoors due to sparks going into dry vegetation. Don't forget to be aware of your surroundings
  • Make sure to follow any local fire restrictions and be fire safe.

BBQ Safety
Keep your Labor Day barbecue fun and safe with tips from the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA).
The USFA recommends the following grilling tips for preventing burns, controlling flames outside, and cleaning up afterward:

  • Only use your grill outside. Keep it away from siding and deck rails.
  • Open your gas grill before lighting.
  • Keep a three-foot safe zone around grills, fire pits, and campfires. This will help keep kids and pets safe.
  • Never leave your grill, fire pit, or patio torches unattended.
  • Clean your grill after each use, including removing grease that can start a fire.
  • Place the coals from your grill in a metal can with a lid once they have cooled. 

Driving Safety
Traffic increases over the holiday weekend. Get to your destination safely by following these tips:

  • Prepare your car for long distance travel by preforming any necessary maintenance beforehand.
  • Leave early to give yourself time for possible traffic delays due to an increase in traffic.
  • Drive safely. With increased traffic on the roadway make sure to check your blind spots, merge respectfully, and drive safely.
  • Find out roadwork scheduled for this weekend on State highways in the area from CalTrans District 3 or visit CalTrans QuickMap for live updates on highway conditions.
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