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Board Approves Fire Restrictions for Improved Fire Safety in Yuba River Canyon

On Tuesday, September 11th, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a ban on open fire along the South Yuba River Corridor as a pilot program. After 2017’s October Fires in Nevada County, it is a top Board priority to implement existing County policies and programs to reduce the risk of wildfire and the effects of wildfire on life, property, and the environment, as well as explore other ways to reduce the threat and damage from wildfires.

The program will be implemented immediately and go through the end of CAL FIRE’s declared fire season in 2018, and start again the Friday before Memorial Day Weekend through the end of CAL FIRE’s declared fire season in 2019. Specifically, the Urgency Ordinance prohibits open fire on private property within a quarter mile on each side of the ordinary high mark of the South Yuba River in Nevada County from where the river meets with Kentucky Creek below Bridgeport to Lang’s Crossing, stretching across 39 miles.

The South Yuba River is designated as a State Wild and Scenic River that contains extraordinary scenic, recreation, fishery, and wildlife values of statewide significance that deserve to be preserved and protected in their free-flowing state. With an estimated 800,000 people visiting the South Yuba River each year, the hazards of a human-caused fire warrant the consideration of preventative actions. As a way to prevent the extreme fire danger in the area, the Urgency Ordinance will implement precautionary measures to prevent and mitigate the impacts of open fires.

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Wildfire Prevention Efforts in Nevada County

PG&E is accelerating efforts to reduce wildfire risk in High Fire-Threat areas across California. The utility company has setup an Emergency Incident Command center in Grass Valley to rollout these efforts in Nevada County. In January of 2018, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) adopted a High Fire-Threat District Map after working in coordination with CAL FIRE and other experts. The map identifies Elevated and Extreme Fire-Threat areas which are most vulnerable to wildfire impacting people and property.

PG&E has implemented a Community Wildfire Safety Program to work with customers and communities, in Extreme Risk regions, to take elevated precautionary measures to reduce wildfire risk. The utility company is working with customers in these regions to establish fire defense zones along powerlines. Much like defensible space around homes, these fire defense zones next to powerlines are designed to add a layer of protection against wildfire. If you live in an Extreme Fire-Threat area (verify by visiting the CPUC High Fire-Threat District Map) you will receive contact from a PG&E contract arborist in the near future to address hazardous vegetation on your property.

This year, Nevada County has applied for nearly $11,000,000 in grants to pursue wildfire prevention activities and is an active partner with the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County. The Nevada County Hazardous Vegetation Ordinance requires 100 feet of defensible space is maintained around structures and along roadways that serve as primary ingress and egress routes. In addition, Nevada County encourages the community to register for CodeRED, a high-speed mass notification system designed to keep you safe in the event of an emergency.

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Nevada County Programs Receive Two 2018 CSAC Challenge Awards

Nevada County has been awarded two of the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) 2018 Challenge Awards for outstanding county programs.  CSAC's annual statewide program honors innovation and best practices in government.  With a record number of 275 entries this year, Nevada County won the Challenge Award for our Ask Nevada County App and Web Tool, and the Merit Award for our Nevada County Budget Analysis Interim Program.
The Ask Nevada County App and Web Tool allows residents to immediately report hazards, ask about road work activities and get updates on projects or other issues they care about.  Since the launch of the Ask Nevada County app in 2016, the County has received more than 1,420 public requests including drainage concerns, pothole and pavement maintenance concerns, and roadside tree, vegetation, and brush concerns, and is able to respond to 90% of submitted requests within 7 days or less.
Nevada County's Budget Analysis Interim Program is a six-week training opportunity for employees to gain a higher level of experience in the budget development process. Since the program began three years ago, nine employees have participated and three have been promoted within the organization. All Interim Budget Analysts have brought their knowledge back to their County departments where it is applied to budget development in future fiscal years, all at zero additional cost.

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Parks & Recreation Stakeholder Meeting

Share Your Input! Public Parks and Recreation Meeting Monday, September 17th

Is Parks and Recreation important to you and your family or friends? Do you or your kids actively participate in little leagues or adult leagues that take place in our unincorporated Parks Districts? Nevada County will be holding a public Community Meeting on Monday, September 17th, in the 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. 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.

Economic & Planning Systems, Inc. (EPS) is looking for input from Nevada County residents regarding parks and recreation facilities and services in Nevada County. EPS is looking at four different possible structure alternatives for the three parks districts and benefit zones: no change, full consolidation, partial consolidation, or a hybrid approach. Monday's meeting will focus on the potential reorganization of the unincorporated Western Nevada County park districts and benefit zones, and receiving public feedback. Changes to the current structure of western Nevada County's parks districts and benefit zones could affect operations and management, service provisions, and financial considerations of the parks in unincorporated Nevada County. EPS will review the possible effects with the public at the meeting, as well as facilitate and receive feedback from breakout sessions during the meeting.

Public participation at the September 17th Parks and Recreation meeting 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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Test Your Emergency Communications During FEMA’s EAS and WEA Test

Test your Family Communication Plan during the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system test.

On September 20th at 11:18 a.m. PST, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will begin a nationwide test of the EAS (on television and radio) and WEA (on cellular phones) to assess national warning capabilities. The first-ever national WEA test will begin with special alert tones and vibration, followed by the following message:

"Presidential Alert: THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed."

This is not a test by local Nevada County officials or of the CodeRED Emergency Alert system. We are helping spread the word so that Nevada County residents can be informed before the tests next week.

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Suicide Prevention Week: County Suicide Prevention Services

This week, September 9th through September 15th, is National Suicide Prevention Week. The Nevada County Behavioral Health Department, in close partnership with providers and other county departments, offers a variety of programs that address suicide prevention through Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funding, including the What’s Up? Wellness program, the Social Outreach Program with Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, the Friendly Visitor Program, the Moving Beyond Depression program with local school districts and organizations, the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District (TTUSD) Wellness Center program, and Suicide Prevention Training.

Each of these programs provide opportunities to connect with populations in the Nevada County community who may be more isolated or in need of services. If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, help is available 24/7 by calling the Nevada County Crisis Line at (530) 265-5811 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255.

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Transit Free Fare Days: September 21st and 22nd

Gold Country Stage will provide system wide “free fare days” on all routes on Friday, September 21st, from 5:50 a.m. to 5:50 p.m. and Saturday, September 22nd, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with free fares for all.

County of Nevada Transit Services has received a Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) air quality grant that provides public transit funding assistance for projects that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve mobility.

For anyone traveling to the 2018 Draft Horse Classic at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, the Route 3 Fairgrounds bus stop, at Brighton Street and McCourtney Road near Gate 8 at the Fairgrounds, will stop every hour.

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Sheriff's Office Participates in Pink Patch Project

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office is participating in the Pink Patch Project, a collaborative Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser, in partnership with the Nevada City Police Department, the Grass Valley Police Department and the California Highway Patrol.

The goals of this project are to increase education about the importance of early detection and prevention, and to raise funds for further research, treatment and care of those who are currently battling breast cancer.  Proceeds from the sales of the Pink Patches will be donated to the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation Breast Cancer Fund.

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2017 Nevada County Crop and Livestock Report

2017 Nevada County Crop Report

On Tuesday, September 11th, the Nevada County Agricultural Commissioner presented the 2017 Nevada County Annual Crop and Livestock Report to the Board of Supervisors. This annual report helps gauge the economic health and diversity of the agricultural community here in Nevada County. In 2017, the total gross value for agricultural commodities produced in Nevada County was $23,862,400, an increase of 12% over the previous year.

The timber industry showed the largest gain this year with an impressive 142% increase in production. Vegetable crops continue to see increase demands as well as our emerging cut flower industry. The wine grape industry continues to rebound from a ten-year low in 2015 when wine grape values were under $900k. Today wine grapes are valued almost $2 million dollars, a nice recovery in a short amount of time.  Unfortunately, for the 3rd straight year, cattle, primary steers and heifers, the county's highest valued commodity, continued to experience declining values, mainly due to lower market prices.

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Bear River High School E-Waste Event Saturday, September 15th

Electronic devices should never be placed in the trash or recycling. Help keep the environment clean by bringing your old and unused electronics to Bear River High School's e-Waste Event!

Students will collect e-Waste from Nevada County residents from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on September 15th at Bear River High School, 11130 Magnolia Road in Grass Valley. There is no fee to drop off e-Waste. These items are hazardous waste and pose dangers to the environment when disposed of improperly.

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Congratulations to the Town of Truckee for their Excellence Award!

Congratulations to the Town of Truckee for being awarded the 2018 Helen Putnam Award for Excellence in the Public Works, Infrastructure, and Transportation category from the League of California Cities for their Mousehole Pedestrian and Bicycle Project!

The Town of Truckee worked with CalTrans, Union Pacific Railroad, and the Nevada County Transportation Commission to construct a twelve foot wide bicycle and pedestrian tunnel to solve a serious safety, esthetic and practical dilemma. The State Route 89 stretch of Truckee's roads have been made safer now that pedestrians and bicycles no longer share the roads with the high volume of vehicle traffic.

The League of California Cities established the Helen Putnam Award for Excellence program in 1982 to recognize the outstanding achievements by California's 482 cities. Winning cities have made unique contributions to community residents and businesses, which have resulted in lower costs or more effective delivery of services.

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Grass Valley Council Member Jan Arbuckle Elected League of California Cities President

The League of California Cities board of directors elected Grass Valley Council Member Jan Arbuckle to serve as its 2018–19 president. Council Member Arbuckle was installed on September 14th as part of the League’s Annual Conference & Expo in Long Beach.

After serving for two terms on the Nevada County Grand Jury, the Grass Valley City Council appointed Arbuckle in 2007 to fill a vacant seat on the council. Elected in November 2008 to a four-year term on the Grass Valley City Council, her council colleagues selected her to serve as vice mayor. The Grass Valley City Council selected her mayor in 2010. She held this position until 2012 and was re-elected to the council that same year. Voters re-elected Council Member Arbuckle again in 2016.

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Job Openings at Nevada County: Assistant County Executive Officer

Nevada County employs approximately 800 employees covering a full range of services and positions, from accountants to wastewater treatment system operators. In Nevada County, quality of life comes first. It is the only rural California county with two designated Cultural Arts Districts and is known for its abundance of outdoor recreational activities.

Nevada County is seeking an Assistant County Executive Officer to help lead the organization in its mission to serve the citizens of the County.  The incumbent will support and implement policies of the Board of Supervisors and key focus areas established by the County Executive Officer.  The ideal candidate will have strong business and financial acumen, a demonstrated ability to lead other leaders yet be "hands on" when necessary, and the ability to successfully execute policy priorities. This requires an individual who believes in the value of public service and who has demonstrated an ability to establish positive and productive relationships with executive staff, community partners and elected officials.

The Assistant County Executive Officer is a senior executive responsible for leading staff and ensuring broad policies and programs are established.  A typical work week involves participation in stakeholder meetings with community partners; contributing information to State leaders regarding rural counties' needs; preparing and presenting strategic overviews, fiscal analyses, and briefings on a wide variety of topics; and meeting with Board of Supervisors, senior executives, and others in the County on a daily basis.

Applications are due September 21st. Apply today!

Find out more information about this position online. Have a question? Contact Human Resources by calling (530) 265-7010 and selecting option 2.

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