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September 25th Board 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. Tuesday's September 25th meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Board Chamber at the Eric Rood Administrative Center in Nevada City.

At the start of the meeting, the Board will have an opportunity to meet Nevada Joint Union High School District's new Superintendent, Brett McFadden, as well as the County's new Veterans Services Officer, David West. Following the introductions the Board will proclaim the week of October 7th through 13th as Fire Prevention Week 2018.

Following the Consent Calendar, the Nevada County Economic Resource Council (ERC) will provide an update regarding comprehensive economic development management and tourism services.

Beginning at 11:00 a.m. the Board will hold a public hearing regarding Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), and at 1:30 p.m., Caltrans will provide a presentation regarding the State Route 174 Safety Improvement Project.

Watch Tuesday's Board meeting live or archived online from our website.

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Public Disaster Recovery Meeting for Residents Impacted by 2017 Wildfires

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is holding a public meeting to provide an overview of the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program for residents of Nevada, Yuba and Butte Counties who were impacted by wildfires, flooding, mudflows and debris flows in 2017-2018. The meeting will take place on October 4th at the Yuba County Board of Supervisors Chambers in Marysville 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
HCD is the grantee of CDBG-DR funds allocated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and works with local governments and organizations to fund programs that provide long-term recovery assistance for housing, infrastructure, and economic revitalization. At this meeting, HCD will discuss proposed recovery programs, program eligibility, and the timeline for funding.

Impacted households, the general public, business and nonprofit leaders, elected officials are encouraged to attend. Public comment can also be emailed to

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Donate Books for 23rd Annual Booksale Supporting United Way

Nevada County is now accepting book donations for the upcoming United Way Book Sale! Book donations can be left in the lobby of the Eric Rood Administrative Center, located at 950 Maidu Avenue, Nevada City, in the Book Drop location near the Community Development Agency lobby. Nevada County is also collecting the tops to your printer paper boxes at the same location. The tops to these boxes are the best for displaying books.

The United Way of Nevada County 2018 campaign marks the 23rd year that County employees have participated in the Book Fair, with over $4,500 donated to United Way last year. This year’s Book Sale begins October 1st and goes through November 6th.

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Public Participation Sought on Active Transportation Plan

As part of the regional transportation planning process, the Nevada County Transportation Commission (NCTC), in coordination with the County of Nevada, City of Grass Valley, City of Nevada City, and Town of Truckee, has contracted with the consulting firm Fehr & Peers to prepare an Active Transportation Plan covering all jurisdictions within Nevada County.

The Plan will evaluate pedestrian and bicycle needs, and identify and prioritize active transportation projects by jurisdiction. Input from local governments and the public will be incorporated into the plan, as well as information from the previously adopted Nevada County Bicycle Master Plan (updated 2016), Town of Truckee Trails & Bikeways Master Plan (2015), and Nevada County Pedestrian Improvement Plan (updated 2014). Adoption of the Plan allows each jurisdiction to be eligible for a broader base of funding opportunities for Plan projects, which include sidewalks, bike lanes, and multi-use paths and trails.

All members of the public are encouraged to participate in Plan development, including identifying and voting for specific projects, by using the online mapping tool that closes on October 7th. NCTC will then hold a public workshop to solicit public comments on the project prioritization list on October 18th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Grass Valley City Council Chambers at 125 East Main Street.

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Governor Brown Signs Legislation to Strengthen Wildfire Prevention and Recovery

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed legislation to strengthen California’s ability to prevent and recover from catastrophic wildfires, including Senate Bill 901, authored by Senator Bill Dodd, which boosts the state’s forest management activities, updates requirements for the maintenance and operation of utility infrastructure to reflect changing climate conditions, and protects ratepayers and utility workers.

Following some of the most deadly and destructive wildfires in state history last year, Governor Brown joined with legislative leaders in March and committed to making California more resilient against future natural disasters in the face of increasingly extreme weather driven by climate change. Some of the significant highlights of SB 901 include:

  • Requiring utilities to implement comprehensive fire prevention plans, including improvements to utility infrastructure.
  • Expediting small landowner incentives and projects to reduce excess fuel and remove dead and dying trees and chaparral.
  • Facilitating access to property to carry out projects to improve overall forest health and resistance to wildfires.
  • Adding a rigorous standard for the California Public Utilities Commission to oversee the allocation of utility wildfire costs and expenses, including consideration of climate change impacts.
  • Authorizing a financing mechanism so utilities can spread out wildfire costs to minimize impacts to ratepayers.
  • Adding worker protections and prohibiting utilities from charging their customers for executive compensation.

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FEMA’s Presidential Alert Test Rescheduled for October 3rd

Test your Family Communication Plan during the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system test. This test was originally scheduled for September 20th at 11:18 a.m., but was rescheduled to October 3rd due to weather events on the East Coast.

On October 3rd 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 on October 3rd.

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Electronic Benefits Coming to WIC in 2019

Goodbye paper checks, hello cards! Nevada County's Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program is thrilled to announce that we will be going live with electronic benefits in September 2019. This will be much like a debit card and will be easy to swipe and use.

WIC vouchers can be used to purchase whole foods and offers many organic options. The new WIC electronic benefits card will allow for easier and more discreet grocery checkout.  Families will have freedom to spread out purchases throughout the month and see fewer checkout errors. Stores will see faster transactions and payment. The WIC mobile site will be able to scan items to see if they're WIC approved, check appointments, and remaining benefits. 

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Poultry Bio-security Advisory from CDFA

Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza (LPAI), North American lineage H7N3 was recently confirmed in two poultry flocks found in Stanislaus County, located in the Central Valley. The disease is known to be carried by migrating waterfowl and other wild birds, therefore the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is advising that all poultry owners throughout the State separate their poultry from wild birds to the greatest extent possible. It is advised that poultry be kept under cover or indoors when possible, particularly in areas where migrating waterfowl may be present.

While Nevada County is not a known hot spot for migrating waterfowl, thus the possibility of Avian Influenza occurring in Nevada County is low, this is another reminder that poultry owners should continue to practice bio-security within their own flocks. Flock owners should continue to educate themselves on ways to minimize the risk of inadvertently carrying viruses into their facility by ensuring proper personal protective gear is worn, following proper cleaning and disinfection procedures, and strictly limiting people that come into contact with your live bird area.

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New Historical Landmark Plaque at North Colombia Schoolhouse Cultural Center

The Nevada County Historical Landmarks Commission is delighted to invite the public to its September 30th unveiling ceremony for a new plaque to be installed at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center, 17894 Tyler Foote Road on the San Juan Ridge. The ceremony will begin at 5:00 p.m. and will include historical information about the site provided by local historian Hank Meals, architect Bruce Boyd and property owner Kim Coughlan.

It's a unique building for a unique place with a unique culture. The mission of the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center is to sustain the cultural life of the San Juan Ridge through the maintenance of a space for appreciation, education, and celebration.

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New Supports to Help You Quit Tobacco

The Nevada County Public Health Department and 211 Connecting Point are teaming up to support Nevada County residents who want to quit tobacco by offering free Quit Kits, as well as free, in-person classes to support you in quitting once and for all.

211 Connecting Point is offering Freedom from Smoking classes at no charge to the community. These classes bring other people who are quitting together to provide resources and support.

Another new (and free) resource is Quit Kits. A Quit Kit is an envelope of small items that can help to curb urges to smoke, chew, or vape by keeping your hands and mouth busy. 
Call 211 Connecting Point by dialing 2-1-1 to get one mailed to you. 

Whether it's your first or fifth attempt to quit, it's important to keep trying because research tells us that each quit attempt increases your odds of success, and the Nevada County Public Health Department and 211 Connecting Point are here to help you start.

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Panel Discussion: What is a Mental Health Conservatorship?

Nevada County Forensic Task Force on Mental Illness and National Alliance on Mental Health of Nevada County (NAMI NC) are hosting a panel discussion on What is a Mental Health Conservatorship? from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 27th, at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City.

The panel includes many County staff and community experts such as Judge Tom Anderson from the Nevada County Superior Court, Keri Klein from the Nevada County Public Defender's office, Scott McLeran from Nevada County’s County Counsel office, Kimberly Blix from Nevada County's Public Guardian office, Phebe Bell from Nevada County Behavioral Health, and Marie Kittle who serves on NAMI NC's Board. The discussion will cover how people qualify for a mental health conservatorship, what terms like "gravely disabled" mean, what happens if someone qualifies for a mental health conservatorship, who is involved, and how long a mental health conservatorship would last.

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We're Hiring

Job Openings at Nevada County: Assistant Planner/Associate Planner 

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 one individual who will serve in either the Assistant Planner or Associate Planner position. The Assistant Planner or Associate Planner will be assigned to do Current Planning, Advanced Planning, or special projects such as Use and Development Permits, General Plan Land Use Mapping, or Combined Applications. The Assistant Planner will prepare planning reports and elements of the general land use plan and will review land use permit applications. The Associate Planner will prepare more complex planning reports requiring technical expertise. A typical day may involve working on reports, meeting with members of the public regarding their projects, helping developers with their questions regarding elements in their plans, or participating in collaborative work groups in the agency or the County.

Candidates may apply to one or both positions depending on their backgrounds; the Assistant Planner is the entry-level position in the series, and the Associate Planner is the journey level position (more experienced level). The ideal candidate will enjoy working with members of the public to ensure Nevada County's general and community land use policies are met. A background in public or private land use planning is required for either position.

Applications are due October 2nd.  Apply for Assistant Planner or Associate Planner 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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