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California Voter's Choice Act

Vote by Mail Ballots are in the Mail

Vote by Mail ballots for the November 6th Election have been mailed and will be in your mailbox soon! Nevada County is under a new model this election season called the Voter’s Choice Act, providing greater flexibility and convenience for voters. Nevada County voters can vote by mail or drop their ballot in a Nevada County Drop Box any time before Election Day, or stop by one of Nevada County’s Vote Centers starting October 27th.

Not registered to vote yet? There is still time! Nevada County residents can register and vote the same day at any Vote Center location.

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Lake Wildwood Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour, October 13th

Whether you are taking a shower, washing your clothes or flushing your toilet you are using water. We all know where water comes from, but where does it all go? Join us on October 13th, at the Lake Wildwood Wastewater Treatment Plant (12622 Pleasant Valley Road, Penn Valley) for an inside look at how it all happens. The tours begin at 1:00 p.m. and will end around 4:00 p.m.  Free food and refreshments will be provided!

Nevada County Sanitation District handles nearly 1 million gallons of water every day through more than 110 miles of pipe and treats it all at 10 treatment plants in Western Nevada County. This free tour will give a behind-the-scenes look at the processes that make the system so reliable, and that keep the environment and Nevada County residents’ safe. From the point that wastewater leaves a home or business and enters the treatment process, follow the water through the treatment process to where it’s released to local creeks and rivers.

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Meet Nevada County Writers at Library’s First Local Author Showcase

Nevada County may be known for mines full of gold, but these days, we celebrate the wealth of our creative community. Around 30 of Nevada County's talented local authors will gather at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City on Saturday, October 20th, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for the Nevada County Community Library's first Local Author Showcase. Everyone is invited to this free event featuring Nevada County's Poet Laureate, Molly Fisk; a panel discussion on “From Paper to Published in Nevada County"; and a meet and great with dozens of local authors.

Information about participating authors is available on the Nevada County Community Library's website. For questions or further information, please contact Laura Pappani, Grass Valley Branch Manager, at (530) 470-2692 or

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Nonprofit and Housing Resources Workshop

County & USDA Partner: Nonprofit & Housing Workshop, October 30th

On October 30th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building in Grass Valley, Nevada County and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development are teaming up to host a financial resources workshop geared toward the nonprofit and housing communities.

The first half of the workshop will focus on funding available to nonprofit organizations and public bodies through USDA Rural Development's Community Facilities Loan and Grant Program. The latter half of the presentation will cover several financial assistance opportunities available for very-low to moderate-income homebuyers and homeowners. 

This event is free and open to the public. Individuals, nonprofit organizations, lenders, realtors and developers are encouraged to attend and bring project concepts as well as questions to discuss in the interactive question and answer sessions.

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SBC Energy Action Plan Community Workshop, October 22nd

Did you know Nevada County is currently working with Sierra Business Council (SBC) to prepare an Energy Action Plan for the county?

The goal of the Energy Action Plan is to accelerate energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water efficiency projects done by residents, businesses, and public agencies in an effort to reduce energy bills and increase resiliency in the community. Feedback from the community is essential to the formation of this plan, which is why public participation is requested and encouraged so that the plan accurately reflects the community's values and unique characteristics.

SBC's Climate Planning Team, along with Nevada County, are inviting the public to attend a community workshop on October 22nd in the Board Chambers at the Eric Rood Administrative Center to find out more about the development of the plan as well as to provide input and feedback.

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Cold Weather Shelter Volunteer Training with Sierra Roots on Saturday, October 13th

Join Sierra Roots at their Cold Weather Shelter Volunteer Training this Saturday, October 13th, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Seaman's Lodge located in Pioneer Park in Nevada City.

Sierra Roots is implementing new directives and higher security at the Cold Weather Shelter this winter. Up to 18 volunteers will be needed per night, and the Cold Weather Shelter will open two or three nights each time the winter weather meets the criteria of temperature below 30 degrees, temperature below 34 degrees with 1” rain in a 24 hour period, temperature below 34 degrees with snow on the ground, or 3 or more consecutive days of rain.

All interested volunteers will need training. If you are interested, but not able to make the training time this Saturday, call Janice O’Brien at (530) 263-2058.

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Free Fare Days, October 19th and 20th: Ride to the All Veteran's Stand Down

Gold Country Stage will provide "free fare days" on all routes and will be operating their normal schedules and times on Friday, October 19th, from 5:50 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday, October 20th, 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 Nevada County All Veteran’s Stand Down, 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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Energy Conservation and Generation Project Completed

With this Tuesday's Board of Supervisor approvals during their bi-weekly meeting, the County's energy conservation and generation project is 100% closed out with all solar generation systems fully operational.  To recap, this $11.6 millon project was originally launched back in 2014.  Over the next 20 years, the solar project will pay the equipment bond debt off 100% and will additionally save the County approximately $8 millon in reduced electric costs.  Year 21 and beyond will see $1.2 million in annual savings.  The project was also leveraged to address $1.7 million in facility deferred maintenance needs.

The project implemented various energy conservation elements including a new energy efficient roof for the Crown Point facility, numerous buildings high efficiency HVAC replacements, automated building control systems, and interior and exterior LED lighting retrofits.  Solar systems were implemented at five County sites totaling approximately 2.1 Mega Watt Hours per year in electric production. 

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Nevada County Receives Justice and Mental Health Collaborative Grant

Last year the Nevada County Board of Supervisors committed to pursuing the goals of the national Stepping Up initiative, an effort focused on reducing the number of people with mental illness in our jails.  This past week the County received funding from the Department of Justice that will allow Nevada County to make major progress towards this goal. 

The core of this new project is a Justice and Mental Health Collaborative comprised of key partners including Nevada County Behavioral Health, Nevada County Probation, Nevada County Sheriff's Office, and our jail medical provider Correctional Medical Group.  The collaborative will identify and implement a universal screening tool that will allow for early identification of people with mental illness coming into the jails.  The grant will then fund a therapist who will do follow-up assessments and linkage to treatment and/or diversion programs.

The data gathered through this process will help Nevada County further understand the disparities between people with and without mental illnesses in our jail in terms of metrics such as recidivism rates and length of stay. Once baseline measures are established, the collaborative will then work together to both reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jail, as well as connect inmates to long-term services to keep them out of jail in the future. 

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Construction Site Storm Water Management

It's crunch time for the busy building season with projects trying to work towards getting weather tight prior to the incoming winter weather. During this time it is easy to forget about grading, drainage and erosion control for your project.

As of October 15th erosion control measures need to be onsite and installed based on best management practices (BMP's) prior to any rain event. Having these erosion control measures will help protect you from soil erosion on your site, losing control of site drainage, fines, and lawsuits.

The Building Department has online resources and building inspection tips to help make sure your project stays on track before the winter weather hits. If in doubt, contact the Building Department early and often with your questions!

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We're Hiring

Job Openings at Nevada County: 

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 Public Works is looking for a Principal Civil Engineer. Are able to manage an Engineering Division with an annual Capital Improvement Budget of around $8 million; manage the construction of multiple bridges, paving projects and other improvements at one time; directly supervise a staff of 4; collaborate to develop innovative solutions to complicated problems; condition land use projects in regards to Public Works functions?  If so, we are looking for you to become Public Work’s Principal Civil Engineer.  To name a few of the job requirements, you'll need to be a licensed professional engineer in the State of California and have ten years of progressively responsible experience (5 of those in a supervisory capacity) in public works operations and engineering.

The Public Works Department of Nevada County is a dynamic team of dedicated individuals providing Engineering, Wastewater, Solid Waste, Roads Maintenance, Transit and Fleet services to the public.  The Principal Civil Engineer works with all Public Works Divisions as well as other County Departments on a regular basis.  In addition to road related projects, the position also assists with wastewater, solid waste and transit projects.  This variety and continued collaboration keeps the job interesting and provides a continued ability to continue to expand your professional knowledge.  

Apply today!  Applications are due by November 9th.

Have a question? Contact Human Resources by calling (530) 265-7010 and selecting option 2.

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