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Wildfire Prevention & Preparedness Town Hall

Wildfire Prevention & Preparedness Town Hall: What’s Next?

On Wednesday, December 5th, Nevada County hosted a Wildfire Prevention and Preparedness Town Hall moderated by YubaNet and aired live on NCTV - Nevada County Television and KVMR 89.5FM & 105.1FM. Representatives from CAL FIRE, Nevada County Sheriff's Office, Nevada County Office of Emergency Services, Grass Valley Police Department, Grass Valley Fire Department, California Highway Patrol, Nevada County Consolidated Fire District, and Nevada County Public Works talked about fire prevention, preparedness, and safety within our local Nevada County community.

On the heels of the containment of the most destructive fire in California, the meeting was extremely well attended with almost 500 residents coming to the Eric Rood Administrative Center to watch the meeting, and many more tuning in live on KVMR, NCTV's website or on cable channel 17, and live Facebook video feeds.

Wildfire prevention continues to be a Board priority for Nevada County, and increased efforts around proactive community outreach will continue. Nevada County is in the initial planning stages for partnering to host a Wildfire Town Hall in the Truckee-Tahoe area.

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December 3rd Warming Shelter

Better Together: Winter Warming Shelter Opened for Unsheltered Homeless

With temperatures dipping below freezing last weekend, the Emergency Cold Weather shelter opened for three nights. Sierra Roots volunteers and City of Nevada City staff swung into action to clear the way for facilities to open on Saturday, December 1st. 

Supported by funding from the County of Nevada, Sierra Roots has ramped up efforts to ensure safety for overnight guests and the surrounding community. Over the three days of operation, the shelter had an average of 25 guests. County staff assisted, providing cots and working with security staff to strengthen safety efforts at the shelter and the surrounding neighborhood.

The County wants to specifically acknowledge Sierra Roots volunteers who do all of the heavy lifting to provide this service to some of the most vulnerable residents of Nevada County.

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Nevada County Cannabis Conversation

Cannabis Conversation: Increase in Temporary Local Authorization Permits

In response to recent changes in State law, The Board of Supervisors passed a resolution on October 23rd authorizing the Community Development Agency (CDA) to establish a pre-application conditional process for temporary local authorization regarding cannabis cultivation for State temporary licenses. The intention of this program is to allow Nevada County cannabis farmers the opportunity to get in line with the State for a 2019 cannabis license, once the County’s permanent ordinance is adopted by the Board of Supervisors next year.

Currently CDA has issued temporary local authorizations to 118 customers with 8 other applications in the process of being reviewed. In addition, CDA staff has been working closely with applicable stakeholders over the past two months in an effort to continue to monitor the progress of the Environmental Impact Report, reviewing needed minor modifications to the draft ordinance, and creating a pre-application process in preparation of the permanent cannabis ordinance.

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Property Tax

Reminder: First Installment of Property Taxes Due by December 10th

Property tax bills were mailed October 31st. If you have not received your tax bill, you can retrieve a copy from the My Tax Bill web page. You will need to enter in your new Assessment/Fee number. This number is now a 12 digit number, taking your old Parcel number and adding zeros in the first and seventh positions. Example: 12-345-67-000 becomes 012-345-067-000.

First installments are due postmarked no later than December 10, 2018. Payments can be made online through e-check or credit/debit card (convenience fee applies), by mail, in-person or dropped in our 24-7 drop box located in the parking lot of the Rood Government Center in Nevada City.

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National Influenza Vaccination Week 2018: It’s Not Too Late!

It’s that time of year again — flu season. As family and friends are gathering for the holidays, flu activity is increasing. Get a flu vaccine now if you have not gotten vaccinated yet this season.

There are many reasons to get a flu vaccine. Flu vaccination can reduce your risk of flu illness, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu. Even if you are vaccinated and still get sick, flu vaccine can reduce the severity of your illness. It’s not too late to get a flu vaccine to protect yourself and your loved ones this flu season!
Nevada County Public Health is continuing to protect our communities from illness by offering flu vaccinations along with other CDC recommended vaccinations such as Pneumococcal, Diphtheria, and Pertussis vaccines. Speak with your physician about receiving the vaccine, or for those without a medical home, contact Nevada County Public Health to schedule an appointment with one of our immunization clinics.

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CAL FIRE Announces End of Fire Season, December 10th

CAL FIRE’s NEU Unit has announced transition out of fire season effective Monday, December 10th in Nevada, Yuba, Placer and Sierra Counties due to the recent rains and cooler temperatures across the region that have lowered the threat of wildfires.

This year we have seen the deadliest, the most destructive, the largest wildfire and most acres burned throughout the state in California’s recorded history. Statewide, CAL FIRE and firefighters from many local agencies battled over 6,228 wildfires that burned over 876,225 acres. This is over 650 more wildfires this year than normal. In the NEU Unit, CAL FIRE responded to 364 wildfires that charred 2,361 acres.

Residents are urged to still take precautions outdoors to prevent sparking a wildfire. A leading cause of wildfires this time of year is from escaped landscape debris burning. Before you burn, ensure it’s a permissive burn day by contacting the local air quality district and then make sure you have all required burn permits.

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Sheriff and Public Defender Offices Partner on Clothing Drive

Cold, wet weather has arrived here in Nevada County. People leaving the custody of the jail frequently face the prospect of release without appropriate clothing to deal with the elements.  This year, the Sheriff's Office and the Public Defender's Office are partnering and requesting donations of clean, gently used clothing to provide to folks who need it when they are released. 

Running through the end of February, donated items can be dropped at the Public Defender's Office Monday through Friday or at the lobby of the Wayne Brown Correction Facility Tuesday through Friday.  The most requested items are shoes, winter coats and jackets, women's sweaters and sweatshirts, women's long sleeved shirts in small and large sizes, men's clothing (pants, long sleeved shirts, sweaters, sweatshirts, etc.) in all sizes, and socks. 

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Nevada County Board of Supervisors seal

December 11th 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 December 11th meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Board Chambers at the Eric Rood Administrative Center in Nevada City.

Following Public Comment, the Board is recognizing Ms. Nancy Weber and Mr. John Drew for their dedicated service on the Board of Directors of the Nevada Irrigation District, Supervisor Hank Weston for twelve years of dedicated service as the District IV Nevada County Supervisor and a total of fifty-seven years of public service, and Keith Royal for 20 years of dedicated service as Nevada County Sheriff and a total of 45 years of dedicated public service in law enforcement.

Following the Consent Calendar and the Nevada County Sanitation District No. 1 Board of Directors items, the Board will hear a Presentation on the status of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in Nevada County.

Afterwards, the Board will consider resolutions approving and adopting the 10-year Strategic Plan to address homelessness in Nevada County and further partnerships with Hospitality House.

Later, at 11:15 a.m.. a public hearing will be held to consider approving a spending plan for Firewise Community Activities; Search, Rescue & Emergency Services, and Community Wildfire Protection Plans.

In the afternoon, a Public Community Forum pursuant to the Truth Act will be held. Afterwards, discussion regarding AB1600 Parks and Recreation Facilities Fee Nexus Study will be held and staff will be asking for Board direction to update the County’s Parks and Recreation mitigation fees.

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

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We're Hiring

Job Openings at Nevada County: Doris Foley Library Technician

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.

The Library Technician at the Doris Foley Library provides supervision of branch operations, staff and volunteers as well as providing programs, outreach, cataloging and archival project oversight. The ideal candidate should possess demonstrated excellence in customer service along with experience in the archives management, digitization, library science, and the demonstrated ability to provide programming to the public. The position requires a high level of technical expertise in working with emerging technologies, computer software, digitization equipment and web page design. Organizational skills are highly appreciated. Nevada County Community Library regularly receives recognition for its excellence in providing innovative and engaging community programs and services. 

To join our team, apply today!  Applications are due by December 18th at 5:00 p.m.

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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