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Nevada County leaders and Race Communications staff at the January 10th CPUC meeting

CPUC Greenlights Bright Fiber Network Internet Project

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted to approve the purchase of Bright Fiber Network, Inc. by Race Telecommunications, Inc., giving the green light to a fiber-to-the-home build, servicing 1,941 households in western Nevada County. The project was approved with a unanimous 4-0 vote. Nevada County leaders attended the CPUC meeting in San Francisco to give statements in support of the transfer.

The CPUC granted an extension of the original deadline for construction to May 2020.  Race has already completed the engineering for the amended project and said it will immediately begin the permitting process with the local authorities and seek to complete the project within the required timeframe.

Race and Bright Fiber will hold a Town Hall meeting for the community in the evening on Wednesday, January 30th to describe the amended project to interested community members and to answer any questions.  The location and time of the Town Hall will be announced shortly.

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Draft Cannabis EIR Released

The draft cannabis Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was released this morning, Friday, January 11th, following the timeline needed to have the County’s permanent cannabis ordinance in place by the start of this year’s cannabis grow season.

The public can submit written and email comments on the draft cannabis EIR by submitting them to the Planning Department through February 25th at 5:00 p.m. The draft Cannabis EIR will also come before Nevada County’s Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors for review over the coming months.

The public comments received on the draft cannabis EIR through February 25th are part of a 45 day comment period. County staff will be working on responses to those as received to keep the cannabis EIR on track with the timeline to adopt the County’s permanent cannabis ordinance in the spring.

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Wildfire Insurance Resources

Have you or someone you know recently lost your wildfire insurance? Many members of the community are being notified that their premiums are on the rise, or that their policies are no longer being underwritten.

Resources do exist for high-risk homeowners living in the Urban Interface who are having difficulty obtaining insurance coverage for wildfire. Consumers in high risk fire areas who are unable to find standard home insurance can purchase fire insurance through the California FAIR Plan, which was created by the Legislature and Governor in 1968 to provide fire insurance where it is not otherwise available. The FAIR Plan provides access to a consumer-friendly database on its website where users can easily find registered brokers near them who can help them apply for coverage.

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How the Partial Federal Government Shutdown Affects Nevada County

The United States Federal Government is in the midst of a partial government shutdown. A government shutdown happens when Congress does not pass funding bills or the president fails to sign them before the previous appropriations run out.

Congress has already funded about 75 percent of the federal government through September 2019, leaving 25 percent unfunded. As a result nine out of fifteen federal departments have closed or reduced operations. Nevada County day-to-day operations are not expected to be dramatically affected, however federal partnership agencies are expected to have a reduction of operational capabilities during this time causing a delay in payments and requested information.

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Need Health Insurance? Apply through Covered California by January 15th

The deadline for applying for health insurance under Covered California is coming up on Tuesday, January 15th.

Through Covered California, low and middle income individuals and families may purchase health insurance and they may qualify for financial assistance to pay the health insurance premiums through Health Insurance Premium Tax Credits and Cost Savings Assistance.  The Premium Tax Credits can be paid to the consumer when they file their Federal Income Tax Returns, or they may choose to receive the benefit of the tax credits each month by way of Advanced Premium Tax Credits, which are paid directly to the insurance companies toward their premium.  In order to qualify for these tax credits, consumers must apply during an open enrollment period and the current open enrollment closes on January 15th. 

Under certain circumstances, consumers will also qualify for a Special Enrollment Period, which runs for 60 days from the date of the qualifying event.  Consumers may claim a Special Enrollment Period if they lose other coverage (Medi-Cal, employer sponsored coverage, COBRA, student health care or coverage from a parent), move to California, get released from jail or prison, get married or have a baby. 

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County Receives Improved Credit Rating Resulting in Cost Savings

Nevada County has received news that the County's Standard & Poors (S&P) credit rating has improved from the A+ rating received on previous bonds to AA for the bonds to be issued for the new Nevada County Operations Center which will house the County’s Roads, Fleet, and Transit operations. This improvement to the County’s rating reflects S&P's view of the county's strong economy, strong management and good financial policies and practices, and very strong financial flexibility.

The improved rating reflects strength in assessed values of properties in the county, and the adoption of a debt policy that places quantitative restrictions on debt issuance and adoption of a 15% minimum reserve fund balance policy, and several years of positive operations that have contributed to a strong fund balance to sustain operations and meet financial challenges.

David Leifer, Senior Managing Director of the County’s Financial Advisor (KNN Public Finance), is very experienced in these matters and commented that “an AA rating is really exceptional for any County, and particularly so for one of Nevada County’s size and economic base.  I strongly believe that the strength of County management and the County’s prudent financial practices and policies played a key role.  That’s a testament to Management, other County staff and the Board.”

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See an Abandoned Vehicle? Report it to Code Compliance

Did you know the County has an Abandoned Vehicle Abatement program? The purpose of this program is to remove abandoned vehicles from public right of ways.  This program is for vehicles that have been abandoned in the same location for more than 72 hours.

The public can report abandoned vehicles to Nevada County’s Code Compliance division, where staff will tag the vehicle as abandoned, notify the last registered owner by mail, and tow the vehicle in no less than 10 days after notification.

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Building Outpost at the Nevada County Contractors Association

Visit the Building Department Satellite Outpost

Are you tired of waiting in a line when obtaining building permits, submitting construction plans, or completing other related Building Department service requests? The Nevada County Building Department has a satellite outpost with a self-service kiosk at the Nevada County Contractors' Association building located at 149 Crown Point Court in Grass Valley.

Building Department staff are also onsite Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. to provide additional services and help answer questions. The Nevada County Building Department Outpost at the Nevada County Contractors' Association provides quick, more personal service and you rarely have any wait times.

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YubaNet's 25 Weeks to Prepare for Fire Season: Brush Clearing and Disposal

It's not too early to start preparing for the 2019 fire season. Follow along with YubaNet’s weekly articles aimed at helping residents take “bite sized” steps to prepare for the next high fire season. Over 25 weeks the articles will address, “vegetation management on private properties, how to harden your home, what you need to do now to be ready if/when evacuations are being called for your area, how-to guides for communication plans, evacuation plans, how Nevada County Schools prepare for wildfire and more. Each story will have resources to help you keep your family safe.”

Week 5 is about brush clearing and disposal. Winter is a great time to clear brush and hazardous vegetation from your property because of the lowered fire risk, softer soil, and fewer leaves. Find out more about the different ways you can safely clear brush from your property.

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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.

Do you have a passion and desire for helping people? Do you enjoy working in a fast paced environment? Have you ever considered working as a Sheriff's Dispatcher? This highly sought after career allows you to be the initial first responder assisting the community in their time of need.  If you are someone who is able to handle multiple tasks at once and doesn't mind shift work including nights and holidays, this is the perfect opportunity for you.  Our 9-1-1 dispatch center is staffed with highly dedicated professionals that answer over 150,000 calls a year. Apply now to become a part of this rewarding team.

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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