Nevada County News - Engage with your local government from Nevada County CEO, Alison Lehman

Board Approves Retaining Local Affordable Housing Units

At Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board unanimously approved a request to re-syndicate up to $7.5 million dollars in multifamily housing revenue bonds by a 5-0 vote.

The Courtyards Penn Valley Apartments complex is located at 10533 Broken Oak Court in Penn Valley and provides low to very low income residents with 42 units of affordable housing at below market rental rates. With the tax advantages now expired and if a transfer of ownership occurred, the new property owners would not be obligated to continue the rental rate limitations required by the existing bonds and apartment renters could potentially be priced out of their homes.

By supporting the re-syndication of these multifamily housing revenue bonds, the Board of Supervisors has allowed for the protection of the affordability of these housing units for generations to come.

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Board Passes Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance to Address Housing Crisis

At Tuesday's March 26th Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board approved an ordinance to incentivize the development and use of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) as a strategy towards addressing the statewide affordable housing crisis and providing long term housing for residents of Nevada County.

With this vote, ADUs constructed after the effective date of the ordinance (April 26, 2019) are now prohibited as short term rentals, with exceptions for Agritourism, the Soda Springs Rural Center and the Town of Truckee Sphere of Influence; Owner Occupancy requirements were removed; deferrals for Road and Sewer Mitigation Fees when certain criteria are met; and removing the restriction of ADUs on parcels with Employee Housing.

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Situational Awareness event

Wildfire Speaker Series: Situational Awareness

On Monday, April 15th, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Board Chambers of the Eric Rood Administrative Center, Nevada County Office of Emergency Services presents Situational Awareness, the third in a four-part speaker series designed to educate and inspire the community to prepare for fire season.

Nevada County Sheriff Captain Jeff Pettitt, now overseeing Nevada County's Office of Emergency Services, and FREED Executive Director Ana Acton will cover the basics of fire preparedness as well as specific tips to help us all become more situationally aware. This is a great opportunity to check your CodeRED status, learn the latest advice about Red Flag Warning Days, and review how your plan may need to adapt based on time of day, location, or recent life changes.

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Ready Nevada County

Board Approves 3 Wildfire Preparedness Initiatives

The Nevada County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved 3 initiatives intended to decrease the risk of wildfire at Tuesday's meeting. These policy updates and contracts demonstrate the Board’s commitment to fire safety and preparedness as top priority.

At the meeting, the Board approved a partnership with Nevada County Consolidated Fire District to manage the oversight, administration and staff supervision over the County's defensible space inspection programs; adopted an update to the Urgency Hazardous Vegetation Ordinance to change who is able to enforce the article; and approved additional funding to support 10 new Firewise Communities becoming certified for a total of 34 Firewise Communities in Nevada County.

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CAL FIRE Online Burn Permits Now Available for Nevada County

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) has transitioned to online residential burn permits for residents living within the state responsibility area of Nevada, Yuba, Placer and Sierra counties effective immediately.

Applicants can access the application at, watch the mandatory video which reviews burning requirements and safety tips, fill in the required fields, submit the form and a dooryard burn permit will be created. Permits are valid for the calendar year in which they are issued and must be reissued annually on or after January 1st of each year.

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Public Health Seeks Disaster Health Care Volunteers

In the event of a disaster, staffing evacuation shelters requires many volunteers, including healthcare professionals such as Registered Nurses. Disaster Healthcare Volunteers is a database of healthcare professionals that can be drawn from and put into action in case of an emergency.

Volunteers sign up and their licenses/certificates are reviewed and verified through the database. Then staff from the Public Health Department approve the volunteer to be included in the list of people who can be called on in the event of a crisis.

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Property tax

Second Installment of Property Taxes Due by April 10th

Tina M. Vernon, Nevada County Treasurer and Tax Collector, would like to remind property owners that the second installment of the 2018-2019 secured tax bill is due April 10th by 5:00 p.m.  Payments must be received or show a postmark of April 10, 2019.  If mailing close to this date, please ask for a hand stamped postmark to ensure timely payment. If received after the April 10th date without a timely postmark, a 10% penalty plus a $10 cost will be added for late payment. 

If you own property in Nevada County and have not received a tax bill, a copy may be printed from the Tax Collector's website. 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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North San Juan Town Hall Meeting flyer

North San Juan Town Hall Meeting

If you are a North San Juan resident, mark your calendar for a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, April 11th, at 6:30 p.m. at the at the Oak Tree Lodge located at 18847 Oak Tree Road in Nevada City.

Nevada County District 4 Supervisor Susan Hoek is holding the meeting with Sheriff Shannan Moon, Public Works Director Trisha Tillotson, and Transit Service Manager Robin VanValkenburgh in conjunction with the Family Resource Center to discuss important issues that include law enforcement, road maintenance, and transit services. 

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Car Oil Filter

Oil Filter Recycling

Help keep our community clean by recycling your old oil filter and receive a new one for free!

Nevada County is partnering with Waste Management, Cal Recycle, Recycle Used Oil and AutoZone to offer this annual event. On Saturday, March 30th, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. bring a used automotive oil filter to AutoZone located at 412 Brunswick Road in Grass Valley and you will receive a new filter from AutoZone. There is a limit of two filters per Nevada County resident valued at $15 each or less.

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National Public Health Week

Nevada County Celebrates National Public Health Week

National Public Health Week is April 1st through 7th, and the Nevada County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to declare Public Health Week in Nevada County as well. Each year, during the first full week of April, communities across the country come together to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving the health of our nation.

According to the American Public Health Association, the U.S. not only spends more on healthcare than other comparable countries, but Americans live shorter lives and struggle with more health issues such as obesity, infant mortality, diabetes and heart disease. That's why this year's theme is "Creating the Healthiest Nation: For science. For action. For health."

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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.

The Clerk of the Board of Supervisors' office is is hiring a Board Clerk I or II. The mission of the Clerk of the Board is to provide the Board of Supervisors, County departments, and the citizens of Nevada County with professional and courteous service, easy access to public records, and facilitate open participation in the decision and policy-making of Nevada County government. The Board Clerk's duties include the performance of responsible and specialized administrative tasks in support of the work of the Board of Supervisors.

Apply today! Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on April 4th. Have a question? Contact Human Resources by calling (530) 265-7010 and selecting option 2.

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