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Supervisors Approve 3 Resolutions Moving Ponderosa West Grass Valley

Ponderosa West Grass Valley Defense Zone Project, the highest priority hazardous fuel reduction project in the Nevada County Community Wildfire Protection Plan, is moving forward with Board approval of 3 resolutions. Resolutions proclaiming a Local Emergency, accepting a grant from CAL FIRE's Fire Prevention Program in the amount of $2,536,477, and securing a contract with CAL FIRE for $1,000,000, mark important steps in launching this ambitious project.

The grant was submitted by the County of Nevada with the help of Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, who is named in the grant as a key project partner. Funding supports the creation of a shaded fuel break, or defense zone in a high risk region adjacent to the City of Grass Valley and focuses on the treatment of both private and Nevada County-maintained land.

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Supervisor Scofield at CSAC Press Conference

Supervisor Scofield Attends CSAC Press Conference on AB1054

District II Supervisor Ed Scofield attended California State Association of Counties' (CSAC) press conference on Monday, July 8th, at the State Capitol on Assembly Bill 1054 "Public utilities: wildfires and employee protection." Supervisor Scofield attended to support the urgency of the bill that passed through California Legislature yesterday, July 11th.

AB 1054 was recently amended to include the details of a comprehensive wildfire plan. According to CSAC, "this bill takes the additional step of enforcing utility safety standards, and assessing when and how costs arising from utility-caused wildfires can be passed on to ratepayers. AB 1054 also provides tools for utilities to manage liabilities, including options for debt management and a more substantial catastrophic wildfire fund. The bill accomplishes all of this while protecting the rights of victims, balancing the impacts on ratepayers, and holding utilities accountable."

Board Objectives Mid-Year Report

First County Progress Report is Presented to Supervisors

In an effort increase transparency and accountability regarding the work and resources dedicated to the Board of Supervisors' annual objectives, the County Executive Office has implemented performance management software which tracks progress on objectives set by the Board. At the July 9th Board of Supervisors meeting, Assistant County Executive Officer Mali Dyck presented the County's first mid-year report.

Starting with this first mid-year Progress Report, County staff will generate a new update to the report quarterly which will be available on the County Board of Supervisors website. These quarterly Progress Reports will increase transparency that will allow the Board and the public to have greater insight into the steps County departments and staff are taking toward accomplishing the Board's objectives.

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Citizen's Academy Graduation

One More Week to Apply for Citizen's Academy!

Nevada County is now accepting applications for its 6th year of Citizen's Academy! Citizen's Academy offers a behind the scenes look at County government where participants tour 6 County facilities, and learn from over twenty department presentations that cover a wide range of services from A (Agriculture) to Z (Zoning).

Citizen's Academy takes place on ten consecutive Monday evenings from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. starting in late August through early November. Applications are due next week on Friday, July 19th. Apply today!

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Nevada County Awarded 1st Place in Digital Counties Award

The Center for Digital Government (CDG) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) announced that Nevada County has received the 1st place Digital Counties award for the 150,000 population category in their Digital Counties Survey. The survey, conducted by CDG in partnership with NACo, identifies the best technology practices among U.S. counties that stand out for their commitment to using tech to improve quality of life, shore up cybersecurity, support municipal resources and more.

“We are a smaller shop, but we still have to deliver the same breadth of services that a larger organization has to deliver,” said Steve Monaghan, CIO of Nevada County. “Instead of doing 10,000 permits a year we might only do 2,000 permits, but we still have to support the same permit system.” Monaghan makes it work by empowering his customers to take ownership of their IT systems.

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Grass Valley Airshow and Brewfest 2019

Airshow and Brewfest at the Nevada County Airport, July 20th

The Golden Empire Flying Association is hosting The Airshow and Brewfest at the Nevada County Airport on July 20th. All proceeds from the show provide scholarships for flight training for youth interested in aviation careers and airport improvements.

The Airshow will have a variety of aircraft such as warbirds, experimental and vintage aircraft. There will be military fly-bys, airplane and helicopter rides available as well as large scale radio controlled model demos and competition drone racing. The Brewfest will have the finest breweries and wineries from the local area as well as music from the local Tom Petty Tribute band "Petty Luv". This is a family event that provides youth activities, an open house at the USFS/Cal FIRE Air Attack Base, classic cars and a variety of food. 

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Our Community: Aging and Disability Resource Conference, July 31st

The Nevada County Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) is hosting the 5th community conference on July 31st from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m at the Holiday Inn Express and Gold Miners Inn in Grass Valley.  The ADRC "No Wrong Door" approach connects individuals with long-term services and supports (LTSS) and safety-net services through coordination and collaboration with local partners.

This conference is aimed at youth and adults with disabilities, older adults, family members, caregivers and community organizations and will focus on current and emerging issues related to aging, disability, and LTSS.  The day will include professional speakers, information and resource opportunities and workshops.

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Free Disability Access Training, July 24th & 25th

The Nevada County Building Department is partnering with CalCasp Training and Education, the City of Nevada City, the City of Grass Valley, the Town of Truckee, the Nevada County Contractors Assocation and the Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe to host a free Disability Access Training on July 24th and 25th. The event is designed for business owners, non-profit organizations, contractors, architects, engineers, city/county staff, building inspectors, plans examiners, public works personnel, and/or anyone else wanting to learn more about disabled accessibility.

Mark and Paul are the co-owners of CalCasp. They have provided comprehensive building evaluations, plan review and training to organizations regarding state and federal disabled access requirements for the last decade. They are also the co-developers of BlueDAG, an ADA inspection and compliance software for public and private entities. The software is a comprehensive tool for accessibility assessment, management and reporting used across the country.

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Nevada County Community Library: Create. Connect. Inspire.

Library Pop-Up at Pioneer Park, July 13th

Library staff are popping up on Saturday, July 13th at Pioneer Park near the playground and carriage house between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Drop by to check out a book, find out about library programs and services, create a summer craft, or play a summer game!

Community members who do not have library cards can sign up at the pop-up and those who wish to can also sign up for summer learning. All ages are welcome!

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Job Openings at Nevada County: Behavioral Health Nurse

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.

Interested in joining a fast paced work environment filled with caring professionals dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable community members?  The Nevada County Behavioral Health Department is looking for a Limited-Term Behavioral Health Nurse I or Behavioral Health Nurse II to work as part of a clinical team that includes a supervisor, psychiatrist, case manager, therapist, and another nurse. This person provides support for medication refills, nursing assessments, assisting psychiatrists in daily duties, and coordinating services within the clinical team as well as with primary care and other agencies.   

Behavioral Health has a friendly, nurturing work environment and where staff enjoys the privilege of serving individuals with serious mental illness. The work is always interesting and provides opportunities for collaborative, creative problem solving. 

Apply today!  Applications due by August 5, 2019. Have a question? Contact Human Resources by calling (530) 265-7010 and selecting option 2.

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