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Friday Memo for 11/16/2012

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Friday Memo for 11/16/2012
Published on: 11/16/2012 2:58 PM
Nevada County Friday Memo

Friday Memo for 11/16/2012

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County Furloughs Planned for December

Most County offices will close Monday, December 24 – Tuesday, January 1, in observance of the December holidays and previously announced furlough days.

The furlough days are non-compensated and were negotiated with our labor unions as a way to save money during a time of significant revenue decline.  The County worked hard to keep the number of days to a minimum.  Each of the furlough days saves approximately $27,000, for an overall savings of $135,000 for the year.

Closures will not impact access to public-safety and other 24-hour operations. The following Departments will be open during designated furlough days:  Departments of District Attorney, Sheriff, Probation, Public Works, Register of Voter, Clerk-Recorder, and Public Defender.
The County encourages the community to plan ahead for needed services and to visit www.mynevadacounty.com for additional information on county departments.
We apologize for any inconvenience these closures might cause to citizens who rely on County services. 

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Update on the Cost of Lester et al

As has been reported in the media and in a previous Friday Memo, a major real estate fraud case is in its early stages in the Nevada County Superior Court. The case is being prosecuted by the State Attorney General, and defense is being provided by the County’s indigent defense fund for three of the four defendants. It is estimated that the defense costs of these three individuals to the County’s general fund may be in excess of $600,000 annually. Through October 31, the direct costs of this case for Nevada County have been $26,000, including costs of setting up a common office for defense at the Courthouse, attorney fees, and other costs. Indirect costs related to work from the Chief Executive Office are excluded from the tally.

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Wesley Nicks has announced his resignation as Director of Environmental Health

Wesley Nicks has announced his resignation as the Nevada County Director of Environmental Health effective December 7th.  He has accepted the position of Director of Environmental and Public Health in the Placer County Health and Human Services Department.  This will be a newly reorganized department in Placer County which will also include Animal Control.

In the 6 years that Wesley has been with Nevada County, he has shown leadership overseeing and enhancing the County’s Environmental Health programs.  Wesley has brought management and implementation of numerous mandated programs to the local level, enhancing County control of these programs.  Wesley has monitored and controlled the growth of programs to insure their success with limited staff resources.  Wes has also worked to insure improved customer service and satisfaction during his tenure here.  We will miss his leadership and contributions. 
The Community Development Agency is working closely with Wes on a plan to insure a smooth transition.  We wish him the best in his future endeavors.

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County Emergency Preparedness Tested this Week

On Thursday, November 15, 2012, Nevada County participated in an annual exercise sponsored by the California Department of Public Health. The scenario for this year’s exercise was a devastating earthquake in the Bay Are that caused a large influx of people to Nevada County. The simulated influx of over 5,000 people challenged the Nevada County Public Health Department and the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services to provide support to local health care agencies who’s services were stressed, and to provide care and shelter for displaced families.

As part of the exercise the Nevada County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated and staffed with county personnel who utilized the new EOC website based Incident Application that enabled County officials to receive real-time information while the EOC was activated.

This year’s exercise involved over 15 local health care agencies (hospitals, clinics, and nursing facilities) and over 30 county employees.

I personally received an executive briefing from the EOC team leads as part of the exercise and saw first hand what a professional and well coordinated job they were doing.  Hopefully you all had the opportunity to log onto the EOC site with your iPads and follow the activities.

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