In October, the County Executive Office released the Third Quarter Report, which summarizes the initiatives and performance measures used to track progress toward the Board of Supervisors’ 2021 policy objectives.
Below are our 2021 objectives, followed by just a few of the third quarter highlights that stood out to me. You can access the full report here.
Financial stability and core services
The County is experiencing financial stability, as indicated by the following key indicators:
- General Fund revenues, as a % of adopted budget, are performing slightly better than historical averages through the first quarter of the fiscal year (July – June)
- Collection of more than $2M in delinquent property related taxes.
- The delivery of core services has been sustained by the overall fiscal stability and the dedication of County staff, even as the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors have stretched staff capacities and increased service needs in the community.
- Led River Fire Response and Recovery efforts. Advocated for State and Federal assistance. Started year long process for residential recovery, public recoupment of funds and Bear River Watershed protection.
- Secured two FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grants totaling $1,014,440 in Phase I to provide defensible space assistance to 123 low-income residents and those with access and functional needs. OES anticipates receiving a total of $4,023,738 in Phase II to provide defensible space assistance for 775 additional residents.
- Using American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, the Board granted nearly $200,000 in micro-grants to support small businesses.
- Year to date since January, SBC has provided 1020 free counseling hours to 325 clients in Nevada County.
- The Broadband Work Group developed the scope of work and hired a consultant, Ascent Environmental, Inc., for a Countywide Environmental Impact Report (EIR) designed to expedite shovel-ready broadband projects (approved by the Board on 10/12/21). This programmatic EIR should help local internet service providers overcome CEQA specific barriers to implementing local last-mile broadband projects in Nevada County.
- Received approval from Board of Supervisors for Cannabis Equity Grant assessment and program.
- Approved 18 cannabis cultivation permits.
- Housing and Community Services, in partnership with City of Grass Valley and City of Nevada City, successfully established the Nevada County Regional Housing Trust Fund using Permanent Local Housing Allocation (PLHA) funds as well as a State Housing Trust Fund match award. The WNCRHTF has been implemented and is being used to fund the Cashin's Field project
- Housing and Community Services has selected a provider for the Landlord Liaison and Recruitment (LLR) program. The program is currently underway and is being promoted to the public through press releases, collaboration with local businesses, and through Community Solutions and the Built for Zero initiative.
- Began construction on Cashin's Field, a 51-unit affordable housing development. Continued construction on Brunswick Commons, which includes 41 units of affordable housing with 12 units designated for homeless individuals with mental illness. Construction was completed on 31 units of affordable senior housing.
- Worked with the Nevada Regional Continuum of Care to draw down funding for homeless services, including funding related to COVID- 19, as well as coordinating efforts within the department to apply for new funding sources for homelessness services.
As we quickly approach the end of the fourth quarter of 2021, I think we’ve made good progress on each of the Board’s seven major objectives, and I look forward to the final report at our January 2022 Board Workshop.