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February 13th Board Meeting Preview

Board of Supervisors meetings take place every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. At the beginning of each meeting, the public can address the Board on items not appearing on the agenda, but are of public interest and are within the jurisdiction of the Board.

At Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board will award a Certificate of Recognition to the Golden Empire Flying Association for the new Nevada County Airport and Grass Valley Air Attack Base sign at the corner of Brunswick Road and Loma Rica Drive. Afterwards, Eli Ilano, Forest Supervisor of the Tahoe National Forest, will be giving the Board an update on the Tahoe National Forest.

The Board will also consider amending Elections 2017/2018 budget for the implementation of the Voters Choice Act in Nevada County.

At 1:30 p.m. the Board will begin discussing cannabis policy areas for the County's long-term cannabis ordinance. This is the first time the Board will address these policy areas since concluding the Cannabis Regulation Community Advisory Group process.

View the meeting agenda or watch Tuesday's Board meeting live or archived online from our website.


Stepping Up Fire Prevention Efforts

In the aftermath of the Lobo and McCourtney fires this past October, Nevada County's Office of Emergency Services (OES) is working to improve the fire prevention services provided to the public, increase public awareness on wildfire prevention, and create a safer, more resilient environment to wildfire in Nevada County.

It is a 2017 Priority A Board Objective to prioritize County policies and programs that reduce the risk of wildfire. County staff is recommending to significantly increase funding for the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County and Nevada County OES by nearly 400% for fiscal year 2018/2019. This increase will be considered by the Board of Supervisors during the 2018/2019 budget process this year.

Nevada County OES is also aggressively applying for additional grant funding to go towards fire prevention and mitigation in Nevada County. Recently, OES submitted a Notice of Intent to apply for a Mitigation Grant which would provide funding to implement roadside vegetation clearing for 150 miles of County roads, provide additional green waste sites throughout the County, and provide more low income chipping and defensible space programs for Nevada County residents if it is awarded.
To implement effective mitigation efforts within neighborhoods, staff is working with local Fire Chiefs to update Nevada County's current Hazardous Vegetation Abatement Ordinance. The update will include vegetation management best practices, including mitigating the impacts hazardous vegetation can have on neighboring properties and homes.

Communicating effectively is especially important during times of emergencies. OES has worked with Cal Fire to update and match Nevada County's evacuation language with local fire personnel, which will result in more efficient evacuations. Staff is also coordinating with fire personnel to help local communities update their evacuation plans and be better prepared for an emergency evacuation situation.

Nevada County OES will also be attending community events to educate and register residents for CodeRED, Nevada County's emergency alert system. The CodeRED system will also undergo system testing and will be upgrading to have Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS) capability in the future.

If you'd like Nevada County OES to come to your next community event and help residents sign-up for CodeRED, contact John Gulserian at oes@co.nevada.ca.us or call (530) 265-1515. If you haven't already registered for CodeRED emergency alerts, sign-up online today.


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Cannabis Conversation: Board to Discuss New Cannabis Ordinance

At Tuesday's February 13th Board of Supervisor's meeting, the Board is scheduled to discuss cannabis policy areas for the County's long-term cannabis ordinance. This will be the Board's first cannabis discussion since the January 9th joint Board/Community Advisory Group (CAG) meeting where the CAG recommendations were presented and the CAG process officially concluded.

No action item, such as a resolution, is requested of the Board at Tuesday's meeting. However, the Board is expected to provide enough direction for County Counsel to begin drafting a revised ordinance. Discussion topics may include zoning, setbacks, cultivation limits, and commercial activities. In order to maximize the Board's discussion time to provide direction, public comment on this item will be limited to thirty (30) minutes at this meeting. Those who wish to provide public comment are encouraged to provide a written statement emailed or delivered to the Board office.  All comments will be distributed to all Board members as they are received. If there is not enough time to cover all the policy areas at Tuesday's meeting, the policy questions will come back to the Board at a later date for more detailed consideration.

Under Nevada County's current cannabis ordinance, all commercial cannabis activity, including cultivation, is expressly prohibited. Therefore, no local permits or State licenses have been issued to businesses in the unincorporated jurisdiction of Nevada County for commercial cannabis activities.  To date, Nevada City is the only jurisdiction in Nevada County that has begun permitting medical cannabis businesses, allowing such businesses to apply for State licensure.

The item is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 13th. Find the meeting agenda and the Board packet for the item online.


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Library Card Design Contest for National Poetry Month

In honor of National Poetry Month in April, the Nevada County Community Library is launching a new, poetry-themed Library Card Design Contest! The Library is calling on artists and writers of all ages to submit a creative, original design following some simple guidelines. Here is how it works:
 

  • Visit your local library branch on or after February 12th to pick up the library card design form and template.
  • Follow the rules listed on the form, which includes adding the words "Nevada County Community Library" in your design and only using original, unpublished work free of copyright.
  • Return your completed form and template to any library branch between February 12th and March 5th.
  • The winners will be chosen from four categories, including youth under 10 years old, teens 11-17, adults 18 years or older, and the Poet Laureate's Choice from all entrants.
  • Winning designs will be featured on official Nevada County Community Library cards and will be recognized by the Nevada County Board of Supervisors.
  • Library cards with winning designs will be launched during the month April.


Previous library card design contests have been incredibly fun and successful, and this one will be no different!

For more information, please contact Crystal Miles, Madelyn Helling Library Branch Manager, at (530) 265-7078.


Gold Country Stage buses

Transit Free Fare Days, February 14th

County of Nevada Transit Services has received a Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) air quality grant that provides public transit funding assistance for projects that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve mobility.

Gold Country Stage will provide free fares for all riders on all routes, and will be operating their normal schedules and times on Wednesday, 2/14, from 5:50 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Free Fare Valentine's Day is "Gold Country Stage Rider Appreciation Day." Thank you to all bus riders and bus rider wannabe's. Hop on board and ride on!

Bus schedules are available in the Gold Country Stage Rider's Guide, at www.goldcountrystage.com or call the office (530) 477-0103 x 0 for travel planning information.

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