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Board Meeting Preview: March 13th

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, a 10:30 a.m. public hearing is scheduled to consider amendments to the County's Land Use and Development Code, including an additional definition and permitting requirements for Agritourism in Nevada County.

Then, at 11:00 a.m., Nevada County's Human Resources Director, Seth Schapiro, will be presenting Employee Services Awards to 121 County employees for their years of public service at Nevada County.

At 1:30 p.m. a second public hearing is scheduled to hear the appeals on a proposed AT&T Communication Tower on Burning Bush Road in Nevada City.

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

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Updated Emergency Evacuation Language

When an emergency happens, it is important to understand what to do to help keep you and your family safe. This could be evacuating immediately, preparing to evacuate, sheltering-in-place, or being rescued. Remember, if a public safety official tells you that need to evacuate it is because your safety is immediately threatened and you could be interfering in the work of emergency personnel by staying in an area.

Nevada County's Office of Emergency Services has been working on how to better communicate with residents during emergency events, including updating their emergency evacuation language. During the evacuations for last year's Lobo and McCourtney fires, residents expressed confusion around evacuation orders and if they were required to evacuate or not. To minimize the chance of confusion, Nevada County's evacuation language now matches the language that public safety officials, such as CalFire, use.

Residents should familiarize themselves with the evacuation language below and register for CodeRed, the County's emergency alert system, to prepare for an emergency event. Registering your landline or your cell phone can alert you of an emergency in your neighborhood.

Immediate Evacuation Order:
Requires the immediate movement of people out of an affected area due to an imminent threat to life. Choosing to stay could result in loss of life. Staying may also impede the work of emergency personnel. Due to the changing nature of the emergency, this Immediate Evacuation Order may be the only warning that people in the affected area(s) receive.    

Evacuation Warning:
Alerts people in an affected area(s) of potential threat to life and property. People who need additional time should consider evacuating at this time. An Evacuation Warning considers the probability that an area will be affected and prepares people for a potential Immediate Evacuation Order.

Advises people to stay secure at their current location by remaining in place as evacuation will cause a higher potential for loss of life.

Emergency actions taken within the affected area to recover and remove injured or trapped citizens. Responders have specific training and personal protective equipment necessary to accomplish the mission i.e., hazard material spill, swift-water rescue, etc. Boundaries of the areas where rescue is planned should be identified on the incident map with notification that entry is restricted to rescue workers only.

Prepare for a wildfire with the 2017-2018 Fire Season Guide created in partnership by Nevada County's Office of Emergency Services, Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, and local public safety agencies. If you need assistance signing-up for CodeRed, call Nevada County's Office of Emergency Services at (530) 265-1212.

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Public Works Introduces "Ask Nevada County" to the Board

"Ask Nevada County" is a new mobile app and online citizen service request system for users to submit service requests, from road maintenance to environmental health concerns, through their smartphones and online. At Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting, Public Works introduced the service request platform to the Board explaining its current use and ability to grow into other service areas within the County.

Online and mobile app users are able to submit service requests to County departments within the Community Development Agency through Ask Nevada County on a wide variety of topics and concerns, including drainage, potholes and pavement maintenance, problem roadside brush and trees, dirt road issues, dead animals, and illegal dumping. Users can submit requests and comments on Road Maintenance, Environmental Health, Trash and Recycling, Sewer Service, Agriculture, and Transit services. Once registered, users can track their service requests in real time, receive email status updates and information on the scheduled work, submit additional video and photos, and sign up for alerts on other service requests of interest. Users can also submit requests anonymously.

Ask Nevada County also links users to important County information through in-app tools like Nevada County Places, show users nearby service requests, and provide quick access to Nevada County’s Facebook page and website. Ask Nevada County provides residents with ways to engage with their government, gain greater insights into issues in their community, and quickly see how Nevada County is working to solve their issues and concerns.

The Ask Nevada County mobile app is available for free in Apple’s App Store or in Android Google Play. To submit a service request through Ask Nevada County online, visit Nevada County’s website.

For more information, please contact Joshua Pack at (530) 265-7059 or by email:

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Nevada County Library: March Travel Talk

"One woman, one horse, and 48 states for domestic violence awareness", is the mission that local equestrian Meredith Cherry saddled up to achieve. She set out from Penn Valley on January 1, 2017 and so far she has travelled over 4,500 miles through 14 states accompanied only by her horse Apollo and her hitchhiking cat, Hermes.

Now for the first time since the ride began, Meredith will be sharing the adventure at the Madelyn Helling Library at the next Travel Talk program.  She will provide photos and insights on traveling the western half of the U.S. by horse. Don't miss the chance to learn about her exciting journey before she climbs back in the saddle for another two years of riding!

Join the adventure at 5:00 p.m. on March 12th in the Gene Albaugh Community Room at the Madelyn Helling Library. Registration is available online at the Nevada County Library's website.

For more information or if you have a great travel experience that you would like to share with the community, please contact Jill Davidson at (530) 265-7050 or

Food Waste Prevention Week

It's Food Waste Prevention Week! On average, a family of four spends about $1,500 more per year on food that ends up being thrown away. Food waste causes environmental and economic costs that can be prevented by reducing the amount of food that ends up in the trash.

Unused food results in unnecessary expenses for everyone. Money spent along the food production chain, including the cost of energy, water, fertilizer, harvesting, production, storage, and transportation, is also wasted. In all, Californians throw away almost 12 billion pounds of food each year. That amounts to 18 percent of all the material that goes to landfills in the state.  Unfortunately, in a state where 1 of 8 people are food insecure, food is the largest single component of our disposal stream.

This week, Californians are encouraged to take simple actions to prevent food waste. For example:

  • Plan your meals for the week before you go shopping and buy only the items needed to prepare those meals. By making a shopping list with weekly meals in mind, you can save money and prevent food waste.
  • Look in your refrigerator and cupboards first to avoid buying food you already have. Make a list each week and plan upcoming meals around that food.
  • Freeze food such as bread, sliced fruit, meat or other items that can spoil quickly. Freezing food is one of the most effective methods for preserving food at home.
  • When preparing meals, use the edible parts of food that you normally do not eat. For example, beet tops can be sautéed for a delicious side dish, and vegetable scraps can be made into stock.
  • Learn the difference between "sell-by, "use by," "best-by," and other expiration date labels to prevent wholesome food from being disposed.

There are many other simple, effective strategies to help reduce food waste at home. These changes can reduce more than 20 pounds of food waste per person, per month—and they can reduce California's greenhouse gas emissions and combat global climate change. When sent to landfills, food and other organic waste decomposes and generates methane, a super pollutant with a heat-trapping effect at least 86 times greater than carbon dioxide. 

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