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2020 Board Workshop

Supervisors Discuss 2020 Priorities at Board Workshop

The Board of Supervisors completed their annual workshop this Friday to discuss their annual priorities for the following year.

In 2020, fiscal stability, wildfire, housing, economic development, PSPS events, resiliency, homelessness and cannabis are all expected to be focus areas for County staff, pending a formal vote at the February 11th Board of Supervisors meeting.

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Citizen's Academy graduates

Apply for the County's 2020 Spring Citizen's Academy

As the Board of Supervisors wraps up their annual workshop, community members are encouraged to engage with their local government through the County's Spring 2020 Citizen's Academy.  Nevada County is now accepting applications for its 7th year of Citizen's Academy which offers a behind the scenes look at County government. Participants tour six 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 June. Applications are due February 14th.

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Better Together Nevada County

Nevada County Point-In-Time Homeless Count on Wednesday, January 29th

The Nevada County Point In Time (PIT) homeless count will take place on Wednesday, January 29th. The annual count is coordinated by the Nevada County Regional Continuum of Care, The Homeless Resource Council of the Sierras, and the County's Health and Human Services Agency. This year's PIT count will focus on collecting a detailed "sheltered" count, whereas odd-numbered years focus on both sheltered and unsheltered individuals and families.  

The County along with partner jurisdictions and nonprofit agencies, will open additional shelter operations in Nevada City, Truckee, and North San Juan. The Salvation Army on Alta street will be open to families.  The Shelters will all be open Tuesday the 28th and Wednesday the 29th. The Homeless Outreach and Medical Engagement (HOME) team and CalWORKS Housing Support Program Staff will assist the shelter operation staff in conducting the count.  

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Probation Chief Mike Ertola at Stepping Up meeting

Stepping Up and Prop 47 Planning Meeting

Behavioral Health is hosting the next Stepping Up community meeting on February 19th at 10:30 a.m. in the Empire Room at the Eric Rood Administrative Building.  The Stepping Up Initiative is a national initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jails.

In past community meetings, the focus has been on outlining behavioral health services currently available throughout the various stages of the criminal justice system, as well as identifying gaps and needs. 

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Board of Supervisors seal

January 28th Board Meeting Preview

Tuesday's January 28th meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Board Chambers at the Eric Rood Administrative Center in Nevada City. Unless otherwise noted, at the beginning of each meeting, the public can address the Board on items that don't appear on the agenda but are of public interest and are within the jurisdiction of the Board. 
 
After public comment, the Board will consider a Resolution proclaiming February 2020 as "Grand Jury Awareness Month" in Nevada County.

At 9:30 a.m., there will be a public hearing to consider approval of proposed increases in the Truckee Fire Protection District 2019-20 Capital and Mitigation Fees before considering a resolution to accept the changes.

The Board will then consider sending a Letter of Support to the California Energy Commission Opportunity supporting Spin Storage Systems' grant application to improve the power options for residents of Nevada County, in particular in regards to the recent Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS).

Afterwards, the Board will consider approving and adopting the County’s 457(b) and 401(a) plans through 2025.

Later at 11:00 a.m., Human Resources will be presenting Employee Service Awards to 85 County employees for their years of service in Nevada County.


Meeting Agenda


Elder Care

Elder Memory Care classes at Penn Valley and Madelyn Helling Libraries

Four classes on elder care and memory loss will be held at the Penn Valley Station Library and the Madelyn Helling Library starting on January 31st. 

These classes will be presented by Barbara Larsen the creator and author of Movement with Meaning.  Ms. Larsen is an educator and consult who has been working in the field of dementia care since 1985.  Her experience encompasses working with individuals with memory loss, family caregivers, and health care professionals.

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Scam Prevention for Seniors Workshops with the Truckee Library

The Truckee Library will host two free workshops on Monday, February 3rd, providing information to avoid scams primarily directed at senior citizens.  Ernesto Alvarado, from the Nevada County Adult Services Department, will show how computer scams, lottery scams, Facebook scams, and phone solicitor scams can be detected and avoided.  Seniors, care givers, and family are all welcome to attend!

The first workshop will be at the Truckee Donner Senior Apartments Center, 10040 Estates Dr. #A, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and the second workshop will be hosted from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Truckee Library.  The library is located at 10031 Levon Avenue in Truckee.

Library Events Calendar


Bridgeport Historic Covered Bridge

Student Art Competition on Bridgeport Bridge Restoration

The Save our Bridge Campaign Committee and the Sierra Gold Parks Foundation are pleased to sponsor this year's Nevada County Schools' Student art competition. The subject of the competition is "Flowing Through History -The Bridgeport Bridge Restoration Project". 

This partnership with the Nevada County Schools Superintendent's Office is a great opportunity for students throughout Nevada County to learn about the restoration of the iconic Bridge at Bridgeport, South Yuba River State Park and the significance this Bridge has in the history of California and Nevada County.  

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We're Hiring

Job Openings at Nevada County: Behavioral Health Worker

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 Behavioral Health Worker I,  II, or III to work as part of a team that provides case management linkage, along with rehabilitation counseling and basic life skills development. Additionally, the position involves helping clients succeed in unique programs for vocational and housing skill development.

Behavioral Health has a friendly, nurturing work environment and staff enjoys the privilege of serving individuals with serious mental illness. The work is always interesting and provides opportunities for collaborative, creative problem solving.  Behavioral Health hires individuals who are not only caring but also bring a sense of humor and fun at the right time.

Find out more information about this position online. Have a question? Contact Human Resources by calling (530) 265-7010 and selecting option 2.

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