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March 27th Board of Supervisors 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, Ms. Lindsey Dunckel will be presenting to the Board on Child Abuse Prevention Month: Mapping the Five Protective Factors Project in Nevada County. Later, Nevada County Social Services will be bringing a Resolution to the Board proclaiming April 2018 as “Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month” in Nevada County.

The Board will also be considering a Resolution proclaiming April 2nd through 8th as “Public Health Week” in Nevada County. Each year, the public health community celebrates Public Health Week by focusing on critical issues like preventing diseases to help people live longer, healthier lives.

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


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Nevada County Child Support Department ranks 2nd in State

Nevada County Child Support is proud to be recognized as one of the top performing child support offices in the State!

The California Department of Child Support Services prepares a report to the California Legislature each year detailing the performance of the program and the ranking of each local county child support agency.  For last year, Federal Fiscal Year 2017, the child support agency that serves both Nevada and Sierra counties, Sierra Nevada Regional Department of Child Support Services (SNRDCSS) ranked 2nd overall in performance.  

Each county is ranked upon their performance in five performance measures created by the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement.  The measures detail activities which help single parents by providing them much needed child support.  The five measures are:

  • Paternity Establishment (legally identifying the parents of children)
  • Establishing child support orders for single parents (either by stipulation or court order)
  • Percentage collected on those child support orders
  • Collection on past due child support
  • Cost effectiveness (measuring how much is spent to collect child support)
Sierra Nevada Regional Department of Child Support Services (SNRDCSS) is proud to be among the top performing child support agencies in the state and was able to achieve this milestone by using a family-centered approach.  "It's amazing how hard the child support staff here work.  All the congratulations belong to their dedication and desire to be the finest in the state.  They have made putting food on the table for our county's children their number one priority" said Tex Ritter, Director of Child Support Services for the county.  


"We found that letting parents have an increased say in how much their child support should be and how they want to pay it created a great working relationship with our department and the parents, and that resulted in better collections and greater collaboration.  It's been a great partnership and the parents are more engaged with us because we let them determine how to do what they do best, take care of their children, and we are here to assist in the record keeping and legal matters" said Tex.

In addition to meeting the needs of the residents of Sierra and Nevada counties, SNRDCSS also collaborates with neighboring small counties to share services in an effort to be cost effective. SNRDCSS operates as a call center for Plumas County and provides back up attorney services for Lassen, Tehama and Plumas counties. 

SNRDCSS Managers and Supervisors credit the success to a staff of hard working individuals whose innovative thinking and teamwork ensures they give exceptional service to their customers. 

The top five performing counties in 2017 are:

  1. San Luis Obispo
  2. Sierra Nevada Regional
  3. Plumas
  4. Placer
  5. Sonoma

Sierra Nevada Regional Department of Child Support Services (SNRDCSS) offers many free services for single parents. SNRDCSS is located at the Rood Center County Administration Building at 950 Maidu Avenue in Nevada City and the Brighton Greens Resource Center at 988 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. Walk-in appointments are welcome or schedule an appointment by calling (866) 901-3212.


Grant Funding for Fire Prevention

During the annual Nevada County Board of Supervisors Workshop, the Board made wildfire prevention efforts an A Priority. At the time, the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services (OES) provided the Board a list of goals to be achieved in 2018, and the Board gave OES direction to actively pursue state and federal hazard mitigation grant opportunities.

Since the Board Workshop in January, OES has secured almost twenty thousand from Golden State Finance Authority’s Fire Disaster Funds for assisting residents displaced within declared disaster areas. OES has also submitted Notices of Interest and concept proposals to five other grant programs for up to $8.5 million in funding if all are awarded. If awarded, funding from these grants would go towards vegetation management and chipping programs, local green waste sites, community education and outreach on wildfire prevention and preparedness, fire abatement inspections, updates to the County’s Vegetation Management Plan and Fire Safe Strategic Plan, and emergency safety initiatives in the Yuba River Canyon. Currently, OES is in the process of applying for four more grant programs to provide additional funding for the South Yuba Canyon Emergency Needs Project.

OES has also increased funding to community partners like the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, updated evacuation language to match local public safety agencies, and is updating Nevada County’s Hazardous Vegetation Abatement Ordinance.

Prepare for next fire season by reading the 2017-2018 Fire Season Guide and signing up for CodeRED emergency alerts.


Tractor for sale at Nevada County Spring Surplus Auction

County Surplus Auction Starting March 26th

Online bidding for Nevada County’s Online Spring Surplus Auction begins Monday, March 26th, 2018 at www.bidcal.com.  On-site preview will be held on Monday, March 26th, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the County Fleet Yard located at 12548 Loma Rica Drive in Grass Valley, CA.  Online bidding closes at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 28th, 2018. Auction includes tractors, trailers, chainsaws, trucks, SUV's, and more. Pictures and descriptions are available on the auction website.


State and Local Cyber Challenge

Nevada County Information Systems teams recently placed 6th and 15th in the Symantec State and Local Government Cybersecurity Challenge.  In this first-ever nationwide competition for government entities, participants were put in the cyber attacker's shoes in a capture-the-flag style exercise, to understand an attacker's targets, technology and thought processes.  This understanding of the hacker's point-of-view aids local governments in developing tools and processes to better defend against a cyberattack.  Skills learned by the Nevada County teams included understanding the vulnerabilities associated with today's global threat landscape, gaining critical security intelligence and collaborating with other government entities facing similar challenges.  

Security is a key initiative in the current Nevada County IT Strategic Plan.  This initiative's principles are weaved throughout all the County's projects and goals.  Events like this contribute to the increased security posture of the County.  Congratulations to all teams involved!


Gold Country Stage at Tinloy Station

Get to Know Your Local Transit

Connecting Point recently received funding from Caltrans to help residents in Eastern and Western Nevada County better understand their transportation options and learn how to use them to get On the Move. Connecting Point’s transportation navigator, Daniela Fernandez, has been riding the routes, talking to community members, and learning all there is to know about our local transit options. From Nevada County’s Gold Country Stage to Amtrak or using services like Lyft and Uber, the goal is to demystify local transit systems and help residents gain experience and confidence using public transportation.

If you are interested in travel training or public transit education, please contact Daniela at (530) 274-5601 or danielaf@connectingpoint.org. For more information about Gold Country Stage transit, visit Nevada County Transit's website or call (530) 477-0103 x 0.


Damaged Road

Road Closures

North Bloomfield Road, between Rock Creek Road and Edwards Crossing Bridge, will be closed to through traffic for utility work and/or roadwork on March 23, 2018.  The closure will take place between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (weather permitting). Access to businesses/residences will be maintained, however through traffic will be required to use an alternate route.
 
A cedar tree has fallen on North Bloomfield just south (Nevada City side) of the Edwards Crossing Bridge. The tree's root ball has taken out about half of the existing road at this location. The tree also damaged an AT&T phone line, affecting customers in the area. Road crews will be working throughout the day to make emergency repairs to this road. For additional information, including pictures and video of the road damage, find it on Facebook.

Please observe all traffic control signs and the instructions of onsite personnel.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your patience.  Contact the County of Nevada Department of Public Works at (530) 265-1411 for more details.



Guitarist

Upcoming Event at the Library

Join us at the Madelyn Helling Library when we kick off our collaboration with POV, the acclaimed Point-of -View documentary film series, with the screening of “Al Otro Lado” (To the Other Side).

This documentary tells the human story behind illegal immigration and drug trafficking between the U.S. and Mexico through the eyes of Magdiel, a 23-year-old fisherman and aspiring composer who dreams of a better life. “Al Otro Lado” was selected as part of the Tribeca Film Festival’s “All Access Program,” and had a week long run at the Museum of Modern Art in 2006.

“As movingly chronicled in Al Otro Lado, Natalia Almada’s debut Feature, the border is a place where one people’s dreams collide with another people’s politics, and the 200-year-old tradition of corrido music vibrantly chronicles it all.”-POV

This not to miss film will take place at 4:00 p.m. on March 30th in the Gene Albaugh Community Room at the Madelyn Helling Library. Local tamales and soft beverages will be served.  Please register in advance, as space is limited. Registration is available online.

This event is collaboration with POV, the award-winning independent nonfiction film series on PBS. (www.pbs.org/pov)

For more information, please contact Jill Davidson at (530) 265-7050
jillene.davidson@co.nevada.ca.us



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