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July 17th Board Meeting Preview

Board of Supervisors meetings typically take place every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. However, for the month of July, a special meeting is scheduled for July 17th, the 3rd Tuesday of the month, with no regular Board meeting scheduled for the 4th Tuesday. Towards the beginning of each regular 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, District Ranger of the Tahoe National Forest - Yuba River Ranger District, Mr. Alonzo “Lon” Henderson, will introduce himself to the Board.

Later, at 9:30 a.m., there will be a public hearing to consider the approval of proposed increases to Development Impact Mitigation Fees, also known as AB 1600 Fees, for the Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District. Afterwards, the Board will consider a resolution adopting the proposed Development Impact Mitigation Fees.

At 11:00 a.m. Human Resources will be presenting the 2017 Employee Recognition Awards to County staff for the categories of Employee of the Year, Supervisor of the Year, Innovative Employee of the Year, Above and Beyond Employee of the Year, Multiplier of the Year, Collaborative Employee or Team of the Year, and Rookie of the Year.

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


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Nevada County Named 1st  in Population Category for Digital Counties Nationally

Nevada County has been announced as this year’s first place winner for the 15th annual Digital Counties Survey in the up to 150,000 population category. The survey, conducted by Center for Digital Government (CDG) and the National Association of Counties (NACo), identifies the best technology practices among U.S. counties, including initiatives that streamline delivery of government services, encourage open data, collaboration and shared services, enhance cyber-security and contribute to disaster response and recovery efforts.

"Innovative counties are utilizing technology and data to better inform and protect themselves and their citizens, to save taxpayer money and to provide a better citizen experience," said Teri Takai, executive director, CDG. "The Center for Digital Government congratulates this year’s winners for all the efforts they are making to improve the lives of their residents and others."

Citizen engagement is a priority for Nevada County with the County’s new website that was re-energized in the summer of 2017. Additional strategic initiatives include increased agility, moving additional applications to the cloud, and taking a pro-active approach to cyber-security. The Board of Supervisors’ strong information and communications technology investment policies and enterprise technology reserve funding has been a key to success.  

Find more information about the 2018 Digital Counties Survey and this year’s winners online.


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Local Jurisdictions Get Behind Broadband

Nevada County has played a role in promoting increased local broadband coverage since 2000, from supporting the Economic Resource Council’s (ERC) efforts with the Broadband Leadership Council to helping community leaders lobby for broadband funding from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). As a cornerstone of the County's economic development strategy, broadband is vital to the economic interest and health of the community. High-speed broadband connections can have a positive impact by promoting the diversification of the economy, attracting and retaining high-wage businesses and companies, and increasing the long-term investment in information technology sectors.

To continue that effort, Nevada City, Grass Valley, and Nevada County recently passed resolutions supporting the expansion, access, and usage of broadband in the community. The Resolutions highlighted the benefits of having advanced communication services, such as high-speed broadband, in a rural community like Nevada County. Lower-cost, high-capacity bandwidth has become increasingly available in metropolitan areas. For Nevada County, this would attract new businesses, enhance telemedicine for healthcare, improve capabilities for distance learning for education, offer better coordination between public safety agencies in remotes areas of the County, and increase access for both educational and employment opportunities.

Find more information about Nevada County’s support for broadband, in partnership with Grass Valley and Nevada City, online.


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Board Unanimously Place Commercial Cannabis Business Measure on November Ballot

The Nevada County Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously placed a local Commercial Cannabis Business Measure for voter consideration on the November 6 ballot to generate up to $3 million annually for essential county services such as crime prevention and investigation, and enforcement of cannabis licensing, operation, and public safety, and environmental regulations.

If enacted, this measure would ensure cannabis businesses in unincorporated Nevada County pay their fair share to help protect residents' public safety, health, and essential services, and will help bring cannabis businesses out of the shadows and ensure appropriate regulation. Importantly, the measure would provide local control over local needs as by law, and no money could be taken by the state.

If adopted by voters, the Commercial Cannabis Business Measure would place a tax rate not to exceed $10 per square-foot or $8 per ounce on cultivation and/or up to 10% of gross receipts for all cannabis businesses in unincorporated Nevada County. Only cannabis businesses would pay the tax. 

Funds from the Measure would be subject to strict accountability provisions including financial audits and public review of expenditures that ensure funds are spent efficiently and responsibly.

Recently commissioned independent public opinion research conducted in May 2018 by Godbe Research evaluated constituent essential services priorities as well as interest in a potential local cannabis business measure, with percentages as high as nearly 61% indicating support for a measure to maintain essential services in Nevada County. 

For more information, visit Nevada County’s Cannabis Conversation website.


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Freedom from Smoking Workshop and Tobacco Education

Nevada County Public Health has partnered with Connecting Point to offer a free workshop to help Nevada County residents get the tools, strategies, and supports they need to quit smoking.

Freedom from Smoking, an 8-class series beginning July 18th, is a proven way to quit smoking—and stay quit—even if you’ve tried before. Over the course of eight classes, you'll set a quit date, build a quit plan, and work through your new smoke-free life with the support of your classmates. Participants will learn ways to manage stress, avoid weight gain, and stay active during and after their quit. Those who complete the full series will receive a $50 gift card.

Freedom from Smoking classes are July 18, 25 & August 1, 3, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Connecting Point office at 208 Sutton Way in Grass Valley. The workshop is free and open to the public. Interested residents can register online today.

Tobacco use remains a challenging subject for providers of behavioral health and substance use treatment services. With many co-occurring challenges in these populations, including homelessness, addiction, and competing health priorities, tobacco use is sometimes overlooked in the treatment plan. To raise awareness about this important issue, Nevada County Public Health's Tobacco Use Prevention Program brought nationally recognized trainers Drs. Chad and Cindy Morris from the University of Colorado to Grass Valley on June 14th. They provided information to local service providers about the statistics and special concerns for high-risk groups, focusing on strategies to help high-risk groups quit using nicotine, and shared resources with participants.

UCSF estimates that 1 in 5 adults have a mental illness. Of those, 36% smoke cigarettes. This is a concerning social justice issue as individuals with mental illness or substance issues suffer from higher rates of disability and death from tobacco related illnesses, cancers, respiratory and heart disease than the general population.

If you would like to learn more about group classes to quit smoking, contact Karen at Connecting Point at (530) 274-5601. If you'd like more information on tobacco education, or are interested in becoming involved with the Tobacco Use Prevention Coalition, contact Shannon at shannon.glaz@co.nevada.ca.us.


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Purdon Road at Shady Creek Bridge Replacement Project Begins

The Purdon Road Bridge at Shady Creek, located just south of Tyler Foote Road, was set to begin replacement on Thursday, July 12th.

The bridge has exceeded its useful life and does not meet current County and Caltrans design standards for structural components and load carrying capacity. As a result, the bridge has been classified as "Structurally Deficient" and in need of replacement.

The County Board of Supervisors awarded a contract to Viking Construction on June 26th. Project construction was set to begin on July 12th and be completed by the end of the year. The project is fully funded through the federal Highway Bridge Program designed to repair or replace structurally deficient bridges. This is the sixth bridge repaired or replaced in Nevada County in the past two years utilizing federal grant funding. Four additional bridges are scheduled for repair or replacement by 2021.

Purdon Road is expected to be open for the majority of the construction project via temporary access with some minor delays to the public. Road closures, if any, would be of short duration, and ample notice will be given to the public to plan for any potential closure.

For general project information please contact (530) 265-1411 or visit Public Work’s Facebook page. For construction concerns or issues please call Greg Zeis at (916) 367-8059.


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Gold Country Stage Free Fare Days: July 12th-14th

Gold Country Stage will provide system wide “free fare days” on all routes on Friday, July 13th, and Saturday, July 14th, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with free fares for all.

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.

For anyone traveling to California WorldFest at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, the Route 3 Fairgrounds bus stop, at Brighton Street and McCourtney Road near Gate 8 at the Fairgrounds, will stop every hour.

Find bus schedules online or in the Gold Country Stage Rider’s Guide. For travel planning information, call Gold Country Stage at (530) 477- 0103 x 0.


New Property Tax System Rollout Underway

The Nevada County Offices of the Assessor, Auditor-Controller, and Treasurer-Tax Collector are well underway in implementing the new on-line property tax system with the expectation to go live with Stage 1 within the next week.  Nevada County is joining 30 other counties across California who use the Megabyte Property Tax Systems, which will provide a fully-integrated functionality among the three offices.

The County's existing property tax system is a legacy software which was developed in the 1970's and 80's.   It has been maintained, patched, and modified over the years and has served well beyond its expected useful life. The new system is a technologically advanced, cost-effective, server-based system that possesses features and functions that will provide for improved efficiencies and streamlined electronic processing, documentation, and reporting.

One important change is that all parcels, accounts, and other assessments will be assigned new parcel numbers.  The Assessor Parcel Number (APN) configuration has changed with the addition of two zeroes added to the old number. For example, the old parcel number 41-420-01-000 (10 digits) will add two zeros and is now 041-420-001-000 (12 digits). Manufactured homes in mobile home parks will have completely new numbers beginning with 910. For example, APN 97-320-13-000 for a manufactured home is now 910-000-880-000.

Once fully implemented, this change will be integrated with the Assessor, Auditor-Controller, Treasurer-Tax Collector and Clerk-Recorder offices along with the Community Development Agency's (CDA) Accela Citizen Access System and Geographical Information Systems' (GIS) MyNeighborhood maps.

Beginning July 20th, those searching for property information using the MyNeighborhood web application are encouraged to search by address or by selecting parcels on the map.  The search results will display the updated parcel number.  If you favor searching by parcel number, you will need to search using the updated parcel number format.  The parcel report launched from the search results also will display the updated parcel numbering format as well.

As with any new system, there will be an adjustment period for those that interact with the new tool.  Your patience is appreciated for those bumps that might occur.  Our end goal is to better serve our citizens.

If you have any questions, please contact the Assessor’s Office, Auditor-Controller’s Office, or Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office and we will be happy to assist you.


November 6th Election Candidate Handbook Now Available

The November 6, 2018 General Election Candidate Handbook is now available online on the Nevada County Election's Department website.

The handbook contains qualifications, fees, deadlines and other details for anyone wanting to run for office. Copies will also be available in the Elections Department office located at 950 Maidu Ave., suite 210, in Nevada City. For questions please call the Elections Department at (530) 265-1298.


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County Surveyor Update

The County Surveyor, working under the Department of Public Works, is responsible for maintaining survey records and for reviewing lot line adjustments, property boundary surveys, parcel maps, and subdivision maps prior to filing the maps/documents with the County Clerk-Recorder.  Starting July 1st, Kevin Nelson with Nelson Engineering will serve as the County Surveyor. 

General questions and submittals related to these services can be answered and/or received by the Department of Public Works staff Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  In addition, the County Surveyor has established office hours on Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The County Surveyor can also be reached via email at public.works@co.nevada.ca.us or by phone at (530) 265-1411, and typically responds within one or two business days.

For more information, please visit the County Surveyor webpage, or contact the Department of Public Works at (530) 265-1411 or public.works@co.nevada.ca.us.


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What's New in Probation

July 15th through the 21st is Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week. Probation Officers are often silent partners, yet they spend more time with offenders than many other agencies. By collaborating with community leaders and volunteering their own time off work, Nevada County Probation Officers are making a difference while faced with expanding caseloads and additional responsibilities.

Find out more about Nevada County Probation and their work in the summer issue of Probation’s newsletter, Effecting Changes. Residents can also subscribe to the Probation Department’s biannual newsletter online.

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