Friday Memo, County of Nevada
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August 28th 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. Tuesday's August 28th meeting is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. in the Board Chamber at the Eric Rood Administrative Center in Nevada City.

At Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board will consider a resolution proclaiming September 2018 as "Prostate Cancer Awareness Month" in Nevada County.

Following consideration of the consent agenda, the Board will hold a public meeting as the Board of Directors of the Nevada County Sanitation District No. 1.

Afterwards, the Board of Supervisors will consider a resolution to approve Nevada County's participation in in the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) Inter-Member Transfer Program through June 30, 2021.

Lastly, at 11:30 a.m., the Board will be recognizing Nevada County's County Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Richard Haffey, for his nearly 20 years of dedicated service to Nevada County before his retirement. Mr. Haffey has served as Nevada County's CEO since 2003, and has since preserved strong core services, built fiscal stability, and motivated the county workforce to deliver excellent customer service to residents.

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


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Measure G is on Your November Ballot

After over a year of community planning, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors unanimously placed Measure G on the November ballot. Measure G is a local commercial cannabis business tax paid only by cannabis businesses, that, if enacted by voters, will help maintain essential county services such as public safety in unincorporated Nevada County with locally-controlled funding that cannot be taken by the State.

For more information, visit the Measure G: Cannabis Business Tax web page.


South Yuba River at Highway 49

Public Meeting Regarding Fire Restrictions in Yuba River Canyon

The Board of Supervisors will be considering a ban on open fire along the South Yuba River Corridor as a pilot program through end of CAL FIRE’s declared fire season in 2018, and starting the Friday before Memorial Day Weekend through the end of CAL FIRE’s declared fire season in 2019. After 2017’s October Fires in Nevada County, it is a top Board priority to implement existing County policies and programs to reduce the risk of wildfire and the effects of wildfire on life, property, and the environment, as well as explore other ways to reduce the threat and damage from wildfires.
 
The South Yuba River is designated as a State Wild and Scenic River that contains extraordinary scenic, recreation, fishery, and wildlife values of statewide significance that deserve to be preserved and protected in their free-flowing state. With an estimated 800,000 people visiting the South Yuba River each year, the hazards of a human-caused fire warrant the consideration of preventative actions. As a way to prevent the extreme fire danger in the area, an Urgency Ordinance will be considered by the Board to prevent open fires within a quarter mile of the high mark along the South Yuba River. This proposed Urgency Ordinance was reviewed and recommended by the Yuba River Public Safety Cohort, a multi-agency workgroup that includes Federal, State and local agencies and departments.
 
Before the Board considers an Urgency Ordinance preventing open fires in the South Yuba River Corridor, Nevada County will be holding a public community meeting to present the proposed Urgency Ordinance and receive public comment. The meeting will be held September 4th, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Board Chambers at the Eric Rood Administrative Center in Nevada City. In addition to attending the public meeting, residents can also view the draft proposed Urgency Ordinance and submit comments online at
www.tinyurl.com/yubafireban.
 
The proposed Urgency Ordinance is scheduled to go before the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, September 11th, during the regularly scheduled Board of Supervisors meeting.


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Sammie’s Friends Hiring for Shelter Director

Sammie's Friends, the Nevada County Sheriff's Office contractor for Animal Shelter services, is hiring a Shelter Director. Sammie's Friends is a local non-profit that operates the Nevada County Animal Shelter, as well as Sammie's Friends community based veterinary care, a spay/neuter program, and the Sammie's Nifty Thrift Store. Earlier this year, the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to approve the Animal Shelter Services contract between Sammie's Friends and the Sheriff's Office starting on July 1st.

The Shelter Director will work closely with Animal Control staff from the Sheriff's Office, as well as the local community and volunteers to fundraise and successfully adopt out County pets into loving homes. Sammie's Friends' mission is to provide medical care for the animals at the Nevada County Animal Shelter, making them adoptable, and to support other disadvantaged animals in Nevada County that without help would continue to suffer or would be euthanized.

Interested applicants can send a cover letter and resume to cheryl.wicks@sammiesfriends.org. More information about the job requirements can be found online.


Public Works Applies for Highway Safety Improvement Program Funding

The Nevada County Public Works Department has submitted three project applications to this year's Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP). HSIP is a federal aid grant program that seeks to reduce fatalities and serious injuries on public roads.

Funding is typically awarded to projects that will result in the most significant crash reductions at a relatively low cost. Public Works staff identified systemic improvements that could be made to improve safety for a large number of road users, with a focus on locations that have among the highest head-on and run-off-road collision concentrations in the County. Nevada County's three HSIP applications this year are as follows:

High friction surface treatment:
High friction surface treatment (HFST) will be used at 21 curves on various County roads with high run-off-road collision rates. HFST involves an application of high quality aggregate on the existing road surface to increase pavement friction and help motorists maintain better control under a variety of driving conditions. This treatment is very effective in reducing collisions at a relatively low cost. Since paved shoulders and bicycle lanes typically have little need for HFST, only the travel lanes receive HFST treatment.
 
Guardrail safety audit:
This audit will identify guardrail deficiencies and repair or replace guardrail throughout the County as needed. This application is the first of its kind under the HSIP program. Guardrail standards have changed in recent years in response to modern vehicles that have a higher center of gravity along with increased weight. This project would determine if existing County guardrail types, lengths, and locations are appropriate, if installations meet standards, and whether end treatment repairs are needed to enhance the safety of the guardrail and extend its useful life. This project will not investigate the installation of guardrail at new locations previously without guardrail.

Thermoplastic striping and pavement markers:
Thermoplastic striping and pavement markers will be placed on over 28 miles of major and minor collector roadway to increase safety with better visibility of center and edge lines during low visibility conditions. Thermoplastic striping is a reflective pavement marking material that is longer lasting than traditional road striping, and new pavement markings tend to be all-weather and more durable, visible, and reflective than traditional pavement markings.

If the County is successful in this HSIP grant cycle, the projects would be fully funded by the program. Staff will provide an update on award of HSIP funding before the end of the year. For more information, please contact Nevada County Public Works Project Manager Jessica Hankins at (530) 265-1254 or Jessica.Hankins@co.nevada.ca.us.


Rattlesnake Road Traffic Delays, August 25th

Rattlesnake Road, between Rattlesnake Ridge Road and Diamond Back Way, will be subject to traffic control for utility work and/or roadwork on August 25th.  The traffic control system may result in delays of up to 5 minutes intermittently between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. (weather permitting).   

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.

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