Nevada County News - Engage with your local government from Nevada County CEO, Alison Lehman

Last week we honored Rick Haffey who served as our County Executive Officer of 15 years.  He retired after 40 years in public service.  Rick provided outstanding leadership to our County, always leading with the citizens’ interest first in mind.  I'm am truly humbled to be succeeding Rick and appreciate the Board's confidence in my appointment as Nevada County’s next CEO.  Nevada County is a wonderful community that I've been able to call home for over eighteen years. I am excited to continue serving our local community with a commitment to outstanding public service, while working hand-in-hand with Nevada County's talented staff, our elected officials, local businesses, and the non-profit sector.

As you can see, we have made some changes to what was our weekly Friday Memo newsletter to make it more accessible to the public as Nevada County News. This newsletter will continue to come each week on Fridays and we encourage you to share with your family, friends, and neighbors as a way to stay engaged with your local Nevada County government.

Alison Lehman, County Executive Officer

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September 11th 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 September 11th meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Board Chamber at the Eric Rood Administrative Center in Nevada City.

At the start of the meeting, the Board will proclaim September 15th as SYRCL's 21st Annual "Yuba River Clean Up" and hear from Alliance for Workforce Development on their services and Fiscal Year 2017/18 performance.

Following the consent calendar, Nevada County's Agricultural Commissioner, Chris de Nijs, will provide the 2017 Annual Crop and Livestock Report.

Finally, beginning at 1:30 p.m., the Board will consider adopting an Urgency Ordinance to prohibit outdoor burning in the Yuba River Corridor.

Watch Tuesday's Board meeting live or archived online from our website.

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National Preparedness Month: Disasters Happen - Prepare Now, Learn How

National Preparedness Month: Do You Know Your 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.

For National Preparedness Month, Nevada County's Office of Emergency Services (OES) encourages residents to familiarize themselves with the County's evacuation language and register for CodeRed, the County's emergency alert system, to prepare for an emergency event. FEMA also provides preparedness checklists and guidelines to make sure you and your family are prepared if an emergency happens.

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Suicide Prevention Week:
September 9th – 15th

Suicide Prevention Week is September 9th through September 15th. During this week, individuals and organizations around the world join their voices to broadcast the message that suicide can be prevented, and to reach as many people as possible with the tools and resources to support themselves and those around them.

Suicide can be prevented, and you can help by knowing the warning signs, finding the words to ask your friend or loved one if they are thinking about suicide, and reaching out to available resources.

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, help is available 24/7 by calling the Nevada County Crisis Line at (530) 265-5811 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255).

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Nevada County Library Accepting Applications for Local Author Showcase

Nevada County authors are invited to apply for the Nevada County Community Library's first Local Author Showcase, to be held on Saturday, October 20th, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Gene Albaugh Community Room at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City.

The goal of the event is to highlight the talented and creative writers in our county and provide a forum for authors to connect with each other and with their reading audience. Recognizing the diversity of publishing today, all book formats are acceptable: traditionally published, self-published, and e-books. Participating authors are invited to sign and sell copies of their work at the event.

Apply by Sunday, September 23rd, online or at your local Nevada County Community Library branch.

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Visit Nevada County at Truckee's 25th Anniversary Celebration

Tomorrow, September 8th, Nevada County Health and Human Services Agency will be partnering with the Nevada County Truckee Library branch to participate in the 25th Anniversary of the Town of Truckee celebration at West End Beach on Donner Lake.  From 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. community members are invited to celebrate with a free barbecue lunch, live music, and a town community photo. Truckee is hopeful to have 4,000 community residents as part of this celebration. 

The Nevada County Health and Human Service Agency and the Truckee Library branch will be at the event to promote community awareness, programs and connect with community members. This will include Behavioral Health, WIC (Women Infants & Children), Calfresh, Business & Career Network, MediCal Eligibility and CalWORKs supports/services. The Nevada County Health and Human Services Agency is very excited to meet and celebrate with the town of Truckee and community neighbors.

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Air Quality Advisory through Monday, September 10th

The Nevada County Public Health Officer and the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District are issuing a joint air quality health advisory to notify the public of potentially poor air quality conditions through this weekend resulting mainly from the North Fire in Placer County.  Conditions are expected to vary widely from Good to Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups, reaching the Unhealthy range in some areas, depending on wind direction, fire behavior and other factors.  Smoke is expected to settle in the Truckee area at night and occasionally be carried directly from the fire during the daytime if winds are from the west.

Near real-time air quality conditions may be found online at Spare the Air – Air Quality Information for the Sacramento Region or on Northern Sierra Air Quality District’s website.  As you view the most recent data, take into consideration that conditions can change rapidly due to wind shifts; it is wise to monitor the smoke throughout the day and make plans accordingly.

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Stay Safe from Whooping Cough

In 2018, there have been 1,907 cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, reported in the state of California, with one infant death in July.

Pertussis is most dangerous for the young children in our communities, with newborns being the most at risk as they cannot be vaccinated until reaching 2 months of age. To protect them, pregnant moms should get the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccine during their third trimester (weeks 27 to 36 of their pregnancy) to give passive immunity to their newborns until they are old enough to be vaccinated. Every adult, especially those in close contact with newborns, should get one dose of Tdap vaccine if they did not get it as a teen. Nevada County Public Health encourages you to speak with your physician about receiving the vaccination against pertussis. 

The Nevada County Public Health Department offers vaccination for insured or uninsured adults and children, and you can contact the department's immunization staff to schedule an appointment during one of Public Health's immunization clinics. Nevada County's immunization clinics take place on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for children and every 3rd Thursday of the month from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for adults. For more information, contact Public Health's Immunization Coordinator, Jonte Vega, at (530) 265-7265.

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Virtual Reality at Your Nevada County Community Library

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk on the moon, swim with sea turtles or meet with others without leaving home? Have you ever wanted to interact with alien creatures, step back in time with dinosaurs or travel to ancient ruins where time and place are interchangeable? All of that and more is now possible at your local library!

Nevada County Community Library is collaborating with XRLibraries and Blue Trot, to test the new Oculus Go virtual reality (VR) headset. The Oculus Go is a standalone VR headset that allows users to move freely without any cords, computers or phones attached. Six Oculus Go units, a 360 camera and a laptop with video editing software were donated to the library as part of a pilot with the Facebook Education Program.

Library staff are planning to offer classes demonstrating the Oculus Go and using the 360 camera to create and edit content from around the County. This content will be loaded into the Oculus Go to provide 360-degree virtual tours of Nevada County. The public can try out the Virtual Reality equipment during one of the demo sessions or classes that will be coming soon.

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We're Hiring

Job Openings at Nevada County: Risk Manager

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.

Nevada County has an opening for Risk Manager. Apply today! Applications are due Friday, September 21st.

The Risk Manager position is located in the County Executive's Officer within the Rood Center.  This full-time position reports directly to the Assistant County Executive Officer.  The goal of the Risk Manager position is to preserve and protect the human, fiscal, material, property and environmental assets of the County. 

What's a day in the life of a Risk Manager like here at the County?  A typical day may include reviewing news that may affect risk metrics; reading any changes in law that affect insurance, workers' compensation or safety;  going out into the work place to review departments' safe work practices, ergonomics, or workers' compensation trends; meeting with insurance company representatives or attorneys to review pending matters; or preparing budgets, writing draft policies, or revising presentations for a future meeting.

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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