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County and City Elected Officials Speak Towards Recent PSPS Events

County Supervisors Heidi Hall and Dan Miller, Grass Valley Mayor Lisa Swarthout and Nevada City Mayor Reinette Senum spoke on Wednesday, November 6th, on local impacts of recent PG&E PSPS events and local government's response, as well as encouraged community support to our local businesses who have experienced severe hardship. 
Local County and City jurisdictions have drafted a joint letter to the CPUC outlining the concerns and requesting regulatory actions for electrical utilities. To encourage residents to support local businesses impacted by the recent PSPS events, the Nevada City Chambers, Grass Valley Chambers, Grass Valley Downtown Association and Penn Valley Chambers are hosting Let's Go Out Tonight!, a weekly night on the town every Wednesday through the end of the year.

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County Celebrates New Army PaYS Program Partnership

Just a few days before Veterans Day on November 7th, Nevada County and the Northern California Recruiting Battalion of the Army formalized their partnership to support the recruitment of qualified veterans into County positions.

 In addition to the ceremony with the Army PaYS program, Nevada County is developing several programs to assist veterans find both job skills and career opportunities in the County. SkillBridge provides separating service members (from all military branches) the opportunity to intern up to 180 days with an employer to gain work experience at the end of their military service with their unit commanders concurrence.  The County is also working with the Department of Veteran affairs to leverage both the Work-Study and Non Paid Work Experience program. The Non Paid Work Experience (NPWE) is a program designed to give disabled veterans post education/vocational rehabilitation work experience to reintegrate back into the workforce.

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Supervisors Tour Ponderosa West Project

Nevada County Supervisors and staff toured of the Ponderosa West Grass Valley Defense Zone Project on Tuesday, November 5th, in the afternoon session of their Special Board Meeting.  Supervisors and staff recieved updates on work progress on both County and private properties. This project was one of thirty-five priority projects identified by CAL FIRE and Governor Newsom to protect California's most wildfire-vulnerable communities. Funding for this project was awarded to the County of Nevada through a combination of grant and contract dollars.

The Ponderosa West Project is a shaded fuel break. Unlike a fire break, a shaded fuel break does not remove all vegetation to bare mineral soil. Rather, living vegetation will be modified or reduced to limit a fire's ability to spread rapidly. Biologists, Registered Professional Foresters and Archaeologists from CAL FIRE and the California Native Plant Society will create an ecologically sound strategy, considering both long-term forest health and community safety. The California Native Plant Society, CAL FIRE and Fire Safe Council are collaborating with property owners to create a custom fuel reduction plan for each property. 

Ponderosa West Project Information

Stepping Up

Stepping Up and Prop 47 Planning Meeting

Please join us for the next Stepping Up community meeting on November 19th at 9:00am in the Empire Room at the Eric Rood Administrative building.  Nevada County was awarded $1 million for a 3-year program that focuses on people experiencing homelessness who are coming into frequent contact with the justice system and can benefit from behavioral health services.

We will be sharing the draft of our Sequential Intercept Map that many of you helped create at the last community meeting and soliciting feedback.  This map will then serve as a strategic guide for our work towards the Stepping Up goal of keeping people with mental illness and substance use disorder out of the jails and criminal justice system.  This process will be most effective if we have good representation from a broad sector of the community – so please invite your friends, colleagues and co-workers.

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November 12th Board Meeting Preview

Board of Supervisors regular meetings take place every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. 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. Tuesday's November 12th meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Board Chambers at the Eric Rood Administrative Center in Nevada City.

First, the Board will consider acceptance of the Nevada County Veterans Services Office’s
informational report and presentation for Fiscal Year 2019/20 followed by a report from Gold Country Community Services concerning Food Insecurity within Nevada County.

Then, the Board will consider acceptance of the Alliance for Workforce Development, Inc annual presentation of the Alliance’s Fiscal Year 2018/19 performance - Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Program and Services.

At 10:30 a.m., There will be a Public hearing to consider the appeal filed by Mr. Scott Merritt regarding the Nevada County Building and Accessibility Standards Board of Appeals notice of determination on September 5th, 2019. Following this hearing the board will vote on a Resolution denying the appeal filed by Mr. Scott Merritt regarding the Building and Accessibility Standards Board of Appeal's August 29th, 2019 decision to uphold the determination of the Building Official regarding Building Permit.

Afterwards at 11:00 a.m. There will be a public hearing to consider an ordinance amending Chapter V of the Land Use and Development Code of the County of Nevada, adopting the 2019 California Building Standards, and local amendments thereto: and adoption of express findings of reasonable necessity for changes and modifications to the California Building Standards Code based on local climatic, geological, or topographical conditions. The Board will then consider the introduction and waiving further reading of the Ordinance.

Meeting Agenda

Vets Day

County Offices Closed November 11th in Observance of Veterans Day

All administrative County offices will be closed on Monday, November 11th, in observance of the Veterans Day holiday.  Public safety and Sheriff's patrol services will continue. Normal business hours for other offices will resume on Tuesday, November 12th.

Thank you to our veterans for your service.

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We're Hiring

Job Openings at Nevada County: 

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.

The County of Nevada is looking to fill two Chief Fiscal/Administrative Officer positions. One is available in our Community Development Agency and the other is in the Health and Human Services Agency.

The Community Development Agency (CDA) is a dynamic and challenging environment that requires excellent communication, collaboration, and implementation skills.  The ideal candidate is a highly motivated self-starter that demonstrates a strong background in finance, budgeting, and administrative support.  Local government experience is highly desirable, but not required.  The position supports multiple departments and divisions including the Agricultural Commissioner, Building, Code Compliance, Environmental Health, Farm Advisor, Planning, Public Works, and Cannabis Compliance.  Applicants should have a proven track record of implementing solutions to balance competing priorities while maintaining fiscal stability.  CDA is a collaborative team environment of high performers that strive to provide a high level of customer service in a regulatory environment. CDA has a total agency budget is $48 million and around 70 staff.

The mission of the Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) is to protect lives, promote health and wellness, and provide support and services to help Nevada County residents meet their basic needs. This position plays a key role in translating that important mission into reality. This position has overall fiscal and administrative responsibility for HHSA, the umbrella agency that includes the departments of Public Health, Social Services, Behavioral Health, Child Support, Collections, Housing, Probation and Public Defender. HHSA is the largest agency in the county, with a total budget of $115 million and around 300 staff. This individual provides supervision of budget managers for each of the departments, oversight of the Agency contracts unit, coordination of day to day fiscal activities for the agency, personnel management and more. The position reports directly the Agency Director, and is a critical partner and advisor in addressing complex administrative issues, negotiating and managing contracts, making funding decisions, and formulating policy direction.

The Oral Examination process will take place on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at the Eric Rood Administrative Center, 950 Maidu Avenue, Nevada City. CA 95959.

Have a question? Contact Human Resources by calling (530) 265-7010 and selecting option 2.

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