Friday Memo, County of Nevada
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Nevada County Awarded Three 2017 CSAC Awards for Innovative County Program

Nevada County has been awarded three of the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) 2017 Challenge Awards for outstanding county programs.  CSAC's annual statewide program honors innovation and best practices in government.  With a record number of 288 entries this year, Nevada County won the Challenge Award for our Over-the-Counter Plan Review Program, and the Merit Award for our Nevada County CalWORKS Connection Program and the What's Up? Wellness Checkups in Nevada County Program.

Nevada County's Over-the-Counter Plan Review Program was created by the Nevada County Community Development Agency to transform the long, rigorous land-use project review process into an over-the-counter same-day service for processing eligible land-use permits.  What once may have taken several weeks from application to permit issuance may now be completed in a single appointment. The major successes of the program include increased permitting activity by 10 percent, reduced project plan review costs by up to 60 percent for certain projects, and decreased time-frames from plan creation to project completion allowing businesses to open sooner and improve the local economy.

Nevada County CalWORKS Connection Program is a week-long workshop for Welfare to Work (WTW) parents designed to empower and inspire participants. CalWORKs Connect is highly structured with Personal Development topics in the mornings and various community partner agencies presenting educational and informative topics of specific services available to WTW families in the afternoons. Participants consistently express surprise and gratitude for what they learn in this program as well as the relationships they develop with the presenters and their classmates. Since our pilot began in September 2015, 83 percent of graduates moved on to job readiness, employment, vocational education, or work experience WTW activities and 53 percent of CalWORKs Connect graduates are now off cash aid.

The What’s Up? Wellness Checkups (WUWC) screens students for suicide-risk/mental health challenges, assists families in accessing treatment/resources, and provides prevention groups in county high schools. The Suicide Prevention Task Force comprised of school administration, county staff, laypersons, and other non-profits collaboratively chose Columbia TeenScreen as the evidence-based screening program the community needed. WUWC then adapted the TeenScreen model to the unique concerns of a screening program in a rural community. Since 2013, WUWC has provided mental health screenings to 1413 youth in Nevada County. 480 of those youth have been found to have clinically significant symptoms and 330 of those youth and their families have received WUWC’s case management services. WUWC has provided a total of 19 targeted prevention groups that have served 143 students since 2014.
 
For more information on California counties award-winning programs, visit CSAC's website.

2016 Nevada County Crop and Livestock Report

2016 Nevada County Crop and Livestock Report

The Board of Supervisors approved the 2016 Nevada County Crop and Livestock Report this week. The Nevada County Agricultural Commissioner's annual report shows total gross value of crops and livestock decreasing $590,900 from 2015 to $20.8 million, a decrease of 2.75%.

Timber and livestock prices were the main contributors to the decline, with continued fire timber salvage in other counties as well as a decrease in cattle prices being the cause.  However, many other commodities experienced positive gains, with wine grapes leading the way with a significant increase in total tonnage harvested as well as an increase in price per ton. Local fruit and vegetable producers continue to see gross value rise as demand at the local level increases and growers continue to vertically integrate within the supply chain.

The entire 2016 Nevada County Crop and Livestock Report can be viewed on the Agricultural Department website

Please contact the Agricultural Commissioner's Office (530) 470-2690, or AGDept@co.nevada.ca.us if you have any questions. 


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Cannabis Conversation: September 12th CAG Meeting

On Tuesday, September 12th, the Cannabis Regulation Community Advisory Group (CAG) had their seventh of eight scheduled meetings.  This was the first meeting that the CAG discussed the priority topics that the Board set during the September 5th special joint meeting between the Board of Supervisors and the CAG. The CAG's discussion during the seventh meeting focused on major cannabis regulation topics such as setbacks to schools, and possible grow locations or grow sizes according to a parcel zoning and size. All CAG meetings are available to watch on the County's Cannabis Conversation web pages, including the Tuesday,September 12th CAG meeting. 

The eighth CAG meeting is scheduled for October 10th.  The CAG will continue to discuss the Board's priority issues at this meeting in order to provide recommendations to the Board of Supervisors. To allow more time for discussion, the meeting will start at 1:30 p.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. at the Foothill Events Center on 400 Idaho Maryland Road in Grass Valley.  There are no further CAG meetings scheduled at this time.

Community members are welcome to attend the meetings in person where the CAG hears public comment.  Alternatively, all meetings are available to watch online, both archived and live stream on the Cannabis Conversation website. Written comments can be submitted via email to cagmeetingcomments@migcom.com. All written comments submitted within 48 hours of each meeting are included in the meeting summary and distributed to the CAG members for review and consideration. Commenters are not required to identify themselves, per the Brown Act, and all published comments are redacted to remove personal identity.  Meeting materials and related documents are available to the public on the Cannabis Conversations website.

Flu Fact: Even healthy people get the flu. Protect yourself. Get a flu shot.

Free Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic, October 3rd

Come one, come all! The Nevada County Public Health Department (NCPHD) is conducting a FREE drive-thru flu shot clinic in Grass Valley for the public on Tuesday, October 3rd,  from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (or while supplies last) in the parking lot of Twin Cities Church at 11726 Rough and Ready Highway.

The drive-thru clinic is for adults and children 3 years of age and older. If however, you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant in the next month, please see your primary care or prenatal care provider to get your annual flu vaccination. Participants will only be able to access the parking lot using the westbound lane off of Rough and Ready Highway; no eastbound access will be allowed due to safety concerns. This is a drive-thru only event; all participants will be required to stay in their vehicles. Again, due to safety concerns, walk-ups and bicycles will not be permitted.

The intent of this drive-thru event is to practice and evaluate response levels and preparedness of NCPHD staff, and community partners in the event of a large communicable disease outbreak or public health emergency.  If a significantly large communicable disease outbreak occurs, such as a pandemic, NCPHD will not want individuals to congregate in large spaces to receive prophylactic medicines. The drive-thru mechanism allows for county residents to receive medicine without ever leaving their car thus protecting not only themselves, but friends, family and the community as a whole. 

We are hoping for a large response from the community, not only to protect residents from the flu, but also to learn valuable lessons and enhance response efforts for future exercises. Public participation is essential to making this NCPHD exercise a success, so please come join us and help fight flu!  For more information or questions please call 530.470.2658 or email public.health@co.nevada.ca.us


Edwards Crossing Bridge

County Seeks Input on Edwards Crossing Bridge Project

The Nevada County Department of Public Works is in the process of determining the best project for the Edwards Crossing Bridge and needs your help. The Edwards Crossing Bridge carries one-lane traffic on North Bloomfield Road over the South Yuba River. Originally constructed in 1904 and last rehabilitated in 1989, it is categorized as Structurally Deficient. The bridge is also load restricted, affecting emergency response and accessibility at the bridge. The foundations have been partially eroded from river flows, the metal railing and timber decking are damaged, and the bridge's lack of certain design elements could expose it to future failure. Your feedback is very important in helping the County select the right project that will correct access and safety deficiencies while considering recreational, cultural, and natural resource challenges.

The County has funds available to replace or rehabilitate the bridge through the Highway Bridge Program. With a feasibility study now complete that investigates rehabilitation and replacement options, Public Works is soliciting public input on the project alternatives with an online survey before moving forward with a preferred project alternative. The survey will be open for three weeks, from Friday, September 15 through Friday, October 6, 2017 and is available on our website.

 The County encourages all members of the community to participate in this survey. Thank you for your help and participation in this important community decision. For additional questions about this and other county projects, please contact us at (530) 265-1411.


Gold Country Stage buses

Gold Country Stage Free Fare Days, September 21-23, 201

Gold Country Stage will provide “FREE FARES” on ALL ROUTES and will be operating their normal schedules and times on Thursday, September 21, 2017 and Friday, September 22, 2017 from 5:50 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 pm with free fares for all.

Bus schedules are available in the Gold Country Stage Rider’s Guide, or call the office (530) 477-0103 x 0 for travel planning information. Travel planning is also available through 211 Connecting Point. Call 2-1-1 for travel assistance.

Gold Country Stage is available for folks traveling to the 2017 “Draft Horse Classic” at the Fairgrounds on Route 3. The Route 3 bus stop will be available at Brighton Street and McCourtney Road at :08 after the hour from 7:08 a.m. through 7:08 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 8:08 a.m. through 4:08 p.m. Saturday at the Fairgrounds Stop.

As a reminder; due to traffic in the area, our Gate 3 Bus stop will be closed during this event.

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. 


United Way Book Sale

22nd Annual Nevada County Book Sale

We are now accepting book donations for the upcoming United Way Book Sale. We need books! Book donations can be left in the lobby of the Eric Rood Administrative Center, located at 950 Maidu Avenue, Nevada City. Just follow the signs in the lobby to the Book Drop location.

Also, we love box tops! The tops from the staples paper boxes are the best for stacking books and we can use all we can get. Please drop these at the Book Drop location or bring them to the Clerk of the Board office.

This year the Book Sale will be from October 2nd through October 27th.

The United Way of Nevada County 2017 campaign marks the 22nd year that county employees have participated in the Book Fair. Last year we had a very successful year and collected over $5,000 to donate to United Way. We are hoping this year we can surpass that amount. Your donations go to our Local United Way and stay local to address the basic needs of our community.

If you have any questions, please call Lelia Loomis (530) 265-1498.

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