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Cannabis Conversation: December 19th CAG Meeting

The Cannabis Regulation Community Advisory Group (CAG) has met nine times over the last seven months to discuss and develop recommendations for a revised Cannabis Ordinance. CAG discussions have included adult use and medical use, cultivation for personal and commercial use, and related activities licenses by the State of California. At the ninth meeting, MIG, an independent facilitator guiding the community planning process, presented a summary to the CAG including several areas where a high level of agreement was developed as well as a summary of the CAG's input regarding land use parameters where cultivation and other cannabis businesses could be allowed.  This review was the first step of developing the content for the report that MIG is required to provide to the Board of Supervisors per their consulting contract.

At the ninth meeting, CAG members requested another meeting to review MIG's formatted report prior to its presentation to the Board of Supervisors.  A final tenth CAG meeting is scheduled to review MIG's Draft CAG Recommendations Report on Tuesday, December 19th, from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Foothill Events Center, 400 Idaho Maryland Road in Grass Valley. At this final meeting, the CAG will have the opportunity to review MIG's draft CAG Recommendations Report and provide feedback on each individual recommendation included in the report. An agenda for Tuesday's meeting and MIG's draft CAG Recommendations Report is published on the Cannabis Conversation website.

Following Tuesday's CAG meeting, MIG will finalize and present the CAG's recommendations to the Board at the January 9th Board of Supervisors meeting. After MIG's presentation, the Board will decide if they will accept MIG's report (concluding their contractual obligations), and dissolve the CAG, thanking them for their time and input during the community planning process.

Before drafting a new ordinance, County staff will request Board direction regarding which recommendations to include. Factors such as allowing commercial activities, cultivation size, setbacks and zoning will determine the level of environmental review (CEQA) that will be required for the new ordinance. Most likely, a consultant will need to be contracted with in order to complete the environmental review as efficiently as possible.  These decision points will determine the timeline for the new ordinance implementation.

For more information please contact the Community Development Agency Director Sean Powers at sean.powers@co.nevada.ca.us or (530) 265-1576.


Animal Shelter Contract Up for Proposals

The Nevada County Purchasing Department, on behalf of the Sheriff's Office and Animal Control, recently released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Nevada County Animal Shelter Services. The County has contracted for the administration and operation of its animal shelter since July 2010 for three to five year contract periods, with the current contract ending in June 2018. The contract will be for three years, with the option of two one-year renewals thereafter, and the RFP provides flexibility in which services types, facilities, and service locations (Western Nevada County, Eastern Nevada County, or both) the applicant chooses to propose in their application.

The Nevada County Animal Shelter currently takes in approximately 1,500 to 2,000 animal each year. The RFP outlines three different services types that applicants can apply for: Animal Intake of animals brought in by both Nevada County Animal Control and by members of the public; Animal Husbandry, including the care of animals by providing food, water, necessary medication, shelter, cleaning, and first aid medical services; and Animal Service Programs such as running an adoption program, foster program, volunteer program, and long term care including exercise and socialization.

The County's current animal shelter facility is located at 14647 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. It has over 6,000 square feet of space with separate spaces that are dedicated to cats and dogs, and an additional 5,000 square feet of yard area.

An optional pre-proposal facility walk through is being held this Tuesday, December 19th, for interested applicants to ask questions and see the County's Animal Shelter facility. All proposals are due Monday, January 29th, by 3:00 p.m. via email and hard copy. If interested in applying, please review the RFP for Nevada County Animal Shelter Services on the Nevada County Purchasing Department's website.


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Gold Country Stage Free Fare Days: 12 days of Christmas

Come celebrate the 12 days of Christmas as Gold Country Stage offers free fares on all routes from December 20th until the end of the year! It's our gift to you for the holidays.

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.

As a special holiday gift to all our riders, Gold Country Stage will provide "free fares" on all routes starting December 20th, 2017 and running until December 31st, 2017. Gold Country Stage will be operating normal schedules and times on all routes with free fares for all, but, as a reminder, there will be no bus service on Monday, December 25th in observance of Christmas Day.

Bus schedules are available in the Gold Country Stage Rider's Guide, at www.GoldCountryStage.com or call the office (530) 477-0103 x 0 for travel planning information.


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How to Properly Dispose of Your Household Batteries

Batteries are electrochemical devices with the ability to store and convert chemical energy. Common household batteries contain mercury, cadmium, copper, zinc, lead, manganese, nickel, and lithium that may create a hazard when disposed of incorrectly. In addition to environmental concerns related to the potential release of chemicals, lithium batteries have the potential to cause fires if their terminals are exposed to metal or other batteries.

Batteries do not belong in your garbage or recycling bins! There are a number of ways for Nevada County residents to properly dispose of batteries. If you have curbside service, household batteries may be placed on top of your recycle cart in a sealable bag on your regular collection day and the batteries will be collected along with your recycle cart items. If you do not have collection service there are more than a dozen community drop off locations for batteries, including County libraries, B&C Hardware, and others. All of these locations can be found on the County's Recycling Facilities Map

To reduce the risk of fires or other hazards when storing or transporting lithium batteries and all other batteries over 9v, we strongly recommend that these batteries be either individually bagged or that the terminals are taped for safety. To help with this, the County and Waste Management have introduced new collection boxes that provide individual bags for convenience. Remember that lithium batteries come in all shapes and sizes so it is important to read the labels if you are not sure. 

Businesses can dispose of their batteries at the McCourtney Road Transfer Station through the County of Nevada Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG) Program. To make an appointment or for more information about the CESQG program, please call (530) 274-0120.

Please visit the Solid Waste Homepage for more information and resources.


County Surveyor Update

The Nevada County Surveyor is responsible for maintaining survey records, reviewing property boundary surveys, parcel maps, and subdivision maps. Maps are then filed with the County Recorder, and the County Surveyor reviews lot line adjustments and other real property matters requiring County approval.

The County Surveyor's office hours are typically Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and appointments are strongly encouraged.  Residents can also reach our County Surveyor via email and telephone for questions and typically responds to these requests within one or two business days.  In addition, Public Works staff are available during regular County office hours, typically Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., excluding holidays, to receive items for review, record items, and to provide basic information regarding property boundaries and easements.  For more information including fees and contact information for the County Surveyor, please visit the County Surveyor’s webpage.

The Department of Public Works and the County Surveyor are typically unable to respond to detailed property boundary, property rights, or easement requests. In these instances, the public is encouraged to contact local land surveyors or land use attorneys.

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

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