Friday Memo, County of Nevada
Save Our Bridge Meeting with representatives from SYRPA, Nevada County, and State Parks

District 4 Bridgeport and Malakoff Projects 

On January 12th, staff from Nevada County, Jennifer Horne from Congressman LaMalfa's Office, representatives from the California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), the Save Our Bridge Campaign Committee, the South Yuba River Park Association, and the Friends of North Bloomfield and Malakoff Diggins met to discuss the upcoming projects scheduled to start in the South Yuba River and Malakoff Diggins State Historic Parks. The two projects will include the reconstruction of the Bridgeport Covered Bridge in the South Yuba River State Park and energy efficiency improvements to Malakoff Diggins State Park. Both projects are planned to start construction in August 2018, and will benefit the local economy while preserving Nevada County's history.

District 4 Supervisor Hank Weston has been active in the projects since discussions first began, saying, "After six years of hard work and planning, I am pleased that construction on both projects will start later this year. Neither of the projects would have been achieved without the South Yuba River Park Association and Save Our Bridge Campaign Committee who lead the charge on these initiatives, and the support of multiple local agencies, non-profits, and volunteers who are passionate about keeping these historic sites open and true to their historic nature for residents and tourists to enjoy."

Bridgeport Covered Bridge
After being closed to foot traffic in 2011, the historic Bridgeport Covered Bridge has been allocated the State funding necessary to complete its restoration. The one-hundred and fifty-five year old Bridge will be reconstructed with the same historic appearance (following the Secretary of the Interior's historic replacement standards) which will allow pedestrian and horse-drawn wagons to cross; similar to the traffic which crossed the Bridge in 1862.

DPR staff reported that Bridge construction could start as early as August 2018, depending on final approvals from the Office of Historic Preservation, the Federal Highway Administration, and awarding the contract to a qualified contractor for the project. The reconstruction will include raising the Bridge eighteen inches to allow for higher river levels, and hidden new structural elements to ensure the future integrity of the Bridge. The Project also includes replacement of some of the existing interior support structures, roof, wall and other failing structural elements as needed.
The construction project will likely cause temporary closures of South Yuba River State Park parking lots and beach areas near the Bridge. However, once construction has begun, the contractor will be required to complete the reconstruction of the Bridge within one year, allowing the hundreds of thousands of annual visitors to the Park to cross the Bridgeport Bridge again after years of closure.

Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park
Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park's Solar and Energy Efficiency Project includes the installation of a 60kW solar panel array, installing a more efficient back-up generator, and replacing existing fixtures with updated energy efficient LED lighting, HVAC, and gas hot water heaters. These energy efficiency improvements will replace the Park's large diesel generator that currently runs 24 hours per day, 7 days a week creating substantial cost savings. Construction is estimated to take five months before it is completed, but is not expected to disturb visitors to the Park.

This project is a first of its kind for the California State Park system and will make Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park the first "green" State Park, running almost exclusively on solar power.


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Better Together: Planning for Cold Weather

With the winter months here, Nevada County staff has been working to plan for cold weather shelters for Nevada County’s homeless population this winter.

At the January 9th Board of Supervisors meeting, additional matching funding was approved to support overflow shelter at Hospitality House in Grass Valley. In partnership with the City of Grass Valley, this will provide beds and services for 15 more homeless individuals throughout the winter.

County staff has also been working in coordination with Nevada City and Sierra Roots staff to have a cold weather shelter in place for Nevada City. The agreement allows Sierra Roots to open and operate a cold weather shelter in City facilities. Recently, the agreement has expanded to increase the temperature threshold and weather related requirements to open a cold weather shelter in Nevada City. Staff from Nevada County will continue to provide technical support and resources for cold weather shelter services.

Nevada County Health and Human Services staff has created a multi-year plan to address homelessness in Nevada County.  For more information about the plan and how to get involved visit Nevada County's Better Together web pages


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New Definition of Affordable Housing in Eastern Nevada County

The Mountain Housing Council of Tahoe Truckee worked with community stakeholders from Nevada County, Placer County, the Town of Truckee, and local organizations and businesses to identify and adopt a new definition of affordable housing that is unique to Eastern Nevada County and neighboring areas called Local Achievable Housing. On January 12th, these stakeholders voted to approve the definition for Local Achievable Housing to improve the regions ability to expand affordable housing programs to the “missing middle.”

In Eastern Nevada County, the median house price of a single-family home is almost double what the median area income can afford at $538,000, and, due to the influx of short-term vacation rentals and second homes, estimates show a shortfall of more than 12,000 units for residents who fall into the missing middle. The missing middle are residents who make too much to qualify for affordable housing developments, but too little to buy or rent market rate homes. The missing middle lacks access to local, state, or federal resources that address affordable housing.

District 5 Supervisor Richard Anderson, who participated in Mountain Housing Council's multi-stakeholder process, said, "Although housing affordability is an issue countywide, it's of particular concern in Eastern Nevada County where housing prices reflect demand from affluent urban households seeking second homes and who easily outbid local service workers such as teachers and fire fighters. As a result, too many of our workers are forced to commute from Reno and elsewhere to jobs in Truckee."

Through the adoption of Local Achievable Housing, local jurisdictions can, "redesign their housing programs to include households earning up to 195% of the area median income, bridging the gap between existing programs and market-rate housing inventory," according to the Mountain Housing Council, and will improve Nevada County's ability to address affordable housing for a diversity of households in Eastern Nevada County.


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Better Together: Additional Funding for Disabled Homeless Individuals

On January 9th, the California Department of Social Services awarded funding to Nevada County for the Housing and Disability Advocacy Program. This funding will be used to provide disabled homeless individuals assistance in applying for disability benefits. Trained advocates from a number of County and community based service providers will assist these individuals through the steps required to complete the application process.

The County will begin coordinating with services providers in February to identify eligible individuals and begin the process of applying for disability income. While the individuals are waiting for a determination, they will be assisted by a multi-disciplinary team to access housing as quickly as possible. Some funding from the grant will also be available to help cover housing costs.  

Nevada County Health and Human Services staff has created a multi-year plan to address homelessness in Nevada County.  For more information about the plan and how to get involved visit Nevada County's Better Together web pages


New Funding Sources Available for Non-Profits Supporting Low-Income Residents

The Nevada County Adult & Family Services Commission announces Requests for Funding (RFFs) for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) and Community Initiative Funding (CIF). These funds must be targeted towards very low-income residents and will allow local non-profit agencies an opportunity to provide services in food/nutrition, transportation, safe and stable affordable housing, and access to mainstream benefits.

Non-Profit organizations may submit an application for either CSBG or CIF funds or may apply for both funding sources. The application deadline for both funding sources is February 16th by 3:00 p.m.

CIF Funding
These funds have been allocated to support a single, one-time-only funded project subject to the Nevada County Board of Supervisors' approval and fiscal resources.  Funding requests are for July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019 with a maximum funding amount of $15,000. These funds are not intended to provide long-term support of a program and are not to be used to pay for administrative overhead costs. Funding priorities are aligned with the CSBG funding. Find more information about CIF funding on the Adult and Family Services Commission website.

CSBG Funding
The maximum CSBG funds available will be $111,000 beginning July 1, 2018 and ending December 31, 2019, and is contingent on Federal, State and local funding and with Nevada County Board of Supervisors' approval. Funding requests are for July 1, 2018 through December 31, 2019. Find more information about CSBG funding on the Adult and Family Services Commission website.

For questions or additional information about the CIF or CSBG funding opportunities, contact rob.choate@co.nevada.ca.us.


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Teen Blogging Workshop at the Nevada County Library

The Nevada County Library will be hosting a Teen Blogging Workshop on Saturday, January 27th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Madelyn Helling Library.

In this fun and interactive workshop, young adult author Hilary T. Smith will teach you how to develop your voice, enchant your audience, and hone your writing skills through blogging. You will learn how to choose a focus for your blog, establish your blogging persona, craft compelling posts, engage readers, and connect with the issues that inspire you. Bring your own laptop, or we can provide some. We'll have snacks, too!

Hilary T. Smith is the author of the novels Wild Awake and A Sense of the Infinite, both from HarperCollins. Her writing and publishing blog, The Intern, was a Writer’s Digest "Best 100 Websites for Writers." She lives in Nevada City, CA, where she is hard at work on her third novel.

To register, visit the Nevada County Library's event calendar.

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