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Cannabis Conversation: March 6th Special Board Meeting Preview

On Tuesday, March 6th, the Board of Supervisors has a special meeting scheduled at 9 a.m. to continue the cannabis conversation.  The meeting will allow ample time for public comment in response to the policy direction provided by the Board on February 13th.  In addition, the Board may discuss and provide additional clarification to the decision points covered at the February 13th Board of Supervisors meeting.

At the February 13th meeting, the Board received a presentation with a quick update on Nevada County's cannabis process to date and heard limited public comment. Staff then provided an outline of the decision point topics needed to draft the County's new cannabis ordinance. The Board discussed and provided direction on all nine decision point topics which included: personal cultivation, zoning, setbacks, medical and adult-use, commercial cultivation, commercial cannabis supply chain, non-remuneration, residence requirements, and transition periods for Nevada County's new cannabis ordinance.

Following the February 13th meeting, staff created an executive summary of the Board’s direction to use when drafting the County’s new cannabis ordinance. County staff also identified seven decision points where additional clarification is needed.  These decision points can be found in the Board Agenda Memo of the Board packet.

The public has played a large role in the County's cannabis process over the past year by contributing public comment to both the Board of Supervisors and the Cannabis Regulation Community Advisory Group (CAG), and by participating as members of the CAG. At the February 13th meeting, the public comment period was minimized by dozens of comments received via email prior to the meeting, which allowed the Board enough time to discuss the cannabis decision point topics presented and give staff direction. Public comment will be heard during the March 6th special meeting as the next step of the public input process.

For more information, visit the County's Cannabis Conversation website.


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Public Works Braced for Snow

As the threat of heavy snowstorms continues, the County's Department of Public Works personnel prepares to maintain safety on public roadways.

County Public Works crews will be on call 24-hours a day until the storm passes. When snow storms hit, main arterial and collector roadways, primary emergency response routes, and school bus routes are prioritized and plowed first. When heavy snow storms require repeated work to clear snow on priority roadways, smaller residential streets may not be cleared in this timeframe. To improve response times in these events, snow removal equipment is stored along higher elevation routes, including Washington Road, Scotts Flat, North Bloomfield, Columbia Hill (North San Juan), and Cascade Shores. The remaining equipment is located at the County's Corporation Yard, located on Loma Rica Drive.

When heavy snowstorms impact roads below 2,500, the County deploys additional pick-up truck plows and personnel to plow these roadways. During these events, it is nearly impossible to keep up with snow removal demand, as every available employee is tasked with snow removal. In addition, priority is given to emergency conditions like fallen trees and down power lines affecting public safety. As a result, it may take time to fully plow and clear all county maintained roads affected by snow.

Once a winter storm is over and the roads are safely clear, county crews will begin sanding major roads. Similar to snow plowing, arterial and collector roadways, primary emergency response routes, and school bus routes are prioritized and sanded first. Crews will not begin sanding until there is a break in the weather and conditions are safe to do so.

During heavy snowstorms, Public Work’s receives many phone calls and emails from residents about plowing driveways and snow berms left from county plowing activities on private roads and driveway. County crews are prohibited from plowing private roads and driveways. While we try to minimize impacts when reasonable, it is the resident's responsibility to remove excess snow left by snow plows. Road crews also attempt to plow snow at least 2 feet or more from the edge of the travel lane to allow for drainage when the snow eventually melts. Even if a road is clear, please be aware that crews may plow additional snow on the roadway that could further affect your driveway or private road.

 

If heavy snow occurs later this week, Public Work’s strongly encourages all residents to stay at home unless absolutely necessary. If you must drive somewhere, please drive slowly and safely and utilize AWD or 4WD and/or chains as necessary. If you see a plow in action, please DO NOT attempt to pass the plow unless it is safe to do so.


If you have any questions, comments, or concerns during these events, please contact the County's Maintenance Yard at (530) 477-6849. To report any service requests, visit our Ask Nevada County platform online, or download the app in the App Store or Google Play.


mPower: Conserve energy, save money.

mPower December Report

The mPOWER program (Money for Property Owner Water and Energy Efficiency Retrofitting) has financed $1.16 million since it opened in Nevada County late November 2016. The program has received both residential and commercial applications in unincorporated areas and within Grass Valley, Nevada City, and Truckee city limits. The program has created an estimated 17.3 construction jobs; almost two thirds for solar PV improvements with the other 30% from energy efficiency improvements to HVAC systems, windows or doors, insulation, roofs, or stoves.
 
Energy efficiency improvements that qualify for the mPOWER program may include a new furnace and air conditioner, energy efficient windows, or even a solar photovoltaic system. Water conservation improvements can also be financed with mPOWER and include measures like on-demand hot water heaters, smart irrigation controllers and high-efficiency toilets. mPOWER can finance up to 100% of the project costs with a fixed-interest rate and terms up to 20 years for many improvements. For applications and more information about mPOWER and PACE financing, visit the mPOWER webpage or call (866) 396-7693.
 
You can find more detailed information on mPOWER in Nevada County in mPOWER's December Report.


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Ready to Grow Storytimes with the Nevada County Library

Join the Nevada County Library for an extra special storytime with a special guest from 211 Connecting Point and the Ready to Grow Program. Stop by the Grass Valley Library on Wednesday, March 7th at 10:30 a.m. or Madelyn Helling Library on Thursday, March 8th on 11:00 a.m.

The specialist will be able answer any questions parents may have about their child's development and connect them to a number of local services to help them succeed. Parents should feel free to ask about a wide variety of topics, as our expert is prepared to discuss everything they can about raising happy and healthy children. This informal program will still have plenty of songs, books, and early literacy tips for babies and toddlers ages birth-3 year-olds. 

For more information about Library programs, visit the Nevada County Library's event calendar.


Official Weights and Measures Seal

Weights and Measures Week

Annually, the first week in March is designated as Weights & Measures Week. These dates are designated every year to commemorate President John Adams’s signing of the first United States weights and measures law on March 2nd, 1799.

Nevada County Weights and Measures Inspectors inspect and test all commercial devices, enforcing weights and measures laws and regulations throughout the County, and an official Nevada County Weights and Measures Seal indicates that the device was tested and found to be correct. Inspectors can be found testing gasoline pumps to ensure they are pumping the correct amount of gas; checking packaged commodities to ensure they are holding the amount stated on the label or more; testing propane meters to ensure proper amount of delivery; and testing scales used at checkout stands, deli’s, and in other location to ensure they are weighing correctly. The County also conducts test purchases to ensure that the price advertised is the price you pay at the register.

 

This year the Weights and Measures Week theme is Back to the Basics as we Arrive in the Cloud. Though one pound still equals 16 ounces, one mile still equals 5,280 feet, and one gallon still equals 231 cubic inches, the measuring devices and systems have evolved greatly since the early 20th century. Systems have changed from mechanical to electronic, to the proverbial black box, to cloud-based measurement systems of today. There are now commercial standards for vehicles for hire that use GPS to measure distance traveled; electric vehicle charging stations that measure fuel in kilowatts per hour; and systems that measure hydrogen fuel by the kilogram to fuel hydrogen vehicles. These are just some areas where the weights and measures standards have been developed to accommodate the expanding technologies of the 21st century.


As technology continues to advance, rest assured your Weights and Measures Department will be there to help develop new standards for fair trade practices, make sure you get what you are paying for, and that equity prevails. If you have any questions or want to know more about Nevada County’s Weights and Measures Department, please visit our website or call (530) 470-2690.


Social Worker Month logo: Social Workers leaders, advocates, champions

March is National Social Worker’s Month

March is National Social Worker's Month!  This year's Social Work Month theme is leaders. advocates. champions.  Social workers are trained to look at situations in a holistic way, bringing people together with others in their communities to find ways to address pressing individual, group and societal issues. They work in our community in an effort to help the most vulnerable. Adult, Child and family social workers advocate and champion for older adults and children who have been abused or neglected.

In 2017, Child Protective Services (CPS) social workers responded to over 1,387 referrals of abuse and had 3,000 face to face contacts.  In 2017, Adult Services social workers investigated 500 cases of alleged abuse, provided case management to 30 conservatees, case managed approximately 733 IHSS recipients, and the Senior Outreach Nurses responded to 285 referrals. 

For more information about Adult Services, contact Tamaran Cook, Adult Services Program Manager, at (530) 265-1639.

For more information about Children's Services, contact Nick Ready, Child Protective Services Program Manager, at (530) 273-4291.

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