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Building department sees activity increase

The Union staff

The county is experiencing an increase in activity levels in the Building Department, according to the weekly memo released by County Executive Officer Rick Haffey.

Since Jan. 1, the department has received applications for 10 new single-family houses.

In addition to the houses, the department received applications for five model homes to be constructed in the Cascade Crossing (previously known as the Saddle Ridge) subdivision in South County, the memo stated.

"We are also seeing a marked increase in the number of people seeking service at the Community Development Agency counter," the memo states. "We are on a pace to see the highest activity levels in general in the CDA that we have experienced in the past three years."

Road decline

A new analysis of California's local streets and roads network shows that pavement conditions across the state are in rapid decline.

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The 2012 California Statewide Local Streets and Roads Needs Assessment confirms that existing funding levels are not sufficient to address deteriorating roads, bridges, sidewalks, storm drains and traffic signs and predicts that the cost to fix them could double if repair and maintenance are delayed due to a lack of new funding, according to the 2012 report.

While pavement conditions in Nevada County (the three cities and the county combined) rank better than the state average, the local streets and roads in the county are forecast to decline in condition based on current funding levels, the report states. The needs assessment does not include deficiencies in width or surfacing, which are of particular concern in Nevada County. Of the 560 miles of road maintained by the county:

— 219 miles (39 percent) are unpaved

— 210 miles (38 percent) don't meet minimum fire-safe standards for width

— 481 miles (86 percent) don't have standard shoulder widths of 4 feet

These deficiencies affect the county's personal and commercial vehicles, transit, bicyclists and pedestrians.

The needs assessment, sponsored by the League of California Cities, California State Association of Counties and other transportation stakeholders, looks at the condition of the statewide system and provides a comprehensive funding overview.

To download a copy of the report, please visit http://save

For information on the full report, contact Jennifer Whiting, League of California Cities, at 916-658-8249 or Kiana Buss, California State Association of Counties at 916-327-7500, ext. 566.

Beale Honorary Commander Program

Alison Lehman, assistant county executive officer, was selected to participate in the 2013 Beale Air Force Base Honorary Commander program.

The goal of the program is to establish a solid, mutually beneficial relationship between Beale Air Force Base and the community, the memo states.

The Honorary Commander program allows members of the community to understand the importance of Beale Air Force Base and allows military officers and their units to learn more about the community in which they live.

Lehman attended an induction ceremony on base earlier this month and was introduced to Major Laura Chavez of the 9th Contracting Squadron and was presented a Challenge Coin.

The 9th Contracting Squadron provides servicing contracting office support to more than 7,000 Department of Defense personnel on Beale Air Force Base.

The office processes contract actions valued at more than $35 million annually for the acquisition of complex services, construction, commodities and contingency contracting requirements unique to the sensitive reconnaissance operations of the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, 7th Space Warning Squadron and a host of other associate units, the memo states.

Nevada County adds to trophy case

Nevada County won the 2013 Award for Excellence in Local Government for its Mobile Worker application.

Innovation awardees were chosen from the more than 70 applications received by a selection committee consisting of city and county managers from across the U.S. and Canada, ASU Faculty and Alliance for Innovation Executive Management.

The selection committee looked for those local governments that have shown their dedication to stretching and improving the boundaries of day-to-day government operations and practices, implementing creative business processes and those who have improved the civic health of their community.

"Congratulations to (Chief Information Officer) Steve Monagahan and his staff," Haffey said in the memo.

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