Nevada County Supervisor Nate Beason hosted Gov. Jerry Brown this week at the Rural County Representatives of California August board of directors meeting in Sacramento, according to the Friday memo by County Executive Officer Rick Haffey.
Brown spent nearly 30 minutes speaking to the board and answering questions related to rural county issues, including the need for a water bond (which subsequently passed later in the day), State Responsibility Area Fees, the need for better forest management, the issues related to marijuana cultivation, providing monies to counties under the State Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, the status of county fairs, and criminal justice realignment.
Beason is chair of RCRC, an organization that champions policies on behalf of California’s rural counties.
Nevada County and Grass Valley “building” partnership
On Aug. 12, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors approved a contract with the city of Grass Valley to complete building inspection, plan review, customer service and building related code enforcement for the city. The county will be providing a staff person at the city to complete these building services starting Monday. The initiation of the contract will help improve consistency and customer service in the development community throughout the county as a whole. For more information, contact the Director of Building, Craig Griesbach, at 530-265-1222.
Nevada County purchases subscription to grant-searching database
Nevada County, in partnership with the Center for Nonprofit Leadership, is now providing a new grant-searching database tool free of charge for local government, community partners, nonprofit organizations and the public. The grant searching database, EfficientGov, focuses on grants and foundation funding for municipalities and nonprofit entities, making it possible to identify thousands of opportunities for entities to leverage their current assets and programming through additional financial sources.
EfficientGov is an information service that tracks innovative solutions to fiscal and operational challenges facing cities and towns around the world. Its two-fold operation allows agencies to search for applicable grants while also receiving news and information regarding industry trends and innovative approaches to address service and budget gaps.
The database is accessible at no cost through the Nevada County Library’s website at www.mynevadacounty.com/nc/library. The site allows for unlimited access and does not have a time cap per visit so users can take their time to find the grant that is just right for their organization. Nevada County is making this service available for one year.
The center is a resource for nonprofit organizations and individuals in Nevada County and the Sierra region. The center works to strengthen nonprofit organizations through workshops, executive leadership seminars, on-site coaching and mentoring, and public advocacy. For information on upcoming workshops and the center’s new Coaching and Consulting Network and other resources, go to www.cnlsierra.org.
Additional questions can be directed to Laura Pappani, county librarian, at 530-265-7078.
McCourtney Road Transfer Station usage increasing
Over the past two months, the number of customers at the McCourtney Road Transfer Station has reached its highest level since 2008, Haffey said Friday. Increasing transfer station usage is likely the result of a strengthening economy in Nevada County. However, while usage is up, recycling rates for transfer station customers have dropped. This is in contrast to higher recycling rates for customers subscribing to curbside pickup service.
The Recycling Center and Reuse Room at the McCourtney Road Transfer Station is open 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. The Household Hazardous Waste Facility is open 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday to Sunday.
The Reuse Room has latex and oil-based paints, products for household cleaning, wallpaper, grout, tile, masonry and other products available for free.
It is important for McCourtney Road customers to cover their loads on the way to the transfer station.
County and state law set fines of up to $1,000 for spilling trash on roadways. Law enforcement will be targeting McCourtney Road for littering enforcement over the next several months.
For information, go to www.wm.com/location/california/nevada_county/recycling/index.jsp or call Waste Management at 530-274-3090 or Nevada County Public Works at 530-265-1411.
Nevada County Library receives grant to preserve Nisenan history
The Nevada County Public Library recently received a grant of federal Library Service and Technology Act funds from the California State Library for the preservation and sharing of Nisenan culture, art and history. The funds will be used to develop a collection of local native books, photographs and artifacts at the County’s Doris Foley Library for Historical Research.
Physical items of historical and cultural significance will be acquired, plus digital copies of documents and photographs held in private collections.
Four programs will be held during the period of the grant, which ends in June 2015. The programs will share the Nisenan culture and language with the Nevada County community as well as provide an opportunity for people to have personal items scanned for the collection.
In addition, the grant will allow for the creation of a twelve-panel mobile art and local history display that will be available to travel to schools and other public venues.
The display will feature Nisenan artwork paired with an iPad pre-loaded with interviews that place the artwork in the context of Nisenan history, culture and values.
Documented history about the Nisenan exists, but has never been collected into a central location nor been made available to the larger community.
This project will help to preserve records that are in danger of disappearing and fits into the Library’s strategic goal of offering local history and genealogy services. Books and documents relating to other local tribes will also be included in the collection at the Doris Foley Library.
For further information, contact Laura Pappani, Nevada County Librarian, at 530-265-7078.