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April 19, 2013
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Hearing seeks input on needs of low-income population

The Nevada County Department of Social Services and the Adult & Family Services Commission will convene a public hearing to solicit input on the needs of the low-income population in Nevada County. The hearing will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. April 30 in the Empire Room, second floor, Eric Rood Administrative Center, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City.

Interested Nevada County residents, including representatives of community organizations, are invited to participate and share their views regarding the needs of low-income populations.

The information gathered at this hearing will contribute to the needs assessment process required as a part of the 2014-2015 Community Action Plan. The plan is part of the application process for ongoing Community Services Block Grant funding.

Comments may be directed to the broad issues of poverty, unemployment, educational attainment, health, nutrition, housing, homelessness and crime. Supporting data is encouraged.

A signup sheet for speakers will be provided at the door. The department has requested that all who speak provide their information in writing by accessing the input form at the following link:

If you are unable to attend this meeting and would like to share your input in written form, complete the form at the above link and email to In addition, information may be obtained by contacting 530-265-1662.

All comments should be received no later than 4 p.m. April 30.

Building digital plan submittal

The Building Department, working with the Information Services Department, now has digital plan submission up and running. The department has already received several digital submissions for new buildings and other structures.

Typically, building permit applications require four paper copies of plans that are sent out to different departments for review. When submitting for a building permit digitally, the permit applicant is only required to submit one paper copy that is used for the job site.

Digital submissions are sent to each department for review, saving paper and routing time. Upon approval of the project, the digital copies are placed into the document management system and saved. This process reduces staff time for scanning and makes the permits accessible online very quickly.

Video chat services with Victim Witness Assistance Program

The office of the District Attorney has announced the release of video chat services with the Victim Witness Assistance Program. The public can access the video chat capability through the website and speak real time to a victim advocate.

The advocates will have posted office hours, or an appointment can be made for a different time. The service is targeted to assist those who prefer a face-to-face conversation and live in outlying areas, do not have transportation or are unable to leave their homes.

National Crime Victims Rights Week, which was established in 1981, is Sunday through April 27. The nation is challenged to extend its vision of crime victims’ rights and services to reach every victim of crime.

The video chat service is an extension of Nevada County’s ability to service our community, and the rollout of this new service coincides with Victims Rights Week.

Book vs. Movie Club at the library

The Madelyn Helling Library is starting a new kind of book club. On the first Tuesday of every month, a Book vs. Movie Club will start at 4 p.m. in the Gene Albaugh Community Room. Come and watch a movie based on a book and then stay for a discussion about the difference between the book and the movie.

Participants can pick up a copy of the book for reading ahead of time at the Madelyn Helling Library.

The first program will be at 4 p.m. May 7. Call the library at 530-265-7075 or check the website at starting Monday to see the name of the first selection.

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