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County adds web page for records requests

The Union staff

To enhance the public's right to access public records created and maintained by Nevada County, the Information Services department has added a new web page to the Clerk of the Board's website for online public records requests at

The public can now request public records online through this site. The page includes a summary of what is needed to request a public record online and a link to the Public Records Act. This act applies to "written" information, including emails and certain electronic formats.

Requests will be reviewed and responded to within 10 business days after the request is received.

In other county news

— Last fall, the Department of Public Works embarked on a project to modernize the leachate collection system at the McCourtney Road Landfill. In past years, leachate was collected and stored in a 5.2 million-gallon open air pond. The pond liner is at the end of its life cycle, and the liner replacement cost would have been in excess of $1 million. In addition, all rainfall that went into the pond (3.5 million gallons per year) had to be treated as leachate and disposed of as hazardous waste. Depending on the rainfall amounts, the cost for disposal under the old system was somewhere between $200,000 and $400,000 per year.

Staff developed a tank system that eliminates the inclusion of rainfall, therefore saving approximately $150,000 annually in disposal costs. In addition, the reduction in leachate disposal reduces truck traffic related to this process by more than 40 percent. The project will pay for itself in a little over four years. The final testing occurred May 1, and the tank system will be online within the next week.

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— On April 22, Michael Heggarty from Behavioral Health, Carol Stanchfield with Turning Point and Superior Court Judge Tom Anderson responded to a request from the Yolo County Mental Health director to facilitate a training in Woodland. The group presented detailed information regarding Assisted Outpatient Treatment (Laura's Law) in Nevada County, including implementation steps, outcomes and funding strategies. They conducted two presentations — one for the board of supervisors and executive staff and another for their local Mental Health Board. There were 75 participants in both sessions.

Yolo County is the home of retired state legislator Helen Thompson, the author of the original Laura's Law bill.

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