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November 15, 2013
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Nevada County furloughs planned for November

Most county offices will close Monday, Nov. 25 through Friday, Nov. 29, in observance of the November holiday and previously announced furlough days, according to the Friday memo by County Executive Officer Rick Haffey.

Closures will not impact access to public-safety and other 24-hour operations.

The following departments will be open during designated furlough days: Auditor-Controller, District Attorney, Sheriff, Probation, Public Works, Registrar of Voters, Clerk-Recorder and Public Defender.

Haffey encouraged the community to plan ahead for needed services and to visit for additional information on county departments.

In other county news

— From Nov. 4-7, 65 people with a role in Nevada County Emergency Management or Disaster Response attended a Community Specific Integrated Emergency Management Course hosted by the FEMA Emergency Management Institute, located at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Md. The campus houses both the National Fire Academy and the Emergency Management Institute.

Nevada County attendees consisted of representatives of multiple agencies from both the eastern and western portions of the county.

This diverse group included 30 Nevada County government employees; numerous local fire and law enforcement personnel; representatives from Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee; utility companies; local nonprofit organizations; and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

Students participated in progressive exercises simulating realistic crisis situations that tested local policy and procedures in an Emergency Operations Center environment.

These exercises resulted in participants gaining a better understanding of their own and partnering agency roles and responsibilities during a disaster in Nevada County.

All transportation and lodging costs were funded by FEMA.​

— Due to a decrease in the daily population at Juvenile Hall, the Nevada County Probation Department has recently contracted leased bed space with Tuolumne, Calaveras and Amador counties. This has been a win-win for all concerned, Haffey said.

The minors from these counties have benefited from the rehabilitative program the Juvenile Hall offers, and Nevada County Probation has benefited by receiving increased revenue from what would otherwise be empty beds. From August through October, the Probation Department received $32,955 in revenue.

— The Department of Environmental Health applied for and has been awarded a $147,000 grant from the California Department of Public Health.

The one-year grant will further enhance the department’s role as the local oversight agency charged with inspection, monitoring, surveillance, reporting, and water quality evaluation of 70 small public water systems located in the county. The funding agreement begins on Nov. 30.

— The county will host an informational meeting regarding the Affordable Care Act from 5:30-7 p.m. Monday. A brief presentation will be followed by an open question and answer session. The meeting will be held in the board of supervisors’ chambers and will also be broadcast live to the Truckee Government Center.

— Congressman Doug LaMalfa’s Field Representative, Jennifer Horne, will be hosting a satellite office in the Northstar Conference Room, located in the County Executive Office, in the Rood Government Center from 8-11 a.m. Tuesday.

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