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Health department to distribute free flu shots

Nevada County’s Public Health Department has begun testing an alternative method of distributing medication to the public quickly, as may be necessary in the event of an emergency.

To practice the distribution method, the county will conduct a Drive-Thru Flu Shot Exercise from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the parking lot of Twin Cities Church off of Rough and Ready Highway, according to the weekly memo distributed by County Executive Officer Rick Haffey.

The flu vaccines distributed Tuesday will be free of charge because the event is an emergency preparedness exercise.

Participants will be required to stay in their vehicles and no walk-ups, the memo states.

The flu vaccines are for adults and teenagers older than 13. Pregnant women should not participate, the memo states.

Online application gets upgrade

Nevada County’s award-winning citizen online “MyNeighborhood” property application has received enhancements. The property report has received design expansions that will add additional information. The application, which provides property details when an address or parcel number, already included zoning districts, elected official representation, property values and general permits will also include land-use applications, building permits and code violations.

Users will be able to access information on parent parcels; so if the property was split, merged or renumbered, information regarding the original property will be made available.

“This is very helpful for the public when doing research on the history of a parcel, particularly for our local real estate industry,” the memo states.

California Homemade Food Act

Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed Assembly Bill 1616, the California Cottage Food Law, which will go into effect Jan. 1, 2013.

The law permits a limited number of low-risk food products to be made in private home kitchens to be sold at retail venues.

The Nevada County Environmental Health Department has developed a Frequently Asked Questions summary of the law, which is available at

New principal planner

Tyler Barrington, who has worked in the Nevada County planning department for the past seven years, was appointed as Principal Planner, effective today.

“Tyler brings almost 10 years of professional planning experience to the principal planner position,” the memo states.

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Renda, email or call (530) 477-4239.

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