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Nevada County to mull agreement with USFS and BLM

The Nevada County Board of Supervisors will discuss signing an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management regarding how to cooperate in managing the large amount of public land in Nevada County.

In the staff report, signed by Chairman Ted Owens and Supervisor Nate Beason, the officials state that the agreement will give the county “more equal footing with the federal government” in making decisions and receiving information regarding projects that may affect county decisions.

“The (memorandum of agreement) provides earlier notification and communication from the federal land managers to the county than currently afforded in federal statutes,” the report states.

The California County Counsels Association reviewed the agreement and determined that it will not interfere with existing county rights.

However, not everyone sees it that way.

“The supervisors are going to sell out Nevada County,” said Rough and Ready resident Calvin Clark, who said he will attend the meeting to protest the agreement. “It’s just a way for this county to allow international and federal agencies to manage private property in Nevada County.”

The board of supervisors should disclose the amount of grant money it receives or has received, Clark said.

In other business, a representative from the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office will be on hand to authorize the execution of an agreement between the county and the three incorporated cities regarding law enforcement dispatch services.

The Grass Valley and Truckee police departments will consolidate existing dispatch centers into the sheriff’s office dispatch center. Nevada City Police Department currently pays the Sheriff’s Office to dispatch calls to its agencies.

The total amount of the contract is $562,000 according to the staff report.

Finally, the board will conduct the second hearing regarding empowering the Sheriff’s Office to issue citations to property owners who are not in conformity with the recently passed medical marijuana ordinance.

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

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