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The Nevada County Board of Supervisors votes on a resolution to vacate a portion of Riata Way – from the Lake of the Pines Wastewater Treatment gate to its end – at 9 a.m. today.

Vacation of the street is needed so the Department of Transportation and Sanitation can construct new buildings for the treatment plant, said Doug Farrell, supervising civil engineer for DOTS.

New buildings are needed to meet updated requirements regarding the quality of “sewage effluent,” Farrell said. Construction should begin this summer and be completed within two years, he said.

Plans to vacate the right of way, which is not currently used as a road, will likely be finalized by June 20, said Farrell.

He said the item was placed on a “special meeting” agenda because of the “tight schedule” of the treatment plant’s construction.

– Josh Singer

State Senate OKs health service bill

Health-related legislation authored by Sen. Sam Aanestad is moving to the Assembly after recently passing out of the State Senate by a unanimous vote.

SB 1285 authorizes licensed speech pathologists to utilize a flexible endoscope to evaluate swallowing and voice function across all medical settings. Additionally, the Aanestad legislation allows for the suctioning of food and other secretions from the airway by speech pathologists to prevent choking.

“It’s estimated that up to half of elderly, long-term care patients may experience swallowing and feeding disorders, which is called Dysphagia,” said Aanestad, R-Grass Valley. “Left untreated, this swallowing disorder can have serious consequences which includes dehydration, poor nutrition, choking, pneumonia and hospitalization.”

Current law already allows trained and licensed speech pathologists to perform the flexible endoscope evaluation in a hospital or other type of acute care setting. SB 1285 expands the use of this procedure to take place in a sub-acute, rehabilitation, long-term care setting or a physician’s office.

Barns, Birds, BBQ Tour next month

The Second Annual Sierra Valley Barns, Birds and BBQ Tour is scheduled June 16-17.

The purpose of this event is to foster awareness about the connections between farming, ranching and the environment in Sierra Valley.

Tickets are now available. For more information, please call the Sierra Valley RCD at (530) 832-0230, or visit the event Web site ( for details and pictures from last year.

– The Union staff

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