County addresses concern over roadside vegetation control
The purpose of Nevada County’s roadside vegetation control is to ensure that road shoulders are safe for motorists (improved sight distance), promote a longer pavement life, and provide a fire break along county road-sides consistent with good fire-safe practices, according to a weekly memo from Nevada County CEO Rick Haffey.
Currently, the county uses a limited amount of safe and effective herbicides and mowing for vegetation control, the memo states.
However, high temperatures and low humidity percentages require that the mowing program be shut down due to fire danger for a substantial period of the summer (usually in June).
In addition, the county found that with mowing alone, it simply cannot keep up with the growth along the county’s road shoulders.
In lower elevations, the grass must be cut three to four times per season.
According to the memo, it is not currently possible to do vegetation control on as many miles of road by relying on mowing as our sole method of weed control.
By eliminating the use of herbicide and just mowing, the miles of roadside vegetation control would be reduced to 30 percent of the current total.
An alternative to spraying is the county’s “do not spray” program.
If a homeowner can agree to help maintain vegetation in front of their property, the county said it will issue “do not spray” signs, which will eliminate the use of herbicides along that property’s roadway frontage.
If more property owners join this program, the county said it will have a better chance at meeting roadside vegetation clearing requirements without herbicide.
To participate in the “do not spray” program, owners can contact the County’s Road Maintenance Division at 530-477-6849.
Crisis Response Team training
The Public Health Department’s Emergency Preparedness Program (EPP) and the Behavioral Health Department (BHD), in collaboration with the Office of Emergency Services, is participating in a national training program this week.
The National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) is providing Crisis Response Team Training to a group made up of three EPP staff, 10 BHD clinicians and one staff member from the Superintendent of Schools office.
According to the weekly memo released by the county CEO, this three-day training focuses on the mental health aspect of a disaster. As seen too many times recently, this aspect of a disaster can last long after the event is over, county officials said.
The NOVA evidence-based training is providing these responders with a chance to train together and work through different disaster scenarios, thereby strengthening the county government’s ability to respond.
The training is also expected to help enable the county to provide both first responders and victims with much needed resources to aid in coping with the effects of a disaster.
This training will be tested in a large scale exercise planned for early June.
Juvenile Hall to host open house April 10
The Nevada County Juvenile Hall will be hosting an open house on Friday, April 10.
Juvenile Hall staff will provide guided tours where guests can view an unoccupied housing unit and common programming areas.
All ages are welcome to visit the facility. However, minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Open house times are as follows: 4-6 p.m. for VIP, Probation Families and Media Tour; 6-8 p.m. for the general public.
For additional information about the open house, call 530-265-1548.
Spring cleaning, shredding event
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County (BBBS) is having a fundraising shred event 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 25 at 117 Argall Way in Nevada City.
Come help BBBS help local kids by having your papers securely shredded by Titan Shred Company for $10 a Bankers Box.
BBBS can arrange to get your boxes early if you can’t attend the shredding event and store them securely until they can be shredded on April 25.
For more information, please call 265-2059.
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