County offices will find new digs |

County offices will find new digs

Nevada City’s ruinous fire displaced businesses and left Nevada County’s Probation Department and Victim Witness Program without a permanent home for eight months to a year.

Four hours after the blaze broke out in the historic downtown district, county Emergency Services Director Dennis Cassella declared a local emergency to begin the process of temporarily relocating the county employees.

Probation staff will be temporarily housed at the department’s previous courthouse location and at the Nevada City Veterans Memorial Building, Cassella said.

Both locations meet security needs and are wired for computer access used for service delivery, tracking and records – and both are available for up to 90 days.

Long-term solutions being analyzed include offers from local businesses.

Phone calls for Probation Department employees will be taken on the main line at 265-1200, and messages will be forwarded to staff members.

The loss of county and private business resources, including property and sales taxes to the city and county, are estimated to exceed $3 million, according to the emergency declaration.

About 100 employees of the county and affected businesses have been displaced, and up to 60 may suffer unemployment and other economic losses, the declaration states.

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