Nevada County Library wins CSAC Challenge Award
Nevada County CEO Rick Haffey has announced the Nevada County Library system has been honored by the California State Association of Counties.
“This year, the California State Association of Counties (CSAC), received over 200 Challenge Award entries. With only two Challenge Awards presented in our population category (50,001 to 200,000), Nevada County was honored to be an award recipient for the Library Community Technology Center,” Haffey stated in his weekly memo to Nevada County supervisors. “Completed with 100 percent grant funding, the new Community Technology Center has increased citizen access to the internet and modern technology for education, recreation, and work force training needs.”
Haffey said CSAC will present the award at an upcoming meeting of the Nevada County Board of Supervisors.
With this award, Haffey said, Nevada County has now received nine CSAC Challenge Awards, which is more than any other county in the same population range.
County recognized by California Department of Social Services
Statewide kudos for county departments also include the Nevada County Department of Social Services, Haffey said, for receiving statewide recognition from the California Department of Social Services because of its excellence in accurately processing CalFresh applications within the required 30-day application processing window.
“The award was presented at a statewide meeting last week,” Haffey said. “Nevada County was one of only 17 counties that processed CalFresh applications at an accuracy of over 98 percent, which is the federally accepted standard. Nevada County’s accuracy rate was 99.8 percent for the last Federal fiscal reporting period.
“The benchmark award considered the procedural error rate in correctly processing CalFresh applications received in the 3-Day [expedited service processing] and regular 30-day [non-emergent service procession] windows.”
CalFresh is the California Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps. CalFresh is a Federal assistance program that helps Nevada County residents buy nutritious food for themselves and their family, Haffey stated in his memo. An applicant must have income at or below 130 percent of the Federal Poverty Level in order to qualify for CalFresh benefits unless they are an elderly and/or disabled County resident.
According to Haffey, there are currently 4,170 active grants of CalFresh in Nevada County. Nationally, during the recession, enrollment and spending in food stamps skyrocketed. In 2008, the monthly average number of Americans enrolled was 28.2 million. By 2013, monthly average enrollment topped 47.6 million. In the depths of the recession, a quarter of all residents in some states were enrolled in the program.
Preventing falls in Nevada County
The Falls Prevention Coalition of Nevada County works diligently to bring attention and education about the significance of falls to our community in an effort to reduce accidents, engage providers in integrated approaches and enhance the quality of life of our citizens.
Each year the Coalition holds a free event that highlights the importance this education brings to our community and showcases “real life” issues and solutions.
This year’s event will be on 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, where there will be a resource fair, a performance by the Forever Young Chorus and lunch. To register, call Helpline at 530-273-2273.
European grapevine moth eradication efforts working
Due to continued success with control and eradication efforts, Haffey reported state and federal agricultural officials are reducing the European grapevine moth (EGVM) quarantine in Sonoma and Napa counties, and have removed all of Solano County from the quarantine.
Statewide, the EGVM population has dropped dramatically since the original quarantine was established in 2009. Though the quarantine continues in the original infested area encompassing portions of Napa and Sonoma counties, the change reduces the area under quarantine from 686 square miles to 446 square miles, a 35 percent reduction.
“Locally, Nevada County went another season without finding anymore EGVM in our detection traps,” Haffey wrote. “We thank you again for your help and support with the 2011-2012 quarantine in our county.”
EGVM is a known pest of economic significance that originated in Europe and has spread to portions of Africa, the Middle East and Chile. EGVM was first found in detection traps in Napa County in September 2009, followed by detection in other counties (to include Nevada County in 2010) as it spread on grapes and other industry-related equipment, triggering quarantines in all affected counties.
“Increased detection traps were placed intensively in a 500-meter treatment zone around the find sites, located in Nevada City and Rough and Ready,” Haffey wrote. “Growers also performed treatments to prevent any breeding populations from being established. Although we continue to set out detection traps each spring and summer, Nevada County was released from quarantine in 2013.”
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