Sierra Harvest Receives Assistance from Subsidized Employment Program Employees |

Sierra Harvest Receives Assistance from Subsidized Employment Program Employees

Innovative opportunities for Nevada County employers and job seekers are on the rise, according to the Friday memo issued by Nevada County CEO Rick Haffey. He highlighted the expanded Subsidized Employment Program as reflecting a growing partnership between the Nevada County Department of Social Services and the One-Stop Business & Career Center.

“This program provides a special opportunity for businesses and agencies to improve their bottom line, while also helping to provide meaningful work experience for local CalWORKs participants,” Haffey said.

“Employers are able to interview and select candidates they feel will best fit with their organization. Once the candidate is chosen, the host site provides supervision and mentoring while helping build the participant’s skill set. The wage, applicable Workers’ Compensation and payroll taxes are covered by the SEP program. A regular comment received from employers who have tapped into this program is that this is truly a win-win opportunity.”

The wage, applicable Workers’ Compensation and payroll taxes are covered by the SEP program.

A recent partnership with Sierra Harvest has included using the Workforce One Work Crew, another program created through the collaboration between the One-Stop and CalWORKs program. With Workforce One, a supervised crew of as many as five individuals completes projects for nonprofit agencies throughout our county.

This past month, the crew completed several “Garden Builds” for Sierra Harvest, building sustainable backyard gardens from the ground up. Their projects included fencing, building raised beds, running irrigation lines, preparing soil and planting.

August is Child Support Awareness Month

Recognizing the valuable services provided by Child Support Services, the Board of Supervisors proclaimed August as Child Support Awareness Month.

The Child Support Program collects and distributes $2.3 billion to families each year. The Sierra Nevada Regional Department of Child Support Services collected and distributed over $7.2 million to families last year.

Child support is the money paid by one parent to the other parent to ensure that the needs of the children are met. Child support puts food on the table, helps pay the bills, and provides for necessities and access to extracurricular activities. It is the second largest source of income for low income families.

All child support services are free to families. The Child Support program will locate parents, establish paternity, creates child support orders, modifies orders when needed and enforces child support orders. For more information, contact Tex Ritter, Director of Child Support Services at 866-901-3212​.

County facilities implement water conservation measures

Due to current drought conditions, Nevada County Facilities Management Division has been taking steps to reduce the amount of water used at county facilities. The county is currently watering the landscape only once per week.

The plants are taking a beating but should survive until the rains come this winter. Jeremy Eslick and Rob Caudill are responsible for grounds maintenance and they have been working hard to fine-tune the irrigation system and trace down any leaks.

Through reduced irrigation, equipment upgrades and modifications, the County saved 522,000 gallons of water at the Eric Rood Center and Courthouse in May and June alone. This is a 42 percent savings over last year. The county also reduced the amount of water going into the pond at Tobiassen Park, from three to one miner’s inch, saving approximately 4,008,800 gallons of untreated water this season.

The next water conservation project will be at the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility where workers will be installing flush limiters and water restrictors, greatly reducing the amount of water used by the jail. This project will be completed by the end of this year.

Chief Probation Officer appointed to corrections board

Chief Probation Officer Michael Ertola has been appointed to the California Board of State and Community Corrections. The announcement was made on the governor’s website as follows: “Michael Ertola, 52, of Auburn, has been appointed to the California Board of State and Community Corrections.

Ertola has been chief probation officer since 2012 and probation program manager since 2001 at the Nevada County Probation Department.

He served as a deputy probation officer at the San Mateo County Probation Department from 1988 to 2001. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation.”

Community Development Block Grant program changes

The Community Development Block Grant program is a federally funded, state regulated program that provides money for communities to invest in infrastructure, low-income housing, and economic development.

In Nevada County, CDBG funds have been used for small business loans, community assistance programs, public works projects, and housing rehabilitation loans to low-income homeowners.

On July 1, the California Department of Housing and Community Development released new policies requiring that counties use any on-hand CDBG funds prior to using new grant awards. The county currently has $609,000 in existing CDBG money that will be made available for CDBG-allowable activities.

Both the Health and Human Services and Community Development Agencies have been working to ensure that state-approved projects are in place to make use of these funds in the best way possible to benefit those in our community. The Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) will be hosting a public hearing in August (date to be announced) to seek public input on potential projects.

Potential projects must meet the CDBG National Objectives to benefit low income households or persons, or meet urgent community development needs. All project suggestions brought forward at the public hearing will be reviewed for CDBG compliance and recommendations will be presented to the Nevada County Board of Supervisors and the State Department of Housing and Community Services for approval. Contact Stewart Knox, HHSA Director, at 530-470-2562, for additional information.

Free movie at Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City

The Library’s Adult Summer Reading Program will wrap up today with the final movie in the Wild Film Series. Bring your family at 2 p.m. in the Gene Albaugh Community Room at the Madelyn Helling Library to watch “National Velvet.”

This beloved and nostalgic movie stars Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney​ as a determined girl and boy who join forces with a spirited thoroughbred horse. There is no charge for the film or the popcorn.

For more information, contact the Madelyn Helling Library staff at 530-265-7050.

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