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Supervisors to ponder future at meeting

Plotting and prioritizing action for 2006 will be the topic of a two-day meeting of the Nevada County Board of Supervisors Monday and Tuesday.

According to Chairman Nate Beason, goals and objectives like workforce housing, methamphetamine, roads and water treatment plants will be some of the topics covered for the meeting to be held in Room L101 at Sierra College in Grass Valley. Accomplishments will also be discussed.

“The major thing we have done is to cease hostilities,” said Beason, who represents the Nevada City area. “My goal is to make decisions based on merit.”



For county CEO Rick Haffey, “Tuesday will be a key day. We’ll have projections for revenue and the availability of services and we’ll get our marching orders from the board,” about the 2006-2007 budget. “We’ll have signs up saying BOS Workshop with an arrow,” pointing to the room.

“I think the importance of a priority list is to get the board on the same page to give staff direction,” said Supervisor Ted Owens of Truckee. “Infrastructure needs and road funding are high on my list.”




Owens also wants to discuss using design and build plans for water treatment plants, instead of bidding them out. He called the methodology of the bid process “archaic” and added that it doesn’t allow the county to take advantage of current technology. He also said the county’s Fire Safe Plan is important to him personally, “because I live in the middle of the forest.”

The highest priority for Owens, however, is to get an advocate for the county to lobby its interests in Sacramento.

“We’re one of the few counties that doesn’t do it,” he said. “I want to move us into the 21st century.”

The eastern county supervisor said he also shares Supervisor Robin Sutherland’s interest in battling methamphetamine.

“I think we’ve made a lot of headway with the issue of meth,” said Sutherland who represents Penn Valley and the San Juan Ridge. “We were able to have two workshops with Placer County to set up a substance abuse coalition and in the next few months, we’ll finalize it.”

Sutherland said she was been working with Congressman John Doolittle’s staff to get funding for the coalition. She also wants to explore getting money for it through the United Auburn Indian Community tribe, of which she is a member.

Highway 49, Sutherland said, is also on her agenda for the year.

“The accident rate is very alarming,” she said. “We need to find a way to alter the road and widen it.”

Also on Sutherland’s list is the proposed Dorsey Drive interchange for the Golden Center Freeway and “the age-old issue of affordable housing.”

Sutherland wants to get more money for mental health issues and, she said, her pet project is to keep excessive regulation off of the back of agriculture.

Supervisor Sue Horne of Lake of the Pines and John Spencer of Grass Valley could not be reached for comment Friday.

Know & Go

What: Special meeting of the Nevada County Board of Supervisors, a workshop to discuss goals for 2006 and past accomplishments.

When: 8:30 to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

Where: Room L101, Sierra College in Grass Valley. Follow the signs that say BOS Workshop with an arrow on them.

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To contact senior staff writer Dave Moller, e-mail davem@theunion.com or call 477-4237.


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