Supervisors to vote on pay increase, smoking ban |

Supervisors to vote on pay increase, smoking ban

The Nevada County Board of Supervisors Tuesday are scheduled to take votes on an ordinance to give members a raise and another to keep smokers 20 feet from county building entrances.

Last week, board members initially considered increasing their salaries by 9 percent, to $37,186. According to Assistant County Executive Officer Rick Haffey, a recent survey of 10 California counties with populations between 50,000 and 150,000 showed an average county supervisor’s salary of just under $48,000. Nevada County has about 90,000 residents. The board chairman’s salary would rise 5 percent, to $39,046.

Supervisor Sue Horne said the increase, “would not be out of the market, but would be out of sync” with looming fiscal problems around the state’s proposed mid-year budget cuts.

Horne also opposed the supervisors last increase, which was two years ago.

The smoking ordinance would keep smokers 20 feet away from entrances, window and air intakes of county buildings.

County health department director Henry Foley said the 20-foot distance is scientifically justifiable, based on second-hand smoke reports from universities, including the University of California at Berkeley. Supervisors Elizabeth Martin and Peter Van Zant said they have fielded complaints about smokers next to county building entrances.

The board will also give direction to amend the budget and transfer funds to allow allocation of land preservation funds.

The $887,000 windfall came to the county from the estate of Dryden Wilson, of Auburn, who gave a like amount to Placer County upon his death earlier this year. The largest chunk, $508,000, went to the Nevada County Land Trust. The supervisors have recommended that it be spent for the North Star property south of Grass Valley, with Loma Rica Ranch property – on the outskirts of Grass Valley – as a second priority.

Other organizations receiving portions of the funds: $130,000 to the The Truckee-Donner Land Trust; $50,000 apiece to the Bear River Recreation and Park District, the Western Gateway Recreation and Park District, the North San Juan Ridge Activities and Improvement Center, and the Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District; and $25,000 apiece to the City of Grass Valley Recreation Division and The City of Nevada City Recreation Department.


WHAT: Board of Supervisors’ meeting

WHEN: Tuesday at 9 a.m.

WHERE: Board of Supervisors chambers, Eric Rood Administrative Center, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City.

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