County crews respond to school emergency |

County crews respond to school emergency

On Jan. 14, the county received a phone call from the Superintendent of Schools of the Union Hill School District requesting assistance with a potential sinkhole on Union Hill property. Arriving at the scene shortly after the phone call, personnel from road maintenance, the sheriff’s office, environmental health and emergency services (along with Ophir Hill Fire) witnessed a sinkhole approximately 35 feet deep and 2-3 feet in diameter. The sink hole was located in the nearby grass play area frequented by students.

Due to the potential soil instability of this area, county staff immediately placed temporary cones around the sink hole to direct people away from the area. Staff then contacted local contractors Hanson Brothers and Nevada County Fencing, who assisted the county in providing and erecting emergency fencing to help protect students and employees from this hazard.

By responding quickly and effectively to a nearby partner in need, county staff ensured that the area remained safe and that students and staff were unaffected by the sinkhole.

Design professional luncheon

The Nevada County Community Development Agency and the local design professionals (architect, engineers and draftspersons) met on Jan. 13 for a brown bag luncheon. During the luncheon the group discussed ways to streamline the project permitting process, common issues that occur during plan review and state code requirements. The luncheon was designed to open additional lines of communication to improve upon county policies and procedures related to project permitting. The Community Development Agency will be holding additional luncheons throughout 2016 to help further improve customer service.

If you have a topic you are interested in for a future luncheon, would like to sign up for meeting notifications or have any questions, contact the Director of Building at (530) 265-1583 or by email at

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