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Grass Valley Charter School students learn about local government

​Two second grade classes from the Grass Valley Charter School visited the Rood County Government Center on Wednesday to learn more about county government.

During their time at the Government Center, the students met with Board of Supervisors Chairman Ed Scofield and CEO Rick Haffey; they learned about the role of the Board of Supervisors, how ordinances are passed, and the array of services the county provides from animal control to zoning.

County Clerk-Recorder Greg Diaz and his staff provided the students with an opportunity to participate in a mock election and he discussed the importance of voting.

Sheriff Keith Royal welcomed the students and introduced them to the County School resource officer, Micah Arbaugh, and provided the students a unique opportunity to see a patrol car up close.

During the field trip, the classes visited with the Community Development Agency.

The kids learned about the role of the Building Department and met with Craig Greisbach, chief building official. They had the opportunity to know more about what it takes to make buildings safe within the community.

During their visit, the students also experienced trying to build safe structures with basic engineering out of marshmallows and toothpicks.

Community Initiative Funding

​The Nevada County Adult and Family Services Commission is announcing a Request for Proposal for County Community Initiative Funding dollars.

These funds will allow a local nonprofit agency an opportunity to provide services that will enhance the priorities set forth by the county’s Community Services Block Grant, Community Action Plan and Community Needs Assessment.

The priorities are nutrition, housing and homelessness, transportation and educational attainment.

Services are specifically for low-income residents of Nevada County.

A total of $15,000 Community Initiative Funding dollars have been allocated for fiscal year July 2015 through June 2016 to support a single, one-time only funded project.

The RFP will be released Thursday, March 19. Applications are due no later than 3 p.m. on April 2.

A downloadable copy of the proposal application will be available Thursday, March 19, at the following link:

Residential Plan Review Checklist

​The Building Department has recently finalized an in-depth Residential Plan Review Checklist.

The checklist provides in-depth information, code requirements and information that is needed on residential construction plans for new construction, alterations and additions.

The list also shows specific code sections for each area if you are interested in referencing and reading the specific code requirement.

It can be used as a thorough checklist for plan submittal and/or a quick refresher regarding specific residential code requirements.

The checklist will be used by all county plans examiners when they are completing reviews for residential construction projects so you get an inside peek at what the plan examiners are looking for when completing reviews.

It is designed to cover the majority of items that come up during residential reviews and is intended to increase the number of complete residential project submittals that can be approved during the 1st review rather than two to three reviews being needed.

This will help save time for both customers and the county.

If you would like to review the new Residential Plan Review Checklist, visit the Building Department website at,-Checklists-and-Handouts.aspx or by contacting the department by phone at 530-265-1222.

Three Feet for Safety

​In September 2014, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the “Three Feet for Safety” law.

The law requires drivers passing bicycles to pass at a safe distance of not less than three feet between the vehicle and the bicycle.

The previous law required drivers stay a “safe” but unspecified distance from bicyclists.

Violators can be fined $35 if they drive too close to a bicyclist; a $220 fine can be imposed if a cyclist is injured when a driver is violating the three-foot buffer.

California is the 24th state to enact the three-foot passing law.

In response to the new law, Nevada County is erecting signs reminding motorists of the new law.

“Three feet for safety” signs have been placed on Newtown Road and will soon be placed on other designated bike routes in the county.

Nevada County is one of the first counties in the state to implement signing in support of the law.

The County Bicycle Master Plan, prepared by the Nevada County Transportation Commission, identifies the County’s bike routes and can be found at–Bicycle-Reports/index.html.

For additional information on county roads, call the Department of Public Works at 530-265-1411.

Programs for teens at the Madelyn Helling Library

Teens are invited to the Teen Tech Club 3:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Collaborative Technology Center of the Madelyn Helling Library for a hands-on tech activity.

Then on Friday, March 20, Teen Movie Night will show “Guardians of the Galaxy” 6-9 p.m. at the Community Room.

Both activities are free and are for ages 13 through 18 only.​

Kids Can: Tech! Program at the Madelyn Helling Library

The Madelyn Helling Library has recently introduced a new creative technology club for kids seven to 12 years old.

On Monday, the group will be meeting from 3:30-5:30 p.m. for a creative project: turning T-shirts into fun and funky scarves. Call Vaile for more information at 530-470-2748.

LaMalfa’s representative to hold satellite office

​Congressman Doug LaMalfa’s field representative, Jennifer Horne, will be holding a satellite office in the Northstar conference room, located at the County Executive Office in the Rood Government Center on Tuesday 8-11 a.m.

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