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Juvenile Hall awarded Western Growers Foundation garden grant

The Nevada County Juvenile Hall, in conjunction with its onsite school, Sugarloaf Mountain, was recently awarded the Western Growers Foundation Garden Grant. The foundation partners with the California Department of Education to award 100 K-12 schools $1,500 each, plus seeds and other materials to grow and sustain a fruit and vegetable garden. The grant funds will go towards the Juvenile Hall’s “Full Circle Garden” project in which they compost vegetation in worm bins, and grow their own fruits and vegetables. The goal of the project is to educate and teach the youth about gardening and the importance of recycling, as well as provide them a productive way to spend their incarceration time. This grant program is made possible through a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant, administered through California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Tuesday holiday

​All county offices will be closed on Tuesday, in observance of Veteran’s Day.

Child Support Director honored

​On Oct. 29, Tex Ritter, Director of Child Support Services for Nevada and Sierra Counties, received the Outstanding Contribution to Child Support-Host State Award from the Western Interstate Child Support Enforcement Council. WICSEC represents all child support agencies from all states, counties, tribal agencies and U.S. possessions west of the Mississippi River.

At the council’s annual conference last week in San Diego, Ritter was honored for his work with Nevada and Sierra County staff in creating an environment of collaboration with other agencies, improving performance, creating innovative procedures and satisfying resident needs in the child support program.

Nevada County crop report

​On Oct. 28, Agricultural Commissioner Jeff Pylman presented to the Nevada County Board of Supervisors the 2013 Nevada County Crop Report. The crop report is an annual compilation of production and revenue figures that were derived from a survey that was put out to growers, primarily farmers and ranchers. The total value of Nevada County’s 2013 agricultural crop production was $23,206,300, which is an increase of $6,418,300 from the 2012 crop value. The majority of the increases are from timber and livestock. Timber production rose by over $2.2 million and livestock production rose by over $2.6 million. The reason for the increase in timber mainly has been the selection of Nevada County by major timber producers for harvest in 2013. For livestock, it was mainly due to prices that remained high due to relatively low supply and sustained demand. Other commodities such as eggs, honey, wool and apiary show dramatic increases that resulted from increased producer participation in the survey. Overall wine grape production values increased. All of these figures represent gross production and do not include net income of producers or production costs.

The report also includes data on noxious invasive weeds. Only A- and B-rated weeds are typically treated and tracked due to limited resources. Star thistle and Scotch broom are both classified as C-rated weeds and no data was included in the 2013 report.

Single family dwelling master plan

​The Nevada County Building Department has partnered with local design professionals and developers to create a single-family dwelling master plan that will be available for public use. The available master plan consists of a two-bedroom, one-bathroom, 500-square-foot residence with a 225-square-foot storage loft. The building has been structurally designed so it can easily be converted into a garage at a later date if a main residence is built. The structure is also designed to withstand a 100psf ground snow load so it can be built in most areas of the county.

The plan review fees for this master plan are reduced to help affordability of obtaining building permits. The master plan permits are also expedited to help with timely permitting and construction. The new master plan is designed to help improve affordable housing in the county.

The project was made possible with the work and collaboration of county staff, Ronald Bryant Residential Drafting, Engineered Fire Systems, Inc., Melas Energy Engineering, Robert Shaw Engineering and Greg Zaller with the CoLiving Network. If you have any questions about the available master plan contact the Nevada County Building Department at 530-265-1222 or by email at Building.Dept@co.nevada.ca.us.

IGS launches new interactive parcel report

​Nevada County Geographic Information Systems has reconfigured the popular parcel report as a new improved standalone application. The new parcel report now has an interactive map component and improved functionality on desktop and mobile devices. The new tabular format organizes the data for quick access to items such as zoning, building permits, Assessor Parcel Maps, property value, and districts such as school and fire. A new print function allows the user to print a map and property report directly from the map. The report can still be launched from MyNeighborhood, or you can use the new embedded map feature to navigate properties directly in the report itself.

Funding for children’s services available

​The First 5 Nevada County Commission is requesting submission of letters of intent to apply for funding for programs that serve Nevada County children ages 0 to 5 and their families.

The First 5 Nevada County Commission has outlined the following priorities for the current funding process; it is possible that the Commission may not fund all priorities:

• Parenting support

• Behavioral health care access

• Support for children’s social-emotional development

• Support for the development of children’s school readiness skills

• More exposure to pre-literacy activities

• Support for children’s health and wellness, including dental, obesity prevention, developmental screening, immunization

• Higher quality child care

• Increased service coordination and collaboration

• Bilingual access to services for families

For more information about the funding process and to access the guidelines for submitting a letter of intent go to http://www.first5nevco.org/grantees-contractors/. Letters of intent are due Dec. 3 by 5 p.m. Full proposals will be invited from among the letters of intent; those full proposals will be due Jan. 20. Funding for the selected programs will begin July 1, 2015 and will run for two years.

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