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Julie Reaney: Nevada County not serving its veterans

It is beyond my comprehension that the county can find money for repeated legal challenges to their authority to make certain decisions, but it appears that it has not yet dealt in any effective way with serving veterans.

First, the delay in opening the new service center to veterans due to unanticipated obstacles then its inability to find sufficient funds (their self-imposed budget limit $460,000) for the necessary major rehab of the Bost House for homeless veterans in order to reopen it. Feedback from contractors stating that amount was way below the actual amount for the job. Hence, there were no contractor bids to rehabilitate what apparently is a wreck of a 145-bed facility for homeless veterans with focus on helping them receive housing after alcohol and drug treatment.

If I correctly understand the new RFP, it was amended to reduce the costs by cutting house infrastructure — one method being to legitimately bypass ADA requirements due to zoning and type of usage … and what reads like a severe downsizing. At any rate, how are cost reductions supposed to attract bidding contractors? How about increasing the amount allocated instead of cutting corners to the facility and drawing out the time as in “It’s unknown when it’ll reopen.”

A truth we have all learned about obtaining any level of government responsiveness to its citizens is the use of endless, cohesive group pressure.

Do you believe that most of our returning vets are capable of that? I don’t. What about you? Is there a strong, diplomatic leader out there somewhere?

Julie Reaney

Grass Valley

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