Voting, buses and housing discussed during Supes meeting |

Voting, buses and housing discussed during Supes meeting

Compliance, or lack thereof, with the Help America Vote Act, was discussed at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, with government officials and representatives from the FREED Center for Independent Living expressing concerns that disabled voters may not have a fair chance in the June 6 primaries or even the November elections.

– Two new buses will be riding the route from Nevada City and Grass Valley to Auburn.

“We’re getting more people who are switching,” Director of Transportation Michael Hill-Weld said of the number of commuters who have made the transition from driving to taking the bus, adding that many of bus users use the route to link to Amtrak service.

Supervisors approved a $200,000 loan from the county’s general fund at Tuesday’s meeting, which Hill-Weld said is meant to “cash-flow” the purchase until a $415,000 grant arrives from the Federal Transit Authority within the next 30 days.

The pair of buses, 25-passenger, clean-diesel vehicles, are ready to go and will be added to the Hwy 49 route in the next month, Hill-Weld said.

– The county voted to apply for $50,700 from the Workforce Housing Reward Program, part of the state Department of Housing and Community Development, which dispenses funds based on the number of new bedrooms constructed that are affordable to those with low incomes.

Supervisors discussed yesterday using approximately $45,000 of the WHR Program funds for improvements to the Veteran’s Memorial Building in Grass Valley and $5652 for the Cascade Shores wastewater project.

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