In an ongoing effort to increase transparency and accountability regarding the work and resources dedicated to the Board of Supervisor's annual objectives, the County Executive Office (CEO) has implemented performance management software which tracks progress on objectives set by the Board.
Each quarterly update will allow the Board and the public to have greater insight into how County departments are accomplishing the Board's objectives. This report outlines the various initiatives in progress during the third quarter of 2020 that contribute to the achievement of the Board of Supervisors’ 2020 annual priority objectives.
“As this year comes to a close and we start planning for 2021, I am proud of the immense accomplishments we’ve made on these important community issues, despite the COVID-19 pandemic derailing every facet of our lives and work,” said Board Chair Heidi Hall in the report. “Progress on housing and addressing homelessness is particularly noteworthy as Brunswick Commons moves toward construction and plans for Cashin’s Field charge ahead while innovative programs like Operation Sugarloaf and the HOME team have helped our most vulnerable residents gain stability through housing and wrap around services. We’ve strengthened existing, and developed new, partnerships to support economic development by creating the Nevada County Relief Fund, other grant programs and by providing technical assistance to businesses and organization to implement the state’s industry specific COVID-19 guidance.”
Highlights from 2020 Board Objectives Third Quarter Report
- Wildfire Preparation and Prevention: Reduce the loss of life during a wildfire by improving evacuation routes and early warning systems; creating more defensible space around private properties and driveways, building a network of maintained fuel breaks, engaging residents in emergency preparedness and fire-safe stewardship, and enhancing critical infrastructure.
- Received public comment on the Evacuation Annex
- Contracted with a forester to support the CAL FIRE roadside vegetation grant
- Exceeded the milestone to annually treat 50-70 miles of county-maintained roadway system
- Public Safety Power Shutoff Preparation: Provide community leadership to prepare for and minimize the impacts of Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events on residents and local businesses by providing timely and accurate public information, prioritizing and advocating for the hardening of critical public safety and telecommunications infrastructure, and assisting people with disabilities and older adults.
- PG&E has been working all year to clear hazardous vegetation away from critical power lines and other infrastructure
- Fewer customers impacted as PG&E is able to more precisely turn off power in high danger areas without cutting off large swaths of its infrastructure
- Identified back up power generation for critical county infrastructure and moving through the process of permitting, engineering and procuring back up power generation for the Rood Center, jail, library and other county facilities
- Economic Development: Proactively support job-enhancing economic development by implementing business friendly data-driven policies, investing in broadband and infrastructure projects that enhance the quality of life for all Nevada County residents, and partner with private sector, non-profit, Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee leaders to collaboratively support local businesses and promote tourism.
- Supported local businesses with information and resources to operate safely to protect
- their customers through regular COVID-19 Business Task Force meetings, public webinars, and direct outreach to business owners
- Leveraged public-private funds to support local businesses and nonprofits through the Nevada County Relief Fund, which has raised and allocated nearly $800,000 since its launch in April 2020
- Allocated over 30% of its Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) monies to support economic and community resiliency including $1.5M in macro-grants to seven “anchor institutions,” $1M to expand rural broadband to over 500 households in the Peardale area, $250K to the Nevada County Relief Fund, and the balance to support municipal policing
- SBC is in the early stages of exploring opportunities to further engage the philanthropic community to support economic development and safety net initiatives
- Housing: Coordinate with local jurisdictions, developers and other partners to facilitate development of and access to affordable and workforce housing development.
- Received the HOME- 2018 contract of $1,000,000 for down payment and rental assistance and will begin to administer funds to Nevada County residents
- Tax credits were awarded for the Brunswick Commons project, the project is currently being winterized, and construction financing is planned to close by mid- December
- The Penn Valley Senior Housing project contractor is beginning its construction mobilization on site with underground utility construction starting very soon
- Cannabis: Maintain and continue to improve the cannabis permitting and enforcement program to promote permitted cannabis activities while investigating options for additional supply chain license types and a compassionate use program.
- Received valuable insight regarding the priorities of the industry and stakeholders going forward
- Made improvements to the application and review process
- Conducted educational workshops to assist would-be applicants
- Address Homelessness: In partnership with community providers and other jurisdictions, utilize housing first and continue efforts to prevent homelessness, provide emergency shelter, expand supportive services, secure housing, and enhance coordination to address the needs of the homeless population and to mitigate impacts on the community.
- Worked with the Nevada Regional Continuum of Care to draw down funding for homeless services, including funding related to COVID-19, as well as coordinating efforts within the department to apply for new funding sources for homelessness services
- Improved fiscal sustainability for the Bridges to Housing program through use of GBHI and MHSA funding, and by acquiring 12 additional Housing Choice Vouchers, and continues the efforts to increase capacity for tenants
- Renovation construction on Odyssey House began in September and will increase bed and service capacity for residential mental health treatment
- Ongoing homelessness efforts include more effectively utilizing coordinated entry, increasing landlord recruitment efforts, coordinating with jails to connect homeless individuals to services upon release, and keeping the public informed and engaged in homelessness efforts
- Resiliency: Promote community resiliency by implementing policies, cost-saving programs and best practices supported by the County’s Energy Action Plan.
- Applied for the Beacon Program through the Local Government Commission
- Working towards becoming a County member of the Local Government Commission. The Local Government Commission (LGC) offers a variety of services to assist local elected officials, their staff, and other dedicated community leaders in creating healthy, walkable, and resource- efficient communities
Detailed information on the most recent 2020 Board objectives can be found on the Board of Supervisors website at www.mynevadacounty.com/boardobjectives.