Open Planning Commission Seat, Emergency Alerts, More

Briefs: Jan. 6-12, 2023

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News Briefs

WEATHER EMERGENCY: Nevada County joins several other California counties in declaring emergency status due to the effects of winter weather. Courtesy photo

Nevada County Proclaims Local Emergency Due to Winter Storms

NEVADA COUNTY

The Nevada County Board of Supervisors declared a local emergency due to the recent winter storms that have brought substantial rain, high winds, and significant snowfall at higher elevations, resulting in damage to county roads due to fallen trees, debris flows, and culvert failures.

The wet and windy weather has also created periodic power outages due to trees falling on power lines and other storm damage. PG&E field crews have been responding to outages to ensure service is restored expeditiously to residents.

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Nevada County joins 18 other California counties that have proclaimed local emergencies due to the series of winter storms, in addition to state and federal emergency declarations. 

Storms will continue this week. Nevada County OES and partners continue to respond, monitor, and stay prepared for the continuing weather and encourage residents to stay prepared as well by:

  • Fuel up your personal vehicle and make sure you have fuel for your generator
  • Check on your neighbors
  • Stay tuned to trusted news sources, such as local media outlets and government agencies
  • Make sure you have enough groceries for 72 hours
  • Ensure you have a secondary way to heat your home
  • Charge your cell phone, tablet, laptop, etc.
  • Call 211, not 911, for non-emergencies
  • Sign up for emergency alerts through CodeRED by visiting readynevadacounty.org/emergencyalerts, texting ReadyNevadaCounty to 99411 and following the link, or calling 211 for assistance from a Connecting Point call agent.
  • Avoid flooded roads, and never try to drive across a flooded road
  • Be aware of flooding concerns along waterways and low-lying areas.
  • Avoid burn scar, as there is a potential for debris flow in this area
  • Secure household items that may blow away in high winds
  • Use sandbags to mitigate flooding on your property. The county of Nevada has no-cost sandbags at four sites, and they are first come, first serve: readynevadacounty.org/sandbags
  • Report down trees or flooding on county-maintained roads at nevadacountyc.gov/servicerequest for by calling (530) 265-1411
  • Report sewer overflows, spills, or flashing lights at wastewater facilities by calling (530) 265-1555 to help us prevent or address spills. Do not open sewer cleanouts or break pipes to drain stormwater.

Residents can also learn more about winter weather preparedness at readynevadacounty.org. Follow the Office of Emergency services on Twitter @NevCoOES and Facebook @NevadaCountyOES for updates and tips on how to prepare.

~Nevada County press release 

District 5 Open Planning Commission Seat  

PLACER COUNTY

Placer County District 5 Supervisor Cindy Gustafson is seeking applications from experienced and engaged residents within the district to fill an open county planning commission seat.

Acting as the principal advisory body to the Placer County Board of Supervisors, the planning commission holds public hearings and makes recommendations on proposed general plans, studies and zoning text amendments, reviews and makes decisions on major land development proposals, and encourages citizen leadership and participation in the planning process.

The commission is composed of seven members, one from each supervisorial district, and two at-large members, one from the east and west sides of the Sierra Crest.

This open commission seat will represent District 5, which extends from Ophir and the City of Auburn through the foothills and as far northeast as Kings Beach. Applicants must live within District 5 for their candidacy to qualify. The commission meets twice a month on the second and fourth Thursdays. The selected applicant will serve four years and be compensated with a $100 monthly per diem along with reimbursement for additional expenses as necessary.

To apply, please click here and submit your application to the clerk of the board. The application period will remain open until the seat is filled. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information about the planning commission and to review meeting agendas and schedules, click here.

~Placer County press release

Over $5 Million in TOT and TBID Funds Reinvested in North Lake Tahoe

NORTH LAKE TAHOE

From workforce housing and free regional transportation programs to trail, recreation, and tourism mitigation projects, funds generated by businesses and visitors in North Lake Tahoe contributed to efforts to improve regional stewardship efforts and economic vitality in 2022. In total, over $5 million in Transient Occupancy Tax and Tourism Business Improvement District revenues were recommended by local committees to be reinvested in the community last year.

Funds generated by the TBID assessments are managed by the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association with oversight from the NLTRA board of directors and corresponding committees, made up of representatives from assessed businesses. Annual TBID revenues are to be used for responsible travel and stewardship education, including efforts to offset tourism impacts, bolster a year-round economy, and support local businesses. Examples of project categories that can be funded with TBID dollars include economic development, events, transportation, sustainability, business support and advocacy, and visitor services. 

Funds generated by overnight visitors (Transient Occupancy Tax) are managed by Placer County. The Capital Projects Advisory committee, brought together by the NLTRA and Placer County, makes recommendations to the Placer County Board of Supervisors for the use of the additional 2% TOT that is generated in eastern Placer County to contribute to projects and quality of life services like workforce housing, traffic reduction and transportation initiatives, bike paths and trails, and more. The newly formed TOT committee, overseen by the NLTRA, will recommend additional TOT funds to the board of supervisors for workforce housing and transportation projects and programs.

Learn more about TOT and TBID funding and the projects each have supported at nltra.org/resources/tbid-resources.

~ NLTRA press release 

TEST FOR CODERED: Start 2023 off right by ensuring that you are signed up for CodeRED Emergency Alerts. Courtesy photo

Test of Emergency Alert Notification System

NEVADA COUNTY 

CodeRED is an opt-in notification system used by the County of Nevada to notify residents in an emergency. These alerts may be received as text, email, landline, cell phone, and TTY. Commonly associated with wildfire, CodeRED Emergency Alerts can be deployed for a multitude of situations including to provide important information about winter storm conditions.

The County of Nevada Office of Emergency Services urges residents to sign up for emergency alerts in preparation for a test planned for Feb. 1. This will be a test of the CodeRED Emergency Alert System and is scheduled to run in phases throughout the day beginning at 10 a.m.

All Nevada County residents are advised to register for CodeRED Emergency Alerts by visiting readynevadacounty.org/emergencyalerts.

CodeRED Emergency Alerts will display as originating from (866) 419-5000 or (855) 969-4636 on caller ID and residents are encouraged to save these numbers.

If you or someone you know does not receive the test alert by the end of the day on February 1, OES encourages residents to reach out to CodeRED’s parent company, OnSolve, to confirm their information is in the system. OnSolve may be reached at crsupport@onsolve.com or (866) 939-0911 x1, Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

~Nevada County press release 

TTUSD Elementary Schools Receive California Distinguished School Award

TRUCKEE

On Jan. 6, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced that more than 350 elementary schools were selected to receive the 2023 California Distinguished Schools Program. Among those schools were three within the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District: Donner Trail Elementary, Glenshire Elementary, and Sierra Expeditionary Learning School.

“This is an extraordinary honor to have three of our elementary schools recognized by the state as distinguished schools,” said Carmen Ghysels, superintendent chief learning officer. “We’re thrilled to congratulate the staff and students of these three elementary schools for their outstanding efforts and dedication. This recognition results from hard work and intentional focus on teaching strategies, collaboration, and data-driven results.”

The California Department of Education utilizes various performance measurements to determine recipients of this prestigious award, including assessment results, chronic absenteeism, suspension rates, and socioeconomic data. All California school dashboards, with insights into these categories, can be found at caschooldashboard.org. The California Distinguished Schools program recognizes schools for exemplary achievement in one of two categories: closing the achievement gap and achieving exceptional student performance.

The state alternates recognizing elementary schools and middle and high schools annually, so awardees hold this title for two years. This program has been on hold throughout the Covid-19 pandemic while state and local student data reporting was temporarily suspended.

~ TTUSD press release 

What’s in Road Ice Melt?

TRUCKEE

With all the winter weather the region has been getting, the Town of Truckee is employing different methods to reduce slipperiness of ice and snow on local roads.

Dan Wilkins, director of public works, says that the material being used is  made 90% from sand and 10% from sodium chloride, also known as road salt. The purpose of the sand is to improve traction on icy roads and the salt that is mixed in helps to melt and dissolve the ice

Wilkins said that a portion of the sands is later collected by street sweepers and street drainage infrastructure, which is designed to minimize the potential for sand to make its way into local lakes, creeks, and rivers. 

The town will occasionally put brine on the roads prior to weather forecasts that are predicting icy conditions. The brine is created from mixing road salt with water and when placed on the roads prior to a storm it helps to minimize the snow and ice accumulation. 

~ KM

TDPUD Community-Wide Broadband Initial Study Workshop

The Truckee Donner Public Utility District Board of Directors will hold a special workshop at the Jan. 18 board meeting to review the TDPUD community-wide broadband initial scoping study results. TDPUD’s current strategic plan includes four initiatives for the board to consider pursuing, including utilizing district resources to enable community-wide broadband. 

Following a comprehensive public process, including recommendations from a board-appointed committee, the board awarded a contract to Uptown Services to conduct an initial study. This study included an assessment of district assets and a survey of the community’s broadband needs and satisfaction with current market options. This educational workshop will be an opportunity to learn first-hand about Truckee’s current broadband market, customer demand, existing assets, potential business models, and funding sources. Recommendations will be presented and discussed regarding potential next steps, but no board action will be taken at this workshop. The meeting will take place at the TDPUD board room at 6 p.m. 

~ TDPUD press release 

Business Briefs

Tahoe National Forest Hiring Recreation Staff 

TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST

Tahoe National Forest is now hiring temporary and seasonal recreation staff to fill a variety of positions. Seasonal jobs help Tahoe National Forest achieve its mission by contributing to forest health, resource protection, and public recreation infrastructure. Interested applicants are invited to apply by Jan. 19.

“Seasonal staff are vital to maintain Tahoe National Forest’s robust recreation program,” said Recreation Officer Hillary Santana. “If you have a passion for outdoor recreation, land stewardship and customer service, these jobs are for you! Seasonal staff are the glue that hold our recreation program together and allow us to continue offering so many recreation opportunities for our public.” 

There are several duty locations across the forest including Camptonville, Foresthill, Grass Valley, Nevada City, Sierraville, and Truckee. 

Individuals interested in working outdoors in the beautiful Sierra Nevada are encouraged to learn more about these seasonal opportunities at fs.usda.gov/detail/tahoe/about-forest/jobs/?cid=fseprd1083975. 

Tahoe National Forest is also recruiting both permanent and seasonal wildland firefighters. The forest service will be hosting hiring events for interested applicants.

~ Tahoe National Forest press release

A YEAR AT THE PUD: From critical infrastructure projects to new and improved customer services, here’s a look at what TDPUD accomplished last year, and what’s to come in 2023. Courtesy photo

TDPUD 2022 Year in Review

TRUCKEE

Last year, the Truckee Donner Public Utility District took on a number of important new projects. These efforts not only improved water and electric utility service, customer experience, and community safety but also continued to position TDPUD as a valued resource in conservation and sustainability.

TDPUD brought on new technologies, replaced aging equipment and software systems, expanded staff, and began to explore how to continue to serve the community with potential new services, like community-wide broadband. Here’s a closer look at a few of the improvements TDPUD brought to the community in 2022, and what’s on the agenda for 2023.

Click here to read the entire year-in-review report, at tdpud.org/2022.

~ TDPUD press release

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