PPE Supplies – Tell Us What You Need

The Nevada City Chamber, Greater Grass Valley Chamber and Grass Valley Downtown Association are working together to source some of the necessary PPE supplies that your business needs to operate during the COVID-19 Pandemic. To get the best price points we are looking to order as much as possible at once and we need to act quickly because supplier are in high demand and there can be delays.

This is not an order form and you are not committed to purchasing anything by filling this form out. We will contact you once we have confirmed pricing with our suppliers and you can decide at that point if you would like to place an order.

Click here to take the survey.

CALL TO ALL: What I Make of My Space – Deadline June 5

CALL TO ALL: What I Make of My Space – Deadline June 5

Share a space that you have been spending more time in during physical distancing, or an area that you simply love to inhabit. Rather than a simple room view, how can you capture the essence of your confinement, or – conversely – your enjoyment of the space? You may include a description, poem or written piece that you feel better describes your image. All mediums are welcome, including video. This exhibition will be curated, exhibited online and shared publicly through social media. If you’re an artist, awesome, you know the drill. If not, then break out your smartphone and get creative. Make art, then let’s share it together!

IMAGE USE / COPYRIGHTS Artist retains all copyrights to submitted images and represented artwork. All digital images submitted with artist entries are for the selection process only and will be deleted after completion of the jury. By entering the competition, selected artists grant Nevada County Arts Council (NCArts) rights to use image(s) on printed materials and the gallery web page for promotional purposes only. NCArts retain no copyrights.

PRIVACY POLICY Artist contact information (email address, telephone, etc.) is only held for the purpose of contacting selected artists and is not preserved in any database. Entry data and image files are deleted on the completion of the jury process. All artists will have the opportunity to opt out of future events and announcements, including future emails when they receive their notification.

SUBMISSIONS Submit 1-3 works Deadline: June 5, 2020 Email to Ruth Chase at Nevada County Arts Council: ruth@nevadacountyarts.org

IMAGE GUIDELINES – Email files must be in JPG format, maximum 1800 pixels on largest side. Please submit attached files, not a zip file. If providing videos, artists may provide a link to a web page, YouTube, Vimeo or similar service and provide a link to the video. – Size and Price of your work: the size of the image if you were to print it AND price (optional).

TITLE:

NAME: Your name

CONTACT: Website Email Phone

Art Works Gallery Virtual Sale

We’re preparing to SAFELY open the gallery..Please stay tuned. In the meantime, MORE “Art in the time of Covid”, a bi=monthly Virtual Art Sale.

Because you cannot come to us, we are coming to you. Art Works Gallery invites you to meet the artists one on one at www.ArtWorksGalleryco-op.com. Every two weeks we will be spotlighting ten artists whose creations might just be the spark to brighten your home. For the next two weeks we are spotlighting Antje Dormeyer, Market Lindsey, David Mooney, Candace Ekstrom, Gail Lipson, Pamela Klein, Wendy Krill, Liz Collins, Dori Greenbaum and Sharon Griffiths. Art Works Gallery exhibits a high-quality collection of artwork featuring jewelry, furniture, paintings, photography, ceramics, fiber arts, woodworking, glass, mixed media and sculpture. The gallery is located at 113 Mill Street in downtown Grass Valley. We hope that soon you will be gracing our doorways once again.

Lone Egret by Dori Greenbaum,

 

Nevada City Classic Cafe Celebrates the Return of Dine-In

Celebrate the return of dine in service by gifting a classic cafe meal!

Starting this week, the Nevada City Classic Cafe will be resuming dine in business operations, and what better way to celebrate than with a Classic Cafe gift card?

Gifts cards are now available for purchase in house or from our online ordering services where you will receive 20% off your order.

Find the Classic Cafe on Facebook for news and updates regarding business hours and changes to our dine in service.

Friar Tuck’s Now Open

To all our friends in the community,

We are happy to announce that we have re-opened!! Go online to make your reservations. No guaranteed seating at this time, but we’ll do our best.

Friar Tuck’s has always been a place where our guests can feel comfortable and taken care of. We are always thinking of the future and how we can make everyone’s experience better, no matter the circumstance.

In preparation for welcoming you back to Friar Tuck’s our staff has worked to ensure that we are creating a safer environment while offering you the same unforgettable quality dining/bar experience. In preparation for what’s ahead, know that we have implemented the following for your safety

COVID-19 Operating Procedure
COVID-19 Employee Health Training Agreement

Included in these are guidelines for social distancing, signage with customer code of conduct, other CDC recommended signs, customer triage plan for while your waiting to be seated, distancing, routine disinfecting plans and more.

For 47 years Friar Tuck’s has always been the heartbeat of Nevada City with our gorgeous bar, tree room, comfortable seating & an extensive food and bar menu. We hope that Friar Tuck’s will be even more comforting & special as we move towards resuming our usual activities. Rest assured that we remain committed as ever to providing you an enjoyable experience and we will cater to you your every need.

Ken, Donna, Chad & the entire Friar Tuck’s Staff

Show Your Love for the Nevada City Farmers Market

For over a decade, the Nevada City Farmers Market has served our community by creating a vibrant space to gather and celebrate local food, crafts, music, and togetherness. We are supported financially by our vendors and local business sponsors to cover the cost of producing this market for you. We know everyone is feeling the social and economic effects of the pandemic crisis, and the Nevada City Farmers Market is no different. Many of our sponsors have been unable to support us as they have in years past. We humbly reach out to you, our community to ask for help. The Market incurs many costs over the course of a season including supplies, permitting, and most importantly the labor of our wonderful Market Manager. Without funding for these things, all of the beautiful things our market provides would not be possible. If you love the Nevada City Farmers Market, and if you are able, please consider contributing any amount to help us keep this vital part of our community alive.

Onyx At Home

Arthouse theaters are finding new ways to reach their audiences during the COVID-19 Crisis

The Onyx Theatre is offering a way to enjoy their creative selection of indie films and documentaries online from your own home during their temporary suspension of in theatre viewing. In a unique partnership with some of the very best in art house film distribution, the Onyx At Home is able to provide film-lovers with a way to watch new release titles at home while directly supporting the Onyx Theatre.

We all know that watching movies together at a theatre is best, but until we can get back onto those comfy theatre seats in front of a big screen, viewers can take this opportunity to enjoy some streaming options that support local business and their employees, as well as the arts. Director Christopher Nolan speaking with the Washington Post, reminds us that movies are “a vital part of social life, providing jobs for many and entertainment for all.”

When you watch films via Onyx At Home, the cost of the digital “ticket” is split between the film distributor and the Onyx—just like with a ticket purchased at a box office. The Onyx Theatre is dedicating proceeds from online streaming to help defray the cost of maintaining operations while temporarily closed.

Three films are currently available for online streaming with ongoing film screening options to continue through the shelter-in-place order. Ticket prices vary per distribution agreements. Films will typically run from Friday to the following Thursday, just like our regular schedule for film screening, and may be extended according to availability.

Supporting the Onyx Theatre is supporting our local community, the arts and the filmmakers—all of whom are working hard to sustain operations during COVID-19 and looking ahead to re-establishing more familiar routines. Sign up for ongoing news and screening announcements. Details at www.TheOnyxTheatre.com. The Onyx appreciates your support.

Onyx At Home Now Available for Streaming
A special offering for at home viewing during the COVID-19 Crisis

How to watch: Available to watch through the internet browser on your computer, phone, or tablet. It is possible to watch on your TV if you have AppleTv, Roku, Firestick, Chromecast or if your laptop or home computer has an HDMI port.

DIANA KENNEDY: NOTHING FANCY

Master chef, teacher and environmental activist Diana Kennedy is living proof that size has nothing to do with strength. Now in her 90s and barely five feet tall, she’s a fierce jolt of energy that has become one of the most celebrated culinary legends of Mexican cuisine. Blending incredible archival footage from her many television appearances and unprecedented access to her ecologically sustainable home, Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy is a charming homage to a culinary trailblazer and a true inspiration.

Ticket price: This program is available at $9.99 for a 48 hour rental.

UP FROM THE STREETS: NEW ORLEANS, THE CITY OF MUSIC

A feature length documentary that looks at the culture of New Orleans through the lens of music. New Orleans has a distinct history as a result of its political and social history. There is a thread that runs through the city that can be heard from the drumming at Congo Square in the 1700’s through to today’s vibrant music scene. The music of this city is a powerful form of expression. It was a vehicle to communicate a desire for freedom, express frustration of the injustices of segregation and Jim Crow laws, a healing force that helped bring the city back from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, and is still a vital form of expression against ongoing cultural & racial biases. Executive Producer Terence Blanchard and Director Michael Murphy, show how the culture of the city is reflected in its music, how music impacts culture; and how even in the darkest of times, music lifts and unites.

A portion of the proceeds from every ticket sold will be donated to The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s Jazz & Heritage Music Relief Fund, a statewide relief fund created to support Louisiana musicians and music industry workers whose livelihoods have been adversely impacted by this unprecedented crisis.

Ticket price: This program is available at $12.00 for a 48 hour rental.

THE CORDILLERA OF DREAMS

Winner of the Best Documentary award at the Cannes Film Festival, master filmmaker Patricio Guzmán’s “The Cordillera of Dreams” completes his trilogy (with “Nostalgia for the Light” and “The Pearl Button”) investigating the relationship between historical memory, political trauma, and geography in his native country of Chile. It centers on the imposing landscape of the Andes that run the length of the country’s Eastern border. At once protective and isolating, magisterial and indifferent, the Cordillera serves as an enigmatic focal point around which Guzmán contemplates the enduring legacy of the 1973 military coup d’état.

Ticket price: This program is available at $12.00 for a 48 hour rental.

Note: Films are available for US viewers only. If you have a VPN network, you may need to purchase through your mobile phone and forward your ticket link to the appropriate viewing device.

“When this crisis passes, the need for collective human engagement, the need to live and love and laugh and cry will be more powerful than ever…we need what movies offer us.”—Christopher Nolan, Director

 

Announcing The Center Space Sharing Initiative

The Center for the Arts launched a space sharing initiative to provide relief for local nonprofits and artists. John and Audry Agle generously provided the seed money which will allow The Center to designate $25,000 of the Art Center Emergency Fund to create space sharing grants to help nonprofits and artists in the community. The grants can be applied towards venue rental fees at The Center for the Arts in 2021.

“COVID-19 has hit the arts and culture segment especially hard and we know that it will be more important than ever for us to work together to create events and experiences for the community to come together when we are able.” Executive Director, Amber Jo Manuel. The Art Center Emergency Fund was established to get The Center through three months of show cancellations due to COVID-19, and to preserve this community’s investment in the arts. The Center’s Space Sharing Initiative fortifies the organization’s ability to continue to serve other non-profits and artists.

Manuel emphasized that The Center for the Arts is committed to supporting a vast array of artistic endeavors in their newly renovated venue. “We value our local organizations and artists as vital contributors to the recovery and renewal of our community. It is crucial that we help them to survive these times.”

Artists and organizations interested in bringing people together in 2021 to celebrate, raise funds, raise awareness, and/or share an artistic experience at the newly renovated Center can apply for a space sharing grant at thecenterforthearts.org.

WHAT: The Center Space Sharing Initiative
WHEN: Now Accepting Applications
WEBSITE: https://thecenterforthearts.org/space-sharing-initiative/
INFO: thecenterforthearts.org | 530-274-8384

Since 2000, The Center for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization, has grown into a leading presenter of music, dance, theater, comedy, literary and visual art, and family programming offering more than 150 events per year from its location in downtown Grass Valley. The Center recently completed a major renovation of its multiuse 21,000-square-foot facility in downtown Grass Valley making it a premier performing arts destination. The venue includes the main stage which accommodates up to 700 patrons for dance shows and up to 492 guests in configurable theater seats, a large visual art gallery, and a 90-seat black box theater.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival 2021 Theme Announced, Film Submissions Open

Wild & Scenic Film Festival 2021 Theme Announced, Film Submissions Open

NEVADA CITY, CA. (May 18, 2020) –  SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival is excited to announce “Resilient by Nature” as the Festival’s 2021 theme and guiding vision for our flagship event, Official Selections, public programs, and On Tour program for the coming year.

Resilient by Nature is a reminder that, as individuals and communities, we are inherently resilient, drawing on our strengths, talents, and lived experiences to innovate and inspire positive change for a better world. Our theme is also a call to look to nature as a model for resiliency and seek to create solutions to environmental challenges through nature-inspired designs and strategies.

The festival is also pleased to open Film Submissions with an initial Early Bird deadline of May 29, 2020.

At SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival, environmental and adventure films are showcased that illustrate the earth’s beauty, the challenges facing our planet, and the work communities are doing to protect the environment. Through these films, Wild & Scenic both informs people about the state of the world and inspires them to take action.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival plans to host a live, in-person flagship event in Nevada City and Grass Valley, from January 14-18, 2021. The festival is closely monitoring public health and safety recommendations and will adhere to official mandates. If unable to hold an in-person event, the contingency plan will involve holding a virtual festival and screening Official Selections digitally.

Updates regarding these plans will be found on the Wild & Scenic website.

Wild & Scenic welcomes the submission of shorts and features about nature, community activism, conservation, intentional adventure, health, water, energy, climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, food, and farming. While all films will be considered, the festival is especially interested in films that interpret the 2021 theme of Resilient by Nature.

During these challenging times of COVID-19, Wild & Scenic is more committed than ever to the power of film and its ability to inspire and transform, to heal and unite us, to highlight our resilience, and to give us hope.

ABOUT THE WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL
Considered one of the nation’s largest environmental and adventure film festivals, Wild & Scenic Film Festival combines stellar filmmaking, cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for generations to come.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is produced by the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) from
their headquarters in Nevada City, California. Wild & Scenic events serve as fundraisers for the
organization, supporting year-round work to unite the community to protect and restore the Yuba River
watershed. For more information, visit WildandScenicFilmFestival.org.

Foothills Events Availability During COVID-19

Foothills Events Availability During COVID-19

Local venues have been hit particularly hard since the onset of COVID-19 as all operations had to immediately cease.  Here is an updated message from The management at The Foothills Event Center regarding our availability to the community during COVID-19.

Life in our Foothills Community certainly has changed over the last few months. Every aspect of our lives has been affected, and we are all adjusting to a new normal. While the health of our Foothills Team and the people we serve remains our top priority, we also know we have a responsibility to support our community as we slowly begin the phased reopening of Nevada County and the State of California.We have offered both federal and state governments, as well as our local Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and Dignity Health the use of the Foothills Event Center, should it be needed for emergency services. We want to serve in any way we can.

When we are able to reopen for meetings, gatherings, and social events, we will do so with safety as our top priority. We have modified our cleaning and sanitizing procedures and will continue to seek counsel for improvement from the federal and state governments, as well as the CDC.The message that every one of our Team Members would like to communicate to you is this: “We miss you and are eager to continue helping you plan your meetings and events! As soon as we are able, we will welcome you back safely.”

We are continuing to assist those with events planned for late summer and beyond through a variety of virtual options, including online planning and purchasing tools, video conferences, screen sharing, and simple phone calls. We can complete all necessary paperwork using electronic signatures. While our approach is slightly different than what we have done in the past, people can continue to count on us to use all of our resources to help them plan all types of events, from weddings to memorial services, business meetings and non-profit fundraisers. Just because we can’t gather today, doesn’t mean we have to stop planning for the future!

To help reinforce social distancing guidelines when we are able to reopen, we are creating new floorplans and incorporating new procedures for events. Because the health and safety of our Foothills Team and communities are our top priority, we will continually re-evaluate our procedures to comply with recommendations. That way, we can ensure that everyone is equipped with the appropriate equipment and our facilities remain safe and welcoming spaces.

We all have a great sense of pride and ownership in the community we serve. This ongoing national health crisis only strengthens our commitment and our desire to continue to serve Nevada County with the same high levels of care and dedication you’ve seen in the past. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all families, friends, and communities impacted by the COVID-19, please know that we are here to serve our community in any way we can.

We’re all in this together!

Belonging Home – Saturday Mornings

We invite you to join the Nevada County Arts Council and Ruth Chase every Saturday at 9 AM for the Saturday Morning Question through May 30th. It will be LIVE on Facebook, but we will meet on Zoom. 

DEETS

  1. Join Zoom at 9 AM
  2. Theirs a new question every week
  3. The meeting will be 30 minutes-ish
  4. It will air live on Facebook 

ZOOM SIGN IN
Time: Apr 11, 9:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 117 995 654

 

USDA to Provide $1 Billion in Loan Guarantees for Rural Businesses and Ag Producers

USDA to Provide $1 Billion in Loan Guarantees for Rural Businesses and Ag Producers

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 21, 2020 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the Department is making available up to $1 billion in loan guarantees to help rural businesses meet their working capital needs during the coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, agricultural producers that are not eligible for USDA Farm Service Agency loans may receive funding under USDA Business & Industry (B&I) CARES Act Program provisions included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

“Under the leadership of President Trump, USDA is committed to being a strong partner to rural businesses and agricultural producers and being a strong supporter of all aspects of the rural economy,” Secretary Perdue said. “Ensuring more rural agricultural producers are able to gain access to much-needed capital in these unprecedented times is a cornerstone of that commitment.”

In addition to expanding eligibility to certain agricultural producers, the changes Secretary Perdue announced today allow USDA to:

  • Provide 90 percent guarantees on B&I CARES Act Program loans;
  • Set the application and guarantee fee at two percent of the loan;
  • Accept appraisals completed within two years of the loan application date;
  • Not require discounting of collateral for working capital loans, and
  • Extend the maximum term for working capital loans to 10 years.

B&I CARES Act Program loans must be used as working capital to prevent, prepare for or respond to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The loans may be used only to support rural businesses, including agricultural producers, that were in operation on Feb. 15, 2020.

USDA intends to consider applications in the order they are received. However, the Department may assign priority points to projects if the demand for funds exceeds availability.

USDA announced the expanded B&I CARES Act Program authorities in a notice published in the May 21 Federal Register (PDF, 217 KB). Program funding expires Sept. 30, 2021.

Eligible applicants may contact their local USDA Rural Development State Office in the state where the project is located.

USDA is developing application guides for lenders and borrowers on the B&I CARES Act Program. The Agency also will host two webinars to provide an overview of program requirements.

To register for the webinar on Wednesday, May 27 at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time, visit globalmeet.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1322642&tp_key=7a700acddd.

To register for the webinar on Wednesday, June 3 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, visit globalmeetwebinar.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1324161&tp_key=6067315417.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.

The Nevada City Classic Bicycle Race will be held September 5-6, 2020

Pro/Am Criterium

2020 marks the 60th anniversary of the Nevada City Cycling Classic, the second oldest continuously running bicycle race in the country.

The Nevada City Classic will be held on the weekend of September 5-6, 2020. We look forward to the first ever September Classic, rescheduled due to COVID-19.

In spite of recent sequestrations and events, the Nevada City Classic team is starting the process of planning this year’s event to take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 5-6.

We recognize that events that lay ahead remain unknown. We are committed to complying with all mandates for health and safety.

Because it takes months to plan the event, the team is planning the annual schedule, just in case.

The course is back to the original design by event founder Charlie Allert in 1961, this was done for the race in 2018 and continues to be a popular route.

Register for this historic Pro/Am bicycle race, and watch for other cycling events this weekend.

Classic Brewfest, Nevada City Classic 5K Run/ Fun Walk™

The third annual Nevada City Classic Brewfest is on Saturday, September 5, 2020 from 6 to 9 pm. The Brewfest will take place in the Three Forks Bakery & Brewery Parking lot in Nevada City.

A 5K Run/Walk will be held on Sunday, September 6, 2020, starting at 132 Main St, Nevada City. This family-friendly event will include a 5K run/walk, kids’ activities, entertainment, and post-race celebration ceremony.

Watch for details on other Nevada County Cycling Festival events at NevadaCityClassic.com and remember to check in as the COVID-19 situation develops. This event, as all others that conflict with public policy and safety, is subject to modification or cancellation.

 

2019-2020 Nevada County Grand Jury Report: Special Districts – What You should Know

2019-2020 Nevada County Grand Jury Report: Special Districts – What You should Know

The 2019-2020 Nevada County Grand Jury announces the release of the second report: Special Districts – What You Should Know. The full report is available on the Jury website, nccourt.net, and the summary of the report is included below:

SUMMARY

The Nevada County Grand Jury has the authority to investigate the functions of special districts within Nevada County. The 2018-2019 Nevada County Grand Jury investigated the management of 24 Nevada County independent special districts and issued a report titled Special Districts What the Public Should Know. Two other related reports were the 2018-2019 report titled A Path to Transparency for Special Districts and a 2018-2019 report titled Special Districts’ Compliance with Brown Act and Ethics Laws. This report is a follow-up to those reports to evaluate whether those districts took action to improve their compliance with legal requirements and to improve their transparency to the public.

Special districts are forms of local government designed to provide services and infrastructure to their communities and are governed by boards selected by the residents they serve. Special districts benefit from the community knowing about them and participating in them so that the district can better provide their services to those citizens.

This report describes the various types of special districts and some of the implications of the differences. It describes the duties of the governing boards and their statutory requirements. Responsibilities of the citizens that reside within those districts are also described.

The 2019-2020 Nevada County Grand Jury (Jury) prepared follow-up surveys to evaluate special district performance relative to deficiencies identified in the 2018-2019 surveys. The self-reported data contained in this report was received in October and November of 2019. Although the survey data was self-reported the Jury validated selected information provided by reviewing websites, reviewing public records, and conducting interviews. The financial data was verified through the Auditor-Controller website in January 2020.

This report contains an individual analysis of each special district and when available provides:
• the district mission
• when formed
• board composition and term limits
• board compliance with training and conflict of interest reporting requirements
• district policies
• financial budget and audit filing status
• availability and content of a website
• code of conduct
• reimbursement policy

As a result of this investigation, the Jury identified 30 deficiencies from 13 of the special districts. The areas of concern were: 1) compliance by members of boards with requirements for ethics training under California Govt. Code § 53234 (AB 1234), filing of Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700), and compliance with the Ralph M. Brown Act (Gov. Code §54950 et. seq.) (Brown Act) training; 2) meeting the requirement that special districts have a written reimbursement policy; 3) meeting the requirement that special districts have a written conflict of interest policy; 4) meeting the requirement that special districts have a written code of conduct; 5) meeting the recent requirement that special districts have a website or an exemption; and 6) meeting the requirement for timely submission of certified financial audits to the Nevada County Auditor- Controller’s Office. Details are contained in the body of the report.

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The Nevada County Grand Jury is an investigatory body with the authority to act as a watchdog on local government, investigates citizen complaints, and assist in criminal matters at the request of the district attorney.

The Superior Court of California, County of Nevada is seeking applications from Nevada County citizens interested in an opportunity to serve on the 2020-2021 Grand Jury.

In order to meet the minimum qualifications for service on the Grand Jury, applicants must be United States citizens who are 18 years of age or older and who have resided in Nevada County for a minimum of one year immediately prior to becoming a grand juror. Service on the Grand Jury requires a substantial investment of time, usually 40-50 hours per month.

The deadline for application submission has been extended. Additional information and applications for Grand Jury service are available by contacting the Grand Jury at (530) 265-1730, or by visiting the Nevada County Superior Court website at: http://www.nccourt.net and going to the Grand Jury link.

McCourtney Road Transfer Station to Reopen Additional Services

McCourtney Road Transfer Station to Reopen Additional Services

Household Hazardous Waste and Metals will be accepted beginning May 20

GRASS VALLEY, Calif. – MAY 15, 2020 – McCourtney Road Transfer Station will begin to accept
household hazardous waste (HHW) and metals drop offs beginning Wednesday, May 20.
Customers are asked to follow enhanced safety procedures when accessing McCourtney
Road Transfer Station and the HHW and Metals drop off areas.

In addition to a facility-wide requirement to wear masks, customers utilizing the HHW and
Metals drop off areas are required to:

  • Always stay in vehicle unless directed otherwise by staff.
  • Have HHW and metals materials in pickup bed, unlocked trunk or hatchback for staff to
    easily access and remove materials. Staff will not remove materials from back seats.
  • Lower car window no more than three inches when conducting verbal questionnaire for
    HHW drop off. Please keep mask on when answering questions.

These rules have been put in place to minimize direct contact between employees and
customers at McCourtney Road Transfer Station.

Acceptable HHW items: aerosol cans, propane tanks (large for grills and smaller camping
versions), household cleaners, herbicides, pesticides, insecticides, oil filters, oil, gasoline,
cooking oil, paints, batteries and automotive chemicals.

Items not accepted: ammunition, asbestos, biohazards, compressed gas cylinders, treated
wood and medications.

The metal drop-off accepts all material comprised of 85 percent metal including tire rims,
fencing, golf clubs, lawn mowers (remove fluids), BBQs and playground sets.
McCourtney Road Transfer Station continues to accept trash, green waste and commingled
recycling.

Customers are encouraged to visit wm.com/alerts for detailed and up-to-date information about
closures in their area. Customers are also encouraged to sign up for automatic alerts online at
wm.com/mypreferences.

Nevada County Relief Fund Seeks Grant Applications

Nevada County Relief Fund Seeks Grant Applications from “Safety-net” Nonprofits and Small Businesses 
 
May 13, 2020- Nevada City, CA –The Nevada County Relief Fund seeks grant applications from “safety-net” nonprofits in western Nevada County providing a life-line to our neighbors most in need, and small businesses throughout the County hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
 
Nonprofit “Safety-net” Grants Range from $5,000 – $20,000
 
The Relief Fund seeks applications from nonprofits focused on the rapid deployment of services for seniors, people who are homeless, people with disabilities, youth who are at-risk, families or individuals struggling to find access to food, shelter, childcare, and other critical needs. Together with the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, which serves eastern Nevada County, these efforts boost nonprofit capacity and strengthen the “safety-net” for the region’s most vulnerable citizens.
 
“Not only will the Relief Fund help address many of the basic needs we’re seeing, but it can also mitigate some of the mental-health impacts of COVID-19 including social isolation, increased depression, and possible increases in family violence,” said Nevada County Behavioral Health Director Phebe Bell, who chairs one of the grants making teams.  
 
Small Business “Micro-Grants” up to $5,000 Per Applicant Available 
 
The Relief Fund will also award micro-grants for small business owners and nonprofits countywide struggling to survive until they can reopen or resume normal operation. These grants will be managed by the Sierra Business Council, who will also provide awardees with one-on-one business counseling through its Small Business Development Center. 
 
“From the hundreds of entrepreneurs our Small Business Development Center has talked with, most of them just need some cash to help restock inventory, hire back employees and catch up on bills. We hope this grant can help take a bit of stress and pressure off an owner’s mind so they can focus on getting back to business,” said Kristin York, Vice President of the Sierra Business Council. 
 
The first $200,000 raised will be split approximately 50/50 between the two funds, with half going to “safety-net” nonprofits in western Nevada County, and half going to small businesses countywide. Additional grant cycles will occur every time the Relief Fund raises another $100,000.


About the Nevada County Relief Fund
 
The Nevada County Relief Fund was created through a partnership between the County of Nevada, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation (SNMH Foundation), Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF), and the Sierra Business Council (SBC) in consultation with the Center for Nonprofit Leadership (CNL) and the Economic Resource Council (ERC). In conjunction with TTCF’s Emergency Response Fund, the purpose of this effort is to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis by directing vital resources to our most vulnerable neighbors, and support our small, rural businesses. For more information, please visit, www.nevcorelief.org 

COVID-19 General Checklist for Retail Employers

This checklist is intended to help retail employers implement their plan to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace and is supplemental to the Guidance for Retail Employers. This checklist is a summary and contains shorthand for some parts of the guidance; familiarize yourself with the guidance before using this checklist.

         Contents of Written Worksite Specific Plan

  • The person(s) responsible for implementing the plan.
  • A risk assessment and the measures that will be taken to prevent spread of the virus.
  • Training and communication with employees and employee representatives on the plan.
  • A process to check for compliance and to document and correct deficiencies.
  • A process to investigate COVID-cases, alert the local health department, and identify and isolate close workplace contacts of infected employees until they are tested.Topics for Employee Training
    • Information on COVID-19, preventing spread, and who is especially vulnerable.
    • Self-screening at home, including temperature and/or symptom checks using CDC guidelines.
    • The importance of not coming to work if employees have a frequent cough, fever, difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, recent loss of taste or smell, or if they or someone they live with have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
    • When to seek medical attention.
    • The importance of hand washing.
    • The importance of physical distancing, both at work and off work time.
    • Proper use of cloth face covers.

         Individual Control Measures & Screening

  • Symptom screenings and/or temperature checks.
  • Encourage workers who are sick or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 to stay home.
  • Encourage frequent handwashing and use of hand sanitizer.
  • Provide disposable gloves to workers using cleaners and disinfectants when required. Consider gloves as a supplement to frequent hand washing for other cleaning, tasks such as handling commonly touched items or conducting symptom screening.
  • Strongly recommend cloth face covers.
  • Close or increase distance between tables/chairs in breakrooms or provide break areas in open space to ensure physical distancing.
  • Communicate frequently to customers that they should use face masks/covers.Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocols
  • Perform thorough cleaning in high traffic areas.
  • Frequently disinfect commonly used surfaces.
  • Clean and sanitize shared equipment between each use.
  • Clean touchable surfaces between shifts or between users, whichever is more frequent.
  • Equip customer entrances and exits, checkout stations, and customer changing rooms with proper sanitation products, including hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, and provide personal hand sanitizers to all frontline staff (e.g., cashiers).
  • Ensure that sanitary facilities stay operational and stocked at all times.
  • Make hand sanitizer and other sanitary supplies readily available to employees.
  • Use products approved for use against COVID-19 on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved list and follow product instructions and Cal/OSHA requirements.
  • Adjust or modify store hours to provide adequate time cleaning and stocking with physical distancing.
  • Provide time for workers to implement cleaning practices before and after shifts, hire third-party cleaning companies.
  • Install hands-free devices if possible.
  • Encourage the use of debit or credit cards by customers.
  • Encourage customers with reusable bags to clean them frequently and require them to bag their own purchases.
  • Consider upgrades to improve air filtration and ventilation.

         Physical Distancing Guidelines

  • Implement measures to physically separate people by at least six feet using measures such as physical partitions or visual cues (e.g., floor markings, colored tape, or signs to indicate to where workers should stand).
  • Minimize exposure between cashiers and customers. Where physical distancing cannot be maintained, use barriers such as Plexiglas. Where barriers are not feasible, strongly recommend that employees and customers wear face covers.
  • Use signage to remind customers of physical distancing at every opportunity.
  • Adjust in-person meetings, if they are necessary, to ensure physical distancing.
  • Place additional limitations on the number of workers in enclosed areas to ensure at least six feet of separation.
  • Stagger employee breaks, in compliance with wage and hour regulations, to maintain physical distancing protocols.
  • Close in-store bars, bulk-bin options, and public seating areas and discontinue product sampling.
  • Dedicate shopping hours for seniors and other vulnerable populations.
  • Increase pickup and delivery service options such as online ordering for curbside pickup.
  • Provide separate, designated entrances and exits.
  • Limit the number of in-store customers based on the size of the facility.
  • Be prepared to queue customers outside while still maintaining physical distance.
  • Encourage and train employees to practice physical distancing during pickup and delivery.
  • Make some locations pickup- or delivery-only to minimize physical interaction, if possible.
  • Install transfer-aiding materials, such as shelving and bulletin boards, to reduce person-to-person hand-offs where possible. Wherever possible, use contactless signatures for deliveries.
  • Expand direct store delivery window hours to spread out deliveries and prevent overcrowding.
  • Ask non-employee truck drivers, delivery agents, or vendors who are required to enter retail locations to have their employees follow the guidance of local, state, and federal governments regarding wearing masks.