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Supes reaching out to county residents

Sam DArdick

The board of supervisors has scheduled a meeting in Truckee on Tuesday, June 10, at town hall beginning at 9:30 a.m.

It is the second of a series of meetings scheduled within communities away from Nevada City. The first meeting was at Penn Valley in May.

This is an attempt on the part of the board to reach out and have more direct dialogue with county residents, hearing their concerns and exchanging ideas about local government services. I was impressed by the first meeting, when 50 people came for such discussion.

The meeting agenda includes a joint session starting at 1:30 p.m. with the Truckee Town Council to look at current and future town-county efforts. Included will be approval of the sheriff’s contract; an introduction of the new health administrator, Dr. Herbert Giese, as well as newly appointed Sheriff’s Capt. Ken Duncan; an agreement between the county and town in administrating the building codes for eastern county residents; a presentation of county efforts in developing plans for welfare reform given by John Crane, director of social and health services; and the signing of a memorandum of understanding for expanding library services.

The morning session will include a public hearing for setting solid waste charges for eastern Nevada County; an update on the Truckee River Operating Agreement presented by Tony Lashbrook, Truckee’s community development director, and Bob Leggett, county interim planning director; and, of course, there will be time for public comment.

I am pleased Channel 6 and the high school students have agreed to televise the meeting offering opportunity for more eastern county residents to meet supervisors and other officials.

The present board of supervisors includes Rene Antonson, District 4, chairman; Peter Van Zant, District 1; Karen Knecht, District 2; Fran Grattan, District 3; and myself representing District 5 and vice chair. This will be the first meeting in Truckee for Supervisor Van Zant.

Cathy Thompson, clerk of the board, David Brennan, county administrator, and Jim Flageollate, county council, will also be in attendance. This will be the first meeting for Jim Flageollate in Truckee.

By the way, another means for improving communication is through the entrance of the county into the age of Internet. A Clerk of the Board Home Page is being developed where agendas, summary actions (of meetings), public hearing notices and committee/commission vacancies will be posted.

E-mail to the board can currently be sent to (ncbos@nccn.net). Soon each board member will also have a home page, although several supervisors already have personal e-mail addresses (including me at sam@nccn.net). The board effort is part of a larger county web site making government more accessible. I enjoy receiving and sending notes to my constituents so please visit when you want to talk.

Nevada County 5th District Supervisor Sam Dardick is a San Juan Ridge resident.


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