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Sutter County Drive-thru Flu Clinic, Prescription Drug Take-Back & CodeRED Signup
August 22, 2019
Flu Shot Clinic

Sutter County's Drive-thru Flu Clinic, Prescription Drug Take-Back & CodeRED Signup is at Sutter Union High School on Saturday, October 5th from 10AM to 12PM.

  • Nurses from Sutter County Public Health will give flu shots to Sutter County residents ages 14 or older.
  • Wear clothing that quickly bares the upper arm near the shoulder for the flu shot injection.
  • Flu shots are free, but $5.00 donations are accepted.

Everyone getting a flu shot needs to fill out a consent form before they can be vaccinated. Filling it out beforehand and bringing it with you saves time in line!

Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) are produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They explain both the benefits and risks of a vaccine.

Sutter County uses the California Immunization Registry (CAIR) to record the vaccines that we give. Enrollment into CAIR allows your or your child’s immunization record to be shared with other healthcare providers, agencies or schools in CAIR. All information is kept confidential, with the same safeguards as your other medical records.

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La clínica de vacunas contra la gripe a traves de su coche del condado de Sutter estará en la escuela Sutter Union High School el sábado 5 de octubre de 10AM a 12PM. También será un lugar para dejar medicamentos recetados y registrarse para CodeRED.

  • Enfermeras de salud pública del condado de Sutter le darán vacunas contra la gripe a los residentes del condado de Sutter de 14 años y mayor.
  • Use ropa suelta que rápidamente expone su brazo superior.
  • Las vacunas contra la gripe son gratuitas, pero donaciones de $5.00 seran aceptadas.

Todas las personas que reciben una vacuna contra la gripe deben llenar un formulario de consentimiento antes de poder vacunarse. ¡Llenarlo de antemano y trayéndolo con usted le ahorra el tiempo en la línea!

Las declaraciones de información sobre vacunas son elaboradas por los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades. Se explican los beneficios y los riesgos sobre la vacuna.

El condado de Sutter usa el Registro de Inmunización de California (CAIR) para registrar las vacunas que damos. La inscripción en CAIR permite que el registro de detección de inmunización/tuberculosis de usted o sus hijos se comparta con otros proveedores de atención médica, agencias o escuelas en CAIR. Toda la información se mantiene confidencial, con las mismas medidas de seguridad que sus otros registros médicos.

Planning Commission Meetings Moved
August 21, 2019

Effective, August 21, 2019

Planning Commission Meetings have MOVED to the City of Yuba City Council Chambers at 1201 CIVIC CENTER BLVD.

Additional information on the Planning Commission can be found on their web page at https://www.suttercounty.org/doc/government/depts/ds/pc/cs_planning_commission.

Sutter County Orders Prefabricated Tiny Units For Emergency Homeless Shelter
August 07, 2019

Twenty 10-foot by 16-foot wooden prefabricated units have been ordered that will serve as the first general homeless population emergency shelter in Sutter County.

The emergency shelter will be called Better Way, reflecting both a better way for homeless people to move toward being re-housed, and a better way for the community to provide those who want help a hand up.

The units, which are expected to arrive and be assembled in mid-August, will house up to 40 homeless individuals who agree to utilize services provided by several organizations, with the goal of becoming permanently housed. The shelter will be established on county property at 1965 Live Oak Boulevard, behind the Sutter-Yuba Behavioral Health Services building.

The shelter is expected to open in September. The Salvation Army operates The Depot homeless shelter and drug treatment program in Marysville, and recently opened additional housing in Linda for individuals who were made homeless by the Camp Fire.

Those who access the emergency shelter will be expected to stay no longer than 90 days and to be working toward the goal of acquiring transitional and permanent housing while utilizing the emergency shelter.

The shelter will be modeled on Yuba County’s 14 Forward concept of tiny units coupled with access to services on 14th Street in Marysville. That program has received statewide recognition as an example of practical emergency shelter.

Sutter County has scheduled a community meeting at 6 p.m. on August 22 at the Sutter County Veteran’s Hall, 1425 Veteran’s Memorial Circle, Yuba City, to provide operational details of the emergency shelter.

Until recently, Sutter County has been under a federal court injunction blocking enforcement of an ordinance prohibiting camping on Sutter County property, including county-owned property along the Feather River. The injunction applied to a specific no-camping ordinance adopted by the Sutter County Board of Supervisors in 2017. The injunction was lifted after the Board repealed that specific ordinance, but an older ordinance also addressing where people can or can’t camp remains in place.

Although the injunction has been lifted, local law enforcement agencies cannot cite or arrest individuals for sleeping on public property if there is no alternative location for them to sleep, according to a U.S. District Court of Appeals ruling in 2018. In essence, the court said, it is a violation of the U.S. Constitution for local government agencies to make homelessness a crime. While the court did not require local government agencies to provide shelter, it made it clear that in the absence of adequate shelter beds, local governments cannot remove homeless individuals from public rights of way.

At 6 p.m. Wednesday, August 7, the Sutter County Board of Supervisors will meet in special session at Yuba City Hall with the Yuba City Council for the second session of a workshop on homelessness. During the first session in late May, supervisors and council members heard presentations on the extent of homelessness, efforts to assist those homeless individuals who are seeking help, and the court rulings which prevent enforcement of the no-camping ordinance in Sutter County.

Gratefulness and history on the new bridge across the Feather River
August 01, 2019
Feather River Bridge Ribbon Cutting

On Saturday, July 27, a brief ceremony was conducted on the new Fifth Street Bridge prior to two of its lanes being opened to traffic. Representatives of the City of Yuba City, Marysville, Yuba County and Sutter county attended the event, including some former city council members. After remarks, there was a ribbon cutting.

Below are the remarks delivered by Sutter County Board of Supervisors Chair Mt Conant:

“On behalf of the entire Board of Supervisors of the County of Sutter, I extend a big thank you to the Yuba City Council and the Yuba City staff who have done a remarkable job of managing this construction project for the benefit of the two cities, Marysville and Yuba City, and two counties, Yuba and Sutter.

“This has been no small undertaking, as anyone who has witnessed the rise of this bridge can attest. Working around, over, and on a river or flood control levee complicates any construction project due to the need to acquire multiple permits from multiple state and federal agencies.

“Clearly, MCM Construction Company of North Highlands and their various subcontractors are to be commended for the rapid pace at which this project is being completed.

“The cooperation between the construction company and the city of Yuba City in keeping the public informed about closures of roads, and even sometimes the river below the bridge, on Social Media and through traditional media has been of tremendous value to the public.

“This bridge is a vital component of this region’s economy. It plays a necessary role in moving goods from one place to another and providing customers with access to businesses.

“Every day of the work week, an estimated 11,500 workers cross from one side of the Feather River into the other city or county for work. This new four-lane bridge will also add more capacity to the escape routes available to this community in times of emergency.

“Now for a bit of history. Sutter County built the first public bridge across the Feather River between Yuba City and Marysville in 1861.

“At that time in California, all bridges were private toll bridges. The cost of transporting crops and other good across the toll bridge located just a few yards downstream of our current location had an impact on local trade that riled the residents of the two cities. There was quite an agitation in the community and the local press for a free bridge.

“So Sutter County erected the “Sutter County Free Bridge.” But not without a court fight.

“The owner of the existing toll bridge sued Sutter County, claiming that the local government lacked the authority to construct roads and bridges at public expense. But Sutter County won that case, an important case in the early development of our state. And when this first public bridge across the Feather River at nearly this same spot was completed, Oroville and other communities throughout this region were demanding their local governments begin doing the same.

“While it was called the Sutter County Free Bridge, there was a toll placed on its use for several months so that Sutter County could recoup the cost of construction. Ultimately, the toll disappeared and the free bridge the public wanted it got, but the toll had lasted long enough for the editor of the Appeal newspaper to comment we should have called it “The Almost Free Bridge.”

“One other point to make. Just a few months after it was completed, The Sutter County Free Bridge withstood the worst flooding in the written history of California—the Super Flood of 1861-62 that turned the Sacramento Valley into an inland sea. While bridges fell on rivers all around in that flood, the Sutter County Free Bridge survived and served the people of this community as a free public bridge for decades.”

First West Nile Virus Infection for 2019 Reported in Sutter County
July 31, 2019

A Sutter County resident has a laboratory-confirmed West Nile virus (WNV) infection; the resident had no symptoms. This is the first reported WNV infection in Sutter County for 2019.

West Nile virus is found throughout California and is spread by mosquito bites. Avoiding mosquito bites is the only effective way people can prevent getting West Nile virus.

Most people infected with WNV do not have symptoms. Approximately 1 in 5 people infected with WNV become sick with fever, headaches, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea and/or rash. Roughly 1 in 150 people infected with WNV develop severe inflammation of the brain or membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms of this include high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis. Symptoms typically begin 3 to 14 days after someone was bitten by an infected mosquito.

Most people infected with West Nile usually recover completely, but some people may feel tired and sick for weeks. Recovery from severe illness might take several weeks or months. Some effects to the central nervous system might be permanent. People over 60 years of age or with certain medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, and people who have received organ transplants, are at greater risk of more severe illness.

Take these simple precautions to avoid mosquito bites:

  • Use EPA-approved mosquito repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535.
  • Avoid going outdoors at dawn and dusk when the mosquitoes that carry WNV are most active.
  • Make sure that the screens on your doors and windows are not broken or torn.
  • Drain all standing water around the outside of your house.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants outdoors.

The Sutter-Yuba Mosquito and Vector Control District is actively controlling mosquitoes and monitoring local mosquito and mosquito-borne disease activity. They will continue until cold weather. For more information about the work that the Sutter County Mosquito and Vector Control District is doing to reduce numbers of mosquitoes, go to http://www.sutter-yubamvcd.org/.

Many types of birds can also be infected with West Nile by mosquitoes. WNV can kill birds, and dead birds are an important source of information about where WNV-infected mosquitoes are and where humans may be exposed. To report a dead bird, go to http://westnile.ca.gov/report_wnv.php or call toll-free 1-877-968-2473 (1-877-WNV-BIRD).

Find more information about West Nile at http://www.westnile.ca.gov/

Sutter County Board of Supervisors seeks federal grant, and commits county funding, in effort to add six new firefighters
July 29, 2019
PHF tour group photo

The Sutter County Board of Supervisors has approved a funding plan that could add six new firefighters to the Sutter County Fire Department.

In a special meeting Friday, July 26, the Board of Supervisors granted the Sutter County Fire Department authority to apply for a Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). If the County is successful in acquiring $1.1 million in federal funds, the County would be committed to paying a local share of cost of $707,311 over the course of three years.

The Sutter County Fire Department is responsible for 254 square miles outside the city limits of Yuba City between the Feather River and the Sutter Bypass, including the Sutter Buttes. The Department staffs fire stations in Sutter, Live Oak, and Oswald-Tudor, with just 14 fulltime firefighters and some two dozen volunteers. The Fire Department has suffered from low staffing levels for several years and has experienced staffing difficulties due to injuries and related increases in workers compensation costs.

The County has been investigating possible funding measures to increase revenues to the Fire Department. In late June, the Sutter County Grand Jury reported on the critical condition of the Sutter County Fire Department’s budget and its impact on firefighter safety and response times. The Grand Jury recommended the Board conduct community outreach to alert the 22,500 Sutter County residents served by the Fire Department about the condition of the budget, and to consider funding options, including reassessing a Special Fire Tax that has gone unchanged since its inception in 1997.

County Fire Departments are uncommon. The Live Oak, Sutter, and Oswald-Tudor Fire Departments were formerly stand-alone fire departments, but growth in the County and the need for more professional fire-fighting capacity forced a merger into a countywide agency funded by a Special Fire Tax, in addition to a small portion of property tax that generates about one cent for every dollar of property tax generated.

The Sutter County Fire Department sought a 100 percent grant due to economic hardship, but Fire Chief John Shalowitz told Board members he was notified last week FEMA had denied the County economic hardship status.

Interim County Administrative Officer Steve Smith told the Board the money for the local match would likely come from the County’s general fund, although if any other sources of revenue were available they would be used first.

Board members voted unanimously to the funding promise, but noted the grant is a short-term solution to a long-term problem—chronic underfunding of the Sutter County Fire Department as the result of an old funding formula, rising costs, and fewer volunteer fire fighters.

Board members indicated general support for some form of tax measure to increase revenues and appealed to firefighters who attended the meeting to actively support such a measure if placed on the ballot. Board members and County staff would be precluded by law from spending county time actively campaigning for approval of such a measure. However, community meetings can be held where County staff explain current funding and possible funding solutions.

(pictured: Members of the Sutter County Fire Department and the Sutter County Board of Supervisors following a special Board meeting to approve the grant application).