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Sutter County Public Health Confirms Live Bat Taken To School Is Rabid
September 20, 2018

Yuba City, California. On September 17, 2018, a live bat was found at the 400 block of Humphrey Rd. in Sutter County. A child then took the bat to Franklin Elementary School located at 332 North Township, Yuba City, CA.

Sutter Animal Services Staff responded to the school and collected the bat. Sutter Animal Services Authority submitted the bat for rabies testing through the Sutter County Health Department and it was found to be rabid.

Sutter County Health Department contacted School Officials and the parents of the child with specific instructions.

The Center for Disease and Control (CDC) states on their website “Avoid contact with wild animals. Put screens on all windows and use chimney caps. Place draft-guards beneath doors to ensure that all doors to the outside close tightly. Do not keep doors or unscreened windows open, especially if people are sleeping. Evacuate any room with a live bat and close the door”.

Contact Sutter Animal Services Authority (SASA) at: 530-822-7375 immediately if there is a live or dead bat inside or outside your home. Never touch bats, especially if appearing sick or dead. Keep your pets' rabies vaccinations up-to-date.

For more information on rabies: San Francisco Public Health Communicable Disease control and Public Health: http://www.sfcdcp.org/rabies.html and California Department of Public Health: https://archive.cdph.ca.gov/HealthInfo/discond/Pages/rabies.aspx

Gina Rowland Hired As Sutter County’s Human Resources Director
September 13, 2018

Sutter County has hired Yolo County’s Human Resources Director to the same position in Sutter County.

Gina Rowland has almost a quarter century of human resources experience in local government, most of it with Yolo County. Prior to her appointment as Human Resources Director in May 2016, she served as Yolo County’s Assistant Director of Human Resources and the Human Services Branch Director for Human Resources.

Ms. Rowland’s tenure with a larger county that has experienced similar issues facing Sutter County will be invaluable. Yolo County has 1,750 employees and nine bargaining units. Sutter County has 1,000 employees and five bargaining units.

Ms. Rowland is a Yuba City High School graduate who moved back to Yuba City two years ago and expressed a desire to work in the community she calls home. “I am excited to join the Sutter County family,” Ms. Rowland said. “ Yuba City is my home. I live here, my family lives here, and it is where I plan to retire. I believe my role and the role of Human Resources is to serve employees, and I plan to take the time to listen to find out how I can best do that.”

As Human Resources Director, she will be a key member of the County’s Executive Team and will be responsible for supervising and coordinating the County’s risk management programs, directing the negotiation of labor agreements, administering the County’s grievance and disciplinary policies, administering the County’s recruitment and selection system, and designing and administering a wide variety of employee benefit programs.

The Board approved an employment contract with Ms. Rowland at its September 11 meeting. She is expected to begin on September 24.

Sutter County Public Health Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic
September 10, 2018

Mark your calendar. A drive-thru flu shot clinic and prescription drug drop-off is coming up!

WHEN

Saturday, October 6th
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

WHERE

Live Oak High School
2351 Pennington Road, Live Oak

QUESTIONS?

Call 530-822-7215.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Please be sure to wear loose clothing that quickly bares the upper arm! You must be at least age 14 to get a flu shot. A $5 donation is accepted.

Both Counties, Three Cities Reach Tentative Recology Agreements
September 06, 2018

Recycle Symbol Many Yuba-Sutter residents will see lower-than-anticipated rate increases for waste removal, under a tentative agreement reached between Recology and five jurisdictions that include the two counties of Sutter and Yuba and the cities of Live Oak, Marysville, and Wheatland.

All five jurisdictions, part of the Regional Waste Management Authority (RWMA), agreed on an approach that would revise and replace the existing agreements with Recology for garbage, recycling, and organic collection and disposal services.

“We truly believe our efforts achieved very good outcomes for our communities,” said Robert Bendorf, Yuba County Administrator. “What we have now are agreements that include comprehensive terms, reasonable risk sharing between the parties and services at rates that are reasonable.”

Current municipal solid waste collection services agreements for Yuba and Sutter counties and all four of its cities are set to expire in October 2019, unless replaced or extended. RWMA took the first steps toward new agreements back in 2016 that included community input, local member agency input and an analysis and recommendations report.

All RWMA members initially considered two available options: having the solid waste collection franchise agreements in their respective jurisdictions put out to bid or negotiating with Recology on a the current provider Recology.

Last year, Yuba City decided to seek proposals from other solid waste collection agencies, while the remaining five RWMA members chose to negotiate with Recology with the understanding that, if unsuccessful, each of the five jurisdictions would put the contract out to public bid.

“Under the terms of the previous agreement, our communities were facing a nearly 13 percent rate increase, beginning next month in October,” said Scott Mitnick, Sutter County Administrator. “Over the past few months, we had highly successful discussions with Recology, which resulted in avoiding such a large increase. In fact, under the new tentative agreement, residents within the five jurisdictions who use 64 and 96 gallon programs will experience monthly rate reductions of 30 percent to 46 percent. Those residents who use the 32 gallon three-cart service will experience an approximately 2.5 percent increase.”

The agreement does include increases to recycling service charges for commercial customers. However, Recology is taking steps to minimize any impacts by phasing in the increases over an 18 month period, rather than all at once.

“Recology valued the opportunity to put together an agreement that reflected a unified voice with the cities and counties; including, a continued focus on providing true benefits to our community,” said Recology Community Outreach Coordinator Jackie Sillman.

Recology also agreed to enhance some existing services and provide programs, as part of the agreements. Residents will be able to include food waste in the residential organics collection program at no additional cost. A new illegal dumping and cleanup program will be provided by Recology at no cost to jurisdictions, as well as a new graffiti abatement program.

The initial term of the tentative agreements is ten years and includes the option for two five year extensions. Annual rate adjustments will be simplified, as part of the agreements, with increases limited to no more than three percent. The agreements must still go before both boards of supervisors and all three city councils for approval.

Sutter County Ag Products Rebound From 2016, Up 13.5 Percent
September 05, 2018

2017 Crop Report After five years of drought, and despite heavy rains in late winter and early spring, Sutter County’s crop and livestock values increased 13.5 percent in 2017 over the previous year, to nearly $584 million, according to the annual Sutter County Crop and Livestock Report released this week.

Overall values were estimated at $583,996,000 in 2017 compared to $514,372,000 in 2016, according to Agricultural Commissioner Lisa Herbert.

"Despite historic rains in early 2017, Sutter County agriculture continues to thrive," said Agricultural Commissioner Lisa Herbert.

At approximately $152 million, rice retained the status of top-ranking crop in 2017, despite a drop of 29 percent in total rice acreage planted as a result of wet weather in late winter and early spring. There were slight increases in per acre yields and in the price growers received for rice to help it stay number one.

Higher acreage and price increased walnut values by 10 percent in 2017 over 2016, rising to $130.4 million.

Prunes seemed to pick up the most ground. After devastating crop losses in 2016, pruned rebounded to third from seventh with an increase in total value of 113 percent to $52.3 million.

Nursery products remained fourth with an increase in total value to $47.3 million—a 33 percent jump.

Decreases in acreage, yield, and price dropped processing peach value to $43.7 million.

Despite a 30 percent increase in acreage, almonds remained in sixth place due to a price drop. Total value rose to $36.2 million.

Overall, field crops rose in value by 15 percent. Seed crops increased in value by almost 41 percent, due largely to sunflower and watermelon acreage increases. Producers saw an increase in prices for watermelon seed of 263 percent.

Overall, vegetable crops dropped in value by 22 percent, largely due to a decrease in both acreage and price for processing tomatoes.

The report is prepared based on estimates provided by growers. It reflects estimated gross values only and does not reflect net profits or losses to the producers.

To see the entire report, visit this link: https://www.suttercounty.org/assets/pdf/ag/CropReports/2017_Crop_Report.pdf

Bat with Rabies Confirmed in Yuba City
August 30, 2018

Yuba City, California. On August 27, 2018, a live bat was found clinging to a walkway fence on the Yuba City High School premises located at 850 B Street.

The bat was collected by Sutter Animal Services Authority and was submitted for rabies testing through the Sutter County Health Department and it was found to be rabid.

The Center for Disease and Control (CDC) states on their website “Avoid contact with wild animals. Put screens on all windows and use chimney caps. Place draft-guards beneath doors to ensure that all doors to the outside close tightly. Do not keep doors or unscreened windows open, especially if people are sleeping. Evacuate any room with a live bat and close the door”.

Contact Sutter Animal Services Authority (SASA) at: 530-822-7375 immediately if there is a live or dead bat inside or outside your home. Never touch bats, especially if appearing sick or dead. Keep your pets' rabies vaccinations up-to-date.

For more information on rabies: San Francisco Public Health Communicable Disease control and Public Health: http://www.sfcdcp.org/rabies.html and California Department of Public Health: https://archive.cdph.ca.gov/HealthInfo/discond/Pages/rabies.aspx

Temporary Boat Access Closure Feather River at 5th Street Bridge
August 28, 2018

Boat closure Yuba City/Marysville, California. Starting on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 12:01 a.m. the Feather River boating channel at the 5th Street Bridge will remain closed to all watercraft until September 6, 2018 at 11:00 p.m. This is a schedule change from previously announced dates of August 26, 2018 to August 30, 2018. The channel will remain open during these dates in August through the Labor Day weekend. This will allow the contractor mobilization of large drilling equipment to the west levee side of the project and will not affect traffic on the 5th Street Bridge.

The City of Yuba City is committed to providing the highest quality service; we thank all those recreationalists who use this navigational channel under the 5th Street Bridge for their cooperation and understanding. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the planned closure, please contact Paul Chang at 530-763-4789 or [email protected].