Taking a step to achieving one of its top priorities, the Sutter County Board of Supervisors approved the $1.1 million purchase of a 6,500 square foot building at 1190 Civic Center Boulevard, Yuba City, adjacent the County’s Administrative Offices at 1160 Civic Center, near Development Services at 1130 Civic Center, and across the street from Yuba City Hall, the Sutter County Courthouse, and Sutter County Jail.
The building will house the Assessor's Office, which is currently located in 1160 Civic Center Boulevard. The Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office and the Auditor’s Office, currently located in the art deco building near the levee at 463 Second Street, Yuba City, will move into 1160 Civic Center Boulevard.
The $1.1 million purchase price is lower than the $1.2 appraised value of the building, which formerly housed a financial services business. The money for the purchase comes from development impact fees. The County is expected to make $400,000 to $600,000 in improvements to the building, including meeting Americans with Disability Act requirements.
The Board previously identified as one of its goals reducing the number of buildings it owns or rents. The District Attorney’s Office is slated to be moved near the courthouse on Veterans Memorial Circle where the Public Health Department is currently located. Public Health will be moved to 850 Gray Avenue along with most other Health and Human Services functions when the former retail building is renovated.
"Our goal is to reduce our footprint from more than 23 buildings scattered around Yuba City, to fewer buildings with like functions near each other," said Board of Supervisors Chair Mat Conant. "This will make it easier for residents to access County services, and it will reduce the cost of providing these services."
Escrow on 1130 Civic Center, which is being purchased from C.C.P. Property, is expected to close in April.
At the recommendation of Clerk Recorder Donna Johnston, the Sutter County Board of supervisors Tuesday, April 9, approved the purchase of a new voting system to replace a 13-year-old system that needs to be replaced due to technology and voting laws, and is no longer certified by the California Secretary of State.
The Board of Supervisors approved a contract with Democracy Suite Systems to provide a touch screen voting system with 35 booths and touch screen units, a system server, high speed scanning equipment, work stations, software, printers, and other peripheral equipment, along with training support, for $625,737.
The Elections Department reviewed several voting systems over the past two years, and sent an Information Technology staff member to DefCon, a voting system hacking event, to gain further knowledge prior to recommending a system.
On March 5, the Elections Department held an open house with two vendors whose machines are certified as meeting requirements of the Secretary of State. Attendees included a mix of local elected officials, members of local partisan political organizations, members of the Sutter County Grand Jury, and experienced election workers. Attendees had an opportunity to see the two systems at work.
Clerk Recorder Johnston said her recommendation to the Board was a combination of the Elections Department research and overwhelming support for Dominion’s system.
Also, on March 5, the California Secretary of State’s Office decertified Sutter County’s existing system, purchased in 2005. The California Secretary of State’s Office has awarded Sutter County a grant of $313,000 toward purchase of a new system.
The Clerk Recorder said the system should allow ballots to be counted quicker because it has a ballot adjudication function that will allow faster processing of problematic ballots, such as overvotes.
The Clerk Recorder stated, “we are excited to utilize this new voting system which will be more secure, produce faster results while being cost effective, and ensure a transparent process”.
(Photo: The Sutter County Elections Department conducted an open house at the Sutter County Veteran’s Memorial Building March 5 with two vendors seeking to provide a new voting system to Sutter County. Elected officials, members of local partisan political organizations, members of the Sutter County Grand Jury, and experienced election workers had a chance to try out the systems prior to a recommendation being made to the Board of Supervisors by Clerk-Recorder Donna Johnston.)