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Sutter County Board of Supervisors Approves Purchase of Building Adjacent to Existing County Offices as Part of Plan to Consolidate Like Services
April 17, 2019
Building at 1190 Civic Center Blvd

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.

Sutter County To Replace 13-Year-Old Voting System
April 15, 2019
Voting booth open house

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.)

Important information about the emergency notification and alert systems test on Wednesday, April 10.
April 09, 2019

Things you should expect, and what you should know, when Yuba and Sutter counties jointly launch a test of their emergency notification and alert systems at 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10.

  • This system will be used in every community in each of the two counties. So whether you live in Meridian or Camptonville, Wheatland or Live Oak, Yuba City or Marysville, this is the local emergency notification and alert system County emergency managers will use to notify you of hazards.
  • This is just one method local emergency managers would use to notify you in an emergency. These systems are not perfect. In a real emergency, some people will not get the message. (This is why it is important you tell your friends and family about this test, however. After the 2017 evacuation because of Oroville Dam, several surveys showed word of mouth to friends, neighbors, and family, was one of the most important ways people found out about the evacuation).
  • Both counties use the same vendor, Code Red, which can send text messages, emails, Social Media messages, RSS feeds, voice to text telephone messages, and voice to text TTY messages.
  • This is only a test. Not everyone will receive a notification. First, not everyone is signed up. Second, not everyone who is signed up will get the message because technology is not magic. This test will help us improve the system.
  • Both counties will be targeting landlines at homes and businesses in every community acquired from various data bases. (For this test, Sutter County does not have unlisted landline telephone numbers, but the County is adding this to their system. Yuba County has unlisted telephone numbers for this test.)
  • Most individuals who downloaded the mobile app for their cell phone should receive two texts, one from Yuba County and one from Sutter County, because the emergency alert system will call every registered cell phone in the Code Red system within 25 miles of the boundary of the region where the notification is made. In other words, if you are within 25 miles of the border of either county, you should receive that county’s test notification.
  • If your cell phone is off, you will not receive the text until it is powered on.
  • The system will leave a message if someone does not answer the landline; it will recall until someone or an answering machine picks up.
  • The system is designed to call landlines automatically, based on the quality of the data bases we have used to load the system. To be sure your landline is in the system, register at www.bepreparedyuba.org, or www.bepreparedsutter.org. (You can register through either website, no matter where you live; ignore the message about being “outside” the jurisdiction. Code Red has one giant data base!)
  • If your home telephone is a Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) system, neither County has your “landline” number. You must register that phone number and your address at www.bepreparedyuba.org, or www.bepreparedsutter.org.
  • Even if you have downloaded the mobile app to receive texts, we recommend you register your address and all phones attached to that address at www.bepreparedyuba.org, or www.bepreparedsutter.org. The mobile app is tied to geography (you have to be within 25 miles of the boundary of an alert to receive a text. But unless you register your address, you will miss an alert involving your address if you are more than 25 miles away—like at Fort Bragg or Disneyland or Sacramento.

Code Red is also used by Butte County and Nevada County.

Another test for Sutter and Yuba counties will be conducted in about six months.

Are you ready for the test? Tick tock, tick tock.
April 05, 2019
CodeRED - Stay Connected

Counting down to a test Wednesday, April 10, 2019, of the Code Red emergency notification system for all communities in Sutter County and Yuba County.

There are two ways to sign up to receive alerts.

  • If you want to receive alerts on your cell phone only, you can download the mobile app to your smart phone by going to the ONSOLVE website.
  • To register your home address, email address, all phones attached to your home, and have an option to receive other, non-emergency civic notifications from Live Oak, Yuba City, and/or Sutter County, sign up through your smart phone or computer at www.beprepared.org. You can also sign up your business or your place of work!

We recommend you download the app to your smartphone, AND register your home and/or business address at www.beprepared.org.

There is NO COST for this service.

Tell your friends. Sharing is caring!

NOTE: If you get a notification on your smart phone that your Code Red "subscription is running out" we recommend you uninstall the app from the smart phone app, and then reinstall it. (Code Red will be rolling out a fix for this in June).

Aerial Spraying for Mosquitoes
April 03, 2019

High river levels inside the levees along the Feather River have produced an abundance of aggressive, daytime biting mosquitoes. As their numbers have crossed an actionable threshold, an aerial mosquito control application has been scheduled for this area on the evening of Wednesday, April 3, 2019. Spraying will be performed starting at or around 6:00 PM and lasting up to 1.5 hours. Treatment is dependent on appropriate weather conditions. Aircraft applications will be made with a white, twin engine Cessna 232 Skymaster or a yellow and blue stripe Air Tractor flying at approximately 300 feet in elevation. The District’s contractor will be applying naled, a material registered by the Environmental Protection Agency and applied according to label directions by the District’s trained and certified contractor. Although this material poses a low risk to human health, some people may prefer to avoid or minimize exposure by remaining out of the area when spraying is taking place. You can obtain additional information about spray operations by calling the District office at 674-5456 ext. 0 between the hours of 7 AM to 3:30 PM, Monday thru Friday.

Holiday Closure
March 26, 2019
On Monday, April 1st, most county offices will be closed in observance of Cesar Chavez Day.
Celebrate Public Health Week
March 19, 2019

Sutter County Health and Human Services – Public Health is celebrating National Public Health Week.

Join Sutter County Public Health for an OPEN HOUSE promoting health and wellness.

A series of interactive learning activities, educational materials on injury and lead prevention, tobacco education, family emergency preparedness, blood pressure checks, flu shots, chronic disease and behavioral wellbeing (prevention and early intervention programs) Sutter County Children and Families Commission, First 5 Express – A California traveling resource exhibit for families, and Yuba/Sutter Playzeum.

WHEN: April 4, 2019
WHERE: Public Health
1445 Veterans Memorial Circle
Yuba City, CA
TIME: 2pm-6pm

This is a free "open house" event for children and families.

Come see what public health is all about!

Daylight Saving Time Begins on March 10
March 06, 2019
Don't forget to move your clocks forward this weekend! Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 10 at 2:00 a.m.

In the U.S., clocks change at 2:00 a.m. local time. In spring, clocks spring forward from 1:59 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.; in fall, clocks fall back from 1:59 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. The phrase "Spring Forward, Fall Back" is used to help people remember how to reset their clocks.

Community meeting On recommended standards for commercial trucking and a County-wide noise ordinance.
February 28, 2019

On December 18, 2018, the Sutter County Board of Supervisors accepted recommendations from its Commercial Trucking Issues Ad-Hoc Committee and directed staff to incorporate recommended development standards and a noise ordinance into the Sutter County Zoning Code.

The recommended development standards and a noise ordinance can be accessed here: Agenda Item March 7, 2019 Community Meeting Proposed General Truck Yard and noise Ordinance standards

The County will hold a community meeting to receive public input on the proposed standards on March 7, 2019, from 1 pm to 4pm at Veterans Memorial Building, 1425 Veterans Memorial Circle. Written comments may be submitted to the Development Services Department at the address below or may be submitted electronically to [email protected]

Holiday Closure
February 11, 2019
On Monday, February 18th, most county offices will be closed in observance of Washington's Birthday.
Flood Risk Meetings - Sutter & Tudor
February 06, 2019

Residents in the Town of Sutter and in the Tudor Area are encouraged to attend a community meeting to learn more about Flood Risk Reduction Feasibility Studies for their communities. The studies will include a summary of known flooding issues and problems with the existing flood management systems. Community input is important in the identification of issues. Ultimately, the studies will determine a preferred flood risk reduction solution, to include potential funding sources to pay for implementation.

Reducing Flood Risk in the Town of Sutter

Community Meeting
6:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 12
Native Daughter’s Hall
7393 Lyon Street, Sutter, CA

Reducing Flood Risk in Tudor

6:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 20
Central Gaither Elementary
8403 Bailey Road, Yuba City

The feasibility studies, which are being managed by Sutter County, are fully funded under the CA DWR’s Small Community Flood Risk Reduction Program.

For more information, please contact Project Manager Loren Bottorff at (530) 306-4082, or [email protected].

Ad-Hoc Homeless Shelter Location Site Review Committee
January 10, 2019

The Ad-Hoc Homeless Shelter Location Site Review Committee will meet on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 6 p.m.

Sutter County Road Closures and Construction
January 08, 2019

View the Sutter County Road Closures and Construction.

Road conditions are updated by Sutter County Public Works

Code Red Registration Resolution
January 07, 2019
Make Registering Your Cell Phone With Code Red A New Year’s Resolution

Sutter County and Yuba County, and each of the cities within the two counties, rely on emergency notification vendor Code Red to allow emergency officials to communicate important information to those who live, work, and visit here.

While landlines are added automatically to the system, you will not receive notifications by text or phone call on your cell phone unless you register your cell phone in one of two ways: 1) download the Code Red application from iTunes or Google Play here: https://www.onsolve.com/solutions/products/codered/mobile-alert-app/codered-mobile-apps-download/ ; and/or, register your cell phone and all the phones attached to your home at www.bepreparedsutter.org, or www.bepreparedyuba.org.

If you keep just one New Year’s resolution this year, make it the resolution to register your smart phone to receive emergency notifications from emergency officials in Sutter and Yuba counties.