Meetings of the Sutter County Board of Supervisors will be conducted at the Yuba City Hall Council Chambers beginning with the regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, October 8.
In June, the Sutter County Board of Supervisors approved an agreement with the City of Yuba City to rent the chamber facilities for $1,000 a month.
In addition to twice-monthly regular board meetings of the Board of Supervisors, the chambers will also be used by the Sutter County Planning Commission.
The former meeting location, the 19th century Hall of Records building at Second and B streets, would require extensive upgrades to continue to be used as an adequate location for meetings. In need of a new sound system, a new camera system for streaming meetings live on the internet, an improved audio/visual system, and other upgrades, the meeting facilities are considered to be less than optimal for conducting public business.
The Yuba City Hall Council Chambers are located at 1201 Civic Center Boulevard.
Zachary Hamill, who was appointed recently as the new Emergency Operations Manager for Sutter County, will be joining Sutter County Public Health staff when they conduct a drive thru flu vaccine clinic Saturday, October 5, at Sutter High School, as part of an emergency operations exercise.
“Public Health would play a big role during a flu epidemic and the drive thru flu clinic is an opportunity to test the department’s capacity,” Hamill said. “Public Health’s emergency team is coordinating the event, and we’ll be there in a support role and to remind everyone to register for emergency alerts and notifications through Code Red.”
During the drive thru clinic, which will run from 10 a.m. to noon, participants will have an opportunity to sign up to receive emergency notifications and alerts via text, phone, or e-mail from Sutter County, Yuba City, or Live Oak, when the system is activated.
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.
Residents can also bring expired prescription drugs to Sutter High School from 10 a.m. to noon for safe disposal.
Hamill comes to Sutter County from Sonoma County, where he developed the county’s tsunami response program, and the alert and warning program. He conducted the largest warning exercise on the west coast that allowed the general public to provide feedback to improve the warning system.
Hamill, who has more than 14 years of experience in all phases of disasters, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Administration and Planning from the University of North Texas. He is a member of the California Emergency Services Association and the International Association of Emergency Managers.
Sonoma County, similar to Sutter County, has a large flood hazard. Zachary has responded to Emergency Operations Center activations for large floods, developed flood response plans and coordinated Incident Command Posts with local first responders.
Hamill has worked in multiple Emergency Operations Centers in response to various disasters. In the last five years, he has deployed with CALFIRE to 11 catastrophic fires throughout California.
The Sutter County Board of Supervisors has appointed Steven M. Smith, a 10-year veteran of the County Administrative Office, as County Administrative Officer.
Smith was serving as the interim County Administrative Officer since the position became vacant in January. The appointment was made by unanimous vote on Tuesday, August 27, and it became effective August 31.
In thanking the Board for the appointment, Smith told them: “I am also thankful for the support and hard work of my colleagues in the County Administrator’s Office both past and present and for the tremendous support of the department heads and employees of the County.”
Steve Smith came to work for the County Administrative Office in 2009, under then CAO Larry Combs. Hired as a Deputy CAO, he was working as the Assistant County Administrative Officer under former CAO Scott Mitnick.
His primary focus up until the past year has been on development of the County’s budget. He has worked with every department and every department head in the past decade.
Prior to joining Sutter County, he spent seven years working for Contra Costa County, first as Assistant Director of Nutritional Services for the Health Services Department at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center and later, after earning a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, as Administrative Services Officer in the Building Inspection/Conservation and Development Department.
He said one of his priorities is to ensure the County does everything it can to support commercial and residential development identified in the Sutter Pointe Specific Plan for south Sutter County, while ensuring the development pays for itself. Developers have indicated they may break ground next year.
Other priorities include sorting out the homeless situation, consolidating County offices (including opening 850 Gray Avenue for Health and Human Services), securing funding for continuation of fire services in the unincorporated areas of the Yuba City basin, and building on positive relationships with the cities of Yuba City and Live Oak, and the County of Yuba.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.”
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:
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/
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).
The Sutter Yuba Psychiatric Health Facility (PHF) recently received new flooring, paint, ceiling and fire sprinklers. This was completed to ensure that the unit met required standards for inpatient care.
Prior to re-opening the facility to new patients, Sutter Yuba Behavioral Health Services opened the facility to county leadership and staff to visit and tour. The tour highlighted the excellent work done by Development Services and General Services in completing the upgrades.
During the tour, visitors received an overview of the history of the psychiatric health facility, which was licensed and began operating in 1983, information about the history of inpatient care in California, and a description of all services provided on the unit, which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and serves about 290 folks annually.
Members of the Board of Supervisors of both Sutter and Yuba counties, administrative staff, probation and sheriff’s department officials from both counties, Yuba City police officers, and Rideout Emergency Room staff also attended the tours. In all, about 70 individuals participated in the tours conducted late last week.
For developing a ground-breaking policy that allowed a newborn baby to have her mother’s milk even though mom was serving a jail sentence, the Sutter County Health and Human Services Department Public Health Division has received recognition from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).
Breastmilk contains antibodies that help a baby fight off viruses and bacteria. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which funds the WIC programs that provide healthy food, education, and assistance to new mothers through local public health departments, breastfeeding lowers a baby’s risk of certain infections and diseases, including ear infections, asthma, lower respiratory infections, diarrhea and vomiting, childhood obesity, eczema, type 2 diabetes, childhood leukemia, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Research also indicates that moms who breastfeed have lower rates of certain breast and ovarian cancers, as well as Type 2 diabetes.
But when mom is in jail, a baby’s access to mother’s milk can be blocked, unless policies are in place to help the jail accommodate feedings.
There was no such policy in Sutter County three years ago when an incarcerated mother of a newborn baby made a request for assistance. Sutter County’s WIC program worked with the Sutter County Jail, the Sutter County Health Officer, Dr. Lou Ann Cummings, (now retired) and the California Breastfeeding Coalition, said Tina Lavy, Sutter County WIC Lactation Consultant.
The policy, which allows mothers to pump milk and establishes protocols for ensuring the milk is properly stored and handled until it is delivered to the responsible party caring for the infant, is being recognized by NACCHO as a 2019 Model Practice at its national conference in Orlando in July. The practice receiving the award is titled “Supporting Mothers in Jail - No Barriers to Breastfeeding While Incarcerated.” The award was one of five made to public health departments in California; 53 awards were made throughout the nation.
In 2018, then Governor Jerry Brown signed a law requiring all jails to develop policies allowing babies to have access to their incarcerated mother’s breastmilk. According to Lavy, advice and guidance on establishing similar policies is also being requested by jail and public health officials from counties throughout California.
Sutter County was one of five California counties hosting table top exercises to prepare local election officials across the state for potential attempts by cyber attack to interfere with upcoming elections. Early Thursday morning, Elections Official Donna Johnston (pictured) worked with County Information Technology staff, including Scott Hansen (pictured in picture) to set up webinar equipment that allowed U.S. Homeland Security officials to conduct a 4.5 hour tabletop exercise. The purpose of the exercise was to identify best practices and areas for improvement in cyber incident planning, identification, response, and recovery through simulation of a realistic scenario exploring impacts to voter confidence, voter operations, voting operations, and the integrity of elections. Officials from surrounding counties and the FBI participated in the tabletop exercise. Identical tabletop exercises were hosted by Fresno, Los Angeles, Shasta, and Orange counties.
Sutter County today was listed among the top employers in the nation by the business magazine Forbes, which surveyed 80,000 Americans and ranked 1,430 large employers.
In a feature called “America’s Best Employers By State,” Forbes ranked Sutter County 30th out of 194 California companies ranked, based on a survey of workers at businesses with at least 500 employees.
Among employers that are county governments, only San Diego County finished higher on the list, at 22. Only five other counties made the list. Riverside, San Francisco, Monterey, San Joaquin, and Sacramento counties all ranked behind Sutter County.
Sutter County Board of Supervisors Chairman Mat Conant was pleasantly surprised by the announcement. But he was not at a loss for words about the reason for it.
“Our employees make this a great place to work,” he said. “This is a community rich in agricultural production, not yet paved over like some other regions of the state. It’s a great place to live and a great place to work. It’s a great community with great people, who make great employees.”
Sutter County has approximately 950 employees. Conant said many people do not understand the multitude of functions and responsibilities at the County, including law enforcement and public protection, health and human services, agricultural services and consumer protection, environmental health, code enforcement, planning and building services, road and bridge construction and maintenance, elections, recording and archiving of public documents, tax collection and treasury investment, auditing, property assessments and assessment appeals, fleet maintenance, building maintenance, information technology. The list is a long one.
“Everything our employees touch impacts the public, and they understand what they do is important,” Conant said. “When you feel your job matters, it can have a positive impact on the way you feel about your employer.
“This recognition by Forbes is a humbling affirmation that Sutter County values its employees, and its employees value Sutter County and the work they do on behalf of the residents.”
Sutter County has a population of approximately 98,000. Agriculture has a $1.5 billion annual impact on the economy. Its top crops are rice, walnuts, prunes, peaches, and tomatoes.
To determine the list, Statista surveyed 80,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 500 employees. All the surveys were anonymous, allowing participants to openly share their opinions. The respondents were asked to rate, on a scale of zero to 10, how likely they’d be to recommend their employer to others. Statista then asked respondents to nominate organizations in industries outside their own. The number of businesses ranked in each state was dependent on two factors—the number of qualifying employers and the size of the state’s workforce—and those with operations in more than one state had the opportunity to be listed multiple times. The final list ranks the 1,430 employers that received the greatest number of recommendations in each of the 50 states as well as the District of Columbia.
Despite the failure of the State Legislature to pass a bill to increase local election campaign transparency, Sutter County Registrar of Voters Donna Johnston has ordered the addition of pages on the County’s website to meet some of the goals of legislation proposed by Assemblyman James Gallagher.
Earlier this year, the Sutter County Board of Supervisors signed on to formally support legislation by Gallagher to require online posting of campaign finance documents.
The legislation, Assembly Bill 322, stalled in the Assembly Appropriations Committee earlier this year, but will be taken up by the Committee in 2020.
Sutter County Elections staff has added Campaign Finance information to their website in support of Gallagher’s bill.
Sutter County Elections has created an additional webpage with uploaded campaign statements for the 2020 election cycle contests.
These include the Board of Supervisor contests for Districts 1, 3 and 5.
Additional campaign statement filings will be added for future election filings.
Sutter County Registrar of Voters Donna Johnston stated that this is an important project for the department as it expands election related information to the public.
The link to the webpage can be found at https://www.suttercounty.org/doc/government/depts/cr/elections/cr_elections_home under the Campaign Finance Information section.
"I commend Donna Johnston and her team in making campaign finance documents more readily available to the public online," said Gallagher. "In the State Legislature, I will continue to work with Sutter County and all stakeholders to further promote transparency in the election process."
Sutter County’s Fire Chief, John Shalowitz, has declared the West Butte Fire 100% contained. Sutter County received support from Colusa, Butte, Cal Fire, Sac Metro Fire and Yuba City.
Sutter County Fire Department will continue to monitor the area of the fire. Smoke can be seen in some spots, but are well within the containment lines.
June 08, 2019
Fire crews from 6 departments (Butte Co., Cal-Fire, Sutter Co., Colusa Co., Yuba City and Sac Metro) are currently battling a 900 acre grass fire in the 9800 block of West Butte Rd. There are currently no structures threatened and no evacuation orders are being issued. Crews are making good progress and are expected to be working through the night. Please avoid the area, to reduce traffic congestion for emergency vehicles.
To increase access to behavioral health care for underserved groups experiencing difficulty engaging in outpatient behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment services, Sutter Yuba Behavioral Health Services proposes to establish a mobile, field-based approach prior to and after hospitalization, in consumer homes, homeless encampments, emergency rooms, and in law enforcement or other community settings.
Sutter-Yuba Behavioral Health (SYBH) invites community members to review this plan, which is a proposed Innovation project under the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). The draft project proposal is posted for 30 days for public comment and review from May 6 – June 5, 2019 and can be accessed at the following link on Sutter County’s web-site.
Under the plan, the outreach team will serve individuals who, for a variety of reasons, including inadequate family support, negative past experiences with behavioral health care, discrimination and/or isolation because of a behavioral health illness, do not obtain services at Sutter-Yuba Behavioral Health’s building. The program will be modeled on similar successful programs in other locations.”
Innovation funding under MHSA allows counties to implement approved projects that:
Innovation projects can introduce new mental health practices or approaches, make a change to an existing mental health practice or approach, or apply to the mental health system a promising community-driven practice or an approach that has been successful in non-mental health contexts or settings.
For questions or to submit a comment on the posted plan please contact Peter Sullivan at [email protected]
MHSA (Proposition 63) was passed by California voters in November 2004 to expand mental health services for children and adults. The Act is funded by a 1% tax surcharge on personal income over $1 million per year.
The Sutter County Board of Supervisors, recognizing the old moniker wasn’t making it easy for the public to understand what it is, has renamed the County’s regional history museum.
Gone is the name, "Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County." It is being replaced with, "Sutter County Museum."
On Tuesday, May 14, the Board unanimously approved a recommendation from Museum Director/Curator Jessica Hougen to change the name for clarity’s sake.
"People can’t remember it, which makes it hard to look the museum up," she said. "It is difficult for advertising as it is long and rather a tongue twister. And the words 'Community Memoria' make the museum sound like a health care facility or retirement home."
She told the Board that by definition the museum memorializes the community, and the story of its pioneers and veterans. "That's what we do," she said.
The Museum Trust Fund and Museum Association have agreed to pay for new signage, along with the minimal cost associated with updating collateral materials. The name change will have no impact on the County’s General Fund.
The museum exhibits have been closed since January for the first extensive overhaul since the museum opened in the mid 1970s. A Grand Re-Opening, featuring a Frida Kahlo exhibit, is scheduled for Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 2p.m..
The museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road, Yuba City, on property donated by the Harter Family for the purpose of providing a community memorial to honor early pioneers and settlers, and members of the military, and for the siting of a museum.
The park the museum is located on will continue to carry the Harter family name.
Saturday, May 18, 2019
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sutter County Clerk Recorder
433 Second Street
Yuba City, CA 95991
The Sutter County Clerk Recorder is hosting a special event in Yuba City, California on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., to provide passport information to U.S. citizens and to accept passport applications. Applications will be accepted by appointment only. Please contact Sutter County Clerk-Recorder to schedule your appointment by calling 530-822-7134.
U.S. citizens must present a valid passport book when entering the United States by air. U.S. citizens entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land borders and sea ports of entry must present a passport book, passport card, or other travel documents approved by the U.S. government.
To help our customers who may not be able to visit our office during our normal business hours, additional services such as certified copies of Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates, Fictitious Business Name Statements, Passport photos, issuance of Marriage Licenses and performing Marriage Ceremonies (by appointment only) will be available on this Saturday.
Information on the cost and how to apply for a U.S. passport is available at travel.state.gov. U.S. citizens may also obtain passport information by phone, in English and Spanish, by calling the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778.
The Sutter County Health and Human Services Department, Employment and Eligibility Services Branch is pleased to announce the expansion of the CalFresh food assistance program to serve people who receive Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP) benefits beginning June 1, 2019. There will be no change or reduction to their SSI/SSP benefits. This announcement marks the kick-off of the annual CalFresh Awareness Month in May.
"Expanding CalFresh to SSI/SSP recipients in Sutter County will help improve nutrition and health in the community by providing food benefits to seniors and people with disabilities." Nancy O'Hara – Director, Sutter County Health and Human Services Department.
The Employment and Eligibility Services Branch is prepared to help older adults and people with disabilities who receive SSI/SSP apply for CalFresh food assistance and encourages applicants to apply beginning June 1, 2019. There will be an unprecedented high volume of applicants this summer as CalFresh expands to serve up to 3,900 SSI/SSP recipients in Sutter County. Counties have been working overtime to be as prepared as they can be to launch this historic CalFresh program expansion.
CalFresh food benefits stretch household budgets, allowing individuals and families to afford nutritious food, including more fruit, vegetables, and other healthy options. CalFresh food benefits are delivered on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) debit card and can be used at any grocery store and farmers market that accepts EBT. Food benefits for one person range from $15-$192 per month, with a national average of $105-$110 per month for older adults and people with disabilities. Sutter County currently serves approximately 12,500 individuals receiving CalFresh benfits.
Households that already receive CalFresh and currently have a member of their household that has been excluded because they receive SSI do not need to re-apply. Counties will evaluate those households for CalFresh benefits at their next report date.
There are three ways to connect with Sutter County’s Employment and Eligibility Services Branch:
Come in- to the county office at 190 Garden Hwy, Yuba City, CA
The CalFresh application process includes:
Reasonable accommodations and services in multiple languages are available.
Additional state-funded nutrition benefits may be available to households currently participating in CalFresh who experience a drop in CalFresh benefits due to the state now counting SSI income in the CalFresh case. As always, clients can contact the Sutter County Employment and Eligibility Services Branch to ask questions or report changes at any time.
For more information, contact us at 1-877-652-0735
Board of Supervisors Hosts Public Business From The Floor Speech Contest
The topics ranged from the need for more mental health services for youth to the economic advantages of industrial hemp, from free speech in schools to second hand smoke in apartment buildings. Several spoke about approaches to resolving homeless issues. Water quality, drugs, drunken driving, road conditions, abandoned animals, dangers of e-cigarettes, and the level of law enforcement protection in Sutter County’s “keyhole” neighborhood all were on their minds.
It was the fourth Sutter County Public Business From The Floor High School Speech Contest, and it was the largest to date.
Hosted by the Sutter County Board of Supervisors, and sponsored by the 20-30 Club of Yuba City-Marysville, the contest drew 17 contestants Monday night during a special meeting at the Sutter County Board of Supervisors chambers inside the Hall of Records.
Two freshmen took home the first and second place prizes, and a junior won third place.
Board members and the representatives from the 20-30 club complimented the speakers on their courage, research, passion, and performances.
Speeches were limited to three minutes, the same amount of time allowed for comments on agenda items or matters of Sutter County interest during regular Board meetings. County Supervisors were joined by four members of the 20-30 Club in judging the speeches, and Board Chairman Mat Conant announced the winners:
1st place, Connor Stout, who lives in Yuba City and is in his freshman year at Jesuit High School in Sacramento. Connor spoke about the level of law enforcement in the “keyhole” area in Sutter County.
2nd place, Sierra Connor, a freshman at Faith Christian High School. She spoke about the economic benefits of growing industrial hemp in Sutter County.
3rd place, Sophia Dunlap, junior, East Nicolaus High School, who spoke about the need for education for students about the dangers of addiction to e-cigarettes.
The speakers drew numbers as random for placement. Below is a list of each speaker, their grade, and the school they attend, along with the topic they chose:
Following a public hearing during which there was no opposition, the Sutter County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, April 23, approved a use permit to allow a Sutter County couple to convert an existing gas station, convenience store, and agricultural truck parking operation into a general truck stop with a driver’s lounge, truck washing station, truck scale, and a four-bay truck repair building and an expanded above ground fuel storage. The project also includes a coffee drive-through with service window for autos.
The Board approved the application of Balwinder and Dalbir Dhami to upgrade Dhami’s Truck Stop at the northeast corner of the intersection of O’Banion Road and Highway 99, just north of the intersection of Highway 113. The Board accepted the recommendation of the Sutter County Planning Commission together with 25 conditions for approval, including drainage improvements, waste water recycling at the truck wash station, limiting noise-generating activities to the hours between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., and a dust control plan.
One neighbor to the project, Barbara LeVake, complimented County staff and the Dhamis for working together on a quality project. The staff report exceeded 100 pages.
There will be no increase in the number of trucks allowed to park on the property at any one time (24), however commercial truckers will now be able to park on the property, not just agricultural trucks.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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).
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.
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
This is a free "open house" event for children and families.
Come see what public health is all about!
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.
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]
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.
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].
The Ad-Hoc Homeless Shelter Location Site Review Committee will meet on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 6 p.m.
Road conditions are updated by Sutter County Public Works
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.