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Devastated By Rain And High Winds, Prune Losses Contribute To Overall Drop In 2016 Sutter County Crop Values
September 20, 2017

A tough year for prunes led to a 4.4% percent drop in Sutter County’s crop values from 2015 to 2016, according to Sutter County Agricultural Commissioner Lisa Herbert.

The Agricultural Commissioner issued the 2016 Sutter County Agricultural Report to County Supervisors on Tuesday, reporting agricultural production at $514 million, down 4.4 percent from the $544 million reported in 2015.

Rice remains the top ranking crop in 2016 with a total value of $127 million. Though still in a drought, water allocations increased in 2016 attributing to a rise in acreage by 27 percent. The total value of walnuts increased 53% in 2016 due to higher acreage and yields, rising to $118 million after crashing to $77 million in 2015.

Prunes were hit the hardest by inclement weather in March. The prune crop was devastated, leading to a 54% loss in production and 55% loss of total value. At a total production value of $24 million for 2016, prunes dropped from third to seventh place after a total production value of $54 million in 2015, Herbert said.

Processing peaches ($56 million), nursery products ($35 million) and processing tomatoes ($34 million), and almonds ($31 million) rounded out the top crops.

For an online copy of the report visit this link:

https://suttercounty.org/contents/pdf/ag/CropReports/2016_Crop_Report.pdf
Board of Supervisors Directs Preparation Of Emergency Moratorium Ordinance On Commercial Trucking Operations In Unincorporated Sutter County
September 13, 2017

The Sutter County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, September 12, voted to direct staff to draft an urgency ordinance establishing a moratorium on new commercial trucking operations in the unincorporated areas of Sutter County.

An urgency ordinance would put existing applications on hold and restrict County staff from accepting new applications for 45 days. The Board could vote to extend the moratorium if necessary.

The Board will consider the draft ordinance at its meeting on October 10.

Supervisors have received multiple complaints about the impacts commercial trucking operations are having on residential neighborhoods, particularly in and around the intersection of Oswald Road and Highway 99. Residents say they fear increasing truck traffic and other impacts. They also complain about the noise of trucks being worked on late into the night.

Commercial trucking is an important job creator. Truck drivers told the Board there are between 1,500 and 2,000 people in Sutter County working in the trucking industry.

On August 22, the Board of Supervisors formed an Ad Hoc Commercial Trucking Committee of Supervisor Dan Flores and Supervisor Ron Sullenger. The purpose of the committee is to review the county’s policies and procedures regarding the location, permitting, and enforcement of conditions associated with the operation of commercial truck yards.

A moratorium would allow the Ad Hoc Committee and staff time to complete their work before any new trucking operations are allowed, and allow the County time to study potential improvements at the intersection of Highway 99 and Oswald Road.

There are six pending applications for either new trucking operations, conversion of agricultural trucking operations to commercial operations, or expansion of existing commercial trucking operations.

It will take a 4/5 vote for the draft ordinance to be adopted and go into effect immediately.

Residents asked how they can contact a code enforcement officer when trucking operations create noise, or dust, or other nuisances. The phone number for Development Services is 530-822-7400. An anonymous complaint form is available online on the Sutter County website.

Drive-thru Flu Clinic
September 12, 2017

Drive-thru flu clinic and prescription drug drop-off will be held on Sunday, September 24th, from noon to 2:00 pm at River Valley High School, 801 El Margarita Road, Yuba City.

Shots are for persons age 14 and over. Please wear loose clothing that quickly bares the upper arm.

Preseciption medications that are no longer needed can be dropped off also for free disposal.

Find further vaccine information and forms online on the Sutter County Public Health Immunization Program page.

Donna Johnston, Sutter County Clerk Recorder achieves CERA designation
August 31, 2017

Donna Johnston, Sutter County Clerk Recorder has achieved the designation of Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA) the highest professional achievement in her field.

CERA designation is achieved only through a multi-year course of study conducted by The Election Center’s Professional Education Program and completion of twelve core courses taught by the Master's in Public Administration faculty of Auburn University (Auburn, Alabama) ranging from ethics, to voter registration and elections law, planning, communications, and voter participation, among others. The intent of the program is to professionalize the management of voter registration and elections administration in promoting and preserving public trust in the democratic process.

"This is the highest designation available to elections and voter registration officials," said Tim Mattice, director of the Center. "This is an outstanding accomplishment."

"Sutter County is indeed fortunate to have Donna as one of the top designated professionals in America. Obtaining and maintaining CERA status means that she has committed to a career long process of continuing education to improve the electoral process in California and the nation," he stated.

The Professional Education Program is sponsored by The Election Center, a non-profit association of voter registrars and elections administrators throughout America. Its membership is comprised of township, city, county and state elections officials and other election related corporations. The Center’s primary purpose is education for local and state voter registrars and elections officials to promote and improve the democratic process. Professional Education Program participants receive continuing education credit from Auburn University as well as professional training credits from The Election Center.

First WNV Case Reported in Sutter County in 2017
August 30, 2017

A Sutter County adult has been confirmed with the neuroinvasive form of West Nile Virus (WNV) illness and is recovering at home.

This is the first report of a case of WNV illness in Sutter County for 2017. In 2016, a total of 12 cases were reported with 1 death from WNV. There have been a total of five WNV-related deaths in Sutter County since WNV appeared in California, occurring in 2012, 2014 and 2016. The Sutter-Yuba Mosquito and Vector Control District continues to be active with mosquito control and monitoring mosquito activity and will continue until cold weather.

Risk for WNV infection from mosquito bites continues into late fall for humans, horses, and other mammals. It is very important to make sure to always take the simple precautions that reduce the risk of mosquito bites and becoming infected with West Nile virus whether at home, participating in outdoor activities, or traveling. The 4 “D”s is an easy way to remember how to prevent mosquito bites:

  • D – DEET – use DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535. These are the EPA approved mosquito repellents to prevent bites; be sure to follow package instructions for age of person and how to apply
  • D – Dawn and Dusk – avoid going outdoors at dawn and dusk when the mosquitoes that carry WNV are most active
  • D – Doors and windows – make sure that the screens on your doors and windows are not broken or torn
  • D – Drain all standing water around the outside of your house – gutters, jar lids, tires, flower pot trays are some common places

Most persons who become infected with WNV do not become ill, but develop immunity to WNV. Approximately one in five people who are infected with WNV will develop symptoms, such as fever, headaches, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. Symptoms typically develop from 3 to 14 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Less than one percent of infected people will develop the neuroinvasive WNV infection which is a serious neurologic illness with encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain and surrounding tissues).

The State of California West Nile virus webpage has information about WNV activity around the state by county, how to report dead birds, and how to protect against WNV. Visit http://www.westnile.ca.gov.

For more information about the work that the Sutter County Mosquito and Vector Control District is doing to reduce numbers of mosquitoes, visit http://www.sutter-yubamvcd.org.

9/80 Work Schedule Begins July 24 In Sutter County Offices
July 25, 2017

Effective Monday, July 24, hours at some County offices may change as Sutter County implements a new 9/80 work schedule.

On July 11, 2017, the Board of Supervisors approved a 9/80 work schedule for some County departments. The public will continue to be served at all County offices during their posted business hours. Please visit the specific department’s website for more information. The first office closure is schedule for August 4 and all departments will eventually be closed on the same Friday as they begin their 9/80 schedule. Here’s a list of when the departments will begin their 9/80 schedule:

July 24, 2017
Assessor
Board of Supervisors
County Administrator's Office
County Counsel
Human Resources

August 7, 2017
Child Support Services
Development Services

August 21, 2017
Elections
Public Health

September 4, 2017
Auditor-Controller
Probation

September 18, 2017
General Services