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Mountain Men Program at Museum
June 29, 2011
The Community Memorial Museum will welcome the Sierra Muzzleloaders Mountain Men for a children’s program on Thursday, July 14 at 10:00 a.m. The rugged re-enactors will set up camp in Howard Harter Park behind the Museum. With authentic costumes and equipment, they will demonstrate the daily life of the intrepid men who helped to open up the West. Their livelihood depended on hunting and trapping in the wilderness, when simply surviving was a daily challenge. The public is welcome at this free event to learn about this exciting chapter in American history. The Museum will provide refreshments afterward.

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Open hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141.

Holiday Closure
June 28, 2011
On Monday, July 4th, most county offices will be closed in observance of Independence Day
Public Will Have Say in Sutter County Redistricting
June 20, 2011
Sutter County residents interested in the future boundaries of supervisorial districts will have an opportunity Thursday, June 23 to learn about the process and express their concerns before redistricting is completed.

In Sutter County, as in most California counties, supervisors are elected by district. There are five supervisorial districts that are required, by law, to be roughly the same size in population.

Following the 2010 Census, Sutter County is embarking on a process to update the districts, in advance of the 2012 elections. Where the boundaries of the various districts are established has an impact on who is eligible to run for what district, and who can vote for which supervisorial candidate.

During Thursday's Town Hall meeting at the Sutter County Veteran's Hall, which begins at 7 p.m., County Clerk-Recorder Donna Johnston will explain the concept of "community of interest," and why this concept is important to developing supervisorial districts.

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‘By The People’ Event Brings All Levels of Government to the People
June 15, 2011
A town hall meeting featuring elected representatives from local, state and federal governments will provide Yuba City and Sutter County residents with an opportunity to experience participatory democracy.

"By The People" is an event, co-hosted by Sutter County and Yuba City, designed to provide a 'one-stop' opportunity for residents to have direct access to policy makers at every level of government. Residents are encouraged to attend and participate by making comments and asking questions about policies and programs of interest.

The event, scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 27, in the gym at St. Isidore's Catholic Church in Yuba City, will include Live Oak Mayor Gary Baland, Yuba City Mayor John Dukes, Sutter County Board of Supervisors Chairman James Gallagher, Second District California State Assemblyman Jim Nielsen, Fourth District California State Senator Doug LaMalfa, and Second District U.S. Congressman Wally Herger.

"Broad participation in the political process makes for a healthy democracy," said Supervisor Gallagher.

"This event will give residents an opportunity to express an opinion, provide an idea, or learn the answer to a question they have about how government functions," noted Mayor Dukes.

Joan B. Bechtel Memorial Highway Segment Ceremony Set for Thursday, June 16
June 13, 2011
Caltrans crews will unveil two signs Thursday naming a stretch of Highway 99 after former Sutter County Supervisor Joan B. Bechtel.

The public is invited to attend a special ceremony hosted by Sutter County at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the Sutter County Veterans Hall at 1425 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City.

Joan Bechtel was a County Supervisor from 1993 to 2002. During her tenure, she was a tireless advocate for the widening of Highway 99 from Sacramento to Yuba City to four lanes, and was instrumental in a decision by the County to dedicate its share of regional transportation funds into the Highway 99 corridor for the past decade.

In July of 2008, just weeks after she passed away, and at the request of the Board of Supervisors, then Assemblyman Doug LaMalfa introduced a resolution renaming the Tudor Bypass segment of the Highway 99 widening project the Joan B. Bechtel Memorial Highway.

“As a direct result of her efforts,” the resolution stated, “there has been a precipitous drop in accident rates and fatalities on State Highway Route 99.”

On Thursday, Caltrans crews placed signs on Highway 99 between Highway 113 and Wilson Road. The signs are covered with a tarp until the morning of the ceremony at the Veterans Center.

In accordance with state law regarding memorial highway signs, Friends and family of the former Supervisor and County Clerk paid all costs of making and placing the signs.

Following the ceremony, which will include speakers and a short video, the public is encouraged to conduct a “drive-by” of the new section of highway and the new signs.

Proposed Budget Cuts
June 03, 2011
Sutter County Proposed Budget Cuts General Fund $9.2 Million, Includes 16 Layoffs

Sutter County continues to adapt to the changed American economy. On Friday, County Administrative Officer Stephanie J. Larsen recommended bridging a $12.5 million General Fund gap in the coming fiscal year by eliminating or freezing 83 positions.

The Fiscal year 2011-12 Recommended Budget would result in layoff notices for 16 employees and three employees would see their pay cut from full-time to half-time. In addition, 13.5 vacant positions will be eliminated altogether and 53.5 vacant positions will remain unfilled, in the proposed budget scenario.

The Recommended Budget for FY 2011-12 totals $230.9 million. The General Fund comprises $62.0 million of this amount. These numbers were $250.4 million and $71.2 million, respectively, in FY 2010-11, and therefore represent decreases of $19.5 million, or 7.8% for the total budget and $9.2 million, or 12.9%, for the General Fund. A drawdown of $3.3 million from reserves is required in order to balance the General Fund budget.

"This is the first time since 1992-93 that this office has recommended a significant number of layoffs to achieve a balanced budget," said Ms. Larsen. "Because of the conservative fiscal policies of the Board of Supervisors, Sutter County developed a healthy reserve fund that has helped it through the first three years of the Recession. But our reserve fund is shrinking and we must make fundamental changes to address the structural deficit.

"Counties all over the state are adapting to the long-term economic downturn," Ms. Larsen continued. "Significant pay and benefit concessions made by employees in bargaining, and the difficult but necessary downsizing by departments have significantly reduced the County's structural deficit."

In February, Ms. Larsen informed the Board of Supervisors that the General Fund deficit was expected to be about $14.3 million, but projections for property tax receipts and carryover funds from the current fiscal year are now slightly higher than originally estimated.

The General Fund deficit is driven by a reduction in property tax and sales tax revenues, and increasing costs in pension contributions and health insurance.

The $9.2 million decrease in the General Fund is not as steep as the $14.3 million originally envisioned in February because the estimated fund balance forward is looking more favorable ($4.6 million vs. an estimated $1.5 million in February) and the secured property tax roll will be declining by less than originally anticipated (a 3% decline rather than 5%). This means that budget reductions in the Recommended Budget are not as drastic as originally feared.

Nevertheless, because 51% of the General Fund consists of salary and benefits costs, it is not possible to achieve a $9.2 million decrease in the budget without affecting staffing.

The layoff picture would have been worse had it not been for concessions from County employees. All employees gave up 3 percent pay increases they had previously negotiated. In addition, each bargaining unit agreed to significant changes to the pension system, picking up a share of the cost for their own pensions, and agreeing to a two-tier pension system that will see reduced benefits—and lower costs to the County--for new hires.

Depending on what steps are taken to resolve an impasse over how to balance the State of California budget, which has a $10.8 billion deficit, the budget picture for Sutter County could turn gloomier. For instance, a temporary increase in Vehicle License Fees and sales taxes will expire June 30. Unless that funding is somehow replaced by the state, there will be a $1 million shortfall in funds intended to help finance the cost of the law and justice system.

More than 35 County employees took advantage of an early retirement incentive program approved by the Board of Supervisors in May. The savings from that program have not yet been included in the Recommended Budget, but Ms. Larsen anticipates that the impacts will reduce the number of county employees forced to take layoffs. She will provide a revised budget recommendation which includes savings from the early retirement program before the start of budget hearings later this month.

The Board of Supervisors will begin budget hearings on June 21 at the Sutter County Veterans' Hall. The Board will consider the CAO's Recommended Budget and receive testimony from the public before adopting a Final Budget.

Clinic Schedule Change
June 03, 2011
Due to the change in management of the Sutter County Outpatient Clinic to Peach Tree Clinic effective June 6, 2011, the following schedule for walk-in immunizations and TB skin tests given by Sutter County Public Health will also be effective as of that date.

As of June 6, 2011 Sutter County Public Health Walk-In Immunization & TB Skin Test Hours will be:

  • Mondays 1-4 p.m.
  • Wednesdays 1-4 p.m.
  • Fridays 8-11 a.m.
** Please see the clerk in the atrium who will be sitting near Room # 1 to sign in during these hours.

Important Information

  • Peach Tree Clinic patients need to make appointments with Peach Tree Clinic for their immunizations.
  • Children who have Healthy Families coverage will not be able to receive vaccine at the Sutter County Public Health Immunization Clinic. The California Department of Public Health now requires that Public Health vaccine must be strictly limited to children who do not have any coverage for their vaccinations.
  • Children who have other medical insurance may be vaccinated one time if needed, but will then be referred back to their medical home provider for further vaccinations.
  • Adults needing vaccine not covered by their insurance may be able to obtain certain purchased vaccines at the Public Health Clinic. Clerical staff can advise you of the cost for these vaccines, which is based on the cost of the vaccine and the administration fee.
Caltrans Traffic Alert
June 01, 2011
"In Water" work begins on project to strengthen Hwy. 20's 10th Street Bridge over the Feather River

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced that "in water" work to strengthen State Highway 20's 10th Street Bridge over the Feather River will begin Wednesday, June 1.

Currently, this bridge is experiencing an emergency scour condition at two piers. During an inspection in March, Caltrans bridge engineers discovered that high water flows have caused 19 feet of erosion to the footings of one the 23 piers that support the 64-year-old structure that links Marysville and Yuba City. Because of the shifting meander of the Feather River, another pier adjacent to the river is also considered "at risk" in a high-water event. Engineers have also ordered additional scour protection at three nearby piers.

An emergency contract has been issued to repair the bridge, strengthen these footings and install additional erosion protection. A time and material contract has been issued to Stewart Engineering Inc. of Redding, CA to make these repairs. Final plans and estimates for this work have not yet been completed but costs may exceed $10 million.

Major items of work include:

  • Construction of a temporary trestle to provide access to the piers
  • A temporary coffer dam will be constructed to shield the work site from the river
  • Additional piles will be driven and a new seal coarse will be placed to stabilize the mid-river pier.
  • Rock Rip Rap will be placed for additional pile cap protection at three nearby piers
Since most work takes place under the bridge, impacts to the traveling public will be minimal. All work is scheduled to be completed by December.

Caltrans engineers, utilizing automatic sensors, continue to monitor the bridge's piers for any horizontal or vertical movement. The devices are checked automatically every ten minutes. In the unlikely event that substantial movement is detected, engineers will be dispatched immediately to inspect the structure and the bridge could be subject to immediate closure.

For more information on the project, including an artist's depiction of what lies beneath the water and plans for a temporary trestle and coffer dam, visit http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist3/10thSt.Bridge/

Roadside message boards will be used to post the latest information. Unexpected weather may prolong or cause the work to be rescheduled. Caltrans urges motorists to use caution in this area and to "Slow for the Cone Zone".

Defining the Urban-Rural Edge
June 01, 2011
Attend a Public Workshop in Yuba City on June 20th!

Join Sutter County and Yuba City in a discussion on how to address the edge between the City's urban development and the County's agricultural and rural land. How would you separate these uses along Pease Road, Township Road, the Canal, and Bogue Road? With vegetation and landscaping? With larger rear, side, or front yard setbacks? Through the addition of bike and walking trails? Or perhaps with linear parks and open space areas? Provide your input at the workshop!

When:
June 20, 2011
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Where:
Sutter County Public Health Auditorium
1445 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City

This is the 2nd of 3 workshops to be held this summer hosted by Yuba City, in partnership with Sutter County and the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG). For more information on this or future workshops, please call Aaron Busch with the City of Yuba City, Community Development Department at (530) 822-4700.