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Sutter County News for May, 2011
 
Holiday Closure
May 23, 2011
Holiday ClosureOn Monday, May 30th, most County offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.
 
Herblock Cartoons at Museum
May 18, 2011
Herblock Cartoons at Museum The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is hosting a traveling exhibit of cartoons by renowned cartoonist Herb Block, aka Herblock. There are two sections in the exhibit, one titled Presidents, Cartoons on Authority and Accountability and We the People, Herblock on Democracy. This exhibit will remain through June 19.

During his illustrious career, Herblock caricatured 13 U.S. presidents and chronicled American history from the 1929 Stock Market crash through summer 2001. He became the most honored cartoonist of his time, winning three Pulitzer Prizes and sharing a fourth for his Watergate cartoons which contributed to the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon. He was the only living cartoonist whose work was exhibited in the National Gallery of Art, and the only living cartoonist to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Perhaps the most remarkable quality of his cartoons is their timeliness and relevance to the political scene today.

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AMGEN Bicycle Tour Comes to Sutter County
May 16, 2011
The largest bicycle race in America came to Sutter County on Monday, May 16. These pictures were taken at Pleasant Grove Road and Keys Road in south Sutter County about 2 p.m. The race was broadcast on international television.

Amgen Bicycle Tour 2011
 
Tentative Agreement Would Pave Way for New Regional Animal Shelter
May 13, 2011
Tentative Agreement Would Pave Way for New Regional Animal ShelterTentative Agreement Would Pave Way For New Regional Animal Shelter Animal Control will remain a regional responsibility shared by the City of Yuba City, County of Sutter, and the City of Live Oak under a tentative agreement hammered out by each agency's executive officer.

The proposal is a foundation for moving forward on a formal Joint Powers Agreement for the joint operation of animal control services and a new animal shelter.

The tentative agreement will be recommended for approval by each agency's governing body.

If approved, the City of Yuba City will assume operational control of animal control services after the construction of a new animal shelter, most likely on Live Oak Boulevard near the City’s Water Treatment Plant. Sutter County will remain the lead agency for animal control services until the new animal shelter is constructed.

"Sutter County wants to break ground on a new animal shelter before the end of this year," said Sutter County Administrative Officer Stephanie Larsen. "This agreement allows for the continuation and orderly transition of animal services, and provides for the construction of the much needed new shelter as soon as possible."

The Yuba City Council and the Live Oak City Council are scheduled to review the proposal this week, and the Sutter County Board of Supervisors will consider the proposal on Tuesday, May 24.

The proposed agreement represents a reasoned compromise on key points for all parties.

"It is never too late to teach an old dog new tricks," said Yuba City Manager Steve Jepsen. "Working together has brought about a much better solution for near term and long term animal services for our regional community."

"Live Oak has a long history of shared service relationships and believes the partnerships benefit everyone," said Live Oak City Manager Jim Goodwin. "I am encouraged by the progress being made toward preserving the long-standing collaboration between Sutter County, Yuba City and Live Oak for animal control services."

Items of key agreement include:

  • The level of representation of each agency in a Joint Powers Authority established to run Animal Control services. Each agency will have two voting members, but voting will be weighted proportionally based on annual contributions to the operating budget. Sutter County and Live Oak will have veto authority over budget and major policy decisions.
  • Although Yuba City's population is 68.5 percent of the total population of Sutter County, according to the 2010 census, Yuba City will continue to pay the traditional 66% split as acknowledgement of a "discount" for the lesser number of miles traveled to calls for service inside the Yuba City limits. An analysis using one year's data will be used to determine a logical cost allocation for future years.
  • Sutter County will endeavor to reduce overhead costs and worker's compensation charges prior to the transition to Yuba City as lead agency, and a Kennel Assistant position shall be restored using savings from the reduction of overhead charges.
  • Yuba City and Live Oak will remain involved as can reasonably be accommodated in the completion of the design and construction of the new animal control shelter.
  • Yuba City will pay for site plan modifications to accommodate its request that the new animal shelter be built on Live Oak Boulevard rather than on County-owned land off Garden Highway.
  • Yuba City will pay for a third party to facilitate agreement on all other terms and conditions of the Joint Powers Agreement.

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May is National Bike Month!
May 05, 2011
May is National Bike Month!Burn Less Gas and More Calories during the month of May!

We encourage everyone to bike to work, school, during breaks or while running errands. May and is a great time to refocus on your commuting costs, health and sense of community. Log your miles and check out other bike month activities in the Sacramento region at: www.MayIsBikeMonth.com.

For additional information on cycling safety and tips on planning a safe route to work or school visit the following links:

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Defining the Urban-Rural Edge
May 05, 2011
Defining the Urban-Rural Edge Join Sutter County and the City of Yuba City in a discussion on how the community should address the edge between developed Yuba City and the agricultural lands within the County. Give us your thoughts on including a greenbelt around Yuba City, or adding landscaping or bike trails to separate the urban and rural uses. What would this look like and how much separation is necessary? Strategies about how to preserve agricultural land will also be discussed.

May 16, 2011
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Community Building
1425 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City

This is the 1st 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.

 
 
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