Week of 07/01/24

My Recent Activities

This Tuesday was a Yuba Water Agency board of directors  meeting and the agenda, while short, had an extremely significant item: “Consider approval of a non-binding initial financing plan for the South County Infrastructure Project, a collaborative project with the City of Wheatland, Olivehurst Public Utility District, and the County of Yuba.”  This is the most significant infrastructure project in Yuba County since the building of New Bullards Bar Dam and the $400M+ south County levee projects.  This project is incredibly important for the economic future of the County. It’s already been approved by the OPUD Board of Directors and the Wheatland City Council. and it will:

  •  Create a regional wastewater system for Olivehurst, Plumas Lake, and Wheatland. (A future effort to connect OPUD and Linda Water would result in one system for all of urbanized Yuba County).
  • Save existing Wheatland residents the $250M cost of replacing their aging wastewater treatment plan (about $65k per resident).
  • Lay the foundation for future commercial, industrial, and residential growth, resulting in over 40,000 new permanent jobs in south Yuba County in the coming decades.
  • Support Beale AFB and national defense by providing an option for wastewater redundancy and improving the quality of life for airmen and their families through additional housing, amenities, and jobs for military spouses.

Due to the holiday, my schedule was light this week, but there were a few additional meetings on my calendar, including a tour of the new Yuba Water Agency Power System HQ building under construction in Oregon House, A California Caucus Briefing for the annual National Association of Counties Conference, a meeting to discuss OHV access at the Goldfields and Gray’s Beach areas, a regional transportation discussion with Chico Councilmember Winslow, and a Yuba Water Water Education Ad Hoc Committee meeting.

Community-related meetings and events I attended this week included the Plumas Lake 4th of July Parade and the Wheatland 4th of July BBQ.


Looking ahead to this week

This Tuesday is a Yuba County Board of Supervisors  meeting and the agenda has one item that I believe the public will be interested in:

  • Hold public hearing, waive second reading, and adopt Ordinance creating Chapter 8.110 of the Yuba County Ordinance Code relating to Yuba County Feather River Levee Setback Area.  At our meeting on 6/25, the board voted to introduce the ordinance and to establish an ad-hoc committee to explore opportunities for OHV access at the Goldfields and/or the Feather River Setback area. If the board approves the ordinance at our meeting on 7/9, it will take effect 30 days later—Ordinance & Staff Report link.

There is a Wheatland City Council meeting on Tuesday at 6 pm and you can find the agenda here.

I’ll be at Beale AFB all day on Monday with fellow SACOG board members for a tour to increase awareness about the importance of the base for our national security and regional economy.  There are multiple housing, transportation, and economic development projects on the table in south Yuba County that will support Beale’s mission and we want to ensure SACOG representatives (as the regional land use and transportation planning agency) are aware of their importance to the base, our region, and our nation.

Additional meetings on my calendar this week include a meeting to provide feedback on the work of Valley Vision, a tour of the Goldfields with 530 Recovery and Supervisor Messick, a Northern California Water Association (NCWA) Board Meeting, and a Yuba Water Agency agenda review meeting.  On Thursday, I’ll be heading to Tampa to represent Yuba County at the  National Association of Counties (NACo) annual meeting.

Community-related meetings and events I plan to be at this week include a Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting for City Cafe on Plumas St in Yuba City.


Announcements & Events

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week: Bingo and Lunch at the Wheatland 4th of July Community BBQ, Tour of the new Yuba Water Agency Power Systems HQ with Director Bishop, Plumas Lake 4th of July Parade, and the Monday Morning Plumas Lake Walking Moai.

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