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Rice new 4-H director

By Staff, 08/12/20 10:34 AM

PRESCOTT – Hayley Rice was introduced to the Nevada County Quorum Court as the new 4-H person for Nevada County.

This was done at the August meeting of the Nevada County Quorum Court Tuesday. Rice is originally from Houston, TX, but has grandparents here. She received her bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M and was the 4-H coordinator in Hempstead County before accepting the Nevada County position.

Jamie Hillery, executive director of the Prescott-Nevada County Chamber of Commerce, said plenty of things have been happening, but businesses haven’t been able to hold ribbon cuttings due to COVID-19.  To help get the word out, Hillery has developed a newsletter that will be emailed to local officials.  She said these newsletters can include info from the NCQC as well.

She told the court plans are going forward for Garage Sale Heaven on 67 and Trade Days, along with the annual Fall Festival.

Nevada County Judge Mark Glass reminded the court Nevada County Treasurer Susie Key is resigning and her last day is Sept. 30. Justice of the Peace Bob Cummings pointed out the court failed to declare a vacancy at its July meeting. He asked that vote be voided, a vacancy  declared and Lisa Loe appointed to replace Key. Loe is Key’s deputy and has been with the office more than 15 years. The court agreed.

Glass asked for $45,000 to purchase a used dump truck for the county. He said the truck in question is a 2013 Mack with 200,000 miles. One of the county’s trucks was totaled in a wreck earlier this year and the county received $12,500 for it. The truck Glass found costs $35,000, but will need to have a bed installed. He said a bed has also been found.

JP Pat Grimes asked what would happen to any funds not used for the truck. Glass said they would be put back in the Road and Bridge Department’s budget as this is where they money will be coming from to buy the vehicle. The measure was approved.

Glass gave a brief update on the Nubbin Hill Bridge situation, saying the county is waiting on the state while plans are being drawn up.

The court approved appropriating $3,607.51 from a grant for the Laneburg Volunteer Fire Department so concrete can be poured for the new building. The community received a grant last year to construct a new fire station.

The Nevada County Fair was also briefly discussed at the meeting. Hillery said  the fair is happening and there will be a parade, livestock show and rodeo, but no carnival or other exhibits. Nothing inside buildings will be done where the fair is concerned, including the fair pageants.