Hemp Meeting, Dollar General Workshop/DEIR, Small Business Grants, Vaccine Info, Board Workshops, Livestock Grazing Info, CalFire Message, Free Food, Mosquito Firewise Designation

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Hemp Ad Hoc Zoom Mtg 1/13/2021
HEMP crop

El Dorado County To Hold Public Hemp Ad Hoc Committee Meeting January 13th at 3pm.
The meeting will cover items such as zoning, parcel size, setbacks, and crop size limits. The committee will also develop recommendations on a new ordinance addressing industrial hemp cultivation, industrial hemp plant breeders, industrial hemp nurseries and processing/manufacturing.

To join by Zoom, please see the following information:
Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/92404503269?pwd=RnRLdGtYUkovWWNOcTA0akg3QnY2dz09

To call in dial: 1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 924 0450 3269
Passcode: 635850

If you are joining the meeting via Zoom and wish to make a comment on an item, press the "raise a hand" button.
If you are joining the meeting by phone, press *9 to indicate a desire to make a comment. The clerk will call you by the last three digits of your phone number when it is your turn to speak. Be prepared to press *6 to unmute yourself. Comments can also be sent to eldcag@edcgov.us prior to the meeting.

Full Press Release here:

Hemp webpage here: https://www.edcgov.us/Government/ag/Pages/Industrial-HEMP.aspx


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Cool Dollar General DEIR Notice of Availability
Notice of Public Workshop

Simplified CEQA Flow Chart_TRP

Note: This diagram depicts a summary of many key steps in the CEQA process only and is not a full representation of all required process steps. Please refer to the current CEQA Statute and Guidelines for details. Source: http://resources.ca.gov/ceqa/docs/2019_CEQA_Statutes_and_Guidelines.pdf

Notice of Availability of the 45-day Public Review of the Cool General Retail Project (DR19-0006) Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) has been posted.

Public Review Timeline: The 45-day public review period for the Draft EIR begins January 7, 2021 and ends February 22, 2021. The County must receive all written comments within this time period.

Virtual Public Workshop: The Draft EIR is scheduled for a public workshop before the Planning Commission on January 28, 2021. The purpose of this workshop is to present information on the Draft EIR and receive public input; no action will be taken.

Planning Commission Agenda and Meeting Details will be available online no less than 72 hours prior to the meeting at: https://eldorado.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx

Notice is available here:  Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) and Notice of Public Workshop

The Draft EIR is also available online at:

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COVID Relief

The California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program (the “Program”) provides micro grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to eligible small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19 and the related health and safety restrictions.

On November 30, 2020, Governor Newsom and the State Legislature announced the allocation of $500 million to the Program to be administered by the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development.

Lendistry has been designated by the state to act as the intermediary for the Program to disburse the grant funds.

More information and application here: https://careliefgrant.com/

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COVID-19 EDC Vaccine Information

Vaccination chart

El Dorado County now has a vaccination information page.

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Good Governance-Budget Workshop

Good Governance Workshop, Monday, 1/11/2021 9am
The Board of Supervisors will participate in a discussion relative to Good Governance facilitated by Babs Kavanaugh (BK Consult), and provide direction to staff to make any changes or additions to the County's Good Governance Handbook. https://www.edcgov.us/Government/BOS/Documents/Final%20Good%20Governance%20Handbook%2010-21-2020.pdf
To listen to the meeting by phone, the public should call into 530-621-7603 or 530-621-7610. The Meeting ID is 978 2287 0020.
To observe the live stream of the Board of Supervisors meeting go to https://zoom.us/j/97822870020.

Budget Workshop, Tuesday, 1/12/2021 9am
The Board will receive a presentation on the budget process and structure, and provide direction to staff if needed. Exhibit A to the Budget Presentation will be posted to Legistar Item 21-0046 by 5 :00 PM on Friday, January 8, 2021.
To listen to the meeting by phone, the public should call into 530-621-7603 or 530-621-7610. The Meeting ID is 916 7980 5709.
To observe the live stream of the Board of Supervisors meeting go to https://zoom.us/j/91679805709.

Full participation details, the Agenda and Meeting Details for both meetings are available here: https://eldorado.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx

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Livestock Grazing

Local ranchers are collaborating with the El Dorado County Agriculture Department, NRCS and UCCE to provide education about the benefits of grazing livestock to reduce vegetation that can become fuel for wildfires. Livestock grazing has a long history in our county, and we would like to bring grazing back to the forefront as a tool to reduce fuel loads in our rural areas. Recent studies show that properly managed livestock grazing is an environmentally sound way to manage lands and maintain defensible space from wildfires. Federal, state, and local organizations are recognizing these benefits and promoting livestock grazing in rural areas.

Here are some things to consider when deciding to graze livestock on your property:
● Is there a water source available? Pond, creek, or piped water source.
● Are there grasses on a portion of the land?
● Is the land fenced or are you willing to fence it?
● Do you have several acres to maintain? Sometimes coordinating with neighbors works out for a rancher to rotate the livestock.

If you think that livestock grazing might work for your property and to be connected with a local rancher, call the El Dorado County Agriculture Department’s information phone line: 530-621-7498
For more information: https://www.edcgov.us/Government/ag/Pages/Livestock-Grazing.aspx

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Reminder from the CAL FIRE Unit Chief
Cal Fire News Release

“After a historic fire season, I would like to encourage people to take advantage of the cooler and wetter conditions and work on improving their defensible space and removing unwanted vegetation from their properties.” Said, Unit Chief Mike Blankenheim.

Residents are urged to continue to take precautions outdoors to prevent sparking a wildfire. A leading cause of wildfires this time of year is from escaped landscape debris burning. Before you burn, ensure it is a permissive burn day by contacting the local air quality district (El Dorado (530) 621-5897) and make sure that you have all required burn permits during burning, make sure piles of landscape debris are no larger than 4 feet in diameter, provide 10 foot of clearance down to bare mineral soil around the burn pile and ensure that a responsible adult remains present at all times with a water source and a shovel.

The full press release is available here: https://www.facebook.com/CALFIREAEU/photos/a.130780527561788/731281737511661/

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Free Farmers Markets

EDC FFM Flyer 2021

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Mosquito Firewise Designation

Mosquito Firewise Cert 

 Congratulations Mosquito Fire Safe Council on your Firewise designation for this year. The Mosquito Fire Safe Council joins a growing group of communities who have worked to gain and maintain Firewise recognition, including the Auburn Lake Trails Fire Safe Council and the Volcanoville Fire Safe Council. If your community is interested in becoming a Firewise Community, information is available here: https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Wildfire/Firewise-USA/Become-a-Firewise-USA-site 

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Additional Meeting Participation Information 

ADDITIONAL PUBLIC PARTICIPATION INSTRUCTIONS: Please read full agenda for all instructions. To comply with physical distancing requirements and the stay at home order from the Governor, the Board Chambers will be closed to members of the public and all public participation will be handled remotely.
If you are joining the meeting via zoom and wish to make a comment on an item, press the "raise a hand" button. If you are joining the meeting by phone, press *9 to indicate a desire to make a comment. Speakers will be limited to 3 minutes.

To view Board of Supervisors meetings via Facebook Live, go to
https://www.facebook.com/ElDoradoCountyNews. Please note the Board will not be using this function and therefore will not see any comments posted during the livestream. By participating in this meeting, you acknowledge that you are being recorded. If you choose not to observe the Board of Supervisors meeting but wish to make a comment on a specific agenda item, please submit your comment via email by 4:00 p.m. on the Monday prior to the Board meeting. Please submit your comment to the Clerk of the Board at edc.cob@edcgov.us. Your comment will be placed into the record and forwarded to the Board of Supervisors.
The Clerk of the Board is here to assist you, please call 530-621-5390 if you need any assistance with the above directions

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