Nevada County Supervisor Terry Lamphier is looking for more information on federal grants that require local contracts to go to out of area Contractors. He specifically wanted to know about contracts recently awarded to do upgrades at the Nevada County Airport. The contract was given to Knife River with corporate offices in North Dakota. Knife River has in state offices in Chico. Nevada County Purchasing agent, Mary Ross told supervisor Lamphier she has spoken with a company representative and got assurance that workers would not be brought in from out of state.
“He couldn’t say with certainty whether they have employees that live in Nevada County. He thought they might. He said they might be buying their fuel locally and eating in local restaurants and their trucking contractors may broker local independent truckers. That happens from time to time on the job.”
Supervisor Hank Weston added that Knife River is currently doing a project in Penn Valley for CalTrans and at lunchtime they go into Penn Valley at the local establishments.
“From that standpoint, they are spending money in the county and I guess unless you pull the whole crew and ask them where they live, I don’t know if you’d know exactly where they came from, but there’s a lot of them out there, so hopefully they will eat their way through the county.”
Supervisors stressed that whenever the county does business with large out of area contractors it’s important to have a conversation with them on hiring local workers.