NEVADA CITY, Calif. - The Nevada County Board of Supervisors will take on a slightly different look in 2013.
Truckee's Richard Anderson, District 5 representative, replaces Ted Owens as the eastern county representative after Anderson was sworn in by Nevada County Superior Court Judge Tom Anderson during a Monday morning ceremony.
Anderson was joined by Ed Scofield, who will serve his second consecutive term as District 2's supervisor, and Nate Beason, who will serve his third consecutive term on the board as the District 1 representative.
Anderson, former mayor of Truckee, said he is looking forward to the tutelage of both Scofield and Beason and is eager to begin.
Attracting greater business activity to Donner Summit and the possible expansion of the Truckee Library are two salient District 5 issues he believes need tackling in the coming year.
Scofield, Beason and Anderson join Hank Weston and Terry Lamphier on the five-person board for the coming year.
"A lot of people have questioned my sanity," Beason joked, adding that he ran again because he believed his experience was valuable to the board as it continues to face fiscal constraints in economically challenging times.
Scofield said the chief issue still facing the county is the medical marijuana ordinance, which is facing legal challenge and consistent political pressure.
"It's an ongoing situation, and we will see how it comes out," Scofield said.
The decision to approve or deny the Rincon Del Rio project - a 345-unit mixed-use senior living area on 210 acres that includes restaurants, gardens and offices for medical personnel - will also be a major issue that comes up in 2013, Scofield said. Both Scofield and Beason praised the more than 750 employees who comprise the Nevada County staff, saying they make the job of supervisor that much easier.
"The fact that this is such a well managed county makes people like (Nate Beason and me) want to run for additional terms," Scofield said.
The board establishes policy for the public agency that boasted a $180 million budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year and meets twice-monthly the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Eric Rood Administrative Center, with occasional meetings in Truckee.