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Census preparation beginning in El Dorado County

by Sally J. Taylor

El Dorado County is making preparations for the year 2000 Census.

Officials need temporary workers to begin locating houses on street maps in a process similar to that in Washoe and Douglas Counties on the Nevada side of the South Shore.

“We need 40 people,” said Barry Tyrrell, field operations supervisor for the Bureau of Census office in Placerville.

The mapping process is used in rural areas where many people have post offices boxes or rural route addresses. The proliferation of vacation homes in the Tahoe Basin is expected to add to the difficulty of census mapping.

Census takers, which will begin work in the spring of 2000, need accurate information about where people live.

Census information is used to draw political representative boundaries and determine how funding for roads, schools, hospitals and other community services is divided up

Though the address listers will knock on doors to get names, phone numbers and mailing addresses, they will not be asking census questions.

The positions, though temporary, offer flexible hours. A vehicle is required, however.

Clerks, crew leaders and address listers will be paid from $7.25 to $10.50 per hour plus mileage. Training for crew leaders begins July 6 and for address listers in late July.

Anyone interested in the positions, which will last about six weeks, can apply through Employment Development Departments.

The South Lake Tahoe office is at 3141 Emerald Bay Road in Meyers and can be reached at (530) 573-2333. The number for the Placerville EDD office is (530) 622-8724.

On the Nevada-side, call a Nevada Employment Security Division office in either Carson City at (702) 687-4560, Reno at (702) 688-2300 or Sparks (702) 688-1145.

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