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April 6, 2013
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Dorsey Interchange groundbreaking likely topic at Grass Valley council

In what will be the formal first step of Grass Valley’s upcoming signature project, a ceremonious groundbreaking has been scheduled for the Dorsey Drive Interchange Project at 6 p.m., April 29, between Joerschke Drive and Spree Avenue.

In addition to constructing the new Highway 49 entrances and exits at Dorsey Drive, the estimated $25 million project consists of widening for an additional lane on Dorsey Drive from Catherine Lane to Pampas Drive, realignment of Joerschke Drive and improvements on Dorsey from East Main Street to Pampas Drive to include bicycle lanes, sidewalks and accessible bus stops.

The project will also likely be touched on at Tuesday’s Grass Valley City Council meeting during a scheduled review of the Nevada County Transportation Commission’s upcoming projects.

Several other items on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting are administrative in nature, such as reviewing an agreement with Nevada Irrigation District for water supply and setting the date for a joint meeting the planning commission to discuss zoning and annexation of more than 400 acres of land on either side of Highway 49 along on the southern border of the city’s limits.

Perhaps the heftiest of the matters before the council Tuesday will be its mid-year budget review.

Council is also slated to consider a $210,000 loan from the City’s Program Income Business Revolving Loan Account to Sergio and Elena Martignago, owners of Sergio’s Cafe.

Currently located at 154 Mill St., the owners seek the loan to relocate and expand their restaurant business to 109 Mill St., formerly Karma Coffee, according to a report to the council prepared by Jeri Amendola, the economic development coordinator.

Consideration of the loan will be an uncommon proceeding as only two council members do not have a potential conflict of interest because of their business ties to the downtown area, Amendola’s report notes. In the event of multiple conflicts of business, the three members who would otherwise have to abstain from voting draw straws to determine who weighs in to achieve a quorum.

Council is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Grass Valley City Hall, located at 125 East Main St. An agenda can be found be by clicking HERE.

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email or call (530) 477-4236.

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