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Toxic mines on agenda for Nevada City Council

Three pertinent topics are scheduled for discussion at tonight’s meeting of the Nevada City Council, including the cleanup of toxic materials from old mines, evaluating the city’s priorities and designating who represents the town on various committees.

Cleanup for toxic mine sites

After an initial $200,000 Environmental Protection Agency grant, that agency has awarded Nevada City $600,000 to clean up abandoned mines since 2006.

In this process, the city partnered with the nonprofit Sierra Streams Institute to examine toxicity at Stiles Mill, Providence Mine and Pioneer Park. While the latter turned out to be ineligible, Nevada City Manager David Brennan said that tonight’s discussion will be aimed at approving the process of cleaning up those two other sites.

Strategic plans

A city’s strategic plan is basically its priorities and objectives, Brennan said. The council will evaluate its efforts, which include keeping the Nevada County Courthouse in downtown Nevada City, sustaining the city’s finances, stimulating economic development, fostering quality employees and beautifying and bettering the community.

While today’s discussion is an update on already-outlined priorities, the council is scheduled to update its strategic plan in September, Brennan said.

“What we hope is that people talk to council throughout the year and council brings priorities (to the city) based on their conversations with the community,” Brennan said. “Over the course of the year, you try to keep those priorities in focus and make progress in completing them.”

Designating committee members

On top of their duties on the Nevada City Council, members are also assigned to duties on various boards and agencies throughout the county.

For instance, Councilman Robert Bergman is on the Nevada County Local Agency Formation Commission, which determines the boundaries and spheres of influence of cities and most special districts, and Mayor Sally Harris sits on the county transportation and transit commissions, which oversee road projects.

The council’s two newest members, Mayor Pro Tem Terri Andersen and Jennifer Ray, are currently only slated as alternates on a few committees.

“It’s not like they just go to council meetings. They interact in various county committees and council sub-committees,” Brennan said.

“There is a lot more to being on the council than showing up twice a month.”

Brennan said that often council members act as advocates for the towns on their various committees, making their presence important to the town’s residents.

The public portion of today’s meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, located at 317 Broad St. The agenda and staff reports for tonight’s meeting can be found at http://

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

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