A historic hydraulic mining canon will be moved to a less prominent location along a Nevada City trail, elected officials there decreed Wednesday.
The Nevada City Council’s decision to move a water monitor off a small hill overlooking Hirschman’s Pond to a location almost directly behind it, along Hirschman Trail, overrode a recommendation from parks and recreation supervisor Dawn Zydonis, who advised leaving the canon where it is based on a 2-1 vote of the recreation committee.
The monitor is poised to be moved to a location described as “almost directly behind the current location” and still in a “historically relevant location, still near the pond without being given such a prominent place,” Zydonis reported.
In 2010, the city’s recreation committee prepared a master plan for the pond property, which emphasized noninvasive outdoor activities, such as fishing, bird watching and hiking. However, in May 2012, the same year the monitor was installed, the Greater Cement Hill Neighborhood Association formally raised concerns about public use of the newly opened pond was having a negative impact on wildlife.
The Native Sons of the Golden West donated and installed the monitor in 2012, said James Pasciuti, president of the organization’s Hydraulic Parlor, who indicated his organization would relocate the monitor.
Pasciuti expressed disappointment in the decision to move the monitor based mostly on sentimentality as its installation was one of the last projects of one of his organization’s more prominent members: Mike Nevius, who passed away a few months afterward, he said.
Nevius was instrumental in placing mining artifacts all over Nevada County, including the Nevada City Miner’s Foundry and the Nevada County Rood Center, said Gary Miller, another Native Son.
“I am a little disappointed. It seems like someone told him it was ok to put there,” Pasciuti told The Union. “It was part of history, whether you are good or bad or indifferent. I can certainly understand concerns with safety and (privacy). I just hink tucking it back in the woods — yes, it will be there, but not really.”
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