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Homeless shelter, Sugar Loaf trail proposed in Nevada City

Governors of Nevada City have no shortage of matters to address at their sole November meeting today, including a requested use of the Veterans Building to shelter homeless people during inclement weather, the creation of a new trail and how the demolition of buildings is approved.

The Nevada City Veterans Building, located at 415 N. Pine St., has been used since 2010 to shelter people from the cold ­— though the city has previously paid Nevada County staff to operate the building and made use of volunteers.

Last winter, the Salvation Army bused Nevada City’s homeless to a Grass Valley shelter, but that organization reportedly notified the city it would not be able to provide that service this year, according to City Manager David Brennan.

Sierra Roots, a relatively new Nevada City nonprofit that provides a number of services, has requested to use the Veterans Building on operating rules identical to those the city previously used, Brennan said.

Though the city manager outlined a number of considerations that need ironing out, he has recommended that the City Council proceed with allowing Sierra Roots to use the building.

“Without being prepared for a serious cold weather condition, an event to organize a warming shelter facility would be difficult to achieve,” Brennan wrote in a report to the council.

Sierra Roots has fed Nevada City homeless people for the last several months and wants to use the Veterans Building for daily or semi-daily feeding, though that request has yet to formally appear before the Nevada City Council.

Council is also slated to discuss a proposed trail for Sugar Loaf Mountain, a 45-acre high point overlooking Nevada City that the town annexed in 2011.

Elected representatives are also scheduled to host a workshop to update the city’s housing element, which calls for a five-year objective of 85 housing units distributed throughout very low- to moderate-income categories. 

“The city has sufficient land to accommodate the Regional Housing Needs Allocation Plan …” reads the agenda for that workshop. “(T)he city does not anticipate substantive changes to the city’s zoning ordinance or other adjustments.”

The public portion of today’s meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers of Nevada City Hall, located at 312 Broad St.

An agenda for that meeting can be found at http://nevadacityca.gov.

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email crosacker@theunion.com or call 530-477-4236.