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Work set to begin on trail

Construction of a new trail connecting Memorial Park to the Glenbrook Basin is slated to begin today.

Nevada County Land Trust Director Dan Macon and Land Trust Trails Coordinator Bill Haire discussed the new trail with the Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning.

The proposed trail, totaling six miles, will be accomplished in segments. Brush-clearing near Loma Rica Drive is slated to begin today with work done by Haire and a handful of volunteers. About a mile of the trail has been built so far and another portion is inside the Empire Mine State Park, Haire said.

Negotiations with private property owners near the trail are still underway, Haire said. The 1 1/2- mile leg of the trail that workers will start clearing today caps off three years of negotiations, he added.

“Some of the links are still missing,” Haire said of the proposed trail, which he said will hopefully be completed in a year or two.

District 5 Supervisor Ted Owens noted at the meeting the “perseverance and patience” of the Land Trust in its negotiations.

The trail could reduce traffic by creating a pathway for nonmotorized transportation, which would also provide a safer route for existing cyclists and increase exercise opportunities, Haire said.

“Are we holding you up with not having a master trails plan?” District 3 Supervisor John Spencer asked at the meeting.

District 1 Supervisor Nate Beason said he has encouraged the county’s planning department to pay attention to the Land Trust’s trail plan.

A master trail plan from the county would help with building trails by charting development projects to accommodate the trails, Haire said after the meeting.

In other business:

• The Board of Supervisors acknowledged Barbara House’s appeal of the decision to shut down a kennel on Cedar Song Road in Nevada City. Beason said at the meeting that more dogs were present at the site than the permit allowed; more than 30 canines as opposed to six.

• Spencer was named the Board’s appointment to an Ad Hoc Committee on the Dorsey Drive Interchange. His district, the third, encompasses the proposed project.

• County Clerk-Recorder Kathleen Smith pledged that the county would be compliant with the Help America Vote Act by the Nov. 7 election, Beason announced Tuesday.

“(There’s) no reason to doubt that would be the case,” Beason said, adding that time was growing short until the election. Nevada County was one of the few counties in California that was not in compliance for the June 6 election.

• The Board accepted $41,900 for western Nevada County and $30,000 for eastern Nevada County to fight the West Nile Virus and control mosquitoes. Funds for the programs came from the California Department of Health Services, and the resolutions accepting the funds also applied for additional grants from the department.

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