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Grass Valley City Council to talk Dorsey Interchange, NCTV, county courthouse

Members of Nevada City’s courthouse retention committee are scheduled to seek the Grass Valley City Council’s support at its meeting today. Council members will also get a request for funding from the area’s recovering public broadcast station and get an update on construction along Highway 49/20 at Dorsey Drive.

Ever since the statewide Judicial Council voted in October 2012 to put Nevada County’s $108 million courthouse renovation/replacement project on indefinite delay, Nevada City has pushed for its reinstatement.

Nevada City fears that a change of plans could involve a move of the courthouse away from its current location overlooking the downtown historic district, arguing that its loss would destroy the local economy.

In March, Nevada City allocated $30,000 toward a proposed $94,000 feasibility study to kick-start the long-sought-after courthouse facility upgrade, reasoning that the study’s completion would make the project more attractive for state funding when it becomes available.

While the agenda for today’s meeting only asks for a letter of support and makes no mention of any Grass Valley contribution toward the effort, Nevada City has long said it cannot fund the feasibility study on its own.

The Nevada County Digital Media Center, the county’s public access programming station, is more directly looking to amend the Memorandum of Understanding among Grass Valley, Nevada City and Nevada County regarding support and funding of the station.

The station has been in transition since its board of directors voted in late August to dissolve the cash-strapped facility. Instead, a group of supporters has pushed to reinvigorate the station by restructuring its operating model and raising funds.

Also on today’s agenda is an update of the Dorsey Interchange project to add on- and off-ramps to Highway 20/49 at Dorsey Drive. That project is nearing its winter seasonal cessation until the spring, and its project coordinator, Greg Zeiss, recently told The Union work is on schedule and on budget.

The public portion of today’s meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at Grass Valley City Hall, located at 125 E. Main St.

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

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