Grass Valley City Council to move forward with Wolf Creek trail project
More than a dozen people spoke in favor of the proposed Wolf Creek Trail during Tuesday night’s meeting of the Grass Valley City Council.
Public Works Director Tim Kiser introduced the item. He also gave background to the council regarding the homeless encampments that were cleaned up and the left over access road that is being considered as a trail.
“It was intended to be a temporary road,” Kiser said. “It wasn’t meant to be anything other than that.”
Community members, however, recognized the potential of the access road right away.
“It’s close to the creek, it’s steep, but it’s gorgeous,” Jonathan Keehn of the Wolf Creek Community Alliance said during a public comment period on the item. “When we were doing the clean up that day, it became obvious that the trail could be extended up the creek. Closer to the creek would be preferred. One of the police officers said when he was there that it was a spot that he would like to bring his family. In fact he did bring his family, for the cleanup day,” Keehn recalled.
Everyone who spoke did so in favor of the project, though Grass Valley resident Shelly Crawford wondered if it would make it easier for transients to re-occupy the Wolf Creek area.
“It’s really great, there is a lot of support for this,” local resident Ray Briones added. “To answer Shelly’s question, trails keep the homeless community away.”
Others spoke of the amount of biodiversity along the Wolf Creek area and suggested that there would be the opportunity to take school children down there, and how important trails are for the community.
“I’m seeing such strong opposition,” Mayor Jason Fouyer jokingly said following the public comments.
“If we don’t take advantage of the opportunity now, we never will,” Vice Mayor Howard Levine added.
“I’d like to see it done right, and built well,” councilmember Ben Aguilar said before direction was given to the council to move forward with the project.
“This will be very exciting and a fun project; we will be looking forward to coming back to council with this,” Kiser told the council.
In other council items
A proclamation was given by Fouyer declaring October 2016 as domestic violence awareness month.
The city approved ammendments to the city’s parks and recreation areas.
East Main and Murphy Street Intersection improvements project was passed on a 4-0 vote.
The council moved forward with annexing and prezoning of 56 acres in the Southern Sphere of Influence Planning and Annexation project area originally approved in 2014.
To contact Staff Writer Elias Funez, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4230
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