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Grass Valley council to review capital projects

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Grass Valley’s city council members will review the city’s financial obligations to retirees, excluding pensions, as well as review public works projects at the governing body’s meeting today.

Perhaps the most prominent among the city’s upcoming capital improvement projects that will be reviewed at the meeting is the Dorsey Interchange, a nearly $25 million project to add on- and off-ramps to Highway 49/20 at Dorsey Drive in the works for three decades.

After the project was boosted by a $14.1 million funding allocation from the California Transportation Commission in August, the council gave the go-ahead for the project to solicit bids with those bids expected to come in this month, according to a report from the public works department.

Capital improvement projects expected to be completed this year include road and sidewalk maintenance, replacement of pipes and water valves throughout the city and the replacement of city vehicles.

Incubating projects include $150,000 worth of pedestrian-access improvements to Memorial and Condon parks; $170,000 worth of pedestrian and bike improvements throughout the city; and updates to the city’s water and sewer systems.

Projects completed in 2012 include nearly $557,000 worth of improvements to provide safe routes for kids to schools; $358,000 of improvements to the Joyce Drive Lift Station; and a total of $367,000 to repair pavement on McKnight Way, Butler, Brighton and Minnie streets.

At the meeting, the city council will also review other post-employment benefits, which is required by law. In Grass Valley’s case, this is only retiree health benefits.

To formulate an actuarial study on this obligation, Grass Valley brought in Bickmore Risk Services. With fewer than 200 total members benefiting from the city’s retiree health bill, the city has an estimated annual contribution of more than $269,000, according to Bickmore Risk.

The agency calculated the unfunded accrued liability of the city’s retiree health obligation at a total of nearly $2.97 million.

Lynn Skrukrud, youth outreach coordinator for Nevada County NEO, will present a video to the council, along with an overview of the results of a survey and future projects and goals that NEO is working toward. This presentation is for information only. No council action is expected.

The presentation from the youth organization will take place at the beginning of meeting, during the time allocated for introductions and presentations.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. today and will take place in the council chambers at Grass Valley City Hall, located at 125 East Main St.

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

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