Additional funds Ok’d for Richardson project |

Additional funds Ok’d for Richardson project

Becky Trout

Downtown Grass Valley’s overdue and overbudget Richardson Street extension will be completed by Sept. 2, Director of Public Works Rudi Golnik told the City Council Tuesday.

But the project requires another $50,000 to extend the storm drain to Wolf Creek, Golnik said.

The council grudgingly approved the request after grilling Golnik about the project.

Vice Mayor Dee Mautino said she was “very unhappy” the discovery of polluted soil had delayed the project. She said such contamination should have been expected.

“Everyone knew there were four service stations there,” Mautino said. She said the presence of hydrocarbon contamination should have been included in the original schedule.

“There is valid concern,” Golnik said. “We have encountered a number of unforeseen conditions.”

Golnik previously came before the council in February, requesting $75,000 for utility relocations and contaminated soil cleanup. Originally budgeted at $900,000, the project’s cost now exceeds $1 million.

In other business, the council expressed its unanimous opposition Tuesday to a state bill that proposes shifting some local land-use decisions to the state level.

The bill, SB 744, would allow housing developers to appeal local denials and limited approvals of projects to the California Department of Housing and Community Development.

City Administrator Gene Haroldsen said the bill would increase the leverage of developers over local communities.

Haroldsen called the bill “unwarranted.”

The bill, which has been approved by the Senate and is currently in the Assembly, has a good chance of approval, Haroldsen said.

For more information on SB 744, visit on the Web.

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