An oldtime bathroom raising |

An oldtime bathroom raising

In the course of one sizzling day, volunteers installed the walls and roof for two large public bathrooms in Robinson Plaza in downtown Nevada City.

The handicapped accessible bathrooms will be completely outfitted and ready to use in a few weeks. Once completed, the project represents another step in the creation of the emerging town plaza along Union Street.

Saturday’s workers included volunteers from the Downtown Business Association, Chamber of Commerce members, a City Council candidate and former city manager Mark Miller.

City Council members even got into the act when they took a break from a budget session to help install a dividing wall and carry around sections of the new bathroom. Contractor Gary Tintle donated the use of a tractor that he manned and was used to move the largest pieces into place, which caused some minor traffic disruptions on Union Street.

Other volunteers busied themselves cleaning long-neglected planters that are found throughout the square.

Conley Weaver was among those watching the work on Saturday as the temperature climbed into the low 90s. Weaver, who designed the plaza when he was mayor, said a dedication ceremony is scheduled for next week at the new town square.

So far, the project has turned a small parking lot in front of the Chamber of Commerce building into a paved square that is wired for sound with the two bathrooms that will have changing tables, sinks and a security lock when completed.

To contact Staff Writer Pat Butler, e-mail or call 477-4239.

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