Another $25,000 for Richardson project |

Another $25,000 for Richardson project

The cost of the Richardson Street realignment project in downtown Grass Valley climbed another $25,000 Tuesday, when the Grass Valley City Council approved a request to add a wider sidewalk, bricks and plantings.

The request originated with a committee, consisting of Councilman Gerard Tassone, a landscape architect, a civil engineer and several staff members who all consulted on the design of the project, said Public Works Director Rudy Golnik. The committee wanted to continue the brick architectural theme of Main Street, Golnik said.

The project has been delayed repeatedly, primarily due to utility relocations and contaminated soil cleanup. Originally budgeted at $900,000, the project now is estimated at $1.04 million.

Richardson Street was scheduled to open last month, but the delays have pushed the completion date into September. The road will be drivable by the first week of September, but trees and the stoplight will not be installed until late September or October, Golnik said.

In other business, the City Council agreed to pay for part of Mayor Patti Ingram’s 10-day trip to visit Grass Valley’s sister city of Bodmin, Cornwall.

The city will pick up Ingram’s $599 airfare, $279 train ticket, $10 of ticket insurance, and a $15 charge to express mail the train tickets. Ingram and her husband, John Spencer, will pay for Spencer’s ticket and their lodging and food.

Steve Enos was the only council member to speak out against the expenditure; he abstained from the vote.

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