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Bringing back the buggy

If everything goes according to plan, Nevada City could see a return of the horse-drawn carriage as soon as next month.

City Manager Gene Albaugh said Monday the city received two responses in its quest to find a replacement for David Vertin, who for 28 years paraded through the streets of Nevada City with newlyweds, visitors and locals in tow.

Chuck Shea, who owns the Parsonage bed and breakfast in Nevada City, and Classic Coach Carriage of West Sacramento have submitted proposals to operate the horse-carriage operation, according to police Chief Lou Trovato, who is reviewing the applications.



Albaugh said the deadline for proposals was last Thursday. The City Council is expected to consider the proposals at its next meeting on July 23.

City Councilwoman Sally Harris said the city is looking to award an “exclusive franchise” to an experienced carriage operator who will work on weekends, holidays and special events.




“We want someone who will do this fairly regularly,” she said.

Albaugh said a number of details will need to be worked out after the proposals are reviewed, including whether to charge a franchise fee and the terms of the agreement.

“We will need to get things in writing, so we can lay out the expectations,” he said.

Vertin, who owns the Nevada City Carriage Co., now offers rides on a reservation basis. He also uses horses for his logging operation.

He did try to sell the carriage business before he stopped offering regular rides last year, but there were no takers.

Vertin’s last day on the job was Dec. 31.

To contact Staff Writer Pat Butler, e-mail pbutler@theunion.com or call 477-4239.


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