Broad Street paving, big budget deficit on Nevada City agenda |

Broad Street paving, big budget deficit on Nevada City agenda

Nevada City officials want to move forward with a project to repave Broad Street before the Amgen Tour of California, although the city and its street improvement fund are in the red.

The recommendation is part of an annual report on Measure S funding to be presented at the Nevada City council meeting, starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 317 Broad St.

Voters approved Measure S in 2006 and have spent $1.7 million on paving projects as of December 2009, while bringing in $1.4 million in revenue.

Staff is planning on spending less on the Measure S paving this year, but still wants to use federal stimulus money and other grants to pave Broad Street before the May 16 race, pending weather, City Engineer William Falconi wrote in a memorandum to the council.

Also on Wednesday’s agenda is an update on the city’s troubled $4.2 million budget.

Low sales tax revenues – and declines in other funding sources such as parking meter and parking citation revenues – have contributed to a $650,000 deficit in the general fund as of Dec. 31.

The city is trying to cut $178,000 out of the budget with changes in personnel and reductions in the police, planning department and city manager’s budgets. Specifics will be presented at the Feb. 24 meeting, Finance Director Catrina Andes wrote in a memo to the council.

Discussion on a proposed “EcoDistrict” development – which could retrofit an existing neighborhood of up to 250 homes and businesses to make them more environmentally-friendly – will continue from the previous council meeting. Mayor Reinette Senum wrote a memo advocating a contract with a Truckee-based planning firm to seek grants for the project.

A brief on the project mentions a resolution the city passed in 2006, pledging a leadership role in reducing pollution, and says pursuing the EcoDistrict development could help Nevada City meet those goals.

The full council agenda is available at

To contact Staff Writer Michelle Rindels, e-mail or call (530) 477-4247.

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