City council candidates share views
All four Nevada City City Council candidates, vying for two seats in a race to be decided in the June 6 election, discussed their views on pressing local issues at a luncheon hosted by the Nevada City Rotary Club at the National Hotel Thursday.
Road repairs were a major topic of discussion for the candidates, who delivered prepared statements in addition to fielding questions from the audience of approximately 40 Rotary Club Members and guests.
Candidates were unanimous in support of a sales tax, which would likely be half of a percent, to raise the millions of dollars needed to overlay the city’s pothole-addled roads.
The two candidates challenging incumbents Kerry Arnett and Conley Weaver questioned the benefits of a $150,000 state grant Nevada City was recently awarded, however, which the city will receive only if it uses rubberized asphalt, made from recycled tires, to complete paving projects.
Barbara Coffman, a criminal attorney, emphasized the city would be reimbursed only for the difference between the cost of using rubberized versus traditional asphalt, and said the city might not be able to complete enough paving projects to qualify for the funds.
“Will Nevada City actually receive this grant money?” asked Sheila Stein, a realtor and Nevada City Planning Commissioner, adding that “government math” had been used to call the funds a grant instead of a rebate.
When asked to sum up their candidacy in only a few words, Councilmember Arnett said he was a “custodian of their legacy,” referring to the city council of the 1960s that sponsored measures to protect the city’s historical heritage.
The city “cannot stand still,” Coffman said, adding that “planning” would be her focus as a councilmember.
Stein called herself a “breath of fresh air,” adding that the city needs to do a better job of managing and acquiring finances.
Mayor Weaver said he would “carry on that mission” of maintaining the positive aspects of Nevada City.
To reach the staff writer Josh Singer, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 477-4234.
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