City to accept federal funds for Hirschman’s Pond trail |

City to accept federal funds for Hirschman’s Pond trail

Tonight, Nevada City council members plan to accept a $195,000 federal grant that will allow the completion of a trail near Hirschman’s Pond.

The money will provide for a two-mile trail, the first half-mile of which will be wheelchair accessible.

The money is coming from the federal Recreational Trails Program and is administered by the state.

Nevada City had to provide $26,840 in matching grants to obtain the federal money. The city plans to approve $3,900 for an archaeological review, as well.

After accepting the grant, city officials must conduct a historic analysis of the 40-acre spread. The city has received three bids for the analysis.

The pond is located on Cement Hill Road, about a quarter-mile from the county jail at the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility.

Once the analysis is done, a contract can be signed between the city and state for the completion of the trail, which will be performed by the Nevada County Land Trust.

The trail is part of 10 acres that make up the pond and the area that surrounds the Indian Trails subdivision adjacent to Hirschman’s Pond.

Bill Haire, trails coordinator for the Nevada County Land Trust, said he hopes the trail can be completed within a year.

“We’re still hoping we can do some pre-construction work this fall,” Haire said. “My hope is to get a lot of the work done this spring.”

Earlier this year, volunteers spent weekends clearing a path leading to the man-made pond that was the site of hydraulic mining more than 100 years ago.

In addition, the City Council is expected to review:

• A resolution indicating that, in cases where no one or only one candidate files for an elected office, an appointment process takes place.

• A report from City Manager Gene Albaugh regarding the dedication of a monument to the Maidu people and kickoff of the annual Indigenous People’s Days in Nevada City on Friday, Oct. 10.

• Consider recommendation to establish sister city partnership with Akidaa, Ghana.

To contact Staff Writer David Mirhadi, e-mail or call 477-4239.

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