Cleanup time at Miner’s |

Cleanup time at Miner’s

Two men from Nevada City’s public works department painted over graffiti and cleaned up trash along Miner’s Trail Wednesday after an article in The Union highlighted neglect of the site.

Maintaining the area is part of the city’s regular rounds but was put off for three weeks while the staff person who handles that section of the city was on vacation, said director of public works, Verne Taylor.

“One guy goes on vacation, and you have a mess for a week. No one else is going to do it. No service organization does maintenance,” Taylor said.

Maintenance crews are responsible for the city’s water and sewer lines, parks, streets and new recreation areas such as Hirschman’s Pond.

When community service groups develop areas for trails and parks it puts a bigger strain on the city’s six-person public works crew, Taylor said. The Nevada City Rotary Club built the Miner’s Trail 15 years ago and tidies it up once a year, according to secretary Dave Kenitzer.

“It becomes a maintenance issue for the next 30 years, and my crew never gets any bigger,” Taylor said. Resisting new community projects because of the higher maintenance demands has made Taylor unpopular at times, he said.

“We usually get crucified,” he said.

Vandalism to public restrooms and trails in the city limits is an ongoing issue, Taylor said.

The Rotary club is organizing a Miner’s Trail work party this weekend or next, said Kenitzer. Work will include clearing brush, pulling weeds and sculpting the path.

To report vandalism or trash on the trail or to volunteer to help keep it clean, e-mail:

To contact Staff Writer Laura Brown, e-mail or call 477-4231.

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