Council crafts plan for vacant seat |

Council crafts plan for vacant seat

The Nevada City Council likely will have a gameplan in place to fill its vacant seat after tonight’s regularly scheduled meeting.

Council members first will consider an ordinance allowing them to appoint an interim replacement for Sheila Stein, who resigned from the council in March to move to England. She served less than two years of her first term.

The interim appointment could be made as soon as next month if the ordinance is approved.

A second ordinance on the agenda calls for a special election in November to allow voters to decide who will finish the last 19 months of Stein’s term.

But before council members consider those ordinances, they will meet in a closed session for an hour to discuss applicants for city manager. Gene Albaugh is now working as the interim city manager. Mark Miller resigned in February to take a job with the county.

The closed session is set for 6 p.m. and the regular meeting at 7 p.m. at Nevada City Hall, 317 Broad St.

The council also will be asked to support a proposal to make the city clerk an appointed position. Now, the city clerk is elected although Vice Mayor Barbara Coffman has been filling in since Cathy Wilcox-Barnes resigned earlier this year amid a storm of controversy over the city’s handling of financial affairs.

Councilman Steve Cottrell will ask the council to support his proposed ballot measure that would ask voters if the city clerk’s position should remain elected or be appointed. The part-time position pays $100 a month.

If the council approves Cottrell’s request, it would set in motion a process to put the measure on the Nov. 3 ballot.

Cottrell, whose council term expires in June, is running for the city clerk’s position in the June 3 election. Niel Locke, a former city treasurer, is his opponent.

Cottrell says, if elected, he would resign in November if the ballot measure was approved.

In other business, the council will:

• Consider a Chamber of Commerce request to close city streets for a number of events, including the Nevada City Bicycle Classic, the July 4th parade, Summer Nights, Constitution Day parade, Victorian Christmas, the Storybook Character Parade, and the Mardi Gras Street Faire and Parade.

• Make a proclamation commending former city manager Miller for his service to the city.

• Approve an $11,000 bid from Thompson and Howe Energy System for a hydropower turbine for the wastewater treatment plant hydro project.

To contact Staff Writer Pat Butler, e-mail or call 477-4239.

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