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Drought, fire safety on Nevada City council agenda

To avoid overlapping with Wednesday’s Victorian Christmas, the Nevada City Council rescheduled its December meeting to today, where its members are slated to discuss responses to water shortages, fire safety, finances and a Pioneer Park project.

The meeting will begin with a recognition of the Nevada County Food and Toy Run, which was commemorated Tuesday night at the Grass Valley City Council. The toy run is scheduled for Saturday and is expected to feature approximately 2,000 motorcyclists delivering toys through Nevada City and Grass Valley to the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Keith Davies, the president of the Nevada County Digital Media Center’s board of directors, is subsequently scheduled to give an update on the public access station’s transition and search for a new headquarters.

Council is also slated to review the first quarter finances from fiscal year 2013-14, followed by a review of a proposed Eagle Scout project to replace a picnic table at Pioneer Park.

Next on the council’s agenda is the establishment of a Water Shortage Response Team and a Drought Technical Advisory Committee, as the city is a water provider to its residents.

The leader of the team is tasked with crafting a multiyear water shortage response program that could include conveying new water rates based on demand and water availability and possibly impose reductions and penalties.

The drought committee, which the council established at its Sept. 25 meeting, would be tasked with advising the city during a drought. Its proposed membership would be composed of someone from Nevada Irrigation District, Nevada County emergency services and facilities management, as well as emergency personnel, environmental group members and regular citizens.

The formation and membership of both water groups comes as Nevada County enters its third year projected to be short on precipitation.

The Nevada City Council is also slated to talk with the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County.

The public portion of today’s meeting is scheduled to begin 6:30 p.m. at Nevada City Hall, 317 Broad St.

An agenda for today’s meeting, as well as reports on individual discussion matters, can be found at nevadacityca.gov or at City Hall.

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email crosacker@theunion.com or call 530-477-4236.

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