Evans Phelps ready for 4-year term on Nevada City Council | TheUnion.com

Evans Phelps ready for 4-year term on Nevada City Council

Evans Phelps
Submitted by Erin Thiem, Outside Inn |

Now that Evans Phelps has gotten through her first meeting on the Nevada City Council, she has a few priorities going into the next four years.

First off, she said, she plans to work on expanding the seating in Robinson Plaza.

“I just would like to see more places for people to hang out, congregate and enjoy Nevada City,” she said.

She is also interested in revisiting the city’s bed and breakfast ordinance, which has been called into question by the ongoing Kendall House case.

The city considered drafting a new ordinance in 2010, but decided that it was not necessary.

Phelps disagrees.

“I wanted to deal with this in 2010, and I want to deal with it now,” she said. “We just need to write a new ordinance. This is not rocket science.”

Questions have also been raised about the number of street closures. With more than 60 scheduled in the next 12 months, Nevada City plans to close down some portion of its roadways for roughly 17 percent of the calendar year.

This has drawn criticism from residents who are unhappy with inconvenience involved, but it has also led some members of the council to openly remark that conflicts could arise in the future over new road closure applications, as to which people or groups will get to have theirs approved.

“My own opinion is that I don’t think there are too many street closures in town,” Phelps said. “I’m impressed that we can pull off as many as we do. I would say the consensus in the town is that we’re OK with street closures, and there’s an element that wants permanent street closures on some roads. I think we’re going to get more of that, not less.”

Before serving on the city council, Phelps sat on the Nevada City Planning Commission. She feels that experience will prove useful in her current role.

“I’ve gotten used to being in an uncomfortable position, which is what happens to you when you’re on the council or the commission,” Phelps said. “I’m used to that process, and I think that’s a bonus.

“I also think my length of time working with city staff really helps, because I know them and I like them,” she added.

“I also know the city ordinances. I’ve read that binder full of rules and regulations, so I know that our number one priority is to preserve the city.”

The next regularly scheduled Nevada City Council meeting takes place at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, at 317 Broad St.

To contact Staff Writer Dave Brooksher, email dbrooksher@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230.

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