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Grass Valley Council approves funding for film festival

Ivan Natividad
Staff Writer

The Grass Valley City Council unanimously approved a $10,000 community funding request for the Center for the Arts Tuesday, that would expand Wild and Scenic Film Festival events into Grass Valley.

In May, Festival Director Melinda Booth requested $5,000 from the city, in an effort to expand festival events and headquarters into downtown Grass Valley.

The festival works in partnership with the South Yuba River Citizens League, and currently holds a majority of their events in Nevada City.

Council members, though could not agree on the request, and approved a motion to pull the request and move it to another meeting for further discussion.

On Tuesday, council member Lisa Swarthout presented a potential collaboration between the festival and the Center for the Arts that would make the festival more prominent in Grass Valley.

“The Center for the Arts is a true treasure for our community and they do a lot of events,” Swarthout said. “I would make a request that we acknowledge the Center for the Arts as an economic partner with the city, and to work with SYRCL to help bring the film festival to Grass Valley.”

Council member Jan Arbuckle, who initially declined funding from the city to the festival, said Tuesday that the added partnership with Center for the Arts made the funding request “something I can agree with.”

In other business, council members received an overview presentation on the 2015-16 preliminary budget from city staff Tuesday.

According to city documents, the preliminary budget was submitted to council members prior to June 1, and is balanced for the upcoming fiscal year with $10,872,000 in revenues, and $10,721,468 in expenditures. A formal public hearing on the budget is scheduled for June 23.

Through the consent agenda, the council voted to approve a resolution that identifies the terms for the city’s out-of-area emergency fire department responses, and a franchise rate change by Waste Management which gives a 2.5 percent increase for the service portion of the rate, and an uptick in the disposal portion rate of 1.18 percent.

Council members also approved travel expenses for council members and city staff to travel to San Jose for trainings at the League of California annual business meeting, and a resolution requesting the Nevada County Transportation Commission to allocate $335,481 of the city’s Local Transportation Fund to support transit and paratransit services.

Council members also held a public hearing to approve Nevada County to levy and collect delinquent water and sewer charges on the tax roll. The council also adopted resolutions confirming tax roll assessments on eight landscaping and lighting districts.

To contact Staff Writer Ivan Natividad, email inatividad@theunion.com or call 530-477-4236.

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