Grass Valley Council awards W. Main St. contract, police present community survey
Grass Valley City Council members on Tuesday unanimously approved to award the West Main Street Rehabilitation Project contract to local construction company Hansen Bros. Enterprises.
“These projects make a huge difference in the appearance of what your community is,” Mayor Jason Fouyer said. “… Thank you and congratulations for getting this project going.”
On Feb. 10, council members authorized City Engineer Tim Kiser to advertise for the project’s bids. Hansen Bros. filed the lowest bid, and will complete the project for a cost close to $315,000.
The development aims to improve pedestrian street conditions on four blocks along West Main Street between School and South Auburn streets. The proposed work involves sidewalk, curb, gutter and curb ramp replacements, construction of intersection corner bulb-outs or curb extensions, stamped concrete crosswalks and median islands.
The rehabilitation project also includes asphalt replacement, traffic striping and sign improvements — all due for completion in mid-May.
The city initially estimated the project to cost $270,000, though Kiser said costs changed due to the tight construction schedule and deadline.
“This is to increase safety, slowing traffic down and making pedestrians more aware of the oncoming motorists,” City Associate Engineer Bjorn Jones said. “And increasing the visibility of pedestrians … It’s also mainly to improve the roadway.”
Jones said a second public meeting will be held with local business and property owners in April to help coordinate construction with local community needs. The Measure N funded project is estimated to begin in late April.
On Tuesday, the Grass Valley Police Department presented its annual community survey to council members. For 17 years, GVPD has conducted the survey to give local residents and business owners a chance to rate the level of service the community has received from the police department.
The survey also gives residents an opportunity to express what services they feel the police department should focus on.
“We really try to make sure it’s a good disbursement throughout the city,” said Lt. Steve Johnson. “We divided up the city and made sure that there was equal coverage for the survey.”
In January, surveys were sent out to 600 residents and businesses located within the city limits, 18 percent of which responded. Around 93 percent of respondents rated GVPD’s services as either “excellent” or “good,” a 13.5 percent increase from 2014.
According to city documents, the greatest growth of approval came from the level of satisfaction with youth services, which saw an excellent rating increase of 35.7 percent.
Senior volunteer program approval also saw an uptick of close to 28 percent, along with satisfaction around GVPD’s crime prevention efforts, which saw a 21.2 percent increase in approval rating.
Johnson attributed approval growths to the department’s utilization of Measure N funds, and the department’s effort toward accountability.
“The incidents in Ferguson and across the country have increased the need for transparency,” said Johnson. “So we’ve really taken some strides to engage the community, and I think we’ve seen some positive impact from that.”
Residents feel drug abuse is the area’s most serious problem, followed by alcohol abuse, burglary and domestic violence. Moving forward, Johnson said survey respondents who left written comments on the survey will receive personal follow-up from GVPD officers.
The data collected from the survey will influence GVPD’s strategic plan moving forward, said Johnson.
The police department also presented an overview of its 2014-15 Chronic Homeless Offender Strategic Response Team, which seeks to address criminal activity from the homeless population in the area, highlighting training and objectives the plan has implemented throughout the year.
“I think it’s great to see the city of Grass Valley raising the bar on homeless issues,” Mayor Jason Fouyer said.
In other business, council members heard a presentation from the Grass Valley Fire Department, which gave a review of expenditures and highlights that occurred this past year.
Nevada County Pets of the Homeless spoke to the council during public comment, asking for more city participation in their group.
The city also recognized Planning technician Barb Carman, giving her a plaque for her retirement and more than 25 years of service to Grass Valley.
To contact Staff Writer Ivan Natividad, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4236.
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