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Grass Valley Council OKs police shared resource agreement

During the Grass Valley City Council meeting Tuesday night, the board approved unanimously to authorize a shared resource agreement with Grass Valley and Nevada City police departments, as well as a 2.5 percent waste management collection service increase.

Currently, the Nevada City Police Department has no investigative unit, and the agreement would assign one officer from Nevada City to the investigative unit at Grass Valley Police Department for a six-month trial period.

In exchange for the investigative support, GVPD would provide coverage from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. five days per week.



“The goal is greater cooperation and coordination between the two police departments, resulting in better quality of service,” said Grass Valley Police Chief John Foster.

The opportunity also provides skill set enhancement for the Nevada City investigator, said Nevada City Police Chief Jim Wickham.




Council members also authorized staff to begin discussions with Nevada County Consolidated Fire District to revise the fire services Joint Operating Agreement with Grass Valley to provide human resources services, but postponed action until NCCFD agrees to move forward first.

“Human resources is a critical way to become a tight JOA and organization … to incorporate policies and job descriptions and trying to bring the whole process in and be a team player benefits the organization. I see it as a wonderful opportunity,” said Grass Valley Fire Chief Tony Clarabut.

“My recommendation is that we don’t start any discussion until this goes to (NCCFD) because we’ve gone down that road before and haven’t had a very good result,” said council member Lisa Swarthout, who was echoed by council member Jan Arbuckle.

“I really have very little faith in (NCCFD), very little faith in certain members of that board who want to control everything and I am hesitant to do anything with Consolidated,” Arbuckle said.

“Just based on two years of dealing with the same board that is going to hear this, they would have to show that things changed significantly.”

The board voted unanimously to authorize staff to begin discussions with Consolidated pending their action June 27, since that is the date when NCCFD will have their next meeting.

The board also unanimously approved a Waste Management increase of 2.5 percent to reflect changes in last year’s new cart collection system, as well as changes in the Consumer Price Index, which determines changes in the price level of consumer goods and services purchased by households.

The rates include a fee for an additional recycle cart, if requested, a fee for the replacement of more than 1 cart in a 12-month period and a formalized recycle only fee of $7.50 per month for any size cart.

The increase is also based on the providing of extra carts, option of recycle only service and cart replacement.

The change has affected 300 new Grass Valley customers and 130 tons of recycled matter since the new system conversion, said Waste Management District Manager Steve Cameron.

“We’re seeing positive results behind it,” Cameron said.

“We’re proud of the system…so far, we’re happy with what we’re seeing.”

To contact Staff Writer Jennifer Terman, email jterman@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230.


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