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Grass Valley Council to appoint planning commissioners, review funding requests

Ivan Natividad
Staff Writer

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What: Grass Valley City Council meeting

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Grass valley City Hall Council Chambers, 125 E. Main St. in Grass Valley

Grass Valley City Council members will meet tonight to consider several community funding requests, and appoint two new Planning Commission nominees recommended for approval by Mayor Jason Fouyer and council member Ben Aguilar.

“We had five candidates, all of them with great qualifications,” said Fouyer. “I was really looking for somebody who was willing to have robust discussions about the future of our community and folks with open-mindedness, as well as the desire to represent people and not agendas.”

According to city policy, with two council seats up for election this past November, two planning commission seats also expired. Fouyer and Aguilar are both serving new three-year terms and have nominated newcomer Jacquileine Hawkins and current commissioner Dawn Bateman.

“(Hawkins) really impressed me, she sat on the West Sacramento Economic Advisory Commission,” Fouyer said. “She’s a local, and I really felt her answers to the interview questions demonstrated her passion for the community and her desire to serve; she stood out in wanting to represent people and represent them well.”

In other business, council members will consider community funding requests from the Economic Resource Council, Wild and Scenic Film Festival, and the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, totaling $25,000.

“These are the organizations that are focused in on economic development and the overall betterment of our community, so we want to make sure that we are able to support them,” Fouyer said. “We’re looking for (groups) that have a good track record, that are able to put together successful events, to make sure that this is going to be the best bang for our tax dollars.”

The Grass Valley Downtown Association is also requesting $10,500 in funding to reimburse police service fees for the group’s Thursday Night Markets from 2013 to 2015.

In their request, the association cited going through significant fiscal issues, and asked for forgiveness of three years of police service support costs.

In February, association Executive Director Julia Jordan resigned after nearly three years on the job and 12 years within the organization.

For more information, go to http://www.cityofgrassvalley.com.

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

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