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Grass Valley council to discuss police survey, West Main Street development

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What: Grass valley City Council meeting

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 24

Where: City Council Chambers — 125 East Main St., Grass Valley

The Grass Valley City Council will meet Tuesday night to hear a presentation from the Grass Valley Police Department on its annual citizen attitude survey.

“We’re happy to see that our police department is reaching out to the people themselves and trying to get feedback,” Mayor Jason Fouyer said. “It gives us the opportunity to see the difference between what the police department thinks their problems are, and what the people feel the problems are. It enables both the city council and the police department to prioritize our efforts.”

For 17 years, GVPD has conducted an annual survey to give local residents and business owners a chance to rate the level of quality and 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 more on.

This year, surveys were sent out to 600 residents and businesses located within the city limits, and around 93 percent of respondents rated its 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.

Residents feel drug abuse is the area’s most serious problem, followed by alcohol abuse, burglary and domestic violence.

The police department will also present an overview of its 2014-15 Chronic Homeless Offender Strategic Plan, which seeks to address criminal activity from the homeless population in the area. The department will update the city council on the impact that program has had thus far.

Council members will also vote to award the West Main Street Rehabilitation Project contract to local company Hansen Bros. Enterprises.

The project’s contract will be close to $315,000, and plans to improve pedestrian street conditions on four blocks along West Main Street between School and South Auburn streets.

“The main benefit is improved crosswalks and handicapped ramps associated with those crosswalks,” City Manager Tim Kiser told The Union. “Making the crosswalks a little safer for pedestrians by putting ‘bulb-outs’ in the parking areas, so they can walk a little further out into the streets and be protected.”

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, which is all due for completion in mid-May.

In other business, council members will also hear a presentation from the Grass Valley Fire Department, who will give a review of this past year. The city will also recognize Planning Technician Barb Carman, for her retirement and more than 25 years of service to Grass Valley.

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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