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GV City Council approves creek restoration and redirection

Grass Valley City Council approved a project to redirect and improve Peabody Creek through Scotia Pines Tuesday night.

The project aims to reduce flooding, bolster wetlands and improve water quality on the creek that feeds into Condon Park, according to staff reports. Letters went out to 87 households in Scotia Pines and the surrounding streets – 32 came back with 25 in favor and seven against.

The stretch of creek is on city land near the corner of Scotia Pines Circle and Carpenter Street.

“I’m opposed to this project because it isn’t going to solve this problem (flooding),” said resident Dave Emmanuel, one of the seven against. “It also opens up the property for people to wander into our backyards.”

But staff and consultants said the engineering shows improvements that would reduce flooding on neighboring properties, diminish stagnant water that provides breeding grounds for mosquitos and said native vegetation would be planted and wouldn’t be conducive for trespassers.

Wolf Creek Community Alliance supported the project, said member David Brownstein.

“Change is really tough for a lot of us, but in the end it’s never as dramatic as we really think it is,” said Council Member Chauncey Poston, reassuring those against the project. “The big picture is to have this water course healthy.”

Councilman Dan Miller echoed Poston’s sentiment, saying similar fears over the approval of Scotia Pines as a development never materialized.

“It makes me sad that we live in such a cynical society that we assume if we have something nice someone will rip it out,” said Mayor Lisa Swarthout. “If we based our decisions on that here we’d never get anything done.”

She suggested a fence could be added if people became a problem on the property, along with signs.

Grass Valley City Council members had not yet voted on backyard chickens or a marijuana ordinance by press time.

The two items would allow up to four hens on residential properties, and ban commercial marijuana business and smoking in public if Proposition 19 is passed.

Check TheUnion.com for updates.

To contact Staff Writer Greyson Howard, e-mail ghoward@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4237.

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