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GV mayor seeks funds for food on Cornwall trip

The mayor of Grass Valley wants taxpayers to pay for her meals when she travels to Cornwall, England, to represent the city.

Mayor Linda Stevens is expected to leave April 30 with members of the Grass Valley Male Voice Choir and other western Nevada County residents. The group will visit Bodmin, Grass Valley’s twin city; Penzance, Nevada City’s twin city; York and North Yorkshire, all in England, and Edinburgh, Scotland. The trip ends May 14.

On Tuesday, the Grass Valley City Council will consider giving the mayor a meal allowance of $399. The actual costs could be more, a memorandum from the city administrator to the council indicates.

Airfare and hotel costs for Stevens’ trip – an estimated $2,000 – were raised at a fund-raiser March 25 at the Holbrooke Hotel.

“The mayor’s trip to Cornwall is an important step in the strengthening of Grass Valley’s sister city relationship with the Town of Bodmin,” City Administrator Gene Haroldsen said in a memorandum to the council.

The trip was organized when the Grass Valley Male Voice Choir was invited to attend a Dehwelans – a homecoming for people of Cornish descent from all over the world. The choir will sing during the festivities May 6 at Paul Church near Newlyn, according to a Web site promoting the celebration.

Eleanor Kenitzer, director of the choir, said it is important for Grass Valley’s mayor to make the trip. Bodmin officials have traveled to Grass Valley on at least four official visits, but only one Grass Valley mayor has visited Cornwall, she said.

“Linda will only be our second mayor to go to Cornwall,” she said. “It’s important that we keep these ties connected.”

The Dehwelans is the first homecoming celebration of its kind, and is the perfect time for a formal visit, Kenitzer said.

The group of 49, which includes 20 members of the choir and other Grass Valley and Nevada City residents, has no sponsors. People are paying their own way, Kenitzer said.

A request for $1,500 to pay for Stevens’ trip to Cornwall was included in last year’s preliminary budget. That request was later withdrawn.

Stevens could not be reached for comment Sunday.

Know and Go

WHAT: Grass Valley City Council meeting

WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday

WHERE: Council Chambers, City Hall, 125 E. Main St.


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