How to spend $206K? |

How to spend $206K?

So many potential park and recreation projects, so little money to spend.

Such is the dilemma facing Nevada County supervisors, who today will decide how to divide up $206,000 the county received from Proposition 12, the $2.1 billion bond act that state voters approved in March 2000.

Supervisors sought suggestions on how to spend the money and received a wish list of 22 ideas totaling $14 million.

“We have so many more projects than money … to go around,” lamented J.P. Tindell, county recreation planner.

Ideas ranged from building a $1.25 million Penn Valley community center to pitching in $95,000 to help Grass Valley fix up its Memorial Park swimming pool.

Supervisors will decide today what to fund. They may choose to support four finalists picked by county staff:

— North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center improvements: The nonprofit group seeks $27,000 for such things as refinishing floors, adding picnic tables, and improving disabled accessibility.

— Rough and Ready Highway site: Western Gateway Recreation and Park District seeks $41,000 to buy a .7-acre parcel to provide access to “Bitney Corners,” an 80-acre Bureau of Land Management parcel northwest of the intersection of Rough and Ready Highway and Bitney Springs Road.

— Gray Creek land acquisition: The Truckee-Donner Land Trust seeks $28,000 to buy 140 acres in the rugged, remote Gray Creek area of eastern Nevada County as part of the trust’s goal of preserving 1,300 acres there.

— Loma Rica Ranch SITE land acquisition: $110,000 would be earmarked for the purchase of Loma Rica Ranch at Brunswick and Idaho-Maryland roads. The asking price on the 207-acre ranch is $3.9 million, but the county may be able to buy it one piece at a time, beginning with a parcel of approximately 50 acres that includes the ranch’s stables and other buildings.

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