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Ideas abound for a better Nevada City

Nevada City should have a Web site, police foot patrols, more affordable housing, better street lighting, and a traffic calming program.

Also, trees should be planted along the city’s streets, public records should be digitized, and alternate power sources pursued.

These are some of the ideas the city ought to pursue within the next couple of years, council members said at a goal-setting session at City Hall Monday. The staff is expected to soon discuss how the goals can be implemented.



Present were Mayor David McKay, Vice Mayor Kerry Arnett, Councilmen Steve Cottrell and Conley Weaver, city staff and 24 members of the general public.

Facilitator Terri Bianco of Nevada City laid out some ground rules at the beginning of the two-hour meeting at City Hall. The session’s purpose was to brainstorm and prioritize ideas, Bianco said.




“The guideline here is to listen to each other,” she said. “It’s not the time for speeches. Suspend judgment. This is a hard one.”

Citizens spoke, as well. Their suggestions included better sidewalks, more visible crosswalks and more bicycle-friendly streets.

Mikail Graham, a high-tech consultant and Nevada City musician, said the city needs more cultural venues. The city should also have wireless Internet access to allow people to log on from wherever they are, he added.

John Givens, who lives near Nevada City, said the municipal swimming pool, now open six days a week during the summer months, ought to be open on Sundays, as well.

The city has had goal-setting sessions in the past.


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