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K-9 unit, grand jury response at Nevada City Council

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What: Nevada City Council Meeting

When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

Where: 317 Broad St., Nevada City

Nevada City Council members will be considering the acquisition of a narcotics detection and tracking canine for the Nevada City Police Department Wednesday night, as well as responding to a civil grand jury report regarding the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District.

According to a staff report, the only full-time police canine in the county is in Truckee, and due to the travel time involved that’s too far away for practical purposes. Officers say the dog could be useful in finding missing persons, detecting concealed or fleeing suspects, and locating contraband. They say the dog would also be a valuable asset as part of the department’s community engagement strategy.

If approved by the city council, city staff will then go about researching the potential costs, benefits, and opportunities for acquiring a police canine. A yes vote from the council, however, does not yet authorize the program to go into implementation.

The council will also review the city’s response to a Nevada County Civil Grand Jury report investigating the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District. The report contains a series of five recommendations, including one directing the Local Area Formation Commission (LAFCo) to take steps toward consolidating all the fire agencies in western Nevada County into a single fire authority.

The staff report indicates the city currently disagrees with that recommendation — specifically the part about involving LAFCo.

“The City suggests that conducting strategic planning and identifying steps to formalize the fire districts into a single fire authority should be included in the shared Fire Chief’s strategic planning efforts and that it is not necessary to bring LAFCo in at this point in the process,” the report reads.

This week’s consent calendar includes awarding a $330,900 paving contract to Central Valley Engineering and Asphalt from Roseville, funded by Measure S, and approval of signage and placement of petroglyphics along Tribute Trail, between the NID road and the Nisenan Bridge.

The council meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the council chambers at 317 Broad St. The meeting’s agenda, as well as attached staff reports, are available on the city’s website.

To contact staff writer Dave Brooksher, send emails to dbrooksher@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230.

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