NC candidates talk about city’s future |

NC candidates talk about city’s future

The three candidates running for Nevada City City Council addressed the city’s future at a forum Thursday.

Questions raised during the one-hour question-and-answer session before some two dozen people at Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City discussed the city’s small-town character, its next city manager, its budget, traffic and other issues.

The three candidates who will appear on the March 5 ballot are Kerry Arnett, 46, the manager of a video store and the current mayor; Denis Kutch, 60, an architect and former planning commissioner; and Conley Weaver, 68, an architect, innkeeper and the current chairman of the city Planning Commission. They are running to fill two seats, including the one vacated by Pat Dyer, who will not seek re-election.

Weaver and Arnett stressed the importance of protecting the city’s character and its neighborhoods. People accept the fact the city operates on a bare-bones budget and are willing to do with less, Arnett said.

Kutch said he wants to make the city less financially dependent on the high technology and tourism industries. He also wants to end what he calls the “polarization” of people.

The candidates for the unpaid position said hiring Nevada City’s next city manager is one of the City Council’s priorities. The individual will succeed Beryl Robinson, who is scheduled to retire April 30 after 361/2 years of service.

All three candidates said the city should not bail out private businesses. But Arnett and Kutch said the City Council could consider renegotiating the franchise fee for the owner of the city’s only horse-drawn carriage company. Owner David Vertin has repeatedly said he wants his annual franchise fee lowered from $1,000 to $250.

As of Jan. 29, Kutch has raised the most money – $3,881, according to campaign records.

Arnett and Weaver said they have raised less than $1,000, but plan to spend that amount or less. Candidates who raise less than $1,000 are not required to list contributions for their campaign disclosure forms.

As of Tuesday, Kutch said he had spent $1,975.39, including $1,735.89 on campaign signs.

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