Nevada City Council to review energy efficient financing program |

Nevada City Council to review energy efficient financing program


What: Nevada City Council meetings

When: 6:30 p.m. on the second, fourth Wednesday of each month

Where: City Hall, 317 Broad St., Nevada City

Eligible property owners in Nevada City who wish to get their hands on renewable energy products, solar panels, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure at a reduced fee could participate in an energy efficient financing program, if staff obtains approval from city council members Wednesday.

The public meeting scheduled to take place 6:30 p.m. at City Hall and will focus partially on the participation of the city in the California Home Energy Renovation Opportunity Program, or the HERO program.

Western Riverside Council of Governments and Renovate America created the HERO program in December 2011. It is part of the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, which allows home and business owners to install water and energy efficient upgrades by repaying the cost through property taxes and a voluntary contractual assessment.

In order for the PACE program to be available in a city, the jurisdiction must pass an ordinance to allow it.

By participating in the program, the city will be able to increase property values, sales, payroll, and property tax value, as well as create jobs, according to a staff report.

During the same meeting Wednesday, council members will also execute contracts for two city properties — Little Deer Creek and Nevada Street Bridge. Mayor Jennifer Ray is expected to sign two contracts: one authorizing Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. to complete environmental compliance work to restore Little Deer Creek for $21,400; another contract with LSA Associates, Inc., for a fixed price that doesn’t exceed $126,280, which will authorize the company to begin environmental consulting for a project to replace the 1938 bridge spanning Deer Creek.

An announcement for a new hearing day for Charlotte Dewar, owner of the Marsh House, to return to the council with modified design plans, might also be made on Wednesday.

In July 2015, the Planning Commission denied Dewar’s architectural review application to construct the front entry façade of an accessory building on her property at 254 Boulder St. That decision was overturned by council members in a meeting on March 30. At the same time, council members offered to work with Dewar on a revised design that is more compatible with the neighboring properties.

In other business Wednesday, city council members will hear a report on sales tax for the fourth quarter 2015 and a report on March fire activity.

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To contact Staff Writer Teresa Yinmeng Liu, please email, or call 530-477-4236.

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