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Nevada City Council votes to tear down public bathrooms

Nevada City Council members voted Wednesday to remove the rundown Nevada Street public bathrooms that had been reported as possible safety hazards.

The city intends to replace the structure with seven parking spots, City Manager Gene Albaugh said.

Other moves by the council included extending a 20 percent discount on rent for city properties. The lower rates were approved through Feb. 28, 2011.



Nevada City owns and rents several buildings, including the one on 412 Commercial Street used by the APPLE Center for Sustainable Living.

Suffering from declining tax revenues, the city is reducing its $4.2 million budget by $178,000, according to Finance Director Catrina Andes.




The midyear adjustments come as funds are moved between departments. The city manager, city attorney, city engineer and police chief are all taking part-time wages as of Jan. 1, which also contributes to the savings, Albaugh said. No additional layoffs are planned.

Specifics of the budget changes are set to be presented at the Feb. 24, council meeting.

To contact Staff Writer Michelle Rindels, e-mail mrindels@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4247.


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