Nevada City Mayor Harris steps down after 10 years |

Nevada City Mayor Harris steps down after 10 years

Mayor Sally Harris stepped down Wednesday night after 10 years on the Nevada City Council. She was greeted at the back of the council chamber by a large group of well wishers, some of whom were holding signs encouraging her to enjoy her newfound free time.

“It’s been a wonderful experience. I’m really pleased,” Harris said. “I love this city. I’m happy to have served, and I think the new council’s going to do a great job.”

Harris will be replaced by newly elected Councilwoman Evans Phelps.

When the meeting resumed, Councilwoman Terri Andersen was selected to represent the council as mayor and Councilwoman Jennifer Ray was selected to replace Andersen as vice mayor.

The council also authorized a move to work with the Sierra Streams Institute in seeking Prop. 84 grant funding to develop a fire management plan for the city-owned Hirschman Pond property. The grant will only cover expenses associated with developing the plan itself. Implementation will require more funding in the future.

Rachel Durben, a representative of Sierra Streams Institute, said her organization was fairly confident that they could get subsequent funding for implementing the fire management plan.

The fire-management plan, as well as the attempt to seek Prop 84 funding for it, were approved unanimously by the new council.

“I’m confident that the work that’s going to be done will be safe and appropriate,” Andersen said.

In other business, the council also approved a street closure request from the Nevada City Free Masons for a flag raising ceremony on Constitution Day, Sept. 17.

To contact staff writer Dave Brooksher, call 530-477-4230 or send emails to

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