Nevada City officials to seek different approach to homelessness |

Nevada City officials to seek different approach to homelessness

Some Nevada City officials are calling for a different approach to solve the local homelessness issue, a focus of discussion during the annual goal-setting discussion that took place Aug. 25 at city hall.

“A few of us have said we’ve got to hit the reset button and we have got to try something different, we have to bring in different information, and different experts to talk to us,” said Vice Mayor Duane Strawser. “The same county and city groups, and the same nonprofits, have been spending millions of dollars, and hundreds of hours of time a month on this topic, and we haven’t really seen any improvement, in my opinion.”

The annual planning retreat, attended by council members, planning commissioners, city staff and interested community members, was a chance for city officials to map out future projects and discuss goals for the next four years.

Infrastructure improvement was another big topic during the discussion.

Strawser said the city has made significant improvements in fixing sidewalks and streets in the last few years, and it intends to stay on top of that. The city staff planned to repair the Pioneer Park swimming pool last year, Strawser said, but the money originally allocated for that renovation got transferred to keep the fire department open.

“We are hoping … we can get the tax measure passed in November for the fire department,” Strawser said. “So we can quit borrowing money from Measure L for fire and put it back into the swimming pool and other services for the public.”

Other issues that came up during the meeting included, increasing community awareness and involvement, finding a solution for bark beetle-infested trees, as well as keeping the Nevada County courthouse downtown.

“It was very insightful and inspiring,” said council member Valerie Moberg. “I was impressed by all of the work that the city (staff) has already done through the strategic planning. I felt like there were some more issues that came up that we are going to work on in the future.”

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

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