Nevada City OKs link to Hirschman’s Pond
Nevada City has scored a slice of land off Cement Hill Road that will provide a link with its newly acquired Hirschman’s Pond.
The City Council – minus an absent David McKay – OK’d the $275,000 purchase Monday evening on a 3-1 vote, with Councilman Steve Cottrell voting against the deal.
The four-acre property, bisected by a private home, sits near Highway 49 and will someday provide parking and a trail connecting to the 33 acres harboring Hirschman’s Pond, Mayor Conley Weaver said.
The property is currently owned by the Nevada City Elks Lodge.
Eventually, the trail will stretch from Coyote Street to Old Downieville Highway, providing a loop stretching northwest from the city, Weaver said.
In other business, Weaver provided an update on the takeover of the Veterans’ Memorial Building on North Pine Street. The county currently owns the property but the city is considering taking over its management in June.
In addition, the city has now expanded the search for a company to operate its wastewater treatment plant beyond the previous forerunner, Operations Management International, known as OMI.
At least two other companies, including Eco:Logic Engineering of Rocklin and ECO Resources of Texas, have since contacted the city, said City Engineer Bill Falconi.
The city would like to hire a company to operate the plant because the city is too small to pay for enough highly trained professionals to operate the plant, City Manager Mark Miller has said.
Councilwoman Sally Harris emphasized Monday, as the city has repeatedly in the past, that the plant will not be privatized.
The city will maintain ownership of the plant and set rates, Miller has said.
The additional firms offer options that may work better for Nevada City, including the possibility of retaining plant employees within the city, Weaver said .
“It’s almost like we can pick and choose a formula that satisfies our needs,” Miller said.
For more information on plans to revive the Veterans’ Memorial Building, read Wednesday’s The Union.
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