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Nevada City takes on water in Washington

Since the little town of Washington does not have its own municipal government, Nevada City has assumed the role of lead agency in administering water works projects funded by Prop. 84 grants.

“The city of Nevada City is taking on the responsibility of seeing that the work gets done in Washington, and we’re hiring sub-consultants,” said city engineer Bill Falconi.

“They don’t have water meters now, and there’s about 135 customers,” Falconi added.

The $1.1 million, multi-year project also involves running a new water pipeline to those customers and numerous other water-related infrastructure improvements.

Part of the funding model for this work involves the city accepting no-interest loans from the county. Last year, they took $500,000. This year, they reduced that amount by 10 percent, taking $400,000.

Those loans are subsequently repaid using property taxes, which the city receives three times a year.

“There’s no interest involved, but we are paid back for administration,” said assistant city manager Catrina Olson. “All the city of Nevada City employees that are participating in the CABY track, the grant pays for that.”

Cosumnes American Bear Yuba, or CABY for short, is a consortium of more than 30 regional organizations acting as a vehicle for funding water management projects.

“The city is fronting the money for the grant projects for the town,” Olson said. “We pay for everything, and then we submit for reimbursement.

“Sometimes those can be 60 days out, sometimes 90,” Olson added.

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

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