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Nevada County Board of Supervisors to hold hearing on animal control fee hikes

The Nevada County Board of Supervisors is scheduled Tuesday to examine proposed fee increases at the county animal shelter.

The board is slated to meet at 9 a.m. at the Eric Rood Administration Center, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City.

Attendees will get the chance to address the board about the fee increases, many of which haven’t been hiked since 2005. The board is then expected to vote, said Rolf Kleinhans, chief fiscal and administrative officer with the sheriff’s office.

“They haven’t been adjusted since then,” Kleinhans said of the 2005 change. “Periodically, one takes a look at those fees.”

Some of the proposed changes include adoption and boarding fees for the 14647 McCourtney Road shelter.

The adoption fees for dogs would climb to $90, from $80. Cat adoption fees would rise to $55, from $50.

Boarding fees for dogs would jump to $30 for the first day, followed by $14 for each additional day. Cat boarding fees would get hiked to $15 for the first day, followed by $10 for additional days.

It currently costs $12 a day to board dogs and $5 a day for cats. Boarding fees are assessed when a loose animal is taken to the shelter.

Turn-in fees for dogs would jump to $50, compared to the current $15 rate. Cat turn-in fees would climb to $25, from $10.

If approved, the changes would become effective Jan. 1, Kleinhans said.

In an unrelated matter, the board is scheduled to examine an appeal of the North Star Mine water treatment project filed by several Grass Valley residents.

The Planning Commission last month granted permitting for the project, leading the residents to appeal.

Property owners argue that Newmont Mining Co. could use another portion of over 700 acres for the project. Additionally, they’re concerned about potential drops in their property values.

The board on Tuesday will determine if the appeal meets certain technical requirements. If it does, supervisors will schedule a hearing for Nov. 10.

In other matters, the board is slated to enter a closed-door session to discuss litigation and issues posing threats to the security of public buildings.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

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