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Nevada County supervisors to examine new corporation yard

The Nevada County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on Tuesday about moving its corporation yard to La Barr Meadows Road, a relocation expected to cost millions of dollars.

The board meets at 10 a.m. at the Eric Rood Administrative Center, 950 Maidu Ave. The public hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

The board will consider adopting a resolution that would allow the yard’s development. It also will vote on whether to grant a use permit for the project, which would move the yard from Loma Rica Road to county-owned land at 12350 La Barr Meadows Road.

If approved, the county would select an architect. The new yard could be ready within two years. No specific cost is known, though it’s expected to be in the millions of dollars, said Steve Castleberry, the county’s Public Works director.

“In Loma Rica, we’re above the snow line. It’s not convenient. It disrupts our ability to get out.”Steve Castleberry Nevada County’s Public Works director.

Officials have several reasons for the move, Castleberry added.

“In Loma Rica, we’re above the snow line,” he said. “It’s not convenient. It disrupts our ability to get out.”

Additionally, an existing building on Loma Rica has an inefficient design. Workers must pull out equipment to access the machinery they need.

The new corporation yard would have a building constructed for efficiency.

The new, 28,000-square-foot yard would house the county’s transit, fleet operations and road maintenance divisions.

The county has no plans for the existing corporation yard. Castleberry said it could be sold or leased to the Nevada County Air Park.

“We haven’t decided that,” he added.

In other matters the board:

Is expected to vote on authorizing another $250,000 for the law firm of Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley, bringing the total amount of payment to $675,000. Four out of the five supervisors must approve the expense for it to pass.

The law firm is representing the county in the high-profile visually important ridgeline civil case, a property-use suit filed by a Penn Valley couple. A decision in the case is expected before mid-July.

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

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