Night closure for trail likely |

Night closure for trail likely

A dusk-to-dawn ban on using the public trail between the Stonehouse Restaurant and Red Castle Inn could be on Nevada City’s horizon.

A majority of Nevada City council members this week appeared to support a measure to get transients off the trail. They could take up a draft ordinance addressing a ban at the next council meeting.

Nearby business owners allege transients frequenting the trail have harassed customers with increasing frequency during the past few years. Their allegations include people who get drunk, abuse drugs, start fires and sleep on the trail.

Council members took no vote when they discussed the measure Wednesday. It includes a provision to jail offenders after two violations.

“I don’t see why it’s taken this much discussion,” Councilman David McKay said. “To me, this is a health, safety and welfare issue.”

Public buildings and many downtown businesses commonly close at night, McKay said. So, a night time trail closure isn’t much of a stretch, he added.

Installing a gate offers no help, Mayor Steve Cottrell and Councilwoman Barbara Coffman said.

“I’m totally opposed to putting a gate up there,” Coffman said. It would be impossible to manage with inconsistent opening and closing times, she added.

The trail has too many access points for a gate to keep people away, Cottrell said.

After hearing council members comment on the nighttime ban, local business owners sounded relieved.

“That’s all we’ve been asking for,” said Conley Weaver, Red Castle Inn owner and former mayor.


To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail gregm@theunion .com or call 477-4234.

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