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Park funding debated

Nevada County supervisors on Monday debated whether a portion of $1.2 million in state park and recreation money should be given to nonprofit land trusts.

The Nevada County and Truckee-Donner land trusts are slated to receive a total of $360,000 from the statewide Resources Bond Act, approved in 2002. The remaining money is earmarked for several entities, including Grass Valley, Nevada City and two recreation and park districts.

However, District 4 Supervisor Robin Sutherland questioned the planned allotments, saying it’s unjust to give the land trusts money when the San Juan Ridge doesn’t have any recreation facilities. Her concerns were echoed by District 2 Supervisor Sue Horne.

The board unanimously agreed to move forward and secure the state money for the public agencies and to further discuss how the $360,000 should be doled out. Sutherland suggested the board “take this money slated for the land trusts and allocate it to the Ridge.”

District 1 Supervisor Peter Van Zant said the issue of who should receive the money is one that already has been decided.

In late 2002 and early 2003, the board voted to distribute proceeds from the bond as follows:

– $480,000 to Nevada City to purchase Hirschman’s Pond and Diggins.

– $120,000 to Grass Valley for park improvements.

– $120,000 to the Bear River Recreation and Park District.

– $120,000 to Western Gateway Recreation and Park District

– $240,000 to the Nevada County Land Trust for efforts at the North Star Mine property.

– $120,000 to the Truckee-Donner Land Trust for the Truckee River corridor restoration.

County Planning Director Mark Tomich said the county originally targeted the money for nonprofits because it doesn’t own any recreational facilities. Reallocating the money is an option, he said.

In addition to the county’s share of the funding from the $2.6 billion state bond, Grass Valley, Nevada City, Truckee and the county’s three park and recreation districts each received $220,000 from the state for a total of $1.32 million.

The money should be available to the different entities by summer, Tomich said.

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