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Plan to curb park drinking advances

The first step toward possibly banning alcohol at Pioneer Park in Nevada City was taken Monday.

The City Council asked the city attorney to draft an ordinance to limit – and possibly ban – the use of alcohol at Pioneer Park. No vote was taken.



In another development, City Manager Beryl Robinson announced at the end of the council meeting that he would resign, effective in April 30. He has served in the post for more than 36 years.




The alcohol ordinance could ban the use of alcohol altogether at the park and its surrounding areas, or it could limit use to specific areas within the park.

City Councilman Steve Cottrell said he and Councilman David McKay and others started to work on the issue long before a man was stabbed last month at the park. This is not a knee-jerk reaction, said Cottrell.

Cottrell and McKay serve on the city’s park committee. Both said they want to make sure people’s civil rights are protected.

Bill Zoller, a 6-year resident on Park Avenue, urged the council to ban the use of alcohol at the park.

The “drunks” and the derelicts make the neighborhood and the park unusable, Zoller told the council.

In another matter, the City Council voted to ratify City Councilman Pat Dyer’s decision last May to fire Jim Rose from the city’s Planning Commission.

Commissioner Harry Stewart repeatedly said at public meetings last fall that Dyer should have not been allowed to single-handedly remove Rose from the Planning Commission. The entire City Council should have voted on the removal, he said.

City Attorney Jim Anderson asked the City Council to take a vote to ratify Dyer’s decision to put an end to the matter. The city’s ordinance dealing with the removal of planning commissioners was not clear, he said.

Cottrell abstained, saying that Dyer had the right to fire Rose on his own. “It don’t think it’s any of my business,” Cottrell said.

The council also decided to appoint a committee to review the city’s general plan to decide what needs to be updated. City Planner Paul Cogley said some elements discussed in the general plan are obsolete.

Cottrell argued for a comprehensive review of the city’s general plan, but others said the document only needs minor changes.

There is no need to reinvent the wheel, Mayor Kerry Arnett said.

The current general plan is 60 pages long and was adopted in 1986.


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