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Raise the 80 and environmental projects on Nevada City Council agenda

This week, the Nevada City Council will hear an update on the Caltrans “Raise the 80” project, which will detour traffic along Interstate 80 through Nevada County along the Highway 20/49 corridor. Earlier this month, the state transportation agency announced plans to postpone the detour until Aug. 13-14.

It was originally scheduled for May or June, but had to be delayed due to issues with documentation.

In other news, the Nevada City Council will be looking at two grant-funded environmental projects. City staff members have created a land management plan for the Hirschman’s Pond property, aimed at reducing fire danger.

The skeleton plan, which involves applying for permits later, would involve fuels reduction and fire clearing.

The plan was funded through a Proposition 84 grant, but more funding will be required for the actual work.

Staff reports indicate this item is expected to have zero fiscal impact on the city’s budget, as payroll expenses associated with staff time will be reimbursed through grant funding.

The agenda also includes a streambed alteration agreement with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

City staff says the agreement is necessary to perform work at the Providence Mine project site under a $200,000 Brownfields cleanup grant through the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Finally, the council will consider a street-closure request from the Free Mason’s Nevada Lodge No. 13 for a flag dedication ceremony on Sept. 14. They’re requesting the closure of North Pine Street between Broad and Commercial streets from 9:30-11 a.m.

Notes from city staff indicate that the fiscal impact of the closure, if approved, would be roughly $100. That money would cover the cost of having Public Works employees place and remove traffic control barricades.

To contact Staff Writer Dave Brooksher, email dbrooksher@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230.

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