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Search continues for new manager for Nevada City

The Nevada City City Council will begin sifting through a stack of resumes today to identify top candidates for the city manager post.

The council on Monday unanimously voted to screen the resumes in closed session in the presence of top city staff members.



The council will meet tonight at 7 p.m. at City Hall, and will reconvene Thursday, if necessary.




The city has received 55 applications for the job, City Clerk Cathy Wilcox-Barnes said Monday, but several could be duplicates.

The council voted Monday to accept several applications that arrived after the April 11 deadline because a wrong fax number was printed in a newsletter advertising the position.

The city manager will succeed Beryl Robinson, who is scheduled to step down Tuesday. He has offered to stay on during the selection process.

An interim city manager may still have to be hired because Robinson is not likely to stay beyond June, City Attorney Jim Anderson told the council.

Monday’s discussion on the screening process lasted more than an hour.

Councilman Steve Cottrell proposed that no council members serve on the screening committee to avoid creating preconceived notions about who should be selected for the post.

The city manager, city engineer, city attorney and two to three other people should be included on the screening committee, Cottrell said.

Vice Mayor Kerry Arnett agreed with the gist of Cottrell’s idea. He said Grass Valley’s city administrator has offered to serve on the screening committee

But, Arnett added, the council should retain the right to go through all applications after the screening is completed and to select any applicant.

“We’re the ones who have to make the ultimate decision,” Arnett said.

Councilman Conley Weaver and Mayor David McKay agreed.

Cottrell finally suggested that all council members screen the applicants.

One of the city manager’s likely tasks will involve efforts to improve the city Planning Department’s filing system, which the county grand jury concluded in February doesn’t meet state standards.

The planning files will be kept inside a locked cabinet and moved into a secured room, city staff said in a letter presented to the council Monday addressed to the grand jury. Historical documents will be photocopied, they said.

The council has until the end of May to answer to the grand jury report.

In another matter, Ron Gangemi’s plans to build a two-story house in a new subdivision off West Broad Street were denied.

The vote was 3-2; Cottrell and Councilman Tom Balch dissented.

Gangemi was appealing the Planning Commission’s vote on March 13 rejecting his plans to build a 2,100-square-foot house with a three-car garage.

The proposed house would be too big and not fit the neighborhood, commissioners said in the 2-2 vote. Three votes were needed to pass the request.

Gangemi said he and his wife paid $100,000 for the 30,672- square-foot lot in December. The Planning Commission voted according to its preference, he said, not the rules.

Gangemi did not rule out a lawsuit against the city. He and other owners in the subdivision have consulted with counsel, he said.

“Several of the owners are looking at the alternatives,” Gangemi said.


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