Short meeting at Grass Valley City Council
This week’s meeting of the Grass Valley City Council took less than 20 minutes to complete.
The council reviewed and approved the city’s official response to the Nevada County Civil Grand Jury.
It was passed through a voice vote as part of the consent calendar without debate or discussion.
The city will now send a four-page letter, signed by Mayor Dan Miller and Vice Mayor Jason Fouyer, to Candace Heidelberger, presiding judge of the Superior Court of Nevada County.
“… the grand jury’s report concerning water flow from the Drew Tunnel and Magenta Drain is missing essential information, and accordingly, draws the wrong conclusions. The city appreciates this opportunity to tell the fuller story(,)” the letter reads.
It contains 15 separate points of response, largely dealing with factual inaccuracies in the grand jury report.
One of the grand jury’s findings was that … “Due to a lack of agency cooperation to address the problems effectively and efficiently, public health is potentially endangered.”
The city refutes that point.
“The City has been successfully treating Drew Tunnel flows and has been working with Regional Water Quality Control Board, amongst other agencies, to resolve this issue for many years … Public health is not endangered from the Drew Tunnel flows, because the contaminants in the flows are aesthetic issues (i.e. taste, color, and odor), and the City’s WWTP (waste water treatment plant) is effectively removing these aesthetic issues during the treatment process and prior to discharge of treated effluent to Wolf Creek.
The city also refuted the grand jury’s assertion that the city had failed to test water quality in, around, or downstream from the water treatment plant.
“The City does testing in accordance with the City’s RWQCB permit both upstream and downstream of our WWTP and has done so for years. Additionally, the City’s permit requires extensive testing of the plant effluent prior to discharge to Wolf Creek,” the city’s response read. The staff report, and the accompanying letter to the Superior Court, can be found on the city’s website.
The council also heard an update on the city’s Americans with Disabilities Act Transition Plan and Self Evaluation.
Check back with The Union for more information on that process.
To contact Staff Writer Dave Brooksher, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4230.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Grass Valley and Nevada County make The Union’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User