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Stevens to pay U.K. food costs

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The mayor of Grass Valley will not eat at taxpayers’ expense when she represents the city in Great Britain later this month.

Mayor Linda Stevens announced Tuesday at the City Council meeting she is withdrawing her request to spend $399 or more for meals when she visits Cornwall, England and Scotland.

“I will take care of myself personally,” Stevens told the council.

Stevens is scheduled to leave for Cornwall April 30 with members of the Grass Valley Male Voice Choir, and other residents of western Nevada County. The trip ends May 14.

The group will travel to Bodmin, Grass Valley’s sister city, and Penzance, Nevada City’s sister city. They will also visit York and North Yorkshire, and Edinburgh, Scotland.

Most of Stevens’ trip, estimated at $2,000, is being financed from a fund-raiser held at the Holbrooke Hotel recently.

In another matter, the council voted unanimously to spend $28,050 to hire Sauers Engineering Inc. of Nevada City to study the possibility of transferring the city’s water system to the Nevada Irrigation District.

The city and NID will share the cost of the $56,100 study equally. NID’s Board of Directors is expected to take up the matter today.

NID General Manager James Chatigny said the study could be completed by July.

The council also voted to seek a contractor to install two new drain pipes under South Auburn Street, a project estimated to cost $450,000.

Also, Planning Commissioner Gloria Hyde was appointed to represent the city on the Natural Heritage 2020 Community Advisory Committee. Hyde replaces Joe Heckl, the city’s community development director.

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