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Sunday market, horse carriage on council agenda

The Nevada City council will consider bringing a horse-drawn carriage back to the downtown, the future of the Sunday Market and spending $105,859 to purchase and install solar panels at its regular weekly meeting on Wednesday.

Wednesday’s meeting also will be the first full meeting for a new City Council. Reinette Senum and Robert Bergman were sworn in at the previous meeting after being elected in June to their first terms in office.

At that meeting, Barbara Coffman was selected as the mayor and Senum the vice mayor. Sally Harris, who has been the mayor for the past year, returns as an interim city councilor serving until a special election is held in November.

City Engineer Bill Falconi said Monday the city received three bids to purchase and install solar panels at City Hall, the city yard on Boulder Street and the pool in Pioneer Park.

Plan It Solar of Penn Valley had the low bid of $105,859, which is what city staff is recommending the council approve. Sustainable Energy of Nevada City bid $129,060 for the job and Sierra Solar of Grass Valley bid $129,129.

Falconi said the solar panels should pay for themselves in 12 to 13 years if energy prices increase by an average of 5 percent a year.

“There is really a pretty quick payback,” he said.

If the council accepts the bid, Falconi said work could begin in six weeks.

“We’d like to get this done by the end of the year,” he said, adding that if the project is done by then, the city will qualify for Pacific Gas & Electric rebates.

The council will also consider for the third time the fate of the Sunday Market.

Stonehouse Restaurant owner Mimi Boardman has received permission to operate the market for a month at two different City Council meetings. At the meeting on June 25, the council agreed to the one-month extension, but Coffman said at the time she wants a permanent resolution to the issue at the next meeting.

Boardman said Monday that 36 vendors were in her parking lot on Sunday, the biggest turnout yet. Police and Fire department reports submitted to the council say the market has not caused them any problems to date.

Originally, Boardman wanted the Sunday Market, which she has described as a “deluxe garage sale,” to go each Sunday through the Christmas. On Wednesday, she will ask to hold the market until Oct. 26, the day after the Saturday Growers Market on Union Street is scheduled to hold its last event of the season.

“We can call it the end of market season,” Boardman said.

In new business, the council will consider two proposals to bring back horse-drawn carriages to Nevada City.

Chuck Shea, who owns the Parsonage bed and breakfast in Nevada City, and Classic Coach Carriage of West Sacramento submitted proposals to operate the horse-carriage operation after the city sought proposals for the business.

The city is seeking to replace David Vertin, who owns the Nevada City Carriage Co. Vertin offered rides in downtown Nevada City for 28 years before shutting down that part of his business on Dec. 31. He now offers rides on a reservation basis.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall chambers, 317 Broad St.

To contact Staff Writer Pat Butler, e-mail or call 477-4239.

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