Nighttime ban likely on Nevada City trail |

Nighttime ban likely on Nevada City trail

A dusk to dawn citizen prohibition on the public trail between the Stonehouse Restaurant and Red Castle Inn could be on the horizon.

Although no formal vote was taken Wednesday night, a majority of Nevada City Council members seemed supportive of a measure designed to get transients who allegedly get drunk, abuse drugs and are loud and obnoxious off the trail. A draft ordinance addressing a ban could be discussed at the next Nevada City Council meeting.

Owners of the two businesses have complained for a long time about their customers being harassed by transients frequenting the trail.

“I don’t see why it’s taken this much discussion,” said Councilman David McKay. “To me, this is a health, safety and welfare issue.”

Council members appeared supportive of an ordinance that includes the threat of jail after two violations.

After council members comments Wednesday, the owners sounded relieved.

“That’s all we’ve been asking for,” said Red Castle Inn owner and former Mayor Conley Weaver, referring to a citizen ban during night hours.

One of the owners of the Stonehouse Restaurant, John Vodonick, didn’t want to say too much.

“When things are going my way, I’ve learned to keep my mouth shut,” Vodonick said.


To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail or call 477-4234.

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