Plastic bag ban, Dorsey Interchange on Grass Valley council agenda |

Plastic bag ban, Dorsey Interchange on Grass Valley council agenda

A request to ban single-use plastic bags and a status update on the nearly $25 million project to add an interchange to Highway 49 at Dorsey Drive will highlight today’s Grass Valley City Council meeting.

Following recognition of two Grass Valley Police officers’ life-saving efforts, the Bag Busters of Nevada County are scheduled to deliver a presentation about banning single-use plastic bags, the kind with handles used at the checkout counters of most grocery stores.

The bag-ban proposing organization, supported by a cadre of Nevada County students from area schools, approached the Nevada City Council at its May 8 meeting.

In an April interview with The Union, David Painter, co-owner of the local SPD Markets, said he would be supportive of a ban as long as it is instituted countywide, a sentiment Nevada City Mayor Duane Strawser reiterated.

“It is not fair for SPD, a small, family-run store, to compete with corporate stores such as Safeway and Raley’s,” said Strawser, supported by his colleagues, who indicated their preference for a unified, county-wide ban.

Already more than 50 ordinances have banned single-use plastic bags, covering more than 70 jurisdictions statewide. Truckee is also considering an ordinance that would ban all plastic checkout bags, but the town’s council is still considering the specifics.

Dorsey Interchange

Grass Valley’s city council is also scheduled to get an update tonight on its largest capital improvement project: Dorsey Interchange.

The project, which already has Highway 49 walled up and coned off leading up to the Brunswick Road exit, involves the widening of the Dorsey Drive overcrossing, construction of additional highway lanes and new on- and off-ramps.

Proponents argue the interchange will provide easier access to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Sierra College and local businesses and homes.

In January, the council awarded the project to the Oakland-based McGuire and Hester construction company for more than $15 million. Ground-breaking of the project took place at the end of April, and construction is expected to last two construction seasons.

At one point earlier this year, Grass Valley officials wanted to name the new interchange after slain Ambassador Chris Stevens, a Grass Valley native killed in a terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya on the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2011, terrorist attacks along the East Coast, most prominently the U.S. Trade Center in New York.

Those plans appear to have been abandoned, as the Dorsey bridge is already named in honor of Pfc. Thomas W. Cranford, who died in the Vietnam War. The bridge was named in honor of Cranford by Blue Star Mothers, an organization dedicated to preserving the memory of members of the armed forces.

Grass Valley Mayor Dan Miller told KNCO radio station in February that city had abandoned the naming. He had previously said in January that the back-up plan was to name the McKnight Way overpass after Stevens.

“What we’ve found out is that only McKnight Way was not yet named after a serviceman killed,” Miller said in January.

Other items

Council is also slated to host a public hearing today to consider a resolution to approve guidelines for the Community Development Block Grant Housing Rehabilitation program and consider Grass Valley’s Regional Housing Need Allocation.

Today’s meeting is expected to begin at 7 p.m. at Grass Valley City Hall, located at 125 E. Main St. An agenda and staff reports on specific topics can be found at the city’s website,

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email or call 530-477-4236.

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