So far, 2018 has been a relatively slow business month for the Nevada City Council. Only two items were on Monday’s agenda this week.


The two items included approval of several change orders and a pay request to Con-Struct, Inc., with the 2017 CIP Street Improvements Project, and the passing out and approval of a budget worksheet, outlining local option sales tax, equipment revolving, tax increment finance and hotel/motel funds.


City Administrator Matt Mardesen had a few comments for the council.


Mardesen said he’s received the financial stress testing scenarios from the City’s financial advisor, Chip Shultz, concerning the new rec center and how it will impact city finances. He said he’d be working on that information and having it ready for the council to review in early February.


Mardesen also reported that Draintech, a plumbing business, did locate the sewer line northwest of the aquatic center, which was installed back in 2000 for a future concession stand. This line is not deep enough to service the new rec center and baseball field, so the city is considering other options. Mardesen said there is still sewer line work to be done east of SCORE along 19th Street, where they will phase in a new a sewer main from Fawcett Parkway to H Avenue to alleviate stress on the lines in the “new addition” housing area south of Gates Hall and the high school. With funds that should be left over from the 2017 CIP Project, he believes work can be started from there on the new main needed for the rec center and baseball facility. The second phase of the new sewer main project will continue north to H Avenue when funding is available.


Mardesen also had an update about the housing addition planned along South 11th by Al Kockler and Jim Frevert. He said Fox Engineering is working on the design at this time.


Council members Luke Spence and Barb Mittman said they recently attended the Opiod forum held in Ames. “I thought it was very informative … about the opiod crisis in Iowa and how it’s growing.” Spence said there is a problem in Nevada, too, and he hopes that maybe a similar forum can be held here about what can be done in Nevada.


Mayor Brett Barker said it would be nice to get people together in Nevada to see what various entities — such as the police, YSS, local drug stores — are doing on this front.


Spence said the Ames forum was well attended, with over 100 people packing the meeting. Mittman also noted that local state legislators attended.


The Nevada City Council meeting was followed by a training session for new members of the council.