Nevada City Council members worked through a number of items on their agenda Monday. Here are a few highlights…
• Parks and Recreation Director Tim Hansen got approval of an approximately $83,700 contract for Harrison Concrete to do work on the Nevada Trail system this summer.
Hansen said the work taking place this summer will include about two dozen areas of the trail that need work because of cracking or rippling — such that could create a danger. There are areas all along the trail that need work.
Hansen was asked by council member Jim Walker if the work could be done in sections, so the entire trail wasn’t shut down all summer, and Hansen said they want to take it a section at a time.
The original part of the trail, in the fairgrounds area, goes back to 1996. “Our trail system overall is in really good shape,” Hansen said. He said the work they are doing is to try to fix smaller issues before they become bigger issues. Hansen said the Parks and Rec department has set aside some of its LOT revenues each year to build up a fund for this work.
• Fire Chief Ray Reynolds received approval for roughly $63,100 to repair the concrete in front of the fire station this summer. The contract was awarded to Caliber Concrete LLC out of Adair.
He said that even the longest members on the fire department can’t remember the concrete pad in front of the station ever being replaced. He had pictures showing the multitude of cracks in the concrete. The Nevada Fire Station is 44 years old, Reynolds reported. And the concrete, he said, will fit in with all the other updates and renovations that are going on inside the building, where firefighters themselves have put in over 900 hours of labor to save on costs.
When asked if the new concrete, which will help make the building handicap-accessible at the outside by removing the step up, will mean there will be more things needing to be done for handicap-accessibility on the inside, Reynolds said the only thing left that needs to be dealt with are the restrooms, and that is the next item the department plans to update. In that process, they will make the restroom area handicap- accessible, he said.
The department has budgeted for the concrete work through several budgeting cycles, Reynolds reported.
• City Administrator Matt Mardesen shared that DuPont is in the process of totally shutting their plant down by the end of April. He said word on the street is that there are several people interested in buying the facility. “DuPont was pretty positive that they could have it sold by this summer,” he said.
• Reynolds shared that Nevada made the cover of March issue of CityScape magazine, the League of Cities publication that goes out to every city in the state. The story was about the new Ultra-High Pressure (UHP) fire technology that Nevada has been learning about and moving toward.
As stated in the article, which was written by Mardesen, “In the near future, Nevada will be replacing two aging grass attack trucks. These trucks have limited application to only wildland fires. We plan to equip two similar vehicles with UHP at a total cost of $180,000. This will provide better service to the community in more types of situations. Furthermore, we are evaluating our service to see if we can reduce the number of engines in our fleet. Research and data is leading us to believe we can save $270,000 with no need to replace a second fire engine in the fleet.”
“This (concept of UHP) is really gaining some traction,” Reynolds said, announcing that Nevada is getting calls to present UHP and train with other departments.
• Reynolds paid tribute to Shannon Groat, a hearing-impaired resident of Nevada, on her work recently to help law enforcement communicate with a hearing-impaired person. He said everyone was very impressed with her abilities and how well she worked to help in the matter.
• Reynolds also noted that police officers in Nevada have started a new initiative to eat lunch with the kids at school when they can, as a way of reaching out and getting to know the students.