The Nevada City Council voted Monday to have City Clerk Kerin Wright serve as the interim city administrator beginning Nov. 12.
Wright will temporarily replace Matt Mardesen as city administrator. The city is still trying to generate interest in the open position and originally planned to make a decision on a permanent city administrator at the Nov. 12 meeting.
Wright will receive pay of $10 per hour in addition to her city clerk salary as she assumes the city administrator duties. The council plans to reevaluate this 90 days after Nov. 12, because if the position is not permanently filled by that time the process will have been taking longer than they thought.
The council voted to approve the purchase of 42 radios for the Nevada Fire Department. The cost of the radios, totaling $149,000, will be paid for in yearly allotments of about $49,000 for three years. The police department recently purchased similar radios.
City Administrator Matt Mardesen reported the water leak in Nevada had been fixed Monday at 5:15 p.m. The street, water and parks and recreation departments met Saturday, Sunday and Monday to search for the leak and test storm sewers for chlorine. On Monday they traced the leak back to T Avenue. According to Mardesen, normally a leak will bubble up through the ground, but this leak was not visible until Monday morning.
“It was all hands on deck today to get that thing fixed,” he said. “You can see just three little bubbles coming up and that’s how they identified it.”
Mardesen said they did not have to shut any part of the water system down and that thewater is still safe to drink.
The council will meet again at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12.