A few highlights from Monday’s Nevada City Council meeting

Marlys Barker, Editor

A few highlights from Monday’s council meeting are as follows:

• Council members were officially introduced to their new street superintendent/assistant public works director Jeremy Rydl, who started his position toward the end of 2018. (Rydl was featured in a Journal story, you can search for at nevadaiowajournal.com.) Rydl said he has noticed that Nevada has a lot of newer streets and some that need repair. He’s been very busy lately with his crew, clearing city streets following snowfalls. He noted that even though they often hear a lot of complaints about their work, city crews are appreciated by many others, as a batch of “Scotcharoos” that recently made their way into the street department confirmed.

• Council members were introduced to a new planning and zoning technician intern, Trey Rouse. Rouse previously interned with the city of Newton, where he was involved with nuisance abatement issues. He will utilize that experience to work on some of those same kinds of issues here. He will work for Nevada through the coming summer.

• Council members were reminded that a downtown infrastructure steering committee meeting was going to be held this week, and that they would receive an update following that meeting.

• City Administrator Matt Mardesen informed the council of a water bill problem the city has been made aware of. He said that the city has had numerous calls from people who haven’t received their water bill in the mail this month. The city contacted the post office, but still doesn’t know what happened. They are working through the matter, he said and will try to work with residents who haven’t received their usual bill on time.

• Mayor Brett Barker stated that he’s been to a meeting with a group of people who are passionate about trying to get the Main Street program to come to Nevada. Barker also thanked those who participated or donated to this year’s very successful Fill the Foyer campaign in January.

• Council members Barb Mittman and Luke Spence announced that they are preparing for a community-wide event that will focus on the issue of opioids, which the two have been very involved in. They say an event is planned for March 27 with several activities, the main one being a panel discussion at 7 p.m. at the Tope Community Auditorium at Nevada High School. Residents should plan early to attend by putting that date on their calendar.

• Shanna Speer, library director, said the new online catalog system will go live next week. She’s excited about it and said they’ve had a lot of people asking questions about it already. One question, she said, is how they can subscribe to their favorite authors.