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City Council Meeting Highlights from May 8

Marlys Brehm was present at the Nevada City Council meeting Monday to thank the City for their support of the Nevada Historical Society and to invite council members to the upcoming Music at the Mansion.

The second Music at the Mansion event is scheduled for Saturday, June 3, from 4-9 p.m. at Evergreen Lane. Brehm said this year’s event will have more vendors, longer band playing time, and they’re hoping for more people!

Council members spent some time talking about parking in the downtown area, as administration is working on a new parking ordinance. Parking issues will continue to be discussed with downtown business owners before an ordinance is presented to council for a vote.

City Administrator Jordan Cook also asked the council whether they wanted administration to continue to look into cameras for speeding and/or security. It was agreed to have administration begin by looking at the possibility of putting security cameras in the parks. As for speed cameras, most don’t want to see them all over town, but there is some interest in having them along the Highway 30 corridor.

Fire Chief Ray Reynolds wasn’t present at the meeting, but his written report contained some important information about recent fires in the community: “The last two fire deaths in our community have been related to smoking while using an oxygen concentrator. The last three fires have been caused by careless smoking. The department has been working with the Fire and Life Safety section of the IAFC and with a company named Sunset Medical Corporation to test solutions to mitigate this fire problem in our community. The “fire safe cannula extension” is a medical device that costs $11.25. It attaches to the oxygen tubing and shunts the flow of oxygen when exposed to fire. We will be participating in a legislative discussion May 24 in Washington, D.C., to mandate the use of these devices on all Medicare funded home oxygen systems. We will be seeking grants to get a supply of these for residents.”

Mayor Brett Barker noted that Story Medical held a very nice groundbreaking ceremony last week for its new Senior Care facility that will be built just south of the current hospital building. “This will be a wonderful option for families in the future,” he said.

Councilman Steve Skaggs complimented the first Farmers Market last Thursday, calling it exciting and successful. He reminded everyone that the market will continue “every Thursday.” Also commenting about the market was Library Director Erin Coughlin, who said the library will be offering storytimes at the farmers market for the next three weeks and will then continue whether or not to continue.

Planning & Zoning official Ryan Hutton wrapped up the meeting with a question he’s getting asked by Nevada resident – Is Nevada recognizing “No Mow May”? While other communities are doing a “No Mow May” initiative, Nevada is not, and for now, the City of Nevada will continue its mowing ordinance as usual, requiring grass to be cut in a timely fashion. Mayor Barker said he’d like to gather information and get public input if the community wants to have a No Mow May event in the future.

–Written by Marlys Barker, City of Nevada

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