The Commercial Street Boardwalk in Nevada City gets another year of life. The vote passing 3-1 at Wednesday night’s Nevada City City Council meeting following over two hours of public comment both for and against the project. Council member Terri Anderson was the dissenting vote referring to historical reasons saying that just because it is made of wood doesn’t mean it meets requirements of the city historical ordinance. Mayor Sally Harris could not support a five year extension until social and perceived safety issues around the Boardwalk were addressed. In turn Harris proposed supporting a one-year extension.
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Council member Robert Bergman responded that the year review will be less a defense and more of a continuation of the positive changes.
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The agenda item opened with a presentation by Reinette Senum focusing on the positive social changes and community benefits the Boardwalk has achieved since its installation two years ago. Senum was requesting a five year extension, but is happy to take the next year to demonstrate more positive impacts on community.
A majority of the public comment was in favor of the Boardwalk, but there were some speaking against. Long time resident and member of the Historical Society, Madellyn Helling, referred to the historical ordinance and its significance as future development decisions are made.
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Mayor Harris, Council members Dwayne Stawser and Robert Bergam voted in favor of the extension. Council member Jennifer Ray was not present.