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More Utility Undergrounding For Nevada City

More underground utility work is on the way for Nevada City. Nevada County Supervisors have approved a Memorandum of Understanding with the city, to transfer half-a-million dollars in so called Rule 20A credits. It’s through a program established by the California Public Utilities Commission, where utilities, like PG and E, set aside a dollar per-month from ratepayer bills toward reducing the wildfire danger and power outages. City Engineer Bryan McCallister says the project is contiguous with other existing districts downtown, on West and East Broad Streets. He told the board it culminates nearly ten years of efforts…

click to listen to Bryan McCallister

The project will also benefit unincorporated areas of the county. Mayor Erin Minett says it’s a critical corridor…

click to listen to Erin Minett

Those 250 tree removals sparked a number of protests. PG and E had also stated that undergrounding utilities has become very expensive, at an estimated cost of one-point-two million dollars, for this project, and also with potential environmental and cultural barriers hidden beneath the surface.

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