The proposed Sugarloaf Trail in Nevada City has hit a hiccup as plans to begin work on the project may be delayed. During the Announcement agenda item at the Nevada City City Council meeting, council member Duane Strawser brought up the fact that the Bear Yuba Land Trust, the organization taking the lead on trail constuction, says they are not comfortable moving ahead because of the homeless population occupying the area.
Strawser says he went up the trail earlier this week and was astonished by what he discovered.
Current law states that homelessness is not a crime, and a city cannot keep people from camping on public property unless they have a place to move them.
City Manager Catrina Olsen sasy another issue is the hazardous waste cleanup.
Olsen say she is going to reach out to the Land Trust and staff to clarify concerns and see if a solution can be developed. Strawser also suggested reaching out to the county to see if there are any legal options that can be implemented.