City council slated to tour water plant

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Tuesday evening’s regular session of the Nevada City Council lasted nine minutes and quickly dispatched the agenda’s two items. The meeting closed with the announcement the council is scheduled to tour the water plant next Thursday evening.

Earlier this year, a lightning strike at the water plant rendered the plant inoperable.

Said Eric McPeak, local manager for Alliance Water Resources, “Whether it’s because of a lightning strike on the plant or that water main break which emptied all our towers, when we have to put out a boil order, the schools close and it affects everybody in this town. Clean reliable water is absolutely crucial.”

Following the lightning strike, back-up parts were on hand and the plant was running in 24-hours.

JD Kehrman, city manager noted, “On some things, we make it policy to have back-up parts on hand and when we tried to replace them we found out two things.”

The first was, the parts are no longer being made “which meant we had to order them off eBay,” said Kehrman.

Asked about the age of the current reverse osmosis water system, the local water manager said it is 36 years old.

“The city got a system which has done the job and lasted for a long time but after 36 years we need to take a look at it and that’s why we’ve invited the council to take a tour next week,” said McPeak.

The water manager explained that a reverse osmosis system is not merely the best system for Nevada; “Really, with the radionuclides in the water, it’s the only system that will produce safe, clean drinking water.”

The reason it is called Radio Springs Park is due to the radionuclides in the water.

A common radionuclide is radon although at the heart of most smoke detectors is a small amount of the radionuclide known as americium-241.

Prior to the meeting, Mayor Brian Leonard spoke briefly about upcoming city activities including street repairs and a sewer project on South Clay Street.

“As to next year, I’m not sure what we’ll do but we’ll look at paving the parking lot at the old fire station and what can be done about taking down the old First Baptism Church,” said Leonard.

When asked why it has taken years for the city to act on that building the Mayor said, “The cost to remove hazardous materials is sky high but it’s getting to be time; we’re going to have to do something.”

Following the pledge of allegiance and invocation given by Bob Beaver, there in his capacity as a Methodist Lay Minister, roll call showed that with the exception of Carol Clyde-Gallagher, all council members were present.

In other items

• Denise Hedges was appointed to the Library Board. She will replace Sarah Swearingen, with her term expiring June 20, 2021.

• City Treasurer Kristie Modlin noted in her interim financial report dated May 31, since 2014, city sales tax revenue has been hovering between $1.59 and $1.64 million per year while 2018 it is estimated to be a stable $1.6 million.

• The treasurer’s report states how through May, although 42 percent of the year had been completed, “The General Fund received 50 percent of budgeted revenue and expensed 48 percent of revenue.”

• Through May, water and sewer revenues were 36 percent of budget while expenditures were 51 percent of budget. In part, this was due to several emergency repairs.

• Council approved Resolution No. 1514 granting liquor license applications for the period of August 1, 2018 through July 31, 2019. Licenses were approved for Iguana Azul, DeLaney Vineyard & Winery (for selling by drink and manufacturing wine), I Don’t Care Tacos & Burritos, Los Sauces, Sharky’s Pub and Grub II, Pizza Hut and Hop In.

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