An administrative policy for the storm water utility cost-share program was approved during Monday night’s Nevada City Council meeting.
The policy sets criteria that will be followed when appropriating funds for storm water collection projects and financially assisting Nevada property owners who have their sump pump collector lines connected to a nearby storm water collector line. An ordinance already in place requires property owners who are selling their home to connect their sump pump lines to a storm water collector line if the storm water line is within 100 feet of the home. This must be done before the home is sold. The policy also provides that the city will reimburse property owners within the project area half of the cost, up to $700, to connect their sump pump lines.
Also, a minimum of $7,500 in funds may be set aside from storm water utility revenues to provide an incentive to property owners who need to connect their sump pump lines at the time they are selling their home.
“We want to make sure there’s enough in the fund to help people who are not eligible for the project at the time,” said City Administrator Elizabeth Hansen.
A concern Councilman Brett Barker had with the policy is it takes away the point of the requirement to hook up to a storm water collector line.
“Will they actually hook up when a collector line goes through?” Barker asked.
Shawn Cole, building and zoning administrator, said for a previous storm water project the city completed, only about 40 percent of homeowners in the project area had their sump pump collector lines connected to the storm water collector line.
The council will discuss the possiblity of increasing the storm water utility rate and establishing a fund to support the program at a future meeting.
Other items on the agenda were the swearing in of Matt Snyder, who will serve as police sergeant, and Ricardo Martinez II, who will serve as public safety director. The council also discussed the first reading of an ordinance that would allow the city’s public safety director to also serve as the police chief instead of finding another individual to fill the position. City Attorney Erin Clanton said the city is required to fill the police chief position, but an amendment to the ordinance will allow the public safety director “to wear two hats.” The first reading was passed unanimously.