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NEVADA CITY, Calif. June 29, 2020 – The agenda for a special meeting of the City of Nevada City Council has been published. Three items are on the agenda, with only one action item, a proposed resolution regarding the California Department of Public Health’s Updated Guidance Mandating the Wearing of Face Coverings in High-Risk Situations and Encouraging the Public to Follow the Updated Guidance.

The meeting will be a virtual meeting, via Zoom teleconference and start at 6:00 pm. The meeting will be broadcast live on Public Television Channel 17, online at the city’s website WWW.NEVADACITYCA.GOV or Nevada City Public Meetings-YouTube Channel or at http://nevco.granicus.com/player/camera/2?publish_id=7

The items on the agenda:

  1. PUBLIC COMMENT: As long as this is a special meeting, under Government Code section 54954.3(a) members of the public are entitled to address the City Council only on items on the agenda for this special meeting before or during consideration of that item and NOT ON MATTERS NOT ON THE AGENDA for this special meeting.
  2. PRESENTATION: Ryan Gruver, Nevada County Health and Human Services Director – Governor’s Guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) for Face Coverings
  3. SUBJECT: A Resolution Affirming the California Department of Public Health’s Updated Guidance Mandating the Wearing of Face Coverings in High-Risk Situations and Encouraging the Public to Follow the Updated Guidance – RECOMMENDATION: Pass Resolution 2020-XX, a Resolution of the City Council City of Nevada City Affirming the California Department of Public Health’s Updated Guidance Mandating the Wearing of Face Coverings in High-Risk Situations and Encouraging the Public to Follow the Updated Guidance.

How to comment

If you wish to make a comment on a specific agenda item, please submit your comment via email to the City Manager at NEVADACITY.OLSON@GMAIL.COM. Comments will be accepted at the email provided until 10 am the day of the special meeting. You may also comment during the meeting by subscribing to the City’s YouTube channel Nevada City Public Meetings and submitting your public comments live during the meeting. Please limit to 200 words or less. Every effort will be made to read your comment into the record, but some comments may not be read due to time constraints. Note: comments that were received before 3 p.m. on June 29, 2020, are attached to the staff report for the Council’s review and will not be read into the record.

Why a special meeting?

During last Wednesday’s regular city council meeting, a discussion ensued about the public health guidance and comments by the mayor. Instead of reading the public comments pertaining to those issues, the council voted to schedule a special meeting. After accommodating everyone’s calendar, Tuesday was picked. The agenda was posted 24 hours ahead of time, including over 400 pages of comments received since.

The comments for the June 24th meeting don’t appear to have been published. We emailed the City Manager requesting copies of those comments and haven’t received a reply as of publication time. It is noteworthy that Nevada City uses a Gmail address to collect public comments instead of an @nevadacityca.gov address. California law requires cities to keep emails for a minimum of two years.

Tomorrow’s meeting will only deal with the city’s stance on the CDPH guidance, not any other issues.

The next regular meeting of the city Council will be on July 8, 2020 at 6:30 pm.

Agenda for the June 30, 2020 meeting
Supporting documents and public comment packet