Zoning for Joerger Ranch Approved


The Truckee Town Council on March 24 approved the environmental impact report, specific plan, zoning map amendment, and a map that includes five parcels for Joerger Ranch (PC-3). The approvals will allow for development, but projects still need to be proposed. A fifth parcel was created for Tahoe Truckee Lumber Company so it can move from downtown to an area behind the storage facility near the airport. Members of the council praised the latest iteration of the zoning map, which includes protection for wetlands. ~ Kara Fox/Moonshine Ink


Mousehole Work Begins


Construction of a pedestrian and bicycle tunnel underneath the railroad tracks east of State Route 89 has begun. The project will also construct a 10-foot path between Deerfield Drive and West River Street. At least one lane of traffic per direction will remain open throughout the majority of the project construction. The work is anticipated to be completed this fall but some work may continue into 2016.

Final Environmental Documents for Fanny Bridge Project Available


The final environmental documents for the SR 89/Fanny Bridge Community Revitalization Project are available at tahoetransportation.org or at trpa.org. The documents answer questions and address comments submitted on the draft environmental document during the official public comment period.

The next public meeting on the project will be at the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board meeting, Thurs., April 23, 9:30 a.m. at the North Tahoe Conference Center, 8318 N. Lake Blvd., Kings Beach.

Art Chosen for Roundabouts


On March 19, the community selected two winning art pieces from five finalists to be placed in two roundabouts in Kings Beach. A total of 429 voters selected Troy Corliss’ Leaf Sails and David Boyer’s Swimming with Friends. However, CalTrans has frozen all transportation art installations in California while they review its policy for copyright and other issues. Approval from CalTrans for the art installation is anticipated in 2016. Info: tahoepublicart@gmail.com

Emergency Water Conservation Regulation


As California enters a fourth year of severe drought, the State Water Resources Control Board in March adopted an expanded emergency regulation to safeguard the state’s remaining water supplies.All Californians are now prohibited from washing down sidewalks and driveways; watering outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes excess runoff; washing a motor vehicle with a hose unless fitted with a shut-off nozzle; operating a fountain or decorative water feature unless it’s part of a recirculating system; and irrigating turf or ornamental landscapes during, and 48 hours following, measurable precipitation. Info: saveourwater.com or drought.ca.gov

Placer Approves Tahoe Area Projects


The Placer County Board of Supervisors in March approved the expenditure of almost $1.5 million for project development in North Lake Tahoe. The funds come from the transient occupancy tax (TOT) that is collected from vacation rentals in the North Lake Tahoe area. Projects include: Truckee River Trail Restoration between 64 Acres in Tahoe City and the entrance to Squaw Valley, Martis Valley Trail Segment 3A Planning and Development from the wildlife viewing area to the east end of the Northstar Golf Course, Squaw Valley Bike Trail and Staging Area Rehabilitation, Tahoe Public Art Program, and Speedboat Beach Access Master Plan.

Placer and Martis Fund Team Up for Homebuyer Assistance Program


The Martis Fund has provided the county with $500,000 for the new Martis Fund Homebuyer Assistance Program. Loans are available for homebuyers working in Placer County, east of Donner Summit or in the Town of Truckee, and seeking to buy homes in those areas. The buyer’s household income may not be more than 180 percent of the Placer County median income; this equates to roughly $137,000 for a family of four. Loans may be up to $50,000 or 10 percent of the purchase price, whichever is less. Info: placer.ca.gov

Tahoe/Truckee Honored for Early Reading Work


Tahoe/Truckee was named one of just 30 communities across the nation to be honored with a 2014 Pacesetter award by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. Tahoe/Truckee previously received the 2012 All America City award and 2013 Pacesetter award. Tahoe/Truckee was cited for making “measurable progress” on student attendance outcomes — one of the three campaign strategies. The percentage of kindergarten through third grade students who were chronically absent in the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District fell from 8.4 percent in 2012-2013 to 6.5 percent in 2013-2014. This represents over 100 more students who were not chronically absent. Info: tahoetruckeereads.org

School District Sells Bonds


The Tahoe Truckee Unified School District recently sold the first series of bonds under both Measure U and Measure E, which were approved by voters in November 2014. The bonds were sold in the amount of $20 million for Measure U (Truckee) and $19.5 million for Measure E (lakeside). TTUSD was successful in securing competitive interest rates, which were lower than anticipated. The district received an upgraded credit rating based on growth in the district’s tax base and strong financial management of the district, which played a key factor in obtaining lower interest rates. The Truckee area secured a true interest cost of 2.4 percent and the lakeside secured a true interest cost of 3.6 percent.

Hospital Measure C Bond Refinancing Saves Taxpayers $5.1 Million


Tahoe Forest Hospital District successfully refinanced its Measure C series A (2008) general obligation bonds, resulting in a total net savings benefiting district taxpayers of $5.18 million or approximately $215,000 annually. This savings will be directly passed on to TFHD taxpayers through lower annual property tax assessments. The refinancing of these bonds does not extend the length of the original bond term, which will be paid off as originally scheduled. The overall savings in debt service payments equates to an approximate $1.31 reduction in the rate per $100,000 of assessed value for property owners. 

Truckee Bike Park Merges With Nonprofit


Biking for a Better World has merged with the Truckee Bike Park. Biking for a Better World also announced Brooks McMullin, who helped spearhead the Truckee Bike Park project, as its executive director. All 2015 funds raised by BBW will be directed towards phase 4 of the Truckee Bike Park’s construction. Direct any donations to Biking for a Better World and attend its upcoming spring fundraiser at Bar of America on April 30. Info: bikingforabetterworld.org

Supervisor Montgomery Honored for Public Service


Placer County Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery was among 24 female elected officials nationwide recognized this year by a new program created to highlight outstanding contributions by women in government. Montgomery is one of two elected officials from California and one of only three county supervisors from throughout the U.S. recognized by the program.

The 24 women are serving as the inaugural class of a Women in Government Leadership Program created by the Governing Institute. 

TDPUD Now Offering Free LEDs


Truckee Donner Public Utility District customers who sign up for a free residential energy survey will receive two free LED light bulbs. Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology is taking off in residential and commercial lighting applications. TDPUD has been helping its commercial customers transition to LEDs and improve their bottom line. In 2013, TDPUD introduced a $5 per bulb residential electric customer LED rebate, and demand for this program has risen over 300 percent in one year. Info: (530) 582-3931, tdpud.org


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