Interim CEO Named for Tahoe Forest Hospital District

TRUCKEE

Virginia “Ginny” Razzo was named interim CEO of the Tahoe Forest Hospital District by the district’s board at its Jan. 27 meeting. Razzo, who previously served as the district’s COO, replaces Bob Schapper. Her 18 month contract includes $251,901 in pay, the same benefits as she was previously receiving, an education loan forgiveness of $136,016, and a stipulation that she will return as the district’s COO if she is not selected as the permanent CEO. The board also voted to wait at least two months before searching for a new CEO, and decided not to have Schapper in a formal consulting role. ~ Kara Fox/Moonshine Ink

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Olympic Valley Incorporation EIR Proposals Due by Feb. 17

SQUAW VALLEY

The Placer County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) has released a request for proposals for the preparation of an environmental impact report for the incorporation of the Town of Olympic Valley. To obtain a copy, visit placer.ca.gov/departments/lafco or contact LAFCO at (530) 889-4097.


Martis Valley West Project Drops Tahoe Basin Portion

MARTIS VALLEY

A project that sought to build some 112 residential homes on land overlooking Lake Tahoe has been withdrawn from the review process. Instead, the project applicant will submit a revised project that does not include building resort residential homes in the Tahoe Basin and instead clusters all development in the Martis Valley.

The Martis Valley West Project will retain the proposed protection of 6,376 acres of land in Martis Valley (the east parcel) into permanent conservation. The east parcel development rights to 760 residential units, 6.6 acres of commercial, and the associated amenities will still be transferred to the west parcel and 600 units will be retired from development. The project’s boundaries will be adjusted to remove the Tahoe Basin land.

The proposed preservation of the 6,376 acres will connect more than 50,000 acres of contiguous open space in the Martis Valley. Read our Jan. 27 online story Tahoe Basin Taken Out of Martis Valley West Project at moonshineink.com


SR 89/Fanny Bridge Community Revitalization Project Public Workshop

TAHOE CITY

A public workshop to gather input and present options for components of the SR 89/Fanny Bridge Community Revitalization Project will be held Thursday, Feb. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Granlibakken Conference Center & Lodge in Tahoe City. The Tahoe Transportation District and Central Federal Lands Highway Division are seeking input on bridge aesthetics and surrounding project infrastructure at the state Route 89/28 “Wye” intersection. The workshop will provide the community an opportunity to give feedback; discuss options for sidewalks, street-scaping and gateway features; learn detailed information on roundabouts; and review aerial video and still images of the project area. Starting Feb. 27, the workshop will be available to those who cannot attend in person at ConnectTahoeCity.com.


Supervisors Delay Decision on Moving Tahoe Basin Animal Services

TAHOE VISTA

After listening to impassioned comments from the Tahoe Basin community, the Placer County Board of Supervisors voted Jan. 20 to delay making a decision on whether to move animal services to the Town of Truckee’s animal shelter. County staff had asked for approval of a 30-year contract with the Town of Truckee to use its newly constructed animal shelter and close Placer County’s Tahoe Vista shelter.

Community members who spoke at the meeting asked the supervisors for six months to formulate a plan on how to deal with replacement of an aging Tahoe Vista shelter that is nearing the end of its life expectancy. Supporters will have the allotted time to figure out land coverage issues for constructing a new shelter in the Basin, financing options, staffing, and other details that would need to be dealt with before the board would consider keeping these services in the Basin. The issue will be addressed again at the next board of supervisors’ Tahoe meeting in July. Read our Jan. 22 online article Tahoe Vista Animal Shelter Saved…For Now at moonshineink.com.


TCPUD Customers Use Least Amount of Water Since 1980

TAHOE CITY

As required by state emergency regulations, the Tahoe City Public Utility District’s board of directors declared Stage 2 drought restrictions for its water service areas in July 2014.  TCPUD customers responded with record water conservation. The district produced the second lowest amount of water on record at only 413.3 million gallons. That total was just above the lowest amount on record of 408.4 million gallons produced in 1980. “These results are really astounding, especially when you consider we had just over 2,900 water connections in 1980 and today we have over 4,100,” said Tony Laliotis, director of utilities for the district.


Town Conducts Survey on Curbside Collection

TRUCKEE

The Town of Truckee wants feedback on its curbside yard waste collection program. Presently, residents can set out up to four green plastic bags per week for yard waste collection. However, the Town of Truckee and Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal are considering recommending changing the program to incorporate the use of 96 gallon rolling carts instead of the green bags. The proposed change may be presented to the town council for consideration in March. The town will continue to offer free drop-off at the Eastern Regional Landfill and reduced cost yard-waste-only dumpsters. To participate in the survey, visit surveymonkey.com/s/KQLC59P


Placer’s Unemployment Rate Drops to Lowest Since 2007

PLACER COUNTY

Placer County’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.2 percent during December, reaching its lowest point since 2007. Its seasonally unadjusted 5.2 percent jobless rate was down from the 5.9 percent posted for November and from the 6.5 percent recorded for December a year earlier. Placer County’s jobless rate was the 12th lowest among California’s 58 counties.

Placer County’s job-growth rate of 5.0 for the 12-month period ending Sept. 30, 2013, earned a tie for sixth among the nation’s 334 largest counties in a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Placer County has the highest growth rate among 26 counties in California with populations large enough to be included in the report.


Conservancy Awards $50,000 for Lake Tahoe Water Trail

TAHOE BASIN

The California Tahoe Conservancy Board unanimously voted Feb. 5 to award Sierra Business Council $50,000 to expand and enhance the Lake Tahoe Water Trail, a 72-mile scenic paddling route around the shores of Lake Tahoe. SBC plans to improve trail maps; increase wayfinding, trailhead signage, and outreach and education; launch a lodge-to-lodge network; and establish a new oversight committee to develop a business plan to create a more sustainable program.

The conservancy also has new draft guidelines to consolidate its existing grant programs (erosion control, watershed restoration, recreation and public access, and wildlife enhancement). The conservancy is hosting a public workshop on its draft grant guidelines on March 11, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Tahoe City Public Utility District Board Room, 221 Fairway Dr., Tahoe City.


Truckee Elementary Student Wins Statewide Poster Contest

TRUCKEE

Anahy Valdez Vallin, a fifth grader at Truckee Elementary, won first place overall for the state of California for a school bus safety poster contest. This is the first time a student of the Truckee Tahoe Unified School District has won the overall competition. This year’s theme was a Bully Free Zone. More than 170 TTUSD elementary and middle school students participated. The board of education will honor all of the winners at its April 1 board meeting.
 


Tahoe Forest Hospital Maintains Aa3 Rating

TRUCKEE

Moody’s Investors Service has affirmed the Aa3 rating to Tahoe Forest Hospital. District’s general obligation bonds, including the General Obligation Bonds, Election of 2007, Series C (2012); Series B (2010); and Series A (2008), totaling approximately $98.5 million. The outlook on the district’s general obligation bonds is stable.

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