NTPUD to Collect Parking Fees Year-Round KINGS BEACH AND TAHOE VISTA

In an effort to bring in additional funding to offset deferred maintenance expenses and to provide North Tahoe Public Utility District residents the benefits of its Resident’s Benefit Program, the district will staff the entrances at Kings Beach State Recreation Area and the North Tahoe Regional Park year round. The off-season (Oct. 1 to May 31) parking fee entry for non-residents is $3 for both the park and recreation area. Locals with a PUD sticker are free.

Kings Beach State Recreation Area is a California State Park and has a significant amount of deferred maintenance and other upgrades that need to be done. The North Tahoe Regional Park is in need of nearly $1 million in deferred maintenance. The district has operated on the honor system of non-residents paying at the iron rangers like most state and USFS park facilities, but there is very little compliance and it is only fair that all users share in the maintenance and upgrades to the facilities they use.  

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Park and Facility Manager Tracey Towner stated, “After numerous unpaid car counts at both the North Tahoe Regional Park and Kings Beach, with many being out of state license plates that aren’t paying our Community Facilities District property tax assessment, I’ve decided to implement parking attendants to enforce the fees in the shoulder and off season.”


TCPUD Completes Replacement of Lake Forest and Tahoma Meadows Water Systems TAHOE CITY AND TAHOMA

After six years and extraordinary assistance from the state, the Tahoe City Public Utility District has completed the acquisition and full replacement of the Lake Forest Water System.

Approximately $4 million was invested in the project, the majority of which was grant funded. The 80-year-old system suffered from significant deficiencies, including poor water quality, lack of fire suppression, inadequate storage, and shallow, undersized water lines. In 2007, these serious health and safety problems spurred 72 percent of the customers of the Lake Forest Water System to petition TCPUD to acquire and rebuild the water system.

Years of effort to negotiate with the company’s owner for the purchase of the system failed and court action was ultimately required. In 2011, TCPUD was able to begin construction and the final phase of the project was completed in October 2013. The system includes 27 new fire hydrants and over 10,000 linear feet of new water lines serving 123 businesses and residences.

The TCPUD also recently invested over $600,000 to build a transmission line and bring the Tahoma Meadows Mutual Water Company, serving 47 residents, into the public system.

This water system, like many small systems, had many deficiencies, including inadequate fire flow, no backup power, and insufficient water storage. TMMWC also had water quality issues and was under a compliance order from Placer County Health and Human Services for exceeding the Arsenic Maximum Contaminant level. These challenges presented a significant hardship for a water system with such a small customer base.

After initially approaching the McKinney Water District, which voted against taking ownership of the water system, TMMWC asked the TCPUD for assistance. Info: tcpud.org


Fanny Bridge and Other Projects Awarded $25.5 Million in Funding TAHOE CITY AND WEST SHORE

The Tahoe Transportation District has been awarded $25.5 million in funds from the Federal Lands Access Program for the State Route 89/Fanny Bridge Community Revitalization Project, Meeks Bay Bike Path, and the Dollar Creek Shared Use Path.

Goals for the 84 year-old Fanny Bridge, which is structurally deficient, include improving pedestrian, cyclist, and driver safety; making public transportation more effective with long-term strategic connectivity, reliability, and travel times. It will also provide two viable emergency evacuation routes from the West Shore, lessen environmental impacts by reducing vehicle emissions, improve storm water treatment, and aid in alleviating present and future travel back-ups in and around the Tahoe City “Wye.”

The Tahoe Transportation District will continue to coordinate with local, state, and federal partners to secure the remaining funds, estimated to be around $7.5 million.

The Federal Lands grants finances well-conceived projects that improve transportation facilities affiliated with federal lands.  

Currently, the SR89/Fanny Bridge Community Revitalization Project is under environmental review, which involves collecting field data necessary to develop required environmental and technical studies. An estimated completion date for drafts of the technical environmental and engineering studies is fall 2013, with release of a draft environmental document in winter 2014. A preferred alternative has not been selected.

The agency is also working on a focused economic study with an estimated completion date of fall 2013. Depending on funding, construction could begin in 2015. Info: (775) 589-5500, tahoetransportation.org


Placer County Looks to Secure $1.5 Million Grant for Kings Beach Project KINGS BEACH

There is a high likelihood that Placer County will be successful in securing additional project funding for the Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project through the Community Development Block Grant for $1.5 million. The grant funds have specific award requirements that Placer County Department of Public Works personnel are currently working on. The county has elected to delay the construction contract award to the Nov. 12 Board of Supervisors meeting. This should give all the agencies involved time to review and prepare documents required to secure this additional funding.

These funds are important because they will help support the grid pedestrian improvements that the county wants to make sure is constructed as part of the project’s first phase of the project, the “Core of the Core.”

AT&T has completed several utility relocations at Coon Street and Highway 28 last month, as well as at Bear Street and Highway 28. The current plan is to push ahead with as many of these relocations as possible as the weather will allow. Info: KingsBeachCore.info


TDPUD Reduces Green House Gas By Almost 60 Percent TRUCKEE

The Truckee Donner Public Utility District released the results of a Green House Gas study on the district’s operations. The study, which compares 2008 TDPUD green house gas inventories to 2012 levels, documented an overall reduction in green house gases of almost 60 percent.

“This community made it clear that they want reliable operations, stable rates, and reduced impact on the environment,” said Michael Holley, TDPUD general manager. “The board and staff since 2008 has been transitioning the TDPUD away from coal to renewable energy sources, along with making significant improvements in our operational efficiency.”

The green house gas study, conducted by Truckee-based Sierra Business Council, utilized a general reporting protocol developed by the Climate Registry. The study inventoried five gases and examined the TDPUD’s water and electric department operations, delivered electricity, and bulk transmission losses.

Although many factors contributed to the significant reduction in the district’s green house gas, increased renewable energy supplies and reduced water production were critical factors in the reduced carbon footprint. These results are timely as California’s climate change law and Renewable Portfolio Standard are mandating reduced carbon levels and, in many cases, causing large customer rate increases, by 2020. Info: tdpud.org


Public Workshop on Proposed Economic Development Programs in Truckee TRUCKEE

As part of the Truckee Town Council’s ongoing commitment to encourage economic development, a public workshop will be held Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Truckee Town Hall. The workshop is intended to offer the community an opportunity to comment and provide input on several proposed economic development programs to help foster a healthy, year-round economy.

Over the past several years, Truckee has implemented a number of programs and projects to both revitalize the downtown core, and to assist small businesses and first-time homebuyers in investing in our community. Examples of these efforts include the sidewalk enhancements in front of the train depot; the public/private partnership that resulted in the Bar of America and Truckee Hotel streetscape improvements that increased pedestrian safety and created outside seating; $2.43 million in first-time homeowners loan assistance; and funding support for the start-up of Truckee Thursdays.

The town council has earmarked an additional $2.75 million for economic development programs. This funding is provided through remaining redevelopment agency funds and designated general fund dollars. The goal of the proposed programs is to establish partnerships that would allow the town to leverage additional funds to encourage private investment, as well as to promote and complete projects that provide measurable advantages to our community.

Info: Alex Terrazas, aterrazas@townoftruckee.com, (530) 582-2914, surveymonkey.com/s/EDPrograms


No Mud Snails Found in Truckee River TRUCKEE

No invasive New Zealand mud snails were found during a survey in the Truckee River conducted by this year’s Truckee River Day volunteers on Oct. 20. The invasive species has been found in the Truckee River in Reno.

Other work the volunteers did that day that will have a long-lasting, positive impact on the watershed include: completed floodplain restoration in Coldstream Canyon; erected fencing along Cold Creek to protect vulnerable trees from beavers; re-routed and maintained four separate trails to encourage trail use and to protect sensitive wetlands, fragile stream banks, and native habitat; continued restoration of the Old Town Corporation Yard by planting plants, spreading native seeds, and mulching the area; planted conifer trees and sugar pine seedlings to help promote healthy reforestation, placed gravels in Prosser Creek to improve fish habitat; relocated barriers on the bottom of Martis Creek Lake to eradicate Eurasian water milfoil; removed the remnants of an old barbed wire fence that presented a hazard for wildlife, dogs, and people in Martis Valley; restored an eroded area at the Donner Lake boat ramp to prevent further damage; and released over 400 fingerling Lahontan Cutthroat trout in the Truckee River to help with their recovery.
 

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