New Librarian
TRUCKEE

Lucinda DeLorimier has joined the Truckee Library as branch librarian. DeLorimier calls the position her “seventh career.” Previously she had been a graphic designer, a software developer of narrative content, a teacher, and a director of children’s musical theater.

She worked with the Nevada County Library System for more than 11 years before coming to Truckee. DeLorimier started by volunteering as a storytime reader and storyteller at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City, and previously worked as the branch librarian of the Grass Valley Library.

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DeLorimier characterized herself as a lifelong lover of books.

“I was the little kid who trudged back and forth from the library with piles of books, and was regularly to be found off in a corner reading instead of doing chores,” she wrote in an email. “My strongest inspirations for being a librarian are my teaching and storytelling backgrounds combined with a desire to serve my community with access to information.” Info: mynevadacounty.com/nc/library


Local Election Forums Feature Interactive Opportunities
TRUCKEE

Two local election forums on Sept. 20 and 27 will feature Truckee Town Council, Truckee Donner Public Utility District, and Truckee-Tahoe Airport District candidates, as well as opponents and proponents of the Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District Measure J bond measure.

The forums will be broadcast live on local television and will stream live at ttctv.org. The candidates will answer both live questions and those submitted in advance.

The first forum, moderated by Kathleen Eagan, will feature the Truckee Donner Public Utilities District board candidates and the Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District bond. The Thursday, Sept. 20 forum will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Five candidates are running for three, four-year seats. Speakers both for and against the rec & park district’s $8.52 million 30-year bond measure for an aquatic center and performing arts center will make presentations.

The second forum, moderated by Stacy Caldwell, will focus on the Truckee Town Council and the Truckee Tahoe Airport District Board candidates. The Thursday, Sept. 27 forum will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Three candidates are running for two four-year town council seats and another three candidates are running for one two-year seat. The Truckee Tahoe Airport District Board has three seats open for the four-year term and one seat open for the two-year term.

Residents can email questions to the TDCC in advance of the forums. Send questions to truckeechamber@truckee.com. Please put “Candidate Forum Question” in the subject line. Questions will be submitted to the panel anonymously. The deadline for emailed questions is the day before each forum. Members of the Sierra Sun and Moonshine Ink staffs will present the questions to the panel of candidates and bond measure speakers.

TTCTV-Channel 24 will broadcast reruns of the forums. Rerun schedule to be announced at a later date.

The forums are sponsored by the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce, Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe, Mountain Area Preservation, Truckee Tahoe League of Women Voters, the Tahoe Sierra Board of Realtors, TTCTV-Channel 24, the Sierra Sun and Moonshine Ink.


First West Nile Virus Cases of 2012 Lead to Meningitis
PLACER COUNTY

With one of the worst West Nile virus outbreaks the country has ever seen on the rise, Placer County is not immune to the disease.  

A Roseville resident and two Lincoln residents have tested positive for the West Nile virus recently, becoming the first cases in Placer County this year to have a documented infection of the disease. All three residents, two adults and one child, became ill with meningitis, were hospitalized and tested positive for WNV, and are now recovering.

West Nile virus is transmitted by the bite of a mosquito, usually in the two weeks before illness. The risk of serious illness to most people is low.

At the end of August, the Centers for Disease and Prevention reported a total of 1,590 reported cases of West Nile virus in the United States, along with 66 deaths. CDC officials said this outbreak may exceed the U.S. West Nile epidemics from 2002-2003, when 3,000 cases of the disease and 260 deaths were reported each of those years. Info: 1-877-WNV-BIRD (968-2473), westnile.ca.gov, placermosquito.org


TCPUD Acquires Lake Forest Water Company
TAHOE CITY

In August, the Tahoe City Public Utility District and the Lake Forest Water Company concluded an arbitration process to resolve the eminent domain action the district brought at the request of a vast majority of the company’s customers. TCPUD had offered $370,000 for the acquisition of the company while the owner had asked for $2.5 million. The arbitrator upheld the district’s offered price, finding it was the “fair market value” for the company.

“This situation was very unfortunate. TCPUD’s board negotiates fairly and has rarely had to resolve issues with legal action,” said board president Judy Friedman. “In this situation, taxpayers of our district did not have the basic needs of potable water and fire protection, we tried for several years and just couldn’t reach a reasonable resolution with the current owner.”

Lake Forest Water Company began providing water back in the early 1900s. It grew to serve 118 customers in the small, mixed-use neighborhood. In 1996, Rick Dewante purchased the water company for $115,000. However, the company’s water supply did not meet state and federal water quality standards, so in response to the company’s request, TCPUD began selling water to it in 2002. After additional violations of Department of Public Health standards, 72 percent of the company’s customers petitioned TCPUD to acquire the system in 2007.

After two years of providing the company extended times to respond and repeated attempts to reach an agreement, in 2010 the board began eminent domain proceedings.

In January of 2011, while legal proceedings continued, the numerous problems with the system convinced Placer County Superior Court to grant TCPUD immediate operational control and possession of the company. This permitted the TCPUD to secure funding and begin system upgrades. The arbitration process was not held until May of this year, and the arbitrator released his findings on July 3.    

The water system in Lake Forest is being completely rebuilt at no additional cost to TCPUD’s existing ratepayers. The vast majority of the costs for the Lake Forest Water System Replacement Project is funded by grants from the California Department of Public Health’s Proposition 50, from the Placer County Redevelopment Agency, and from the Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. The balance will be funded from a special capital reserve account that the TCPUD Board set aside that covers taxpayers who have paid into the TCPUD system but don’t currently receive water from TCPUD. Info: tcpud.org


Placer Commits to Open Meeting Law Despite State Action
PLACER COUNTY

The Placer County Board of Supervisors reaffirmed its commitment to fully comply with the Brown Act despite a state decision to suspend parts of the act for the 2012-13 fiscal year.

“Even though the state may waver in its commitment to the Brown Act, we won’t,” Placer County Chairwoman Jennifer Montgomery said.

The Ralph M. Brown Act, the state’s open-meeting law, generally requires local governing bodies to conduct business in public meetings open to the public. The main focus of Chairwoman Montgomery’s comments was the act’s requirement for local governing bodies to print and post agendas at least 72 hours before public meetings. Placer County will continue to abide by the rule.


Washoe Receives High Bond Rating by S&P’s and Moody’s
WASHOE COUNTY

Standard and Poor’s and Moody’s Investors Service, the country’s premier bond rating firms, in August affirmed Washoe County’s outstanding general obligation rating of AA and Aa2, respectively.

Washoe County has maintained an AA rating since 2009. In making its announcements, Moody’s cited sound fiscal management demonstrated by proactive budget balancing and low debt levels as strengths supporting its decision, while Standard and Poor’s cited strong reserves and manageable debt levels as rational for their affirmation of the county’s rating.

By affirming the ratings on outstanding general obligation debt, Washoe County will be able to refinance existing debt at lower interest rates, which will result in savings to the taxpayers. The refinancing of bonds authorized by the Board of County Commissioners on July 24 is expected to produce net present value savings in excess of $2.5 million. Info: standardandpoors.com, moodys.com
 

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