$15M Truckee corporation yard project sees initial bids | SierraSun.com

$15M Truckee corporation yard project sees initial bids

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Things are in motion to move the town’s heavy equipment from behind Martis Valley Estates closer to downtown.

Truckee town council voted July 16 to sell bonds to secure funding for a new corporation yard; the town began receiving bids on the project the following week. The plan is to move Truckee’s snow plows, vehicles and other equipment to 75 acres, shared with the U.S. Forest Service, between Donner Pass Road, Glenshire and Interstate 80.

and#8220;If we started construction this year, I’d anticipate it would be fall of 2011 before it’s completed,and#8221; said Dan Wilkins, Truckee’s director of public works and engineering.

Town council voted to sell as much as $13 million in bonds for the project, although it’s anticipated the town won’t need more than $5 or $6 million, Wilkins said.

In all, he estimated the project will cost around $15 million, and the town has already saved about $10 million. Staff will bring the winning project bid to town council for approval in August, Wilkins said.

The Martis Valley property would likely continue to be used for storage and the animal shelter until enough funds are raised to transfer them to the new corporation yard site, he said.

Stephanie Hiemstra, executive director for the Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe, said the society will begin a campaign to raise its share of the funds for a new animal shelter over the next few months.

The town will also sell 3 acres of the new property to the Truckee Fire Protection District when the district decides it needs the extra space as the town and#8212; and demand on fire and emergency services and#8212; grows.

The original property owners, the U.S. Forest Service, is in the final stages of construction for its portion of the site and#8212; a new office to replace the one on Donner Pass Road near Pioneer Trail, said Joanne Roubique, district ranger for Tahoe National Forest.

and#8220;We don’t have a firm move-in date, but we’re hoping to move in around September,and#8221; Roubique said.

The new office will offer similar services to the existing one for the public, Roubique said, but will also add a conference room that could be used for public meetings.

The forest service has also built a new fire station at the site, which is already in use, she said.

The shared site was once a town dump, and the forest service is wrapping up a cleanup effort to ensure materials in the soil don’t become airborne or work their way into groundwater, Roubique said.

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