$20 million bond measure: Board members opt for more time | SierraSun.com

$20 million bond measure: Board members opt for more time

Jason Shueh
Sierra Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Answering the call voiced by aquatics, trails and performing arts stakeholders, local leaders unanimously supported a motion Thursday night for continued investigation of a $20 million bond measure for new facilities.

The Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District board adopted a motion calling stakeholder groups to poll their constituents to test public support. It also directed district General Manager Steve Randall to negotiate meeting-by-meeting payment with bond consultant Charles Heath and#8212; opposed to his normal monthly $5,500 retainer fee, per his company, TBWB Strategies

Also part of the motion was to direct Randall to investigate a and#8220;Design Buildand#8221; construction contract for the three bond projects. The Design Build method, Randall said, would and#8212; among other things and#8212; allow the district to pay a flat fee and use a local contractor even if his or her service is not the lowest bid.

and#8220;It’s an all the way in one play type of deal,and#8221; Randall said.

During the meeting, board members sided with this type of contracting, because state requirements demand the lowest bidder be awarded construction contracts and#8212; a regulation that sometimes eliminates local contractor bids who must come within at least 5 percent of the lowest bid to be awarded the contract.

The bond, as written, would provide a $12.5 million aquatic center, a $6.5 million performing arts center and about $8 million for Legacy Trail, Tahoe Donner Connector Trail and Brockway Trail completion and#8212; a total of $27 million, with the additional $7 million coming from leftover funds from the recently built community center.

It would be paid off over the next 30 years by Truckee taxpayers. For example, homes assessed at $300,000 and#8212; the average assessed home value in the district and#8212; would pay $50.19 into the bond each year over the next 30 years.

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