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Carpenter resigns council seat

DAN FOSCALINA

During last week’s regular council meeting, Steve Carpenter announced he will be resigning his seat Oct. 3 in order to cope with the demands of his growing real estate business.

“My business has grown a lot, probably too much. It is 10 times what it was at the first of the year and it is probably going to double in the next year,” Carpenter said at the meeting. “I did make a promise when I was appointed that I would run for election in 1994 and I did that. But to envision going on for another year, I just can’t do it. It is tearing me apart just making this decision. I just have to do it. The effective date for me (will) be Oct. 3.”

Carpenter is president of The Prudential California Realty North and South Lake Tahoe, Truckee and The Prudential Nevada Realty North, a 17-year-old company. The Prudential purchased North Woods Realty May 1.

Involvement will continue

In his time away from the council, Carpenter said he will continue to be involved in town politics, submitting written comments on issues such as the Downtown Specific Plan and Measure M.

“You’ll still hear from me, I’m not going to disappear,” he said. “Frankly, I’ll probably use my new found time to work on Measure M and my opinions of it.”

Truckee Mayor Bob Drake said it was a sad day and Carpenter’s absence will be felt.

“We will all miss him,” Drake said. “He was studious and had deep analytical thoughts on every issue that came before us. He was really the conscience of the council.”

During a special council meeting called Tuesday, town staff and councilmembers discussed two options for replacing Carpenter – making an appointment or calling a special election.

According to county elections officials, if the vacancy was put to a vote, it wouldn’t appear on a ballot until April 1998, and currently there are no other issues scheduled for that election. The cost for a single-issue election ranges from $15,000 to $20,000.

Basing their decision on the cost of the special election, councilmembers decided to appoint Carpenter’s successor.

Town officials will accept applications from anyone interested in the position until Tuesday, Oct. 14. The appointment process, however, will be decided during the Oct. 2 regular town council meeting, as Councilmember Ron Florian and Carpenter were excused from Tuesday’s special session.

In 1994 after Drake accepted an appointment to the 5th District Nevada County Supervisor seat, councilmembers used the appointment process to find Drake’s replacement. After interviewing seven applicants, councilmembers appointed Carpenter in September of that year.

The new member will serve the remainder of Carpenter’s term, which ends in November 1998. Monetary reimbursement is $300 per month plus expenses and no benefits – a salary that, with regular, special and committee meetings, workshops and homework, is bound to be well below minimum wage.

Councilmembers reminded financial disclosure statements must be filed for those running for council, as well as their spouse.

People are invited to submit written applications at town offices in the Truckee-Donner Public Utility District building, 11570 Donner Pass Road, or mail them to Town Clerk, P.O. Box 2884, Truckee, CA 96160.


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