CATT project focuses on McIver Dairy |

CATT project focuses on McIver Dairy

Put on your work clothes, grab a paintbrush and head to the old McIver Dairy buildings on Donner Pass Road on Saturday, Sept, 11 – the Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe is looking for volunteers to help restore the outside of the dairy buildings.

Actually, skip the paintbrush. The Town of Truckee will provide materials and tools to those who show up to help work.

CATT President Ted Owens said the painting of the McIver Dairy is the group’s first community project, and he hopes it will be the first of many.

“One of the ideals that went into the formation of CATT was giving back to the community,” Owens said. “Last year our plate was full, but I began to think after my election that we should focus on it.”

He said CATT began to look at historic structures around town that could use painting, and came up with a plan to paint the McIver structures on the west side of Donner Pass Road, which are now owned by the Town of Truckee.

Town councilmember Maia Schneider described CATT’s plan as a “win-win” situation for the town, because the council had set aside $10,000 to arrest the decay of the buildings. That money can now be used for other projects.

“It’s one of the most visible buildings in town, at the entrance to the roundabout and downtown, and this is an opportunity for everyone in the community to make it look better,” Schneider said.

Owens said the jobs planned for the workday include painting the buildings in their original colors, repairing the roof on the barn, securing the buildings and replacing glass in the windows with an unbreakable product. The frames of the windows will be preserved.

“We’ll also open up the breezeway in the dairy building, cut back weeds around the building and paint the old wellhouse,” Owens said. Volunteers will also be needed to help construct a split-rail fence around the McIver Meadow.

“We’re looking for members of the community to come and pitch in,” he said.

Sponsorships are available for the project in various levels, from $50 to $500. Sponsors receive recognition in varying degrees, as well as tickets to the barbecue lunch CATT will provide at the McIver Dairy Sept. 11. Individual tickets to the barbecue lunch cost $5, with all proceeds benefiting the CATT Community Project Fund. The lunch includes a choice of a burger or hot dog, with beans, chips and a soft drink.

CATT is looking for 30 volunteers age 10 and older to help paint, 12 carpenters age 16 or older, 12 volunteers age 12 and older to help with barbecue setup, 12 volunteers age 12 and older to help with barbecue cleanup, 15 volunteers age 16 or older to help with lot cleanup and five volunteers age 20 or older to assist with registration.

The McIver Dairy is located just west of the roundabout on Donner Pass Road. The old McIver family home, now housing the Villager Nursery, is located across Donner Pass Road.

Truckee Town Council will discuss the project in its meeting tonight at Town Hall. The meeting begins at 6 p.m.

For information on shifts available or to sign up for the event, contact CATT at (530)550-9999.

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