Changing of the guard
In a farewell meeting for some elected officials and an introduction for others, Truckee voters saw the shuffling of local government that they called for in November.Barbara Green and Richard Anderson took their seats on the Truckee Town Council while Nevada County Supervisor-elect Ted Owens and Ron Florian said goodbye to the town governing body. Meanwhile, Craig Threshie and Beth Ingalls were appointed mayor and vice mayor respectively.At the airport, Kathleen Eagan, Mary Hetherington and Paul Vatistas joined the district board headed by newly appointed President Michael Golden and Vice President Steve Swigard.Green, in her introductory remarks, outlined the platform for her term, which will emphasize limiting growth that threatens Truckee’s small town character.”We got a sense of insurgency from the people, so we really weren’t surprised by the election results,” Green said. “The voters wanted a change and they all wanted to tell me what they wanted to do differently.
“They see development a the expense of out small town character,” she added.Green said she will also work hard to ensure that development proposals receive input from the public earlier than they do now. Anderson, in brief remarks, thanked Florian and Owens for their work on the council, and ended by saying, “Let’s get to work.”Florian, who had served eight years on the council, thanked his wife, his colleagues on the council and town staff.”I have enjoyed working with the current council and the previous council as well,” said Florian. “I wish all of you continued success in you council roles and your personal lives”
Owens, who will take office as county supervisor on Jan. 3, echoed the same themes. Threshie became mayor for the first time in the annual change of leadership on the council. Ingalls filled the vice mayor position that Threshie vacated.CARE slate sworn inThe three airport board members elected in one of the most contested races that the district has seen were sworn in on Friday. The three candidates, supported by a grassroots group focused on lessening noise impacts from the airport, have promised big changes in how the board operates and its approach to lessening noise.
“I am very much looking forward to this challenge,” said Kathleen Eagan. “… I absolutely feel we are up to it, and we can do well by the community.”Hetherington and Vatistas said they both looked forward to working with the community and the airport staff in the future.Both Golden and Swigard welcomed the new additions to the board.”I really feel we will be able to work as a team,” Swigard said. “I am pleased at the prospects for the future.”Dec. 16 will mark the first official board meeting for the newly elected board members.