Council approves new vehicles 4-1 |

Council approves new vehicles 4-1

Erich Sommer, Sierra Sun

Town Council hired a consultant for the proposed Hippie Hill development and authorized the purchase of up to five new vehicles for Town staff at their Sept. 6 meeting.

Several items were pulled from the consent calendar by Councilwoman Maia Schneider, including the approval of a contract with LSA Associates, Inc. for the preparation of an environmental impact report for the Hippie Hill/McIver Hill project.

The town staff will supervise the preparation of the report by LSA Associates, but the developers will pay for the services.

“The consultant works for the town, but the developer pays for it,” Lashbrook said. “We wouldn’t be using any taxpayer money.”

The estimated cost of the environmental impact report is between $200,000 to $300,000.

Council also discussed, and subsequently approved the purchase of up to five vehicles on a 4-1 vote, with Schneider dissenting.

“I have some questions if we should be doing this now It would be one thing if we were looking at one or two vehicles, but I’m not convinced buying five vehicles is the right thing to do right now.”

Schneider said she didn’t dispute the need for new vehicles, but said the purchase is ill- timed, with a fleet needs analysis, designed to assess the town’s vehicle requirements, due to be completed next spring.

Town Engineer Dan Wilkins said the fleet needs analysis would be completed in an “April-May timeframe,” in time for consideration in June.

The next Town Council meeting is scheduled for Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. at Town Hall.