Council members-elect prepare for public service
Now that semi-official results are in, the newly elected Truckee Town Council members are getting up to speed to be sworn in Dec. 7.
Richard Anderson, Carolyn Wallace Dee and Mark Brown took the three Truckee Town Council seats in Tuesday’s election, barring major changes from absentee and provisional ballots. Results will be certified official by the county on Dec. 5.
While for Anderson it will be back to business as usual, Dee and Brown will need to prepare for the issues they will soon face.
“In my opinion the new members will need to study California planning law because of the developments coming before the council,” Anderson said. “And they will need to understand the laws as to what the town council can and can’t do.”
Anderson said he is looking forward to working with the new council members and learning what they will propose for the community.
“It is incumbent upon all the town council members to help Carolyn and Mark fit in as quickly as possible,” Anderson said.
Town Clerk Judy Price said that the new council would go through a “team-building and priority-setting session,” and would have opportunities to train with the League of California Cities.
“Every council election is a surprise,” Price said, “but I think it will be a good council to work for.”
Both Dee and Brown said town staff has been giving them council-related information since they filed to run, which has helped them get up to speed.
Dee said she has been following the Town Council meetings for more than a year, and plans to continue working with staff to become more fully prepared for the job ahead.
Brown said he was “digging-in and reading-up,” on all the issues that would be facing the town council.
“Because I am new I am still feeling my way through what needs to be done,” Brown said. “It’s critical to go slow and steady and to not be rash.”
Robert Cassidy, the fourth Town Council candidate said he was not surprised with the results, and plans to stay involved by continuing to attend council meetings.
“I am looking into other councils and foundations to volunteer my time, perhaps I could be more effective that way,” Cassidy said.
The Truckee River Watershed Council, Mountain Area Preservation Foundation, and the Truckee Donner Land Trust are some organizations Cassidy said he is considering.
“I am interested in groups around town that are doing things near and dear to my heart,” Cassidy said.
A “canvass period” begins today for Nevada County in which absentee ballots, provisional ballots, and damaged ballots will be counted. A one percent manual count of random precincts will also be carried out.
County Clerk Kathleen Smith expects to announce by Friday, Nov. 10 the number of ballots not yet processed or counted, according to a release.