Council selects Maia Schneider to replace Carpenter |

Council selects Maia Schneider to replace Carpenter

Maia Schneider will replace Steve Carpenter on the Truckee Town Council.

In an unanimous vote, the energetic host of Channel 6’s Truckee Talks was appointed to the board at last night’s special town council meeting.

“I’m really glad to be given this honor,” Schneider said. “I hope to represent Truckee’s residents fairly. I’m not agenda driven.”

Schneider ran against four other candidates, who the councilmembers said made for great competition. They were:

n Mark Dorsey, Lockwood-Moore Inc. salesperson, has lived in Truckee for 14 months. He is an assistant scoutmaster with Truckee Troop 267 and said in his application to the Town of Truckee that he wants to try to get the community past issues like “whether it will grow or not” and start focusing on how it will grow.

He also wrote that his goals include helping to solidify, support issues and extend the town council agendas, and developing a base to run for a council seat in 1998.

n Dan Cooley, a 20-year Truckee resident, wrote in his application that if selected, he would ensure that the community would not fall to special interest government.

He is currently self-employed, and was a director on the Truckee-Donner Public Utility District, Truckee-Donner Chamber of Commerce, Nevada County General Election and the Tahoe Sierra Meadows Community Association.

n Robert Jensen, president of Jensen-Lindbloom Construction Co., is a 10-year Truckee resident. He served on the Downtown Study Committee and the 1997 Truckee Road Committee. If elected, Jensen wrote in his application, he would aim to provide a balance between present and future needs of the Truckee community.

n Edgar Stratton, president of Dependable Tow, is a 26-year resident, wrote he would like to be part of Truckee’s decision-making process – the same process that made Truckee what it is.

Stratton has participated in town workshops and was involved the general plan update and Downtown Specific Plan. The candidates were publicly interviewed with a fixed set of questions selected by the council at the Oct. 2 meeting. They were all given 20 minutes each for interviews, of which 10 minutes pertained to written answers to questions submitted prior to the meeting. The other 10 minutes were for impromptu questions and answers.

Mayor Bob Drake said he was pleased with the amount of talent that each candidate possessed.

“I thought each person was very talented, different, interesting and insightful,” he said. “I appreciated their candid thoughts about the town and the council.”

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