DECISIONMAKERS: Lou Reinkens
Ten years ago Lou Reinkens ran on a platform of fiscal responsibility and employee/ public safety after an accident involving heavy equipment at the Tahoe City utility injured several people and led to a felony conviction within the district.
“That caused me to get involved,” he explained. “I have an interest in making the community a better place and leaving something that benefits our society,” he said.
A retired aerospace scientist and engineer for Lockheed in the San Francisco Bay Area, Reinkens and his wife, Connie Stevens, moved to Lake Tahoe to be close to the skiing, hiking, biking and summer lake activities. They came in 1985 after purchasing the Rockwood Lodge, “the oldest bed and breakfast at the lake,” he said.
The father of three grown children, with children of their own, the Homewood grandfather keeps busy, not only with family and his Tahoe City utility duties, but with lodging, and occasionally helping wife Connie with her non-profit, Wildlife Shelter Inc.
The licensed pilot also finds time for membership with Truckee-Tahoe’s Experimental Aircraft Association and stays busy at the Truckee Tahoe Airport restoring a 1955 Piper 4-seater airplane.
Reinkens mentioned several issues the public utility district currently faces that need strategic planning: “Source and storage” for future fire seasons, linking the district’s water supply infrastructure that stretches from Emerald Bay to Tahoe City and resolving issue with the water company that supplies the Lake Forest neighborhood.
But with fiscal responsibility his sustained mantra, he said the largest challenge for the district is implementing and funding the state’s “unfunded mandate” to install water meters throughout the district.