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Depot lease moves ahead

DAN FOSCALINA Sierra Sun

Truckee’s downtown railroad depot looks as if it will be under new management in the near future.

Councilmembers reviewed a draft lease agreement from Nevada County officials during last week’s regular town council meeting. The draft, after councilmembers made a few minor adjustments regarding items such as insurance and soil contamination liability, was forwarded to Nevada County Supervisors for review.

Town Manager Steve Wright said he and Town Attorney J. Dennis Crabb reviewed the document and supported the agreement with the recommended modifications. Councilmembers voted unanimously to forward the amended agreement.

“It looks like it is going to work,” Wright speculated.

Supes to review amended draft

Supervisors are tentatively scheduled to review the lease agreement Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Since 1988, the county has managed the depot at a net loss of $12,568. Last year, the depot brought in revenues of $25,236, while expenses totaled $29,691, for a $4,444 loss.

Based on the depot’s downward profit spiral, county supervisors voted 4-1 Aug. 5 to shut down the intermodal station and issued eviction notices to the four tenants – Amtrak, Greyhound, Truckee Associated Travel and the town. Fifth District Supervisor Sam Dardick, who represents Truckee, was the dissenting vote.

Since August, the Truckee Downtown Merchants Association, Truckee-Donner Chamber of Commerce, the Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District and town and county officials have been trying to iron out an agreement that would keep the depot open.

“This is crucial to downtown and that is the most important place for a visitor center. I am in support of this,” Truckee Mayor Bob Drake said.

Councilmembers also approved a budget amendment for $9,900 to provide for depot operations.


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