Five apply for town council vacancy
Five people have applied for the vacant seat on Truckee Town Council.
Tonight’s council agenda includes the finalization of the selection process to replace Councilman Steve Carpenter, who recently announced his resignation. The application deadline was 5 p.m. Tuesday, at which time the applications were distributed to the council for ranking.
Applicants are businessman Dan Cooley, Lockwood-Moore salesman Mark Dorsey, Jensen-Lindbloom Construction President Robert Jensen Jr., Placer Savings Bank Regional Business Development Officer and Truckee Talks host Maia Schneider and Dependable Tow President Edgar Stratton.
The list of questions applicants will be asked at the Oct. 29 special meeting will be finalized tonight. The Oct. 29 interviews will begin at 6 p.m. and are open to the public.
Other agenda items
Downtown planning, snow removal and approval of the clustered residential community Crystal Ranch Estates highlight tonight’s council meeting agenda.
In a follow-up to the Oct. 2 council deliberations on the Downtown Specific Plan, the town council will hear public comment on the council’s changes. The purpose is to provide planners with direction during the final stages of the two-and-one-half-year DSP process.
After tonight, town planners will return to the council Nov. 6 with the final documents and findings required for final action to adopt resolutions approving the plan.
At the special Oct. 2 meeting, councilmembers recommended a number of changes to the plan. A summary of these changes is available from the Truckee Planning Department.
The agenda is topped with a snow removal presentation by Tom Covey, director of Public Works. He will present the projected costs for snow removal contracts in Prosser Lakeview Estates, Glenshire/Devonshire, Prosser Heights and on Prosser Dam Road.
Covey is proposing granting four separate bids to four separate contractors for these specific areas. He said the benefits have been great in the area of customer service.
In a town memo, Covey said, “Because we attempted to choose contractors that were local residents, they ‘bought into’ the concept of plowing their neighborhoods.”
Covey added in his report that after last year’s floods
the contractors were a great service to Truckee and with the potential for snowfall amounts equaling the 1992-93 winter, Covey said they will be invaluable to the town and its snow removal service in the event the predictions come true.
In a follow-up to the Oct. 2 meeting, the council is expected to approve the zoning amendments to establish Crystal Ranch Estates, a planned development in the areas north and south of Interstate 80 near the Prosser Village Road exchange.
The zoning approvals will allow the division of a 592-acre parcel to include 533 acres of open space and 40 residential units. Within the plan, developers have also proposed an extensive trail system in the open space area, an equestrian center and clubhouse facility.
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