$200K to be invested in Truckee’s Community Arts Center

Margaret Moran
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TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Community Arts Center in downtown Truckee could soon be getting a facelift.

Thursday night, the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District board of directors voted 3-1 to use $200,000 in previously allocated funds for performing arts on the Community Arts Center at 10046 Church Street.

“We need to do something now for the performing arts in that facility that’s going to make a difference in people’s lives today and not analyze this anymore,” said director Kevin Murphy.

Murphy, director Peter Werbel and vice chair Erin Casey voted in favor, while director Janet Brady voted against. Chair Kristin York was absent.

“Do we create yet another committee that ultimately decides what we do with the money, or do we decide and then create a committee to help guide us through that process?” asked Casey, summing up the crux of the debate among board members.

While Brady wanted to hold off until a community meeting could be held to hear ideas on how to use the funds, the other directors said public feedback had already been heard.

“If you want to have a committee or a forum, it’s how best can this $200,000 be spent on the building,” Werbel said.

The TDRPD will hold two public forums — dates to be determined — to seek input on how to invest the money, with a focus on cosmetic, rather than structural, changes to the center.

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