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Tahoe City PUD to honor outgoing director Lou Reinkens

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Lou Reinkens has been a TCPUD board member since first being sworn in in December 1998.

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — The Tahoe City Public Utility District will honor outgoing board member Lou Reinkens with a reception at Sunnyside Restaurant on Thursday, Nov. 20, from 5-7 p.m.

The public is invited to attend and join the district in thanking Reinkens for his 16 years of community service.

According to semi-official elections results from Placer County, John Pang was the top vote-getter in the race for two seats on the Tahoe City PUD board, followed by Dan Wilkins (incumbent). The other incumbent, Reinkens, trails far behind in third place.

Reinkens was first sworn in as a TCPUD director on Dec. 10, 1998. He served four full terms, including three years as president, and participated on three different subcommittees throughout his tenure, including 16 years on the finance committee.

Reinkens also volunteered to serve on the Association of California Water Agencies Joint Powers Insurance Authority Risk Management Committee for 14 years, serving as chairman the last four years; the Workers' Compensation Committee for four years; and the JPIA Executive Committee for over nine years, according to a TCPUD press release.

"Director Reinkens was a major part of a board and a culture that took ownership of making life better for our community and got things done," former TCPUD CFO Jim Dykstra said in a statement.

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Reinkens was a strong advocate for an array of improvements throughout the district, according to the press release, including the acquisition and rebuilding of the Lake Forest Water System and establishing a policy and reserve fund to ensure the district considered the needs of its non-water customer taxpayers.

He was also a proponent for increasing transparency of TCPUD by broadcasting board meetings live online and publishing community reports quarterly.

"What this district was able to accomplish with the help and leadership of Lou, often times using outside dollars, is frankly impressive," current board member Ron Treabess said in a statement.

Reinkens also was a strong supporter of parks and recreation, including the purchase of the music festival truck and stage and the development of the free concert series at Commons Beach, among others, according to the PUD.

"Lou's leadership, commitment and insistence on accountability during his tenure on the TCPUD board has made Tahoe City and the West Shore a better place for its residents and visitors," Wilkins, current board president, said in a statement.

Sunnyside Restaurant is located at 1850 West Lake Blvd. in Tahoe City. Visit tcpud.org to learn more about the PUD.