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Tahoe-Truckee animal shelter merger to be voted on Tuesday

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Placer County's Tahoe Vista Animal Shelter, seen here, would close if an agreement is reached to house animals in need in Truckee.
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Click here to read the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting; within it is a link to the animal shelter item.

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — The Placer County Board of Supervisors is expected to vote Tuesday on a lease agreement with the town of Truckee for combined animal shelter services.

For the past several months, officials have discussed a partnership that would relocate operations from the Tahoe Vista Animal Shelter to the town of Truckee Animal Shelter at 10961 Stevens Lane.

Terms include a 30-year agreement, beginning May 1; the county paying a one-time sum of $750,000 to the town; and the county paying the town on a per-animal basis for shelter services and office space.

Both the Board of Supervisors and Truckee Town Council have to approve the agreement.

The supervisors’ meeting is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, at Granlibakken Tahoe 725 Granlibakken Road in Tahoe City.

According to a previous report, votes by town council and Placer County were anticipated for January.

Town council had a Jan. 13 meeting, with the animal shelter item not listed. Another town council meeting is scheduled for Jan. 27, with the agenda not yet released.

Long-term cost savings — roughly $2.25 million across 30 years, according to the agreement — along with improved service and care to animals are among benefits Placer County foresees with the agreement.

Yet, concerns raised by the public include travel distance for North Shore residents to Truckee, the potential increase to the stray population, and residents on the North Shore losing a local point of contact to help match animals with families.

If either agency rejects the proposal, the 42-year-old Tahoe Vista Animal Shelter at 849 Shelter Road would remain open and likely operate as it does today for the foreseeable future, although officials have said in the past it would soon need to be replaced, an estimated $5.6 million expense.

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