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Locals make their predictions for 2001

As the year 2001 kicks in full speed, Truckee is on the brink of a development boom, in the middle of a soaring housing market and an unparalleled growth spurt.

Various community leaders have made predictions and set a list of goals for the new year.

Truckee Mayor Don McCormack has made three predictions for year:

“With the hiring of a new police chief earlier in the year, the town will be successful in forming a new police department by Sept. 1 and the community will be pleased by the overall result by year-end,” McCormack said.

“The Town (of Truckee) will see an unprecedented level of development applications during the year and the community will be appreciative of the way in which they are handled to preserve Truckee’s character as described in our vision statement.”

He added, “With luck, the 267 Bypass will be completed by Nov. 1 and we will see improved traffic levels downtown.”

With new school facility plans in the works and Measure A (formerly Measure S) up for re-approval by voters, the Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District is also preparing for a busy year.

“My personal goal as an educational leader is to be hard on the problems and soft on the people,” TTUSD Superintendent Pat Gemma said. “I am excited to look to the restructuring of the district and put more emphasis into curriculum development and higher academic standards.”

Truckee Fire Protection District Chief Mike Terwilliger hopes to continue the district’s timely responses to emergency incidents in the community with several new full-time firefighters in the department.

“My wish for this year and always is all who respond in this fashion finish each and every shift safely and can return to their families with no more than bumps and bruises and a willingness to return and do it again,” Terwilliger said.

With the possibility of acquiring the Donner Lake Water system and expanding services to include telecommunications as well as preparing for increased developments and growth, the Truckee-Donner Public Utility District staff will be busier than ever.

“I think working on the Donner Lake water issue and assisting the residents of Donner Lake is very high on our agenda,” said Jim Maass, TDPUD board president. “Another goal for the district is looking at the power crisis in California and attempting to minimize its effect on Truckee-Donner PUD customers. A third major issue the board will continue to deal with will be staying ahead of the increased demand due to growth on the water infrastructure as well as the replacement of older pipes. In the short term, the board will continue investigating the possibility of entering into the telecommunications business.”

The Contractor’s Association of Truckee-Tahoe President Mitch Clarin predicts the housing market may finally ease this year.

“I think there’s a slowdown around the corner in the housing market,” Clarin said.

Nevada County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Gary Jacobson is currently working with his department to gather statistics from the year 2000 and setting goals for the new year.

“We will continue to provide the highest quality of law enforcement to the citizens of Truckee and to assist in any way possible the Town of Truckee in forming its police department,” Jacobson said.

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