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Looking ahead to 2000

As the countdown for Year 2000 continues, many people are thinking about their New Year’s resolutions.

For many, it’s time to start fresh in thinking about new things to accomplish.

For our local agencies and service organizations, New Year’s resolutions include continuing dedication to serve the public and the community, vowing to make 2000 a successful year.

Representatives from various organizations have stated their wishes and resolutions for the new year:

Town of Truckee – Mayor Maia Schneider – “We want to continue to maintain the town government acting with financial integrity, a customer service orientation and being pro-active in seeking out community input in all projects.”

California Highway Patrol – Capt. Bob Clements – “Our vision for the upcoming year is to aggressively implement measures to reduce traffic congestion relief and to enhance the safety of the motoring public with the goal of reducing the mileage death rate.”

Truckee Noon Rotary Club – Frank Bulkley – “The special nature of the Truckee Rotary is much like the special nature of our town. The essence of our town and Rotary come not from the current officers of officials, but rather from all of us collected together at this time and in this place at this end of the millennium. Not a bad Legacy to have to live with, is it?”

Truckee Sunrise Rotary Club – Paul Duggan, Treasurer – “The main objective for the year 2000 is to increase its positive impact on the Truckee community through member involvement and funding of projects such as the Truckee Sunrise Rotary Angel Network and Project Graduation, scholarships and exchange student support, local sports and recreation, and community organizations such as Truckee River Habitat Restoration, Truckee-Donner Land Trust and Project MANA. We also intend to widen awareness in the community of our activities and of Rotary International and the worldwide scope of its philanthropic activities.”

Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District – Superintendent Pat Gemma – “My hope for the new millennium is that California taxpayers will provide adequate funding for the education of students attending public schools. I continue to be amazed that we live in one of the wealthiest states in the nation and yet we spend per student $1,000 less than the national average. My hope is that our priorities will change and that every adult in the state will come to understand the importance and wisdom of investing in public education. I am hopeful that in the new millennium people who are knowledgeable and supportive of the tenants and achievements of the public school system will become more vocal and stand up in support of the quality that exists.”

Truckee-Donner Chamber of Commerce – CEO/president Rachelle Pellissier – “One of our goals is looking into technology and the future. We have gotten our website to where its a huge success visitor-wise. This year we would like to make it a place where locals look for information. We would like to make it a hometown website.” The Chamber’s website is Truckee.com.

Truckee-Donner Historical Society – Mary Dutra – “We want to have the historic downtown named on the National historic register. We have already applied but I don’t know if we qualify because people keep tearing buildings down. I’d like see this community come together as a total historic town.”

Tahoe Forest Hospital District – Board President Rob Eskridge – “We hope that growth and economic pressures won’t overpower the caring and spirit of community that have always characterized life in the mountains, and that we can get a good start on raising funds for rebuilding parts of the hospital to meet local families’ needs well into the next century.”

Sierra Nevada Children’s Services – Branch Manager, Ruth Hall – “Sierra Nevada Children’s Services wishes that at every child’s birth a child and his or her parents experience the lasting joy and power of unconditional love.”

Soroptimist Club – Truckee president, Lisa Swartz – “Soroptimist International of Truckee-Donner is dedicated to improving the quality of life in our community through service, support, and leadership by mentoring, fund-raising, offering scholarships and awards and promoting social awareness, advocacy and action.”

Mountain Area Preservation Foundation – President, Stefanie Olivieri – “We are looking forward to a century where the values of balancing the natural and built environment will be a guide to building a better community.”

Donner Summit Fire Department – Chief Bryce Keller – “A resolution for us is to continue our excellence in professional service in serving the community with respect and compassion and providing excellent service they deserve in fire and rescue. Our goals for 2000 are to take care of our people with training and job knowledge, take care of our fire/rescue equipment and maintain a high state of readiness, serve our public with respect and compassion and be safe and enjoy the job.”

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection – Battalion Chief Bryce Keller – “Our goals and objectives are to work towards a fire safe community, complete our interagency fire station with Truckee Fire and the airport district, and continue our supplemental detection with community involvement at Martis Peak Lookout.

Nevada County Sheriff’s Office – Capt. Gary Jacobson – “Our resolution is to install a new computer dispatch system and a new radio system for the sheriff’s office in Truckee. We will also continue the high level of service we provide to the residents in Truckee.”

Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District – Dan O’Gorman, recreation superintendent – “We resolve to offer quality recreational programs for people of all ages in the Truckee area.”

Truckee-Donner Public Utility District – Peter Holzmeister, general manager – “On the electric utility side, we hope to improve system reliability. On the the water side, my resolution is to solve the leaking water lines which are mostly in Tahoe Donner. A third resolution is to offer telecommunication services in Truckee, and a fourth is to improve the ability within the whole organization – to listen to our customers and meet their expectations.”

Truckee Downtown Merchants Association – Dick Howell, board of directors – “We are continuing to try to resolve the parking financing situation. The year will be filled with projects to try to do that. During Snow Fest we will be financing another car to raffle off, this year a Subaru Forester. On the heels of that, the Follies will be put on again. And throughout the summer we will continue to try to beautify the town through different projects.”

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