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McIver honored with undercrossing

JOHN A. BAYLESS

Town Council chose Thursday to name the new western undercrossing road in honor of the McIver family, for their many contributions through the years to the Truckee Community.

“My vote would be for McIver,” councilmember Bob Drake said. “They donated the land for county buildings, and also contributed $50,000 to the town upon incorporation. Their history is equal to anyone here, and they have given more.”

Mayor Ron Florian expressed similar thoughts.

“The first word that comes out is generosity,” Florian said. “They have a history of treating every employee like their own family.”

Councilmembers Don McCormack and Josh Susman reflected on some of the other names suggested by the Truckee-Donner Historical Society, including Coburn’s Station and Kruger, which respectively honored the first settlement in Truckee and an early Truckee businessman.

“I don’t like being the one to name facilities after people,” McCormack said. “How do you decide? These people have all done meritorious service. We have an opportunity to recover a name almost lost to history – Coburn’s Station Road.”

Coburn’s Station was the first settlement in Truckee, which was located at the site of present-day Brickelltown.

Susman also deliberated over the choices.

“The history was interesting on Kruger,” he said. “Coburn’s Station was interesting as opposed to the history of Truckee and the benevolence of the McIver family.”

He also said McIver would be the best choice.

Drake said the area near the roundabout and undercrossing is already known by sheriff’s deputies as McIver’s.

“I would suggest McIver’s Way,” he said.

Sharon Arnold, a member of the Truckee-Donner Historical Society and the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee, also expressed support for naming the road McIver.

“I think of McIver’s Pond and McIver’s Dairy,” Arnold said. “My choice would be McIver.”

Realtor Don Casler urged council to adopt a name reflecting the tradition of practical street names in Truckee, and suggested simply calling the new road the Short Cut.

Council voted 4-0 to name the road in honor of the McIver family, with council member Maia Schneider excused from the meeting.

However, council has not selected the second half of the road’s name. Names discussed included McIver’s Way and McIver’s Shortcut.

In other business, council approved:

Abandonment of a 10-foot public utility easement located at 10517 and 10497 Snowshoe Circle in Prosser Lakeview Estates.

Authorization of a change order for the Western Undercrossing Project in the amount of $5,482.24.

Authorization of a change order for the town-wide overlay project in the amount of $25,000.

Authorization of the public works director to solicit bids for a cab and chassis for a sand truck.

Approval of expenditure of $50,000 for construction of a right-turn pocket on Glenshire Drive at Highway 267.

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