Nevada Co. approves depot deal
The plan to close Truckee’s downtown train depot derailed Tuesday when Nevada County Supervisors voted to lease the historical structure to the town for a $1 a year.
County Director of General Services Dennis Cassella said supervisors unanimously adopted the lease agreement that was amended by councilmembers Sept. 4. After making a few minor adjustments in terms of soil contamination and liability issues, councilmembers sent the draft lease back to supervisors for their review.
“Supervisors did adopt a lease agreement with the Town of Truckee that will transfer operational control of the depot to the town Oct. 1,” Cassella said.
Town Manager Steve Wright said the lease was adopted under the consent calendar by supervisors and there were no substantial changes.
“I think we were able to work out all the details,” Wright said. “This keeps the facility open and that was the primary objective.”
Since 1988, the county has managed the depot at a net loss of $12,568. Last year, the depot brought in revenues of $25,236, while expenses totaled $29,691, for a $4,444 loss.
Based on the depot’s downward profit spiral, county supervisors voted 4-1 Aug. 5 to shut down the intermodal station and issued eviction notices to the four tenants – Amtrak, Greyhound, Truckee Associated Travel and the town. Fifth District Supervisor Sam Dardick, who represents Truckee, was the dissenting vote.
Since August, the Truckee Downtown Merchants Association, Truckee-Donner Chamber of Commerce, the Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District and town and county officials have been trying to iron out an agreement that would keep the depot open.
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