Nevada County Supervisors hold meeting in Truckee

TRUCKEE, Calif. – The Nevada County Supervisors took a road trip to Truckee to discuss several Town related issues during their Tuesday August 22 meeting. 

The meeting began with several recognitions. First, they recognized Judy Price, who is retiring, for twenty-one years of public service as the Town Clerk for the Town of Truckee, and for many contributions to the greater Truckee community. 

They then recognized Alison Schwedner for her efforts, leadership, guidance, and dedication towards improving the lives of families and youth in the Truckee Tahoe Region.

Finally, they awarded the Nevada County Youth Leadership Award to Truckee local Julian Hall. Hall was introduced by his Truckee High School football coach, who spoke about his leadership on the team and in the community. 

During the meeting, the supervisors received a presentation about improvements to the road and signage on Hirschdale Road on its approach to the Tahoe Pyramid Bikeway. 

The project will include road surface improvements, as well as improving the road edges and removing obstructions on the side of the road to allow for easier parking. 

The County is partnering with Tahoe-Pyramid Trail to install new signage to better guide users to the trail. 

The project will cost up to $20,000 and is being funded by Outdoor Visitor Safety/ARPA funds which the board approved during their Aug. 8 meeting. 

The board unanimously approved an agreement between the County of Nevada, Northstar Community Services District, Town of Truckee, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, Truckee Fire Protection District, and County of Placer regarding the North Tahoe Truckee Biomass Task Force. 

The task force was formed to promote greater usage of local wood biomass from regional forest thinning operations, local defensible space projects, and other community-based fuel reduction projects.

The goals of the task force are to reduce wildfire risk, integrate regional solutions to biomass waste, leverage regional resources and grants, create educational outreach programs and share the cost of biomass related solutions. 

Approving the agreement doesn’t financially bind the county. 

During the meeting, the supervisors received a presentation on staff’s Climate Resiliency Objects. As part of the board’s annual workshop in Jan. 2023, they voted to include climate resiliency as a priority. 

District I Supervisor Heidi Hall and District V Supervisor Hardy Bullock joined a subcommittee on climate resiliency, which includes many county staff members. 

The subcommittee established five main objectives: protect and harden critical infrastructure, enhance carbon sequestration, enhance collaboration to increase community capacity and achieve climate goals, pursue funding and advocacy opportunities and align strategies in a coordinated strategic plan. 

Moving forward, the group believes they will need $200,000 of ARPA funds to begin making progress towards each of the five goals. That request will come back to the board at a future meeting. 

Because the board received the Climate Resiliency presentation, staff also decided to bring an item proclaiming October 4 as Clean Air Day. 

The Coalition for Clean Air in California was founded in 1971 and this year marks the sixth California Clean Air Day. The County has participated for the last several years, but the board has always approved the proclamation on the consent agenda without discussion. This year, Bullock and staff wanted to draw attention to the county’s participation. 

The proclamation was approved unanimously. 

They also approved a $15,000 contract with Clean Tahoe, a program that was founded in 1988 in South Lake Tahoe to address litter and illegal dumping. The non-profit provides boots on the ground support in matters of trash and litter, including animals getting into trash cans, illegal dumping and helping to clean homeless encampments. 

Katie Sheehan, Clean Tahoe Executive Director told the supervisors their greatest asset is the ability to have someone on-call so people who call in with trash complaints know they are being heard immediately. 

The contract will run from Oct. 1, 2023 to Sept. 30, 2024. 

Finally, the board heard a presentation by the Donner Summit Association on their work to promote and protect the Donner Summit region. Following the meeting, the supervisors toured the Donner Summit area. 

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