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New council takes office, outgoing members reflect

Christina Nelson

Some tears were shed and jokes were made as new council members stepped up to the plate, and two others gracefully left the seats from which they’ve watched Truckee grow and change.

“My eight years on the council – that’s a long time – it spans 80 percent of the town’s life,” said former councilman Don McCormack on Dec. 5.

“I am proud, very proud of having been part of the process,” he said.

Former councilwoman Maia Schneider advised incoming council members to remain independent during their four-year terms.

“Your community has shown confidence in you and I join them in wishing you the best of luck,” Schneider said.

McCormack noted that the new council will have many important issues it will need to explore, especially capital improvement projects.

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“It is by no means clear that the community supports all these projects,” McCormack said of projects like the widening of the mousehole, the relocation of the corporation yard and a permanent town hall.

Although both felt the council has done a good job since incorporation, the town faces other problems that need to be dealt with.

“We have much to be proud of, and much, much more to do,” Schneider said.

Schneider, who has been on the council for five years, expressed sadness at leaving her post, but grateful to have her life back.

“I realized I didn’t have glasses and I didn’t need them when I started town council,” she joked.

After taking the oath of office, returning member Ted Owens noted the contributions McCormack and Schneider made to Truckee, as well as their distinct personalities.

He said that while reading a book about Truckee history, he thought of McCormack and Schneider when he got to a section titled “Showdown at Truckee.”

“Which I have been witness to the two of you in just that,” Owens said.

“I’m really also very proud to be following the esteemed group of council members that have preceded me,” said councilman Craig Threshie.

“When I realized I actually won the election I panicked and I picked up a few (leadership-type) books. They’re small and I’ll keep them here,” said councilwoman Beth Ingalls.

All three council members thanked voters for participating in the process, and letting their voices be heard.

Vice Mayor Owens was selected mayor at the Nov. 5 council meeting, and Josh Susman was named vice mayor.

The new council will meet on Dec. 16 at 12 p.m. to discuss the five-year capital improvement program, and for the regular town council meeting on Dec. 19 at 6 p.m.