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New mayor to be selected tonight

DARIN OLDE

Sierra Sun

Maia Schneider, Truckee’s mayor for the last 12 months, will hand over her title tonight.

Town Council will vote to appoint Truckee’s next mayor in their regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. in the PUD boardroom. The mayorship rotates among council members every 12 months.

“It is certainly subject to vote,” Mayor Schneider said, “but the process is fairly prescribed.”

Vice Mayor Don McCormack is the most likely candidate for the next one-year term, but council can nominate other candidates.

In Town Council’s brief history, Kathleen Eagan was Truckee’s first mayor followed by Truckee-Tahoe Lumber Co. president Breeze Cross.

Current council members Don McCormack, Bob Drake, Ron Florian and Josh Susman preceded Schneider to the seat.

Regardless of who is appointed, this will be the first time Truckee will see a council member serve as mayor twice.

“I hate to speculate while we’re still counting the ballots,” joked McCormack over who will become Truckee’s first mayor to serve twice.

Reflecting on the impact in the community, Schneider said each mayor tries to leave some kind of legacy behind.

“For me it was the town portrait. It is near and dear to me. No one way to express what I was feeling when I got up on the stage and saw all those people … Truckee residents should be proud of that.”

In the meeting tonight, Town Council will begin by adopting the election results and the oath of office.

After nominating and appointing the next mayor, there will likely be a presentation by Shakespearean actor Steven Coniglio.

Staff has drafted a proclamation that declares Steven Michael Coniglio “Knight of the Grand Dais and Official Town Bard.”

Truckee may become the only town in the county to have an official bard.

Bike and Trails project

A project that will further the union of the town to its environment, the Truckee Trails and Bikeways project may move forward if council decides to secure the services of Alta Consulting.

Responsible for the environmental impact report and design guidelines required by the trails and bikeways master plan, Alta Consulting has been identified as the most qualified and cost-efficient consulting company by planning staff.

Council will vote on whether on not to approve $61,860 as payment.

A project budget of $60,000 was earmarked for the implementation of the master plan. The shortfall of $1,860 is proposed to be funded from the Truckee River Trail funds.

“The master plan provides the framework for how we design and implement trails in the future,” said Gavin Ball, associate planner with the town of Truckee.

Donner Lake

Town Council will consider approving Truckee Donner Public Utility District’s request for the formation of an assessment district at Donner Lake.

The Municipal Improvement Act of 1913 requires the board of directors at the PUD obtain the consent of the Truckee Town Council.

By authorizing the request and adopting the resolution, council transfers jurisdiction to allow the PUD to create the assessment district, it does not relate to approval of any of the detailed aspects of the project which would fall within the jurisdiction of the PUD.

If the people at Donner Lake decide they do not want the PUD to pursue the water system at this time and the issue comes up again later, town officials believe the council will not have to approve the district a second time.

“There is no statute of limitations that I am aware of that would preclude (the PUD) for making this assessment district again,” said Steve Wright, Truckee Town Manager.


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