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Staff reportsThe Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District will host a meeting for community input for the potential development of a performing arts theater on Monday, Feb. 6, at 6 p.m. at the Truckee Community Center, located at 10046 Church St., in Truckee.Residents are encouraged to attend the meeting, which will be facilitated by VenueTech Management Group, a theater consulting firm hired by the district to develop a strategic plan for this project. The meeting is expected to end at approximately 7:30 p.m. Audience members will be encouraged to participate by sharing their perspectives and ideas, as well as their knowledge of the community and the local level of interest in the arts.Information gathered during this meeting will be used, along with other research conducted by VenueTech Management Group, in the final strategic plan created to assist the district in future decisions regarding the potential development of a performing arts venue in Truckee.Fourth phase coming for Lakeside Bike TrailStaff reportsTAHOE CITY – The Placer County Board of Supervisors awarded $275,000 recently to help fund the fourth phase of the Lakeside Bike Trail in Tahoe City.The funding source is transient occupancy tax revenue collected by the North Tahoe end of Placer County. The tax is a surcharge paid by people who rent rooms in hotels, motels and other lodging establishments.In 1996, North Lake Tahoe voters approved an increase in the tax to help fund local infrastructure, transportation, visitor-service and marketing programs.The $306,100 approved by the board Jan. 10 will be allocated to the resort Association for the three projects. Managed by the Tahoe City Public Utility District, the Lakeside Trail has become a public promenade used by bicyclists, pedestrians and others.Work on phase four is scheduled to get underway this year. It will run from the east end of Commons Beach to Grove Street.The public utility district expects the total cost of phase-four work to be more than $1.5 million. Utility district to discuss rate increases againStaff reportThe Truckee Donner Public Utility District will meet again to vote on increases for water and electric rates today.The proposal includes a 7 percent increase on both water and electric rates. The board will meet at 7 p.m. on Feb. 1 in the district’s board room at 11570 Donner Pass Road. The public is welcome to attend the meeting.