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North Tahoe PUD candidates: In their own words

Kara Fox
Sierra Sun

A candidate’s forum was held Thursday night in Kings Beach for local candidates, including the North Tahoe Public Utility District.

Five candidates are vying for two seats on the North Tahoe PUD, including Sue Daniels, Theresa May Duggan and Al Turner for Seat 3 and incumbent Lane Lewis and Jerry Wotel for Seat 4.

Moderator Todd Jackson asked the candidates six questions; three for candidates of Seat 3 and three different questions for candidates of Seat 4. The questions included issues ranging from combining the North Tahoe and Tahoe City public utility districts, views on contracting out work, paying for infrastructure problems and visions for the North Tahoe Community Conference Center.

Audience members also asked questions, and each candidate gave an opening and closing statement. The forum, which attracted many locals and was standing-room only, was sponsored by the North Tahoe Business Association and the American Association of University Women.

Al Turner on combining the North Tahoe and Tahoe City public utility districts:

“The debt burden the Tahoe City [district] is carrying is astronomical compared to the North Tahoe Public Utility District. We would take on debt service and an antiquated system. Their infrastructure is in worse shape than ours. Why would I open that door? If we would inherit the Tahoe City Public Utility District at this point it would blow up.”

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Jerry Wotel on the North Tahoe PUD retaining the conference center in Kings Beach:

“When I first saw this when we moved here 10 years ago I thought it was a jewel for this area. … It needs to operate and make money. The facility and hotel rooms are usually in one building but it becomes a handicap for this facility because I don’t see corporate-quality lodging in Kings Beach. … What we need is to put a second floor on this whether it be offices or hotel rooms to attract corporations and conventions.

Lane Lewis on term limits:

“I look at serving on this board as a privilege. We are at a crossroads. It is not a time that we can let inexperience take over.”

Theresa May Duggan on Measure C (voter-approved recreation) funds:

“It’s a wonderful use of public funds, but I think we can do better. …There are generous people in this community. We can have a successful opportunity to raise private funds to augment what we have.”

Sue Daniels on methods and sources of funding for infrastructure and moving sewer lines from the shorezone:

“In our infrastructure system all the lines don’t connect. I have a concern that those people who live in old homes will have to reconnect to those lines …There are redevelopment programs. We can build and pay as you go. We have to help those people.”