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North Tahoe utility district votes on three big issues

David Bunker
Sierra Sun

The North Tahoe Public Utility Board agreed to fund North Tahoe Fire rescues in tight spaces such as sewer pipes and pump houses, approved a $1.5 million contract for sewer and water line replacements and took on board medical insurance at their Tuesday evening meeting.

With North Tahoe Public Utility District employees consistently working in tight spots such as sewer pipes and pump houses, safety is a high priority.

The district board voted to boost that protection, inking an agreement with the North Tahoe Fire Protection District for the training and equipment necessary for confined-space rescue.

The agreement will cost the utility district nearly $21,000 over three years, but assures the fire department will be prepared to respond to a rescue quicker than the trained and equipped North Tahoe Public Utility employees.

The Tahoe City Public Utility District has also entered into the agreement, splitting the cost with its North Shore counterpart.

The utility district board approved a $1.6 million contract for sewer and water line replacement along Beaver Street in Kings Beach. The project is expected to begin this year.

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Nearly half a mile of water line will be added from Highway 28 up Beaver Street. Another 2,100 feet of clay and asbestos sewer pipe will be replaced along the same street.

The district is also working with Placer County to improve drainage and erosion control during the project.

The district board voted into place policies on their own medical insurance ” coverage that by law cannot exceed the insurance of rank-and-file district employees, according to the district.

Each board member will have a $1,500 Health Reimbursement Account, equal to district employees, instead of the district reimbursing board members on medical expenses.

Health Reimbursement accounts accumulate money year upon year if the funds for medical expenses are not exhausted during the year.

The district currently pays each board member $26,410 per year in compensation.