An earthly fix for a house of God
August 10, 2006
This letter is written from a resident of downtown historic Truckee of 35 years and a parishioner of our Catholic Church: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
As we all know this is a historic Truckee building and also one of the oldest continuing Catholic parishes in California outside of the Mission system. Our building was moved to its present location many years ago to make way for improvements to the infrastructure of the downtown. Since that time other changes to our vicinity and to the Trout Creek watershed have occurred.
The property now encompasses not only our Church bust also our rectory, the church offices and our expansive parking lot used by the town for employee parking.
We are in full realization of the vagaries of Sierra weather and understand that only the Good Lord is in charge of that. However, we now suffer repeated damages due to the rigid confinement of Trout Creek and its inability to flow under old Highway 267. This situation has become somewhat intolerable to our Diocesan insurance provider who has more than once recompensed us for damages.
Therefore we write this letter to beg our town council and staff to please not delay the project at hand that will give us some relief. Our parishioners have volunteered much time and effort in repeated attempts at controlling the onslaught of the floodwaters. Many townfolk in sympathy have helped us with recurring flood problem, so the real point of this letter is to plead for help from those in charge of the Trout Creek project.
Let us not delay this project further. If only the phase that addresses the culvert under old 267 could be expedited it would alleviate the major part of our distress. We realize that our town is growing rapidly and has many, many needs to be taken care of. History here is very important and I know we all want to work as one to preserve what is left of the character of our place in the world. Let us put this house of God at the top of the list where it belongs and try to prevent the further degradation of a valuable Truckee landmark.
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Our stated goal as Christians is to spread the word and works of Jesus, this would seemingly include the preservation of his house with its ability to shelter and spiritually protect its occupants from harm. The rectory and offices contain our school areas for the catechism of our children, we would not want to face them after the next flood and have to tell them that once again their studies will be delayed while we rebuild the school that is so important in the life of our church.
So again I beg the powers that control this earthly problem to proceed with all aclarity in the resolution of this issue so important to our spiritual well being as Catholics and citizens of or visitors to Truckee.
William L. Millholen is a Truckee resident.