LETTER: Donner Lake ‘noticeably absent’ in town plan
July 1, 2003
To the editor,
In responding to the triathlon discussion, we are in agreement with Charlie White’s recommendation to move the Donner Lake Triathlon to less congested weeks. We have been residents of Donner Lake for 15 years. July and August have become traffic and congestion nightmares, just the thing that most of us came here to avoid. We really need more enforcement for speeding, illegal parking and Jet Ski misuse. Donner Lake residents have never been included in on the discussion regarding the many activities scheduled at Donner Lake, or the water vehicle concessions, but we do directly suffer the related problems. We had to drink contaminated water for 10 years, with little intervention from the town. During the MTBE crisis, we would have had our drinking water turned off if the MTBE level reached a toxic level in July or August, before our town fathers would act. What other community in Truckee would have tolerated this?
Interestingly enough, I have attended the town’s General Plan Update workshops, no questionnaires or workshop notices were sent to second homeowners, which require the same 37-cent stamp that full-time residents required. Additionally, all four workshop dates were scheduled on Wednesday, the worst day for second homeowners. No additional workshop day was scheduled for second homeowners despite requests to do so. The proposed new town “vision statement” largely focuses on the downtown and its segment of the Truckee River, which has no convenient public access. Mention of Donner Lake is noticeably absent. Effective planning of large events could help restore tranquility and enjoyment of our lake for all. Why not move the triathlon event to Commercial Row and include the Truckee River in the event?
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