Letter to the Editor: Washoe County should ask for more with land swap
June 18, 2014
If Washoe County is set on accepting the deal with Mr. Duffield on this land swap, then the deal should be sweeter for the people. Despite several citizens' outcry of disapproval, Washoe County gave the go-ahead to investigate and appraise the two properties under discussion.
Trading beach access from one community for a bike trail in another community isn't a good deal. Yes there is a "hazard do not pass sign" — does that mean that it is unusable ever? Has Washoe County considered what it may take to install a fishing pier at that community lake access?
If this is going to go through, maybe Mr. Duffield would consider adding the abandoned, unused, viable asphalt parking lot for people to use. It would be for the bigger picture because there is no where else that TRPA will allow a large parking lot to be installed in our basin.
Currently, Sand Harbor has multiple park and ride bus stops zigzagging through town. When the parking lots fill, they overflow to neighboring business's parking, such as the Village Center, street side and private properties.
Wouldn't having one stop closer to the beach be more reasonable? Not only would it help with the current farmer's market and the Café business, it would be a lively hub on the outskirts of town.
It would cut the county expense on gas, staff, portable toilets, time, and traffic through town. During the winter, it would help with overflow for Diamond Peak, instead of the College.
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Has Washoe County considered what they are going to do for bus service once the old elementary school sells? Or have they considered the Crystal Bay property values of residents with and without the beach access?
If a deal is benefiting the person asking for it more than the community he or she is taking away from, then it's worth the county asking for more, thus making the deal better for the greater good, the people and future children to help keep Tahoe blue.