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Placer unveils Tahoe-specific Web page

Joanna Hartman
Sierra Sun
Sierra Sun screen imagePlacer County has provided its residents who live in the Tahoe Basin with a new Web site that includes localized information and links to county services.
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Placer County has unveiled a new Web site dedicated to the Lake Tahoe portion of the county, continuing to increase its presence for Placer’s mountain constituents.

Just a click away from the county’s main Web site, the new Tahoe page publishes information about such Tahoe-based services as the assessor’s office, facilities services, health and human services and the county executive office.

The site also links visitors to other agencies, including the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Caltrans and North Lake Tahoe Resort Association.

The site will feature emergency information related to traffic, weather and fires as necessary.

“It’s definitely part of the whole effort to focus more clearly on North Lake Tahoe,” said Jennifer Merchant, Placer County’s Tahoe manager for the chief executive office. “It will allow the general public to learn more about Placer County and the processes, ongoing projects and programs without leaving their living room.”

Collier Cook, field aide for District 5 Supervisor Bruce Kranz, said Kranz lobbied for the online directory.

“Constituents felt a need for more detailed information about programs and county services offered in Tahoe, and how to navigate within the various departments,” Cook said.-

County efforts for a stronger North Shore presence have included bringing on board Cook, Kranz’s new Tahoe field representative, maintaining Merchant’s position, and creating a new role for Tahoe City-based Supervising Planner Allen Breuch to serve as a liaison between county development departments and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

County staff presented the new Web site Tuesday to Placer County supervisors, who warmly received it, Merchant said.

A lot of the information is repeated from articles on the main Placer Web page, but having it consolidated in one location makes it easier to find, she said.

“I’m pleased to see these Lake Tahoe pages online,” Supervisor Kranz said in a prepared statement. “When I came on board I wanted to ensure that Placer County government becomes more user-friendly and offers a higher degree of customer service. These pages are a big step in that direction.”

The idea for a Tahoe-specific Web site had been brewing for a number of months, Merchant said, after discussions with North Shore county service managers.

“This is the way people communicate now ” so how can we do this specifically for the Tahoe area?” she said.