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Residents: Put government center in Basin

David Bunker
Sierra Sun

Placer County’s planned government center should be located in the Tahoe Basin, Tahoe residents said during a public meeting on the center Monday night in Kings Beach.

“I would be extremely disappointed if you go with the Martis Valley location ” and that is only the tip of the iceberg of how disappointed I would be,” said Sue Kyler, a longtime Kings Beach resident. “If the county doesn’t step up to the plate on this I will feel very betrayed.”

The county is analyzing three locations ” one in downtown Kings Beach, one in downtown Tahoe City and one in the Martis Valley near Truckee.

Several residents at the Kings Beach meeting voiced support for the Kings Beach location, which is part of a planned mixed-use village along Highway 28 and Salmon and Fox streets.

The county center would house most of Placer County’s Tahoe operations, excluding the Justice department and Department of Health and Human Services.

The North Tahoe Business Association and the Tahoe City Downtown Association organized the meeting because they felt there needed to be more public input on plan, said Kelly Atchley, the association’s executive director.

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“We believe it should be in the Basin,” Atchley said.

A Tahoe-based center would better serve the majority of county customers, said Atchley, and has the potential to help boost the economy of a North Tahoe community.

“I think if you were to put it in Tahoe City or Kings Beach, I think it would have an impact on downtown,” Atchley said. “It brings 130 employees to town … who could do business here.”

Members of the public pointed out that a Placer County government center in the Martis Valley would likely lead to Placer County employees patronizing Nevada County businesses during and following the workday.

The county has kept the Martis Valley property as a possibility mainly because the land will be given to the county as part of a development approval deal with the Timilick subdivision, and the location outside of the Basin means less stringent planning regulation.

But Mary Dietrich, the county’s facility services assistant director, said the county realizes the drawbacks to the property.

“I think common sense would tell us that we would be pulling resources out of the community,” Dietrich said.

Dietrich said the Placer County Board of Supervisors may not vote on the final location for the center until early next year.

The center is not expected to be constructed until 2012 or later.