Spending, borrowing on PUD agenda | SierraSun.com

Spending, borrowing on PUD agenda

At their regularly scheduled board meeting tonight, the Truckee Donner Public Utility District board will discuss and likely vote on whether to make the Donner Lake assessment district pay for the replacement of a section of 32-year-old water pipe along Richards Boulevard.Leaks were discovered in a section of 14-inch water pipe in 2004 after the district completed and activated the Richards Boulevard Pump Station, which raised the water pressure in the pipe from 30-50 pounds per square inch to 180-200 psi.The section of pipe was originally installed in 1973 by Dart Industries to move water to Tahoe Donner customers from Darts treatment plant for Donner Lake water, though it was never used for that purpose. The pipe will be used by the district to convey water from the Gateway area to Donner Lake customersDistrict staff have recommended making the Donner Lake assessment district financially responsible for the replacement of the 14-inch pipe as part of the ongoing incorporation of Donner Lake customers into the districts water system.The bid price for the pipe replacement is forecast to be $190,824.

The board also will hold a workshop discussion about issuing $14.7 million in bonds for the continued financing of the Grays Crossing community facilities district. The net proceeds from the bond issuance would fund improvements and expansion of public infrastructure facilities for water supply and distribution, fire suppression and electrical supply and distribution for the utility district, the Town of Truckee and the Truckee Sanitary District.In August 2004 the district issued $12.4 million in bonds for the Grays Crossing community facilities district. The current proposal would raise that total to $27.1 million.

In addition, the board will also hold a workshop to discuss the potential creation of two additional professional positions within the district.A new finance and accounting manager and human resource administrator are needed, according to a document prepared by General Manager Peter Holzmeister, because the district has experienced significant growth during the last few years and current staff are struggling to keep up with the workload. Funding for both positions is already contained in the districts 2005 budget.Truckee Donner Public Utility District board of directors meetings are held on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the districts offices at 11570 Donner Pass Road in Truckee. Meetings are open to the public and public comment is encouraged.

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