Stu Yount still on TRPA governing board |

Stu Yount still on TRPA governing board

After six years of serving as the presidential appointee of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board, Crystal Bay’s Stu Yount isn’t scheduled to be replaced.

TRPA staff has not heard anything about a new presidential appointee to the board by President Barack Obama, said TRPA Spokesman Dennis Oliver.

“We haven’t heard anything set in stone as to when that is likely to happen,” Oliver said.

Yount said he also had not heard about any plans for a new appointee.

“I have heard nothing,” he said. “The Obama administration has not talked to me and I would not expect them to any time soon.”

Yount was appointed to the board as a non-voting member in December of 2002 by former President George W. Bush. His 2002-present tenure makes him the longest serving member on the board.

“Stu has set a standard of participation for that seat,” Oliver said.

When he first came to a board meeting Yount said then-executive director Juan Palma asked Yount what he was doing there. When Yount replied that he was attending a meeting, Yount said Palma commented that it was rare for presidential appointees to attend meetings up to that point.

Participating and attending meetings has been very important to Yount, he said.

“The reason I wanted to get onto the TRPA board in the first place was because I felt like it was unfocused and that my business experience could help them focus on what’s important to the lake and I hope I have contributed to that goal,” he said.

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