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Third access to Tahoe Donner considered

Erich Sommer, Sierra Sun

At tonight’s meeting, Town Council will consider continuing down a path that would provide a third road access to Tahoe Donner.

Preliminary drafts of the road have identified several possible alignments, and one preferred alternative.

The Public Works Department is requesting the council authorize an environmental review of that preferred route.

The eastern end of the road may be completed by private development on Pioneer Road and Thayer Drive.

According to a report by Town Engineer Dan Wilkins, the rest of the project has a price tag of approximately $11 million, excluding the necessary right-of-way of way purchases.

In all, Wilkins said the road would require acquisition of 30 to 35 acres, but that 20-25 acres have already been offered to the town, though none have been accepted.

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The preliminary design of the road also includes a multi-purpose trail that would connect Tahoe Donner to downtown and to Highway 89 near the United States Forest Service offices.

Staff is also suggesting the council rename the project the Pioneer Trail/Bridge Street Extension Project.

Tonight the council will also consider enacting a prior agreement that allows the town to request that Nevada County relinquish ownership of the downtown Train Depot.

That agreement stems from an earlier tax settlement agreement with the county.

In the mid 1990s, the town and the county filed suit against each other over property tax disbursement from the county to the town.

According to staff reports, the depot was originally constructed in 1896.

Nevada County obtained ownership of the building from Southern Pacific Railroad in 1982 and renovated it in 1994.

Under the agreement, a portion of the depot has to remain dedicated to public transportation in perpetuity.

Mayor Ron Florian will also proclaim the weekend of March 9-11 as the Sierra Regional Ski for Light Weekend.

The Ski for Light program works with the blind and visually impaired. They will be holding their annual Ski for Light Weekend on March 9-11 at Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area.

Town Council will meet at 6 p.m. at Town Hall on Airport Road.

For details, call 582-7700.