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Town considers abandonment of Richards right of way portion

ANNE GROGAN, Sierra Sun

A public hearing to consider the proposed abandonment of a portion of the town maintained Richards Boulevard right of way to be consolidated with the adjoining residential properties will be held at tonight’s Truckee Town Council meeting

Frank Kavka, the owner of lots 6, 7 and 8 on Richards Boulevard, is the applicant proposing the right of way abandonment and lot line adjustment in order to reconfigure his three existing substandard lots into two resultant parcels. The reconfiguration would produce from these three substandard lots one parcel satisfying the minimum lot area required for the R1, Single Family Residential zone district and another adjoining parcel which does not satisfy the minimum requirements.

If approved, the abandonment proposal would allow Kavka to purchase at fair market value of $2,500 a 25-foot by 150-foot portion of the public right of way, creating a more consistent northerly right of way boundary. Inconsistencies in the Richards Boulevard right of way boundary are a result of previous similar right-of-way abandonments.

The remaining 75-foot width of right of way is adequate in width and configuration to accommodate public snow storage, drainage and any necessary future road improvements, Town Engineer Dan Wilkins and Public Works Director Tom Covey wrote in a document to town council.

Additionally, town council will consider accepting Donner Lake Woods roads into the town system for road maintenance purposes. These roadway segments include Pine Court, Pine Street, Eder Court, Fawn Street and Tinker Court as well as the drainage easements serving these roadways at the west end of Donner Lake. Public utility easements were previously accepted by Nevada County.

Council is also being asked to authorize a contract change order in the amount of $87,200 to construct an additional 4-foot wide paved shoulder/bicycle lane along the south side of Donner Pass Road from the Donner Pines Market to Donner Lake Road and to release to Advanced Asphalt $50,000 of the total $55,280.94 retention for overlay contract #2A, for which all work has been completed.This work included drainage improvements at the west end of Donner Lake, the reconstruction of Estates Drive, the reconstruction of Donner Pass Road from the Coldstream Interchange to the Donner Pines Market and the construction of bicycle lanes along this same section of Donner Pass Road.

Releasing the majority of the $55,280.94 retention will reimburse the contractor for work completed in 1999 while retaining an additional $5,000 to ensure that the contractor will prosecute the contract change order work in the Spring, if approved.

The contract change order is requested in order that a bike lane be installed prior to the lane restoration work to be performed by Williams Communication following the installation of Truckee’s new fiber-optic conduit.

Town council members will also be asked to consider two other items of business:

– Approve a preliminary communications plan outlining communications equipment needs within town departments and authorize the purchase of equipment budgeted in the 1999/2000 Town budget.

– Support the March 2000 ballot propositions 12 and 13, which could ultimately bring millions of dollars in grant funds to the town and surrounding areas.

The regularly scheduled board meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Truckee-Donner Public Utility District board room on Donner Pass Road.


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