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Town considers airport plan objections

ANNE GROGAN, Sierra Sun

Truckee town staff will present to town council tonight objections to the Truckee-Tahoe Airport District’s Airport Master Plan initial study/Mitigated Negative Declaration.

The objections are based upon findings that the master plan project may result in significant environmental and noise impacts along the Highway 267 corridor and these impacts may not be sufficiently addressed in the Mitigated Negative Declaration.

“It is staff’s opinion that the Mitigated Negative Declaration fails to adequately address the potential environmental effects of the project and must be substantially revised to comply with the requirements of [the California Environmental Quality Act],” staff wrote in a letter to town council.

“Further, the Mitigated Negative Declaration does not contain sufficient information that would allow the town, the public, affected residents and the district board to properly ascertain the environmental impacts of the project and to properly review the Negative Declaration and Master Plan.”

The draft master plan and the Mitigated Negative Declaration were prepared by the consulting firm Coffman Associates. The master plan was completed in late 1998.

The Mitigated Negative Declaration was completed in Dec. 1999 and the airport district then released the document for public review.

The public comment period for the Mitigated Negative Declaration ends on Feb. 14. A public hearing will be held by the Truckee-Tahoe Airport District board of directors on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 9:30 a.m. to discuss adoption of the Mitigated Negative Declaration. The board may also consider adoption of the Airport Master Plan at the same meeting.

After town staff present their objections to town council, council will be asked to sign a letter to the airport general manager requesting modification of the Mitigated Negative Declaration.

In other business, council will receive information regarding two recent litigation settlements.

The case of Town of Truckee vs. Weststar Cable involved a dispute over the amount of franchise fee owed at the time the franchise was sold to USA Media.

A security was posted and an arbitration provision was inserted in the escrow. Upon completion of the necessary paperwork, a check for approximately $7,800 will be sent to the town from the escrow account.

At that point the file will be closed.

The case of Harvey vs. Town of Truckee involved a dispute over the title to a piece of land located in what the town believed to be a public right of way.

Walter Harvey intended to use the land for placement of water storage tanks for a bottled water business.

After discussions with the town, Harvey agreed to seek permits from the state of California to use an adjacent piece of property. If that application is successful, the entire action and all title claims against the town will be dismissed.

The litigation will be dropped during the application process.

All necessary paperwork has been filed in court.

Also scheduled for tonight’s meeting is a presentation on the North Lake Tahoe Regional Transportation Authority sales tax.

The presentation will be given by North Tahoe Resort Association President Ron McIntyre and Truckee-North Tahoe Transportation Management Association Executive Director Jennifer Merchant.


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