Town corporation yard takes step toward relocation |

Town corporation yard takes step toward relocation

The Town of Truckee is closer to moving its operational hub for snowplows and trucks to property between Glenshire Drive and Interstate 80.

The Truckee Town Council on Dec. 15 approved an environmental review for the parcel, basically accepting that the plans that have been developed so far are acceptable under California environmental law.

Truckee officials have long been investigating a partnership with the U.S. Forest Service on 72 acres the agency owns near Olympic Heights. The parcel, according to preliminary plans, would house offices and truck bays for the Forest Service, the operation yard for the Town of Truckee and potentially a Truckee fire station.

The plans were not welcomed by Bryan DeVoe, who lives on the western edge of Olympic Heights.

“I would be greatly impacted,” DeVoe said.

He said the location was a high point in the area, and would broadcast noise and radiate light to neighboring Olympic Heights and also into downtown Truckee.

“I think Joerger Road presents a real good option,” DeVoe said of a location that the Town of Truckee has discussed leasing from the Truckee Tahoe Airport District. “It presents a good opportunity.”

Dan Wilkins, Truckee public works director, said the town is continuing to discuss the plot of land on Joerger Drive as an alternative to the Forest Service location. The land is owned by the Truckee Tahoe Airport.

“It’s further removed,” said Wilkins of Joerger Drive. “It’s off towards one side of town.”

That could be a good thing, he said, as it will eliminate conflicts with residential or commercial areas, but would also require the town’s trucks and snowplows to drive farther, to and from the yard.

A final decision on whether the town will choose the airport property or the Forest Service land as the new home of the corporation yard will likely come in the spring of next year, Wilkins said.

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