Town Council applies for housing rehabilitation grant
At their regular meeting April 5, Truckee Town Council approved the submission of a community development block grant application that would provide money for housing rehabilitation.
The application describes town-wide rehabilitation potential. Often, the applications are written in concert with a specific project, but because the town did not receive development-specific material by the application deadline, no project was included in the request.
“The deal on East Jibboom Street did not come together,” announced Tony Lashbrook, community development director with the town.
In a Town Council meeting earlier this month developers of a 76-unit townhome project on East Jibboom Street implored the council not to approve a resolution that would have applied for block grant money on behalf of a project on Deerfield Drive that had not been approved by the town. The developers suggested their project as an alternative.
“I don’t believe they are continuing to pursue the grant application, but it’s not for a lack of trying,” Lashbrook said.
Approximately seven homes were rehabilitated with state funds in 1998. The unused portion of the money was returned.
New department head
Council also unanimously approved the reorganization of two town department head positions from a Town Engineer and a Public Works Director into a joint Town Engineer/Public Works Director and the newly created Assistant to the Town Manager.
Of particular concern to councilwoman Maia Schneider was the potential change in the role of the Town Manager and the future potential of the Assistant to the Town Manager.
“I don’t want to see this position isolate the Town Manager from the public,” she said.
“I don’t see it that way at all,” Wright said. He added that the Assistant to the Town Manager position is not a stepping stone to the Town Manager position, and that his role in public relations would remain unchanged.
“This position is not an Assistant Town Manager, this is an Assistant to the Town Manager,” Mayor Don McCormack said. “And I think that point needs to be emphasized.”
Wright further explained that most human resource responsibilities will remain under administrative resources activities, but some labor relations will be handled by the new assistant position.
“I question the department head position,” Schneider said.
The Senior Civil Engineer position was created because of the increase in development activity.
Council member Ron Florian noted the difference in salary between the new Senior Civil Engineer position and the department head position, which Wright said is a 5 percent difference.
Residents who alleged they were not aware of the Town of Truckee’s notice of a new development code and its adoption will have an opportunity to describe why they oppose zoning designations that went into effect last November.
The action by the council to initiate a hearing process for a limited number of residents was approved.
Town Council also set a monthly workshop for the second Tuesday of each month to discuss its annual priorities.
The first workshop will address the town’s economic report, the second the historic inventory, and the third potential Town Hall sites.
For more information, call 582-7700.
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