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Town council considers road funding

JOHN A. BAYLESS

Truckee Town Council will consider tonight whether to approve “carry-forward” funds for the repairs of backbone roads while awaiting the revenue from the Measure A half-cent sales tax.

In his report to the council, Town Manager Steve Wright recommended that the town move forward with funding repairs.

“The passage of Measure A allows the town council the opportunity to immediately proceed with significant road improvements on ‘backbone’ roads even before Measure A sales tax cash flow begins,” Wright wrote. “. . . It is proposed that the town authorize the use of these carry-forward funds for Measure A related projects in order to ‘jump-start’ the Measure A cash flow.”

Wright said the finance director has estimated cash flow from the Measure A tax at around $565,000 in the first year of its collection, and has proposed Measure A road repairs totaling $555,000, beginning this summer.

Subsequent Measure A work would not commence until after July 1, 1999.

Motorists accustomed to the jolting trip down Donner Pass Road should be pleased to hear that the majority of the proposed expenditures (about $435,000) are for its repaving – at a total cost of approximately $585,000. The Donner Pass Road repaving project would extend from the McIver Dairy west to Coldstream.

Wright said approximately $150,000 in capital improvement funds had been set aside for emergency repairs to Donner Pass Road, in the event that Measure A failed.

“The final issue council will consider is whether or not to

designate that money as Measure A funds,” Wright said.

Donner Pass Road sustained heavy damage during the floods in the beginning of 1997, which was worsened by the harsh winter that followed. If the council votes to advance funds for repairs, work could be completed during this summer.

“I think they will be supportive,” Wright said. “They have generally indicated their support at previous meetings. Clearly, everyone understands that it needs to be repaired.”

Other projects which would be funded by the “carry forward” funds from Measure A include: maintenance on Northwoods Boulevard ($70,000), maintenance on Dorchester ($30,000) and resurfacing of old Glenshire Bridge ($20,000).

In other business, council will consider advertisement of bids for the construction of the western undercrossing project, a roundabout which will link Donner Pass Road and West River Street at the west end of the downtown area.

In a report prepared for council, Town Engineer Jon Lander wrote that the cost of the proposed construction has increased on two fronts – necessary staff and the expansion of the construction project.

He said additional technicians were needed to prepare the complete design and do the traffic design over and above the cost of normal civil engineering work. In addition, an appraisal was done of private property affected, environmental review was done on two alternatives and a Public Utilities Commission specialist was hired to prepare the PUC application. A landscape design firm was used to complete the erosion control plan and the beautification plan.

Increased construction costs are attributed to the addition of a commercial water separation unit on the West River Street Drainage, a more complex retaining wall along the bikeway and the wall protecting the pilings, and a wall between Caltrans right of way and the roadway.

The original budget estimate for the project was $964200. Lander said the current estimate is that the project will cost $1,198,723 – or about 24.3 percent over the original estimate.

However, Lander said the environmental impact “AB1600” funds available will cover the additional cost of the project.

Council will also consider:

— Acceptance of the June 30, 1997 Town of Truckee Annual Financial Report.

— Acceptance of the June 30, 1997, Town of Truckee Transit Fund Annual Financial Report.

— Certification that the PAC election followed procedures established in Resolution 98-02.

— Approval of a resolution certifying the results of the special election held April 14, 1998.

— Adoption of a resolution establishing procedures for the processing of land use development applications along the Highway 267 corridor.

— Approval of construction management contracts with Parsons, Brinckerhoff Construction Services of Sacramento for services during the construction of the western undercrossing and the Glenshire Bridge.

— Authorization for staff to request proposals for the Visitors’ Center operations and advertising, promotion and public relations services.

— Receive an update on the progress of revisions to the Highway 267 Bypass to retain the westbound on ramp and the eastbound off ramp.

— Adoption of a resolution authorizing the Nevada County Board of Supervisors to continue a parcel charge for solid waste services within the town for single-family units.

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