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Town Council meeting tonight: Wastewater treatment facility funding sought

DARIN OLDE, Sierra Sun

Some of the biggest issues facing the Town of Truckee, including affordable housing, sanitation and environmental protection, will go before Town Council tonight in their regularly scheduled meeting, and their final meeting before Tuesday’s election.

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. in the boardroom at the Truckee Donner Public Utility District building on Donner Pass Road.

Sanitation upgrade

Town staff is recommending the council authorize Mayor Maia Schneider to sign a letter to Tom Hannigan, director for the Department of Water Resources and Mary Nichols, secretary of resources, that supports the requests for state funding for the Tahoe-Truckee Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility.

The Tahoe Truckee Sanitation Agency is requesting all government entities affected by the wastewater treatment facility write a letter in support of state funding so the agency can install new treatment processes that will allow the facility to meet proposed waste discharge regulations in the Truckee River Operating Agreement.

Without the implementation of the new system, the sanitation agency feels the wastewater treatment plant will not be able to meet the discharge regulations.

According to a letter from the Sanitation Agency to the town, Tahoe Truckee Sanitation Agency data shows that without the implementation the Truckee River Operating Agreement, the wastewater treatment facility would be able to meet partial biological nitrogen removal with plans for expansion that would cost approximately $3.4 million.

However, expansion plans that would accommodate full biological nitrogen removal, and thus meet proposed regulation of the Truckee River Operation Agreement, would cost an addition $11.6 million.

Without state assistance, taxpayers who use the treatment facility would have to cover this cost.

The purpose of the letter is to indicate the town’s support for the state to fund the upgrade to the system.

Affordable housing

In response to the recent concerns in the community on affordable housing, Town Council will hear public input and potentially submit a grant request for a housing study that could lead to a range of housing activities.

The grant would provide funding for a housing expert to conduct a study addressing the following:

– Current and future housing needs by income category.

– Analysis of private market potential for development of new housing to meet identified needs within each category.

– An inventory of potential government and non-profit funding sources for housing development.

– Recommend strategies to address identified housing needs.

The study would cost more than $40,000. In addition, the grant would require the town provide $5,600 from the general fund to match the grant money.

Housing

Rehabilitation Grant

Town council will also consider approving the submission of a grant application that would provide $500,000 for the rehabilitation of low-income housing.

The grant would provide an estimate of 15 housing units with approximately $31,000 each. The money would be provided to qualifying households in the form of a 3 percent simple interest loan with payment deferred for 15 years or until the sale of the unit.

Chief of Police

Town Council will also consider establishing the salary for the new police chief.

The current proposal for the chief is between $6,500 and $8,600 per month, with a retirement program.

The application deadline for the job will end later this month.

For more details about tonight’s meeting, call Town Hall at 582-7700.


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