Town of Truckee, fire district butt heads over Glenshire relocation site
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The Town of Truckee this week ordered the Truckee Fire Protection District to stop using a temporary building after the town said the district failed to follow the permitting process.
Fire Chief Bryce Keller defended the district, saying the permit to use the property was unneeded; the dispute ultimately leaves questions about emergency service to nearby Glenshire unanswered.
With renovations on tap this year at the Glenshire Fire Station, the fire district planned to use the old water company building owned by the Truckee Donner Public Utility District for temporary operations. However, the fire district did not file for a required minor use permit to do so, said Town Manager Tony Lashbrook, and the town issued a stop work order on Wednesday.
and#8220;They were made fully aware of that, but for whatever reason, they did not elect to follow that procedure,and#8221; Lashbrook said.
Keller said the district wasn’t told it needed a minor use permit.
and#8220;Without any due notice, a series of town officials arrived at the temporary station and subsequently put a red tag on and#8212; and that is problematic and, quite frankly, unprofessional,and#8221; Keller said.
When and how the stop work order will be resolved was unclear as of Thursday, as were potential impacts to emergency service to residents, as details had not been worked out since the stop work order was issued, both officials said.
and#8220;We are not going to walk away from that community (Glenshire),and#8221; Keller said, and added: and#8220;The ramification of (the town’s) actions is a real potential to put the community at risk.and#8221;
Brent Collinson, attorney for the fire district, said he isn’t sure what solutions are available yet, but feels one could be reached quickly.
and#8220;We’re all government agencies working for the people, trying to get the same thing accomplished,and#8221; Collinson said.
Lashbrook said multiple calls from the town to Keller and Assistant Chief Bob Bena weren’t returned the week of April 12, calls made after the town received complaints from neighbors about activity on the site.
and#8220;We absolutely want to keep a fire presence in Glenshire, and our intent is to work through this,and#8221; Lashbrook said. and#8220;Right now, the ball is in the fire district’s court.and#8221;
Keller said the district does not believe the minor use permit is needed.
and#8220;Tony (Lashbrook) and I are at an impasse, and I’ve recommended his attorney contact ours,and#8221; Keller said.
Dan Warren, general manager of the Glenshire Devonshire Residents Association, said the association’s concern is with keeping emergency services nearby.
and#8220;We’re disappointed in the breakdown in communication between the fire district and the town and#8212; this all should have been taken care of well in advance,and#8221; Warren said.