Truckee airport district election gets crowded
The Truckee Tahoe Airport District Board headlines the fall special district elections, with eight candidates seeking the three seats that will be chosen in the November contest.The field of hopefuls features two incumbents and three candidates supported by the Truckee-based Community Airport Restoration Effort (CARE).Truckee resident Joe Ferrarra is a property association manager, who said he will emphasize management and customer service at the airport. As a candidate who is not closely associated with the airport interests either way, Ferrarra said that he is equipped to make sound decisions on the district board.”When people vote for me I want them to know they are voting for someone who doesn’t have a buy into it one way or another,” said Ferrarra.Adrian Howes is a Northstar resident, pilot and retired founder of an engineering company. He said that living in Northstar has made him aware of airport noise, and as board member he would work to preserve the benefits of the airport but respect the needs of the entire community.Al Turner, a Carnelian Bay resident, is retired from the U. S. Air Force and owns his own contracting company. Admittedly pro-airport, Turner said that the airport provides huge benefits in teaching kids to fly, fire protection, medical evacuation, the Civil Air Patrol and the Experimental Aircraft Association. While he said that the noise and jet traffic from the airport was a case of Truckee becoming “a victim of its own success,” he said he would not support building a new runway, terminal building or de-icing facility.”The community grows and the airport grows. All that you can do is work together for compromises,” said Turner.The two incumbents running for re-election are Ken Foster and Constance Stevens.Foster, a Carnelian Bay resident, is district’s president and has served as the vice president of the North Tahoe Chamber of Commerce and president of the North Tahoe Public Utility District. He supports noise abatement procedures that have been developed over his years on the airport board and said that he will not back construction of a new runway, terminal or de-icing facility.Stevens lives in Homewood and is seeking her second term. She is a business owner, director of the Wildlife Shelter and emergency response professional. Stevens believes strongly the airport’s role as an essential part of tourism, employment, and real estate. She said if she is re-elected she would create a permanent Citizen Noise Evaluation Committee and Airport Economic Benefit Committee. She has supported noise monitoring on and off of the airport property to accurately assess noise impacts of aircraft activity.Kathleen Eagan, Mary Hetherington and Paul Vatistas are all being supported by CARE, a group that is focused on decreasing noise impacts, making the airport compatible with surrounding land use in the community, and encouraging jets to use Reno International Airport.Eagan was Truckee’s first mayor and is a former vice president for Wells Fargo Bank. She is the chairwoman of the Truckee River Watershed Council and a member of the Truckee Rotary. Hetherington is an engineer and past board member of the Sierra Nevada Children’s Museum.”Change is needed on the airport board and I want to be part of that change,” said Hetherington. “I’m running because I want to give hope to our community that our voices can be heard.”Vatistas is a Tahoe City businessman and executive director of the North Tahoe Conservation Coalition.Truckee Town Council (elect 3)Richard Anderson- unopposed for two-year termRon Florian- seeking re-election to third council termJosh Susman- seeking re-election to third council termBarbara Green- competing with Florian and Susman for one of the two full term seatsTahoe Truckee Unified School District Area 2Daniel Colin – incumbentMonty FolsomArea 3Christy OlkJohn FalkTruckee-Donner Public Utility District (elect 3)Joe Aguera- incumbentNelson Van Gundy- incumbentBill ThomasonTim TaylorBruce DouglassTruckee Sanitary District (elect 2)Brian Kent SmartRobert AffeldtTruckee-Donner Recreation and Park District (elect 3)Joe Burns- running for two-year termMarshall LewisJanet BradyTahoe Forest Hospital (elect 3)MaryLou Sullivan Michael FitzpatrickKaren SesslerTruckee Fire Protection District (elect 2)Lloyd EverettMichael MohrRon PereaBob Snyder
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