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Truckee council members to divide up top priorities

Greyson HowardSierra Sun

Truckee Town Council members joined committees this month ranging from Affordable Housing to Green Building.At a Dec. 21 meeting, new and standing council members were designated to committees designed to tackle issues in town and around the county.Some of the committees are dealing with important council priorities, Town Manager Tony Lashbrook said. Council members on the committees can add value to the policy discussions and give more feedback to the other council members.Some of the committees are dealing with particularly important issues for the town, Lashbrook said.Affordable housing is right in the middle of critical policy and ordinance implementation in the housing element, he said.Others give the town input on countywide issues, he said.Both LAFCo (Local Agency Formation Commission) and the Nevada County Transportation Commission are important at the county level, Lashbrook said. LAFCo has finally prioritized Truckees sphere of influence, which we havent had in the past.The sphere of influence is an area outside the towns boundaries that will follow town policy in case it becomes annexed by the town in the future, Lashbrook said.Mayor Richard Anderson said the time a council member puts into each committee varies, he said most take from five to nine hours of additional work each month.Council involvement in these committees is important in that they ensure the committee is focused on council priorities, Anderson said.Other members of a given committee are generally interested parties and members of the public, he said.It would be wonderful if more people showed interest in serving on these committees, Anderson said.

Additionally at the Dec. 21 meeting, the parking, open space, Railyard Millsite, and the cable television and emergency broadcasting committees were dissolved.Lashbrook said the Parking Committee has been replaced by the new Parking Commission, and the Railyard is becoming an active project that the whole council will work on.Both the open space and cable television and emergency broadcasting committees had completed their tasks, Lashbrook said.Anderson, who served on the Open Space Committee, said the intent of that committee was to survey residents on their interest in paying to preserve open space.Once the survey was done it became a task of the community itself to create a ballot measure, Anderson said. Nobody has stepped up to the plate yet.A future Open Space Committee may be formed as a part of general plan implementation, Anderson said.

Carolyn Wallace Dee: Green Building Committee, Citizens Waste Advisory, Regional Relations, and Nevada County Transportation Commission. Mark Brown: Affordable Housing Implementation Working Group, Building/Plan Check, Chamber Of Commerce, Nevada County Solid & Hazardous Waste, and Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District. Josh Susman: Affordable Housing Implementation Working Group, Local Agency Formation Commission, League Policy Committee, and City/County Growth Committee. Barbara Green: Green Building Committee, Mayor/Manager, Truckee River Basin Water Group, Sierra Economic Development District, City/County Growth Committee, and Library. Richard Anderson: Building/Plan Check, Mayor/Manager, and Truckee River Basin Water Group.


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