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Truckee-Donner PUD submits telecommunications application

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The Truckee-Donner Public Utility District has submitted its application to the Nevada County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) to activate its latent power to enter into the telecommunications business.

The district’s board of directors approved the LAFCo application in a 4-1 vote two weeks ago – directors Joseph Aguera, Ronald Hemig, Robert Jones and Jim Maass voted to approve the application and director Patricia Sutton voted against application approval.

According to PUD Telecommunications Director Alan Harry, the district has submitted the application to LAFCo’s executive director, S.R. Jones, and is awaiting a response.

To enter into the telecommunications business and move ahead with fiber-optic plans, the district needs LAFCo approval. When the LAFCo commission considers an application for latent power, they look at it from the standpoint of how it will affect the community and other agencies as well as consider the legal issues, according to Nevada County LAFCo chair, Don McCormack.

A regular PUD board meeting was scheduled to meet last night. The meeting was scheduled before press time Wednesday. Action items on the agenda included:

– Consideration to grant a recreation trail easement to the Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District.

– Brockway well project.

– Consideration of a report on the status of water system leaks.

– Consideration of a report on bids received and possible award of contract for purchase of electric system transformers.

– Consideration of a resolution accepting the Highway 267 electric system relocation project as complete.

– Public benefits program – includes proposal to install a photovoltaic unit at Sierra High School and a proposal to fund a portion of energy management measures at the Truckee-Tahoe Airport District.

– Discussion of 2000 budget.


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