Truckee, Summit fire department annexation discussions delayed |

Truckee, Summit fire department annexation discussions delayed

Open discussions between the Truckee Fire Protection District and Donner Summit Fire Department regarding the possible annexation of the summit’s fire department have been put off until September.

The two departments were supposed to begin talks about an agreement – in which Truckee Fire would provide services to Donner Summit Fire with the intent to annex the Soda Springs department – after Jan. 1.

However, both special districts must undergo a examination by Nevada County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) before entering discussions, said Truckee Fire Chief Mike Terwilliger.

All fire agencies in the area must undergo a management services review (MSR) by LAFCo, which Terwilliger expects will be complete in September. Then, he said, both fire departments can look at their spheres of influence.

“We can’t look into annexation because Donner Summit is not in our sphere of influence,” Terwilliger said. “We can adjust our sphere of influence until the MSR is complete. It’s a chicken and egg thing.”

In October 2003, the Donner Summit Public Utility District, which operates Donner Summit Fire, selected Truckee’s department to outsource personnel and provide administrative and management services for approximately $600,000 with the intent to eventually annex the department.

DSPUD General Manager Tom Skjelstad has cited high turnover at Donner Summit Fire as the main reason for the pending discussions between the two agencies.

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