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Utility board approves meeting time change

Andrew Cristancho
Sierra Sun

After receiving encouragement from the public, directors of the Truckee Donner Public Utility District agreed Wednesday to begin their twice-monthly meetings one hour earlier, at 6 p.m.

Several ratepayers voiced support for the change that was proposed because recent marathon meetings had continued long into the night.

During the discussion, board Vice President Patricia Sutton contended that she was her household’s “chief dish and bottle washer.”

“I made a commitment to the board in 1973 but long before that I made a commitment to my family,” Sutton said. She lobbied her fellow directors that their night meetings should remain scheduled for 7 p.m.

Director Ron Hemig disagreed, saying the change to 6 p.m. should not be framed for the interest of any one person but in the interest of the district and the public.

In the end, the directors voted unanimously 5-0 to adopt an ordinance that would make the change effective for the first time at the board’s meeting on Sept. 5.

Director Sutton agreed to vote yes “with reservations” and the stipulation that the issue be brought before the board for review in six months. The district’s executive secretary, Barbara Cahill, said the meeting time would appear as an agenda item next February.

The Truckee Donner Public Utility District board meets the first and third Wednesday of the month.