Historic Truckee Cemetery threatened by development | SierraSun.com

Historic Truckee Cemetery threatened by development

Bryan E. DeVoe
My Turn

I ask all people with relatives or friends interned in the Truckee Cemetery, or if you really care about our “historic town,” to call or e-mail the Town of Truckee or the planning commission to support the Truckee Cemetery District Board in its fight against a large development planned right next to the cemetery on the west side.

This development, Stoneridge, is being built by a SoCal developer and supported by a few locals who have sold their souls to the devil for a fiddle of gold.

The developer is treating the board like a bunch of country bunkums and puts up a two-faced act when he appears before them. The board has stipulated several key elements, like a 100-foot setback from the cemetery with a 10-foot-tall fence to project the serenity of the cemetery and the privacy necessary for funeral services.

They have requested a full-time, on-site archeologist, paid for by the developer, during all excavations in case remains from burials during the 1800s are uncovered. The developer refuses to comply and uses the approach of he wants to be a good neighbor and counters with token concessions and then throws in the new developer “we are good guys” song, “We’ll be building a couple of low-income housing units.”

Truckee is a town that calls itself historical, but the cemetery is one of the few remaining truly historic places left, with graves from the 1870s to today. Veterans from the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War and Bosnia conflict are interned there. There is one area that has unmarked graves for the many unnamed or unclaimed persons.

The cemetery is being encased by development with the Barsell commercial development on the east side, the town-requested I-80 offramp, where Caltrans removed many large trees that acted as-a good sound barrier and then refused to allow the cemetery to build a sound wall, a yet unnamed condo development across the street and now Stoneridge.

Jibboom Street is a narrow road that provides a quiet entrance to the cemetery. It cannot support all this development and with the historic Catholic Cemetery on the right, there is not much room for widening the road. And not to forget the blind corner at Kaiser Avenue.

On March 9 there is a planning commission meeting at town hall to discuss this development. Please show up to support our Cemetery District Board in its fight with this developer.

Bryan E DeVoe is a Truckee resident.