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It is with regret that I acknowledge Peter Holzmeister is retiring from the TDPUD. Peter has been more than a general manager of a special district; he has given quietly through service to the community of Truckee for more than two decades. That’s longer than three quarters of today’s residents have called Truckee home. So, as I watched several speak at a recent PUD meeting about Peter in a notably and regrettable manner, I choose to tell a different story.

Peter, I’d like to thank you for your kindness to those in Truckee less fortunate, for contributing to their welfare in quiet ways. Through Rotary, your service has been always present and never demanding of recognition. When I served as president of the club, your advice was not only welcome, but sought. Yet I ask, what contribution to our community have your detractors made? We know the answer.

As a member of the town, I have seen your professionalism demonstrated consistently. You have followed the lead of your board honorably and appropriately. Sometimes, a general manager has to “take one for the team,” as you did on the coal contract ” the pursuit of which was a board order. Lost on some, but never let that overshadow a body of work over more than two decades that is incomparable.

Times do change Peter, and so do elected boards and communities. Truckee is not the same place you came to 24 years ago. When you arrived, the town wasn’t even a town. The closest thing to local government was the PUD. As difficult as it was, you opened up your generosity to a new town government in 1993 and gave the new town a home. My first term as mayor in 1996 was a challenge, and you were always there to avail yourself to the “new” Town of Truckee.

May you enjoy your retirement, sir, and with all due respect, thank you for tireless and heartfelt service to those who know and care. You are a Truckee gentleman.

Ron Florian

Former mayor of Truckee

After reading a recent post describing Spandex-clad cylismos and their objectives to pave the Legacy Trail, I felt one idea was neglected. For me, cycling, swimming, running, hiking, walking and everything else is something I engage in to remain healthy and happy. Living a “green” lifestyle is something constantly on my mind. I relocated from Glenshire to Prosser, enabling me to safely commute by bicycle to work instead of cycling down Glenshire Drive, referred to as the Gauntlet by Glenshire locals.

I strive to commute by bike during summer months. I’m often amazed by one individual who rides his bike from Tahoe Donner to downtown wearing a balaclava on snow-days and short-sleeve shirts in summer. When I see another cyclist, whether a commuter, fixed-gear rider, endurance rider or the car-driving-bike-rack-sporting gas burner, I see potential for one less running automobile and less pollution.

Whether the bike is saddled between your legs or atop your roof rack, you’re considering making positive change whether you’re part of the group pushing pedals for exercise or the individual who racked your bike hoping to hop on it at some point in the day to get your heart rate up.

From transportation to exercise, cycling ” other than the creation of the bike itself ” creates zero emissions and uses no electricity (except for the battery in your cyclometer).

Hiking is also something that attracts visitors from around the world and is popular within our community. However, I don’t feel our hiking enthusiasts aren’t taken care of with the likes of the Pacific Crest Trail, Donner Rim Trail, Tahoe Rim Trail, Emigrant Trail and the hundreds of connecting and beautifully maintained, single-track trails in and around the area including the informal fisherman single track, which criss-crosses the Legacy Trail along the Truckee River. Paving the Legacy Trail will allow Glenshire residents to safely commute to and from town and will also allow endurance cyclists to do the same rather than driving to Boca in order to ride there.

More bicycle commuters and yellow-wearing Lance fanatics mean fewer automobiles, less emissions, less car-related traffic, a healthier culture and may ultimately contribute to a more balanced society.

Matthew Chappell

Truckee

The Caltrans alternatives for fixing the state highway in Kings Beach include some truly poor ideas. The emphasis has to be on pedestrian safety, when crossing the highway, when walking along the street or on the sidewalks. Slowing traffic by one minute should not be seen as a big deal.

Citizens should give the strongest consideration to the two-lanes-plus-turn lane proposal, but include parking on both sides year-round. This will have the same capacity as the existing road and be much safer. Parking protects pedestrians and makes them feel safer, too. Snow can be loaded into side streets or the beach parking lot.

The sidewalks should be 10- or 12-feet wide, not wider, in this village-scale setting. Hard curbs are necessary to protect the sidewalks from cars.

Pedestrian-activated stop lights at two or three places should also be adopted. The Local Government Commission in Sacramento specializes in redesigning main streets to make them safer, and so should be consulted.

Bob Johnston

Truckee