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[Editor’s note: This letter was addressed to the Truckee Donner Public Utility District board members and General Manager Peter Holzmeister.]

As a member of the Donner Lake Citizens Oversight Committee and a Donner Lake resident, I am voicing a complaint about costs that are now being applied to Donner Lake Property Owners with regard to the capital improvement project at Donner Lake. This subcommittee met with the TDPUD during the process of receivership and rebuild, in oversight of costs and the work required to correct the existing system. Donner Lake Property Owners voted for these costs and this work, which had a good cushion of “contingency” built into it to absorb overruns and other unexpected costs.

However, we should not be paying for pipe that has been used outside the scope of Donner Lake for other customers. Additionally, we should not pay for the incredible drilling, new road installation and the five- to seven-month work that occurred above West Reed Avenue ” to add an additional line designed only in 2004 to service the new construction and developments going along Donner Lake Road and the west end of Donner Lake” as well as future expansion. The original plan in 2001, costs and water main, which were approved and installed under West Reed Avenue in 2003, were part of the agreed upon deal.

The cost of new developments should not be shouldered by existing Donner Lake residents, nor slid in under false pretense.

Please recall that the Donner Lake Water Rights, which only the Donner Lake Property Owners paid for, will exist for use at any time, and in any emergency could be used for those who are connected to the main pipeline.

Please take this protest for the Donner Lake Residents and reconsider the action, which was identified in the Sierra Sun’s article (“Spending, borrowing on PUD agenda,” April 20).

Emilie Kashtan

Donner Lake

I am a fifth-grade student at Truckee Elementary. I thought you would be interested in a recent informal survey my partner and I conducted.

I surveyed 80 college students and 21 elementary school teachers. I asked them “Do you think terrorism should be the highest priority for the government? Yes? No? If not, what do you think should be?”

Education was my subjects’ top priority. Thirty-eight percent of teachers chose education as their first choice. Forty-two percent of students chose education as their first choice. According to my study, Tahoe-Truckee residents seem to believe more in education. I wanted you to be aware of this information.

Kiersten Knoppel

Truckee Elementary 5th Grade


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