Denise Davis – IVCB Forum Moderator
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Jenn Boyd Lemming – Nevada Department of Transportation
Good morning. I’m part of the NDOT Outreach Team for the Incline Highway Project SR431 and 28 now in its third season of this multiyear project. We sent out a newsletter this morning. We are starting back on Mt Rose highway doing a final 1” pave starting on Monday at 9am. That will last Monday through Wednesday and wrap up by 11pm. It will be the final paving from Jupiter Drive to the roundabout. Expect delays up to 30 minutes. Once that’s done, most of the work on Mt. Rose will be concluded. There might be some other things on the schedule but we’re getting pretty close.
Marlette Creek work is continuing near Thunderbird Lodge. The waits have been pretty short in duration so that’s going pretty well because they are able to do the 24-hour work. They’re doing the new detention basin and drainage improvements. That’s 24-hours a day, Sunday from 8am to Friday at noon. That’s expected to wrap at the end of August.
Now the crews are doing new curb and gutters and enhanced sidewalk ramp concrete work. Those are pretty small closures, and that’s in Incline on State Route 28. Those working hours are also Sunday through Friday from 6pm to 10am. And that will conclude by the end of August.
There’s a bit of a shift for some things. They’ve taken time off for Hot August Nights this weekend to accommodate a lot of the traffic.
And these are not our projects, but they are nearby utility projects. NV Energy is doing some power-line pole repairs on Highway 28 between Gonowabie and Incline. That’s a little later in the month but that’s going to be starting August 15 starting early in the morning with lane and shoulder closures. Then Charter Communications is doing utility work on Highway 28 south of Marlette Creek, close to Spooner from August 7 – 21. That will be single lane fire control closures.
Tiffany Clements – Washoe County Sheriff Office
I just want to let you know that I went on to your website. I’m finding I’m getting texts about road conditions that I’ve been sharing with my workgroup and colleagues about the construction. I think it’s invaluable information for the residents who are wondering how long is this going to last. It gave me timeframes and dates. So if you can post that so we can encourage residents to go on and sign up on your website to get those texts—because I find they are just invaluable. Thank you for that.
Jenn Boyd Lemming
Yes, I’ll put that in the Chat. Thank you.
Thanks, Jenn. We’ll see you in a couple of weeks.
Jenn Boyd Lemming
I’ll just hang out and listen a bit more. But if you have any other questions, I’ll be paying attention and I’ll throw that in the Chat. Thanks everyone.
I don’t see Kari Ferguson, so I will try to cover some IVGID announcements. At the last forum meeting I read the special announcement that went out July 19th about hate speech incidents at the beach. I’ll just quickly read it again:
“Recently, the District reported several racial and hate speech incidents at the beach venues. The Incline Village General Improvement District has a zero-tolerance policy in place, which states:
“Abusive behavior of staff or other customers will not be tolerated. All District rules must be adhered to. Recreation privileges MAY be suspended for any period deemed appropriate or privileges may be revoked at District’s sole discretion.”
The District is taking action regarding these recent incidents, as this behavior is not tolerated at any District venues including the beaches. Each and every resident and their guests are expected to behave in an appropriate and respectful manner with EVERYBODY at our venues. Your adherence to this policy is mandatory to keep our venues safe.
Respectfully, Sheila Lejion, Parks and Recreation Manager; Mike Bandelin – Acting District General Manager
Again, it’s sad that we have to put that out, but clearly there have been some issues.
In case you missed it, there is a microplastics report in your July Public Works newsletter. I’ll read the ending which says, “What this means for Tahoe Tap is 1 microplastic particle per 23 liters of water, or with average drinking water consumption, 1 microplastic particle every 7 days. A single-use bottle provides a consumer with 94 particles per liter. If you are concerned about consuming microplastics, Tahoe Tap is a better choice compared to packaged single-use bottles.” It goes on to tell you more tips and tricks. Just be aware that our water utility is aware of microplastics, and keeping an eye on it and doing studies. If you want to know more, check your utilities newsletter.
Tonight at Incline Beach from 4-7pm there will be the Bluesberry Jam band at IV Beach Wine Bar.
July 24, there was an Audit Committee meeting. July 26, there was a Board of Trustees meeting. August 9 will be the next Trustees meeting. The agenda has not been published yet.
Blaine Beard – Washoe County Sheriff Office Incline Substation Captain
Good morning, everybody. Tiffany and I will give a few updates, and then I’ll yield the remainder of our time to Sergeant Tone who will update you on the Lakeshore Boulevard accident that occurred last week.
First, the IV Justice Court is ultimately going to move to our location next door. That project will be several months long. But the construction being done to make that happen will start next door on September 6. That’s a tentative date. Assuming that the program stays on schedule, we would have to be back to our old substation by that date. So I’ll just have Tiffany tell you all that will be back in that location if the schedule holds. We’ll be open for full business 100% by September 6. I’ll let everyone know in 2 weeks if that date changes. But we will start moving probably in 3 weeks. So just bear with us during that 2-3 week time frame as we move and get everything back up and running where we were prior.
And second, we’re here to—we’ll have a finalized flyer for everyone and post everywhere we can—for our Annual Community Picnic Saturday September 16 from 10-2 at the Incline Village Middle School Ridgeline baseball fields. We want everyone to come on out. We’re expecting and hoping we’re going to get 1000 people out there. That would be fantastic. We’re going to have everything you can think of from the Sheriff’s Office—all the specialized units: Marine 9, Canine, the Mounted unit, Motors, Bomb Squad, Search and Rescue, and Child ID. We’ll have several vendors with 30-50 tents set up.
Tiffany Clement – Washoe County Sheriff Office
It’s not really vendors. What we’re trying to provide is to show the community what our resources are here. It’s not about fundraising or making money for certain booths. It’s about providing information. We’ll have the Fire Department there with great information they provide to us. We’ll also have the Coast Guard. We have kayak safety info. Last year they were handing out life vests. We have a lot of information we’re trying to put out there for our residents. And to know what the difference is, for instance, between Sierra Nevada College and UNR-Tahoe. So there will be all those people there to answer questions about resources for the community, not really to sell you anything, but just to provide you with info.
Yeah, I used the wrong word of “vendors.” But when I see a tent, I think of a vendor. So it’s all for those resources. Mmany people in the community come together to make the event possible. Many people help out and volunteer, supply things, and donate. It’s a great event every year. For those of you who’ve attended in years past, I cannot wait for it. It’s a big logistical thing we’re dealing with right now. But it’s going to be a fantastic time. We’ll have the normal hamburgers and hot dogs. So there’s water, and all those good things. So please come on out and encourage everyone to come. Once we finish the flyer, I’m going to get it out there so it will be available everywhere you turn. And we ask that you please make sure that you send it to everyone you know as well. We want this to be the biggest and best event we’ve ever had. I want to get that out there. And now I’ll call Sergeant Tone up here so he can give you an update on the accident from the law enforcement angle and not the [inaudible] angle.
So more importantly, what are we eating at the picnic?
Hot dogs, hamburgers, and the normal BBQ stuff. We’ll have cookies and desserts, sodas, waters, and those kinds of things. I tried to push through the margarita dispenser, but I got denied. So there won’t be any of that there. But it will be your typical BBQ. So come on out and have a great time. It’s going to be a fantastic event. And it’s free. We’ll be out there to answer any questions and show you all of our teams.
Nick Tone – Washoe County Sheriff Office Sergeant
I just want to give a quick update on the accident we had on Lakeshore July 27 at 1:30 pm. Our deputy responded to a report of a multiple vehicle accident in front of Ski Beach. What happened was a single vehicle was traveling down Lakeshore at a high rate of speed and rear-ended a second vehicle that ended up involving a third vehicle once they came to rest. All in all we had 7 people transported to the hospital. We’re very fortunate there were no fatalities and not a lot of significant injuries. We had 4 deputies on the scene. A couple came up from the valley to assist. Marine 9 was on the water at the time. They beached the boat at Ski Beach and came to assist. North Lake Tahoe Fire came.
I would like to thank a number of people—too many to thank by name. There were some young IVGID employees working the beach and Hyatt employees, and three people working a marathon that day, all who immediately rendered aid and assisted with the accident. Their help was invaluable.
To conclude the investigation we determined that the initial vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed was due to a medical event. The driver unfortunately suffered a medical episode causing him to go at a high rate of speed. As I said, we’re very fortunate that it didn’t result in anything tragic, just a lot of property damage.
That being said, there’s nothing that law enforcement or anyone could have done to prevent this kind of situation. Medical incidents happen unfortunately. If we’d had one unit down there or 10 units, we couldn’t have prevented the accident from occurring. The best we can do is to respond to it, render aid, and save lives. I just want to make sure that Sergeant Tone’s here to update everyone. I know there are a lot of questions. The Tahoe Tribune had a story about that, so we want to make sure we’re here to fill everyone’s voids.
Lastly on my end, I want to thank everyone in the community because a couple of people last time at the Forum here had questions for me and advised us of various concerns in the community. I’ve also received phone calls and emails about concerns in the community—whether parking issues, potential drug sales, loud cars—a whole bunch of things I’ve been hearing about. Truly, we wouldn’t know about all these events if not for the community letting us know. So I appreciate everyone’s feedback. Please continue to contact us. Let us know so we can take care of incidents as they occur. And the people who reached out to me, if you’re on right now… Most of you I believe I’ve communicated with by phone or email. We’re following up on all of those concerns. So I’ll just leave it at that. I just want to thank everybody for their input.
Would you prefer that we go through Dispatch so things get logged, or would you prefer that people send you an email?
If you want something taken care of now, certainly call the non-emergency line at Dispatch or if an emergency is warranted. If it’s something where you have some intelligence on something… You say, “Hey this is what I see and I suspect this”… an email or phone call to me will suffice.
We also have a system on line that is valuable for notifying us of traffic complaints and abandoned or stored vehicles at washoesheriff.com. At the top you click “Services.” Then you’ll get a whole menu of the different services we offer from the Sheriff Office. When we’ll get back to the substation, we’ll have fingerprinting and work permits, etc. once we get back online at the substation. We’re looking at about 6 weeks out to get that back fully on line. In the meantime, we get the direct reports from information regarding abandoned vehicles, stored vehicles, and traffic complaints.
We have our motor units on motorcycles that go out immediately and address service requests. We’re out checking the vehicles with orange stickers and towing them. That information is really valuable to have it statistically. That was a great question. It also holds us accountable. You can also do it online if you have the time—or if it’s more urgent—then call us.
The non-emergency Dispatch number is 775-785-9276. And the website is?
Washoesheriff.com—then click “Services” at the top.
Helen Neff – Incline Village Resident
I want to thank Captain Beard and your whole team for your really great follow-up. I had a question about the crash on Village and Southwood on July 12. Was the cause of the crash speeding as well? Do you know the situation on that one?
Not off the top of my head. I’ll have to look up the cause of that crash.
I was also asked about the accident on that date, but I’ll have to email you back, Helen. I just forgot what it was.
Okay. I’m concerned because the traffic study for 947 Tahoe says that their residents should use that intersection as a backup if they’re having a hard time. You know we have two unsafe intersections and a new project going in.
And you said that was on the 12th?
Yes, thank you very much.
Myles Reiner – Incline Village Resident
Have you been involved in any investigations involving voter intimidation at the tables where people are signing up for the recall petitions?
Yes. We currently have an investigation going on regarding that. Sergeant Tone is quite heavily involved. We can’t provide too many details because it’s an ongoing investigation. But we are currently exploring a couple of different incidents. We’re talking with the appropriate law-enforcement agencies to see if it rises to that level. So we’re fully aware.
Andrew Whyman – Incline Village Resident
I have two questions. First, in terms of the Sheriff’s picnic on September 16th, my wife and I can’t make it that day. I wonder if you can Uber some hotdogs and hamburgers to us? We’ll be in Boston.
The other question is maybe more serious. It’s nice to find out we do have drugs in Incline Village. It occurs to me that one of the things we citizens don’t really understand enough about is when you arrest someone for drugs, what happens downstream? What are the events that occur after the arrest? You’re always collecting data on those things. They’re not regularly available to you even. But they’re certainly not available to the community. And most of us have no idea what happens under those circumstances. It might be useful to educate people about what are the downstream effects for a human being when they get arrested for drugs.
Are you talking about through the courts? [25:00 inaudible] Typically when somebody gets arrested for drugs, however they came into contact with it through a traffic stop where we find something, or DUI drugs, or a bigger investigation where we come upon somebody with large quantities or whatever. They get arrested. They go down to PAR. They get a bail hearing by a judge. They determine whether there needs to be custody or not. From there they start criminal proceedings with attorneys. You’ll have somebody appointed to you. You will have a prosecutor appointed and go from there.
Depending on the person’s history—and whether they are just a user, or they’re a dealer, or where they are— all that will determine what services they get. Washoe County has a thing called Drug Court, where the main idea is to divert people from using, to get them resources so they stop. A user will be treated differently from somebody who’s trafficking in drugs, or if the person is actually dealing the drugs. The circumstances in the case do make a difference. The District Attorney will make a determination—whether they’re going to look at charges, whether they’re going to get them in a program, whether they’re going to get probation, or, if it’s a much larger case, whether they’re going to get prison time. It’s very circumstantial.
I want to add to that. I did 4 years of DEA undercover—selling and buying drugs and doing these investigations, wire-taps, and those things. As Sergeant Tone said, we don’t necessarily care as much about users, because users have an addiction. They have an illness, and they need help in most cases. What we worry about are the crimes that allow them to get the money to buy the drugs. But the use itself, we try to get the person help in our programs. Our goal, when I was down there doing these cases was—whoever has the gram bought it from someone who has an ounce. And whoever has an ounce bought it from someone who has a pound, and so on. We try to work that individual into providing us the source. Then we can go after the people who are actually selling this stuff and importing it. So that’s the main thing.
For the younger age levels, when we go to high schools and do different lesson plans on drugs and drug use, our most effective tool is to show photos of someone before drug use, and then photos of them 1, 5, and 10 years later. That’s probably the biggest deterrent for a lot of these kids. They see the difference.
Just another follow-up about education… About 2 months ago, myself, now-Lieutenant Colacurcio, and Captain Beard went to the Incline High School and gave presentations to the students as well as the parents on trends we’ve been seeing. What are the drugs we see in the community and the county at large, what to look out for, diversion, and what happens with an overdose. Just to push that education, if that’s something the community is interested in, I will be more than happy to set up that presentation for anybody who would like to see it just for the information. You can see what we’re showing the kids and what’s happening these days and the trends we’re seeing.
Is fentanyl up here?
Absolutely. Fentanyl is everywhere. There’s no community in which we have not found it, unfortunately. And that is a big part of the presentation to the High Schoolers.
And as you mentioned in passing, Sergeant Colacurcio is now Lieutenant Colacurcio. We found out his promotion yesterday. The community would really like to thank Lieutenant Cola. We appreciate all of you, but he’s been our main contact person, and he has handled our problems, and sometimes told us to just “suck up and get over it.” But we want to say we appreciate him and we’re happy to see his success. And we want to acknowledge him and give him a big round of applause.
He’ll be missed by the community, and I know we’ll miss him. But yeah, it’s definitely our loss [30:37 inaudible].
Moving on, is there anything going on at the Fire Department? Just be aware Tia has already texted me.
Ryan Sommers – North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Chief
Good morning. We have one more meeting but we’re basically wrapping up the planning phase for the evacuation drill on August 16th. We have a few more steps for that. Please come down to the Recreation Center between 9am to noon. You can speak with some of the other agencies that will be set up there as well.
We’ve got our Chipping and Defensible Space program I’ve talked about in the past. Chipping is going well, but we’re not seeing that many requests for Defensible Space evaluations. So we are trying to figure out if the link is not getting out there or whether people just aren’t paying attention to the vegetation around their houses, which makes me a little bit nervous. So we’re looking into that.
Is Defensible Space Evaluation (DSE) a seasonal thing or do the evaluations go year round?
The evaluations are seasonal only because we run into issues with this when you pull a building permit. It’s obviously very hard to conduct a DSE when there is snow on the ground. But people are looking to close out that permit in the winter months, so, we do give a contingency close for the C of O. But we come back in the spring to make sure the work has been done. We’re not going to deny or stop the permit process or close up the project because of snow on ground. We have two DSE evaluators. They are on a grant, and they are seasonal. So they are here during the summer months when they can visit the properties.
Tia did you want to add anything?
I just want to mention that the exercise drill is actually at 9:30 to noon.
And we’re not practice-evacuating town-wide. We’re just evacuating the Ponderosa Subdivision.
Jacquie Chandler – Incline Village Resident, Sustainable Tahoe Director
I have two questions. I was the ambassador for the Whispering Pines neighborhood—70 properties in the “Indian streets” over by Tomahawk and Peace Pipe in 2017. It’s phenomenal how much better our neighborhood looks. But to your question about defensible space, after we got it cleaned up, it’s like everybody kept the bar high. I drive through the neighborhood, and it’s like wow. So I wondered is that part of the reason that you may not be getting calls because some of these neighborhoods were under the Ambassador Program with April Shackleford? And then two, because we were under the grants of the Ambassador Program, what is the opportunity that somebody could come by and just do an evaluation of our neighborhood, and let me know? I still have the links. I know a lot of the properties have changed management. But I don’t mind reactivating—going door to door and putting stickers on—I don’t mind reactivating something if that would help. But if you just did a cruise through, I think you would be impressed. Then the last thing is, are there still matching grants if there is a need? You did an excellent job on the program and it’s been phenomenal. I’m so proud of our neighborhood.
You had three questions.
1 – The Ambassador Program is not a bad thing and we can talk about bringing it back. I think the subdivisions like having that one point of contact. We could look at that for sure.
2 – What we’re trying to discover or investigate is just making sure the new platform isn’t the hurdle of why we’re not receiving more DSE requests. It’s a new program we just implemented online so we can get better data results out of it.
3 – Your third question was about grants. Yes, so there were grants last summer. Tia, is there some money this year? We weren’t able to get it renewed for the amount we wanted.
I think that’s correct. I can find details on that from Ryan Dominguez and provide that information next meeting.
It was a very good incentive. It was $1000 to $2000.
It was. And that was also part of the… We’re also trying to go after some of the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act monies for that. It’s been very troublesome for me as an agency to tap into the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act monies. But we are working on it and doing our best to secure funds. It is a great incentive. If you’re not aware of it, you perform defensible space on your property –you or your contractor. If you have a contractor come in, you submit the receipt to us, and we give you back up to $1000 or $2000 if you’re over [inaudible 36:476]. But we would give some monies back. It was very successful. But maintaining those funds year-after-year is challenging because everyone wants a chunk of it.
Once you get your defensible space, it isn’t so hard to maintain it. So it’s a really good incentive.
It is. The initial work on your property takes the most time. After that, it is just maintenance, and it’s a lot easier to accomplish.
Tia wanted also to mention that the information about the evacuation drill is available in both English and Spanish. I have asked our Recap Editor to attach the flyer about our evacuation exercise. Again, it’s Wednesday August 16th 9:30 am to noon. The Preparedness Fair will be at the Recreation Center.
We have just under 1 month left to comment on the Community Wildfire Protection Plan survey. Please get your comments in regarding that. This is your opportunity to let agencies know your concerns and observations for planning purposes.
Do you know the status of the effort to bring a helicopter to dump water on fires? What’s the status of that effort to create a helicopter program for the Tahoe Basin?
If I understand your question correctly, you want to know where we are. Tahoe Douglas Fire has taken the lead in bringing in an all-risk helicopter, which would include delivering water to wildland fires. It’s coming along. Chief Lindgren—who has been to this group before and we can invite him back if you’d like—as of about 3 weeks ago, he’s raised over $1 million so far. He’s revamped the program. Originally he was asking for quite a bit of money. He really was. He’s revamped the program to where it is a bit more palatable to some of the donors so the program can exist. We can definitely get him back here if you’d like him to give you details. But it’s moving along. I know in October, Edgewood Golf Course will hold a fundraiser golf tourney for it. If you’d like to be part of that, let me know, and we can get you signed up. It’s going to be a fun golf tournament. I don’t golf. I keep score based on how many balls I lose. So if I lose 2 balls I’m under 2. It’s so much better. There will be certain holes that you’re going to be putting with a fire ax. It’s going to be that type of a tournament. So come out and have fun. But it’s 100% to raise money for the helicopter program, which will service the entire basin.
Doug Flaherty – Incline Village Resident, Tahoe Clean Air Director
Hi, Chief. I was speaking to some people on email this morning. There still seems to be some confusion over the timeline of the Community Wildfire Protection Plan. They’re getting mixed up with the survey due August 31st. Can you expand on the timeline for the actual draft plan, and will the community get a chance to comment on that?
Yeah, great. The current survey that is out right now is asking for the public’s input on what part of town is in need of vegetation removal. And also, in your vision, what should be put into the Community Wildfire Protection Plan? How do you see we need to protect this community from wildland fires? So that would be the survey. Then they will come out with the plan in September. Tia is that correct? We can follow up with [TRCD?] and get a better timeline and get that out to everybody. The plan will come out. And then, Doug, as we talked about already, once the plan is out, you then have 30 days to give public comment on the draft of the plan that has been drawn up.
Thanks, Chief. We’ll see you on the 16th. Oh, is there one more question?
Where is the survey located?
It has, if I recall, a kind of long URL. It is in our URLs. I have it printed out and will give it to you. And it will be in the meeting recap. Please take this opportunity to make your comments on the plan.
Linda Offerdahl – Incline Village Crystal Bay Community and Business Association Executive Director
I did go to Lieutenant Colacurcio’s promotion ceremony yesterday. There were some business people and Rotarians. He was very moved by the attendance and by the kind words from people in the community and his family. His two little kids were running around—very cute.
There are a couple of fundraisers at the end of the month. They can all wait until the next meeting. We’re hoping everybody shows up for the Lake Tahoe Summit. I don’t know if it’s on your list of things to announce, Denise. Are you going to say more about that? [Denise Davis – A bit, but if you want to talk about it go ahead.] Well, just that Nancy Pelosi will be the keynote speaker. The community is invited to attend over in Kings Beach. You should sign up through the Tahoe Fund. You need to register to attend.
It is August 9 at Kings Beach. You will not be able to park in Kings Beach, so they are asking you to please ride the shuttles or find transportation. You won’t be able to park at Kings Beach. Registration is required to attend in person or online. You need to go to takecaretahoe.org to sign up. [44:43 inaudible] They are going to have some extra shuttles to get to Kings Beach, but I haven’t seen the schedule, so I can’t tell you where that’s at. I’m told shuttles are planned.
And I’ll just give a quick reminder that Incline schools will start August 21st.
John Crockett – Washoe County Libraries Incline Branch Head Librarian
I’ll just give a quick notice that next week we have our last camp of summer, which is a Lego- Robotics camp. It’s on Tuesday and Wednesday from 2-4pm. It is geared toward 10-16 year olds. It’s a great two-day hands-on activity with Lego-Robotics with Natalie and Russell who do a great job of hosting.
Then—putting on my Mobility Hub committee hat—we had a meeting this past week. There was a plan for an Open House on August 14th that has been postponed. They are trying to find a different date later in the month to both better promote the event and provide more information to the community before the event so we can come informed to ask questions and give input. That information specifically is more about the survey results and a summary of what was discussed already. So keep an eye out for that open house coming soon.
The big question from the community was, “Why is the Old Incline Elementary School still on the list of possible sites? They do have to keep it on the list through the end of the evaluation. But they have added other sites including the Orbits Station, the Sheriff Substation, the Ponderosa Ranch parking area, and the other space here at the library where the Justice Court is going in. So please attend that open house when they do reschedule it.
I just have an announcement. You know how the things you care about most are the things you feel connected to? This could be why Tahoe has a trash problem. Because, I don’t believe it’s a trash problem. I believe it’s a hosting problem. It’s how we welcome people. I think some of the best ways to welcome people are to make them feel connected.
So I’m guiding for free tomorrow Saturday at 9am Earth Walks, right down at the Visitor Welcome Center. You can meet me at the [?] which is the native Washoe shelter that looks like a teepee out front. Sustainable Tahoe got the grant to put up that shelter. It’s a little half mile guided walk around 3rd Creek. This is the only fully restored creek where the Lahontan trout are spawning again. They got a big one out of there, so it’s really exciting… all the way up to where Beaver Bob was slaughtered, which I’m sure you heard about, which is very sad.
The US Forest Service made a mistake and completely destroyed the whole habitat that Beaver Bob had created at the headwaters. It was a beautiful habitat. We have now killed the beaver and destroyed his habitat because someone did the wrong things. It’s awful. I can’t even read the text. That’s a tragedy. I didn’t mean to talk about that.
So back to the Earth Walk… It is tomorrow at 9 am. It’s 40 minutes, ½ mile, you walk very slowly, and you connect to the land, the water, the wildlife, and the air that we all share.
And then there is Earth Crafting. You weave from the ecosystem by making a pine needle basket, and making gratitude painting some ornaments on the lake.
Then on Sunday at 9am, it’s Earth Gym. Stretch and tone with a stick and a stone so when you go outside you feel at home and never alone. It’ is all free at the Tahoe Visitor Welcome Center this weekend and every weekend until September.
All right. Moving on. The Board of Washoe County Commissioners does not have a meeting scheduled until August 15th. But I want to make everyone aware of the new public comment platform—Speak Up.
The next scheduled Incline Village public comment Livestream will be August 22nd. I’m not sure what the agenda item is they have booked the room for, but some Incline Village-specific agenda item. Whenever there is something specific to Incline, we will have public comment available here at the library.
If you want to learn more about Speak Up we will be having a presentation at the next CAB meeting, which will be this Monday August 7 at 5:30 here at the library and on line.
Eric Wilrich, assistant to the County Manager, will give a brief presentation on E-comment. We will also be discussing the Neighborhood Development Hub and a few other local items.
The Washoe County Planning Commission met August 1st. They considered an amendment for conditions for Boulder Bay to reduce the amount of open space associated with Building A to 1.25 acres and to transfer the open-space acreage to the Waldorf Astoria Lake Tahoe (WALT) project.
The Washoe County Board of Adjustment met August 3rd. The only Incline item was a
As for the Tahoe Transportation District, as John said, we had a Mobility Hub Committee meeting on July 31st. The Open House scheduled for August 14th has been postponed.
The TTD Finance Personnel and Board met on August 2nd. A topic on the agenda was reimbursing Washoe County $225,310 for the slurry seal and striping of the East Shore Trail. The TRPA APC meeting was cancelled. Is that correct Judy?
Judy Simon – Incline Village Resident, TRPA Advisory Planning Committee Member
Yes, that’s correct because it conflicts with the Lake Tahoe Summit.
Do you know if it has been rescheduled?
We’ll meet in September.
On July 26th, the TRPA Governing Board met. I was out of town so I can’t give you an update on that. On August 17th TRPA will be hosting a TRPA talk with Executive Director Julie Regan here in Incline at the University of Reno campus. You need to pre-register for that. So check the URL in the recap to sign up. It’s August 17 at 5:30. I’m checking my notes to ensure I haven’t missed anything. It’s been a relatively light rest-of-the-month for meetings. Enjoy the lull while it lasts.
Yolanda Knaak – Incline Village Resident
I’m preparing a letter and I want to get email addresses for all of the Mobility Hub, TRPA, and TTD committee members. Can we put those out—all of the email addresses?
Yes, we can put the committee member addresses out.
And also for the Mobility Hub roster and the CAB because I want to send something ahead of time.
There is a roster available on the County website on our CAB page. The URL for the agenda goes straight to the agenda, but if you go to the county website, look for the Incline Village Crystal Bay Citizen Advisory Board under the Boards, on our page there’s a roster that has everyone’s contact information.
One thing that doesn’t get the airtime it deserves is the State of our IVGID nation. I’ve been speaking to a number of higher-level staff people at Incline. It may not be widely know that a huge number of middle- and upper-management folks are leaving the staff. We may have a wonderful IVGID, but if we don’t have staff, we’re not going to have much of a village. This issue should be discussed at an IVGID meeting. It’s my understanding that to date that’s not something that the Board has wanted to put on their agenda. I wanted to make that public statement today. Thank you.
I do know that at a recent Board of Trustees meeting they did publicly during the meeting go through how many openings were in each—I don’t know how they grouped them—by tiers or by divisions or whatever—but they did discuss how many openings there are at IVGID. I can’t tell you which date that Board meeting was, but I do know that happened.
[Inaudible 56:12] Yes, that announcement was made. But what wasn’t discussed was staff morale and what a number of staff people are saying about the state of their community as staff who live or at least work at IVGID. So I do acknowledge that they mentioned empty spots on the roster but that was the extent of the discussion as far as I understand it.
I’ve checked my list and I think that I’ve covered everything. Does anyone have anything else they want to bring up?
Beth Davidson – Incline Village Resident
I did write a letter to the Mobility Hub members, but I can tell you that Cindy Gustafson’s email box was full so there was no way to leave a message for her. That may be true for many people who are on the TTD Board of Directors. I actually checked with people relative to the Old Incline Elementary School, some of the people over there, and virtually nobody in the apartment area uses that ESE bus. There are definitely issues with any of the sites here that are being suggested. So I strongly suggest the mobility hub be outside the basin and not bringing in more traffic. It is necessary to get to both the TTD Board directors, because apparently there are many TTD Board members and they are different from the Washoe County Roads Department. The Roads Department doesn’t even know about the TTD. There are so many groups and so many committees that you can spend your life trying to figure out who to talk to.
Thank you Beth, I appreciate your comment. And I agree the bus hub needs to be outside the basin. We could even rent parking—not this year of course—but in future years—we could rent parking at the Mt Rose ski resort or other locations. Thank you so much.
Just to share some things I’ve learned, our transportation on the north shore – even though TTD is the top agency in charge of transportation in the basin—functionally, Placer County and its transportation system is what operates on the North shore. So the Washoe County transportation is tied into Placer County’s transportation. TTD oversees more of the south shore even though they are the lake’s transportation authority, functionally, Placer County runs the north shore. TTD runs the south shore. That’s information I’ve learned by attending a lot of meetings.
Kathie Julian – Incline Village Resident
I’m on a cell phone so it’s difficult to raise my hand to speak. Can I have a moment to comment on the mobility hub? [Sure.]
I appreciate John Crockett’s comment that the Old Elementary School site needs to be on the list to be evaluated. I think the critical element is the scoring criteria that are being used to assess all of the sites. To my knowledge, the mobility committee hasn’t had much ability to comment on the criteria being used. Certainly, the community needs to look at the criteria and comment on their applicability. To me that is critical because if we don’t, you could have a skewed scoring system that automatically delivers the OES as the preferred site.
Barbara Whyman – Incline Village Resident
I’m glad to be back. I want to make an observation that—and you can tell me whether this happens often—these discussions having to do with things that are important around the community—and the fact that we do not have a newspaper to keep us up to date on these things—I notice that this is when people leave. It’s important to get these kinds of discussions and information out to the public. Although we hear about topics and updates, we don’t get the big picture in terms of the common interests or the necessities to outreach beyond this group.
I’m feeling as though if we have a way in which your report was posted perhaps on the sites that we have by the post office, or a place where we can get that information and even put it on with the minutes so that those dates are actually there and people can know how to get information, who to talk to, what are their concerns, It would be a real community service in terms of engagement.
I think for most of us who have lived here many years, it makes sense and we can follow it. But for new people those things need to be something they are concerned about, or that they know about. In terms of one of the things we can do in this group to
benefit people who are not part of this group or can’t come at this time, perhaps that’s something you might think about.
All right. Thank you.
Just to follow up on that, I know that IVCBA in partnership with the Community Forum has hosted town halls and trustee candidate forums, and would like to host a couple of those this fall to have community discussions on some of these pressing issues. Thank you for the suggestion.
All right. To wrap up, I’ll just cover a couple of things that have been on the URL list for a while. There is a Tahoe voting app in case you didn’t know that. If you’re looking for information on the Tunnel Creek single-track trail, which they are working on, we have a URL for that. Information about the Lake Tahoe Destination Stewardship Plan is available. I remind everyone that our US Senator Rosen has developed a state-side Senior Resource Guide which is available online with lots of useful information. The Washoe County Clerk office started processing new passport applications August 1st.
And tonight is the final S’more Family Fun Friday at Galena Creek Park. S’mores start at 7:30. The program starts at 8:00. This week’s program is the bluegrass band Sage Creek. So if you’re going to be in Reno I urge you to go and listen. Sage Creek is a band I enjoy, so I’m trying to figure out a way to get there.
Okay. This is the final call for comments. Otherwise, stay safe, stay fire aware, and we’ll see you in 2 weeks. Thanks. Bye.
Jenn Boyd Lemming
09:09:19 From Jenn Boyd Lemming : For SR 431-28 Incline Highways project: Sign up for text alerts: Text INCLINE to 775-242-9168. Also, if you want to subscript to our emails you can sign up via the homepage here: https://inclinehighways.com/ or just put your email in the chat and I’ll add you. Thank you.
09:19:20 From Washoe County Libraries : washoesheriffs.com, click on services
09:20:35 From Washoe County Libraries : 785-9276 – WCSO non-emergency
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09:48:03 From Washoe County Libraries : Earth Walks, 8/5 at 9 am; Sunday at 9 am Earth Gym
10:03:44 From Beth & Jon Davidson : Can members of the Mobility Hub Committee provide a one page written list of criteria that will ultimately decide the location of the mobility hub and what people will vote on this issue?
Our email is:
Washoe County Sheriff Office (WCSO)
non-emergency dispatch 775-785-9276
Incline substation Facebook page
North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District website
non-emergency fire dispatch (Grass Valley) 530-477-0641, then pick 7
Defensible space info
Lake Tahoe Basin CWPP (Community Wildfire Protection Plan) update – Survey closes August 31
QR code available at nltfpd.org
Helping Tahoe residents and visitors prepare for wildfire
Washoe County emergency alert sign-up
Washoe Regional Emergency Information Center
Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT) prescribed burn info
Road construction updates
Aug 7 – IV/CB CAB (Citizen Advisory Board) meeting
Aug 9 – Lake Tahoe Summit – Kings Beach and online – REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Aug 9 – IVGID BOT meeting
Aug 14 – IV mobility hub public information open house – POSTPONED
Aug 16 – Incline Village Evacuation EXERCISE
Aug 17 – “TRPA Talks” with Julie Regan – Incline Village 5:30 pm
reserve your spot by sending an email to email@example.com
Tahoe boating app
Tunnel Creek Singletrack Trail info
Lake Tahoe Destination Stewardship Plan
US Senator Rosen has created a statewide Senior Resource Guide
Galena Creek Regional Park S’more Family Fun Fridays
Washoe County Clerk’s Office begins processing NEW passport applications Aug 1
Speak Up – Washoe County’s new public comment platform
All applications for Washoe County Commission District 1
Neighborhood Meetings for Upcoming Development Projects
Washoe311 – Request for service
call 311 or 775-328-2003
Washoe County Board and Commission openings
IV/CB Community 1st meetings and community info
IVCBA (Incline Village Crystal Bay Community and Business Association)
IV/CB Community 1st community info and meeting times/dates
IVCBA (Incline Village Crystal Bay Community and Business Association)
EMAIL ADDRESSES OF REPRESENTATIVES
Washoe Incline Village Citizen Advisory Board:
Carla Werner: Carla.firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Wood: email@example.com
Denise Davis: ddavisCAB@hotmail.com
Diane Becker: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Lyons: email@example.com
Roxanna Dunn: Roxanna_dunn@yahoo.com
TTD Incline Village Mobility Hub Committee:
Alexis Hill: firstname.lastname@example.org
Andy Chapman: email@example.com
Carole Black: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cindy Gustafson: email@example.com
John Crockett: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendy Hummer: email@example.com
TRPA Governing Board:
Alexis Hill: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashley Conrad-Saydah: email@example.com
Belinda Faustinos: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brooke Laine: BOSFive@edcgov.us
Cindy Gustafson: email@example.com
Francisco Aguilar: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hayley Williamson: email@example.com
Jessica Diss: Jdiss.firstname.lastname@example.org
John Friedrich: email@example.com
John Hester: firstname.lastname@example.org [General Counsel]
John Settelmeyer: email@example.com
Julie Regan: firstname.lastname@example.org [Executive Director]
Marja Ambler: email@example.com [Clerk to the Board]
Meghan Hays: Meghan.firstname.lastname@example.org
Shelly Aldean: email@example.com
Vince Hoenigman: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wesley Rice: email@example.com
Tahoe Transportation District