Should Truckee Use 96-Gallon Carts Instead of Green Waste Bags?

The Town of Truckee is considering a shift in its curbside yard waste collection program by replacing green bags with 96-gallon rolling carts. If approved by the Town Council, the program would be implemented over a two-year process. It would first be rolled out in Tahoe Donner and Glenshire in May 2015 with all remaining neighborhoods in 2016. This change would result in a one-time cart delivery fee of $35 for those choosing to participate; green bags would no longer be an option.

See the letter Tahoe Donner’s board of directors submitted to the Truckee Town Council members on behalf of Tahoe Donner membership.

Currently residents in Truckee can put out up to four green plastic bags a week for disposal; green bags are for pine cones, pine needles, lawn trimmings, and other vegetative waste. A typical green bag costs $1.25 each with residents on average putting out between 13-50 bags on an annual basis, for a total cost to the consumer of $16.25-$62.50.

Yard waste collection costs are currently part of the basic solid waste refuse collection fee which is included on the property tax bill. The new program would run April 1 to November 30 each year with every other week collection, and is intended for ongoing yard maintenance. For larger yard clean-ups the reduced cost dumpsters and free drop-off at Eastern Regional Landfill will continue to be offered. While all green bags collected by TTSD are recycled, the end of life recycling process still has an impact on our environment. The proposal to move to 96-gallon carts is an effort to move away from plastic and to allow Truckee residents the option to recycle even more yard waste as residents will no longer be limited to 40 pounds per bag and will have the option to recycle larger items, such as tree branches. The carts will also be easier for workers to handle since they will no longer have to manually lift each bag; rather, a garbage truck’s automated arm will do the heavy lifting.

Your opinion matters and all residents are encouraged to take the Town of Truckee’s green waste survey to express their opinions before a final decision is made.

As a Tahoe Donner homeowner, please consider the following when taking the survey:
• Are you a full time resident, or second homeowner? Consider the practicality of the proposed every-other-week collection on Tuesdays.
• Assess the length and slope of your driveway to roll the carts to the street and back to the house on collection day.
• Consider your ability to store a cart within an enclosed storage area such as a garage or storage shed per Tahoe Donner C&R’s (IV Private Property Rules: Storage, p. 7).

Take the survey. You may also visit for more information and frequently asked questions.

On Thursday, March 26, there will be a presentation at the Town Council meeting but without a request for direction.


February 23, 2015

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Snowmaking at Tahoe Donner

Finance Committee Endorses Snowmaking

The Finance Committee met to discuss snowmaking at Tahoe Donner Downhill on March 12. After a thorough discussion that included a cost-benefit analysis, the Finance Committee voted unanimously, 6-0, to affirmatively endorse and recommend that the board of directors approve the snowmaking project at their March 27 meeting, so that we can have this capability in place as insurance for the 2015-16 ski season. Read the meeting overview.

Snowmaking Project Analyzed

As you are aware, Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area services have been severely limited by a lack of natural snowfall for the last few years. For most ski areas in the North Tahoe/Truckee area, the answer to this is to make artificial snow. As a result of recent winter weather trends, Tahoe Donner Association has evaluated the feasibility of this solution for the beginner area of the Downhill Ski Area. Known as “the best place to begin,” we give four times as many lessons per visit than the average ski area in the U.S. and Tahoe Donner’s beginner terrain is considered the best location for this improvement project.

Over the past few seasons, the General Plan Committee and Downhill Ski Area subgroup have analyzed the financial and service impacts of poor snow conditions on our members, guests and the public. After a detailed investigation of the availability of power and water, the cost of installation and operation, and the sound level of the equipment, the subgroup presented a report to the boards of directors for both Tahoe Donner Association and Tahoe Donner Ski Bowl Condominium Association. With continued support, the TDA board has recently asked staff to move forward with the concept of installing snowmaking on the Snowbird Run area.

The detailed investigation uncovered several important facts, including:

  • In the past, snowmaking machines have been louder and less efficient than today’s models. Modern machines are much quieter and more efficient while producing a constant frequency fan noise – similar to a normal conversation, and less than a grooming machine.
  • Utility and operational costs of snowmaking are minor compared to revenues generated when the ski area is operating.
  • Studies show sufficient water supply and ample reserves for these snowmaking activities. For more information on water availability, contact the Truckee Donner Public Utility District.
  • The benefit of providing continuity in the ski area operation is important to the service expectations of our membership and financial well-being of the association.

Sound Demonstration and Town Hall Meeting

To illustrate the sound levels heard from snowmaking equipment, Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area held a snowmaking sound demonstration on Feb. 14-15. Tahoe Donner staff also presented the entire snowmaking report at a Town Hall Meeting on February 20. Information presented at this meeting is listed below.

Member input is encouraged. Please email the General Plan Committee at

Useful Links and Additional Information

February 9, 2015

Kayak and Paddleboard Storage Lottery

Don’t miss out on getting your kayak or paddleboard storage spot. This year we have made some changes to the process and we have also added paddleboard racks. There will be three separate lotteries this year:

Now through March 22 
at midnight, the lottery is open for the lakeside kayak storage at Tahoe Donner Beach Club Marina. Spots are $150 each. This lottery of 54 spots will be available online at our ShopTD site.

During this same timeframe, we will also have a separate lottery for 24 new lakeside paddleboard storage spots. These will also be available at our ShopTD site and are $150 each for the summer season.

Those who receive a spot in the first lotteries will be notified by email on March 23.

From 8 a.m. March 24 through midnight March 30, the lottery for the 42 additional kayak spots located at the far end of the parking lot by the exit gate will take place. These spots cost $100 for the season. Those who receive a spot in the second lottery will be notified by email on March 31.

Spot assignments will be determined by the order in which the member’s name is pulled from the lottery. For example, if you sign up for a lakeside spot and your name is pulled first, you would be on rack #1 in slot A. Those who receive a spot but choose not to take it will be charged a $15 cancellation fee.

Please be aware we do not store canoes or kayaks with a beam wider than 33 inches (the widest part of the bottom of the kayak).

Each member with a current member card can sign up once per lottery. Storage registration will is now available on ShopTD. You may download the waiver here. See the Beach Club Marina page or call 530-587-9424 for further information.

February 9, 2015

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Northwoods Clubhouse Upgrades

Work has begun at Northwoods Clubhouse to replace carpet throughout the building. Additionally, much of the interior will be repainted. The project will be phased in order to minimize the impact to the public, but some areas and offices will be temporarily relocated to the Meadow Room* while the work is performed. Please take note of the following dates and temporary office locations:
March 9 – April 17: Member Services will relocate to the Meadow Room,* with office hours and services remaining the same as usual. See hours and info here.
Through May 2015: All regularly scheduled and special board meetings will take place at the Lodge Restaurant & Pub, downstairs in the Alder Room.

Groups or organizations needing access to Northwoods Clubhouse’s Meadow Room or Mezzanine during February, March, and April should contact Member Services at 530-587-9400 (ext. 0) or to make alternative arrangements. Additional meeting space may be available on site or at another Tahoe Donner location.

*The Meadow Room is located straight down the first level hallway after entering the main entry doors and at the back of the Northwoods Clubhouse. There will be signage to inform and direct customers.

This schedule is subject to change. Any modifications to the schedule will be posted on this page and communicated via our weekly e-blasts on Mondays. Please watch this page and your inbox for updates. Not receiving our e-mails? Subscribe here.

We appreciate your continued support and patience while this project is completed!

January 19, 2015

Tahoe Donner Recognizes Outstanding Employees

Tahoe Donner has a wonderful team and has awarded the following outstanding team members for 2014:

Brian Yohn: Reserves Project Manager – Most Valuable Player (MVP)brian-(3)

Sheryl Walker: Architectural Standards Office Manager – Manager of the YearSheryl3

Jeff Jack: Banquet/Event Manager, The Lodge Restaurant & Pub – Best Customer Service

Matt Belote: Senior Support Analyst, Information Technology Dept. – Team Member of the Year

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