Slow Down and Enjoy Tahoe Donner



By Tim Cross, member and ad hoc neighbor group coordinator for speed reduction in Tahoe Donner

In case you weren’t aware, Tahoe Donner is suffering from an epidemic of speeding drivers. Both local and out of town residents are in too much of a hurry and we need to focus on slowing down on our roadways. We all have busy lives and places we need to get to but it is most important to arrive safely and drive slower for the safety of our neighbors.

According to Director of Risk Management, Annie Rosenfeld, “Many part-time and full-time owners have reported increased speeding incidents in Tahoe Donner. These members are taking a stand and hope through increased communication, fellow members and their guests will slow down and consider the 25 and 35 mph speed zones in Tahoe Donner. Most vehicles these days are automatics and as such, unless there is active downshifting from drive to a lower gear, vehicles quickly accelerate and easily exceed the speed limits.  Additionally, much of Tahoe Donner is hilly, thus creating an active braking situation unless a driver consciously downshifts to aid in reducing speed as it accelerates downhill.”

As a once part-time resident, now full-time, let me put forth scenarios many of us have experienced. It’s Friday night and it is the end of a long work week. The drive up to Truckee has been long and horrendous. If only we could get there quicker. Or, it’s Monday morning and there is a feeling of a need to speed to make it on time.

Sound familiar? No doubt we’ve all been in these situations. Residents and visitors alike need to consider the possible consequences of our driving behavior. In particular, are we conscious of the vehicle speed along with distractions such as the cell phone and GPS unit in the vehicle.

Someone’s beloved dog naively walks out into the street and is struck down and killed. A cat is desperate to make it home across the street and is also killed. A deer innocently steps out onto the road and is mowed down and later has to be put down. Worst case scenarios you say. My friend’s dog was killed a little over a year ago in front of his home. I saw a dead cat lying on the side of the road just a week ago and today I heard word of a beautiful four-point buck with velvet antlers that was struck down. All were killed by people speeding on Northwoods Boulevard and streets like Alder Creek Road, Stockholm, etc.

These are some of the more obvious consequences of driving too fast. Less obvious impacts include noise and possibly ruining your neighbor’s experience who are here to enjoy the serenity of the mountains.

So it is with hope that I ask that all of you slow down. Please be considerate and thoughtful of all of your neighbors wherever you may live. We all want to enjoy everything that Tahoe Donner has to offer and we can accomplish this if we change our mindset about speeding. Please Slow It Down and Relax.

What else can we as a community do to protect the nature of the community, as well as our loved ones? You can communicate to your neighbors that you consider this a serious issue. You can also engage the local law enforcement representatives to ensure appropriate traffic enforcement through frequent conversations and provide direct feedback to them. According to Rosenfeld, “The Truckee Police are very cognizant of the residential street excessive speeds. Last year as requested by Tahoe Donner and various members, the police increased their presence within the community during the busy peak summer season. The same request was made earlier this summer, by Tahoe Donner members in the community and the Truckee Town Council. Three out of the five members of the Truckee Town Council live in Tahoe Donner, thus they often experience this issue as well.” Rosenfeld encourages members to communicate concerns directly to both the police department and town council — your local representatives who have the authority to enforce on the public streets of Tahoe Donner.

This summer is prime with recreating in this fantastic community and region, and we are shortly turning the corner for school to be in session, which means children walking to and from school bus stops. Now is the time to adjust our driving behavior to further resident safety and enjoying this wonderful place. Join me and many other members in the endeavor to slow down.

August 1, 2016


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July 30, 2016

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Mailbox Cluster Units in Tahoe Donner

Rural mail delivery within the older subdivisions was made available decades ago in the Truckee region. At that time, the United States Postal Service (USPS) purchased and installed remote mailbox cluster locations in Tahoe Donner at the approval of the association. During those years, the mailboxes were considered federal property and the USPS was responsible for the maintenance and replacement of the boxes. In Tahoe Donner’s situation, the USPS determined that they can no longer get replacement parts on the old cluster boxes and that future replacement of the units is the subdivision’s responsibility. This comes out of the growing homeowner association dynamic in the nation where new developments are now required to construct mailbox clusters for all units in the subdivision where rural carrier service is established. The USPS will not allow adding additional cluster boxes to address demand due to union agreements with the carriers which requires mail to be in sequential order. Thus we cannot simply add a couple boxes on the end of each location. Tahoe Donner may be required to build and purchase approximately 6,500 cluster box units to address the overall replacement issue to accommodate new service requests. As such, several years ago Tahoe Donner discussed regular replacement of select units every year in the Replacement Reserve Fund to address identified cluster box issues as well as the larger project as described above. The General Plan Committee (GPC) is currently discussing the large project for consideration and implementation in the very near future.

This long-term project is currently in the early planning stages for consideration by the GPC and board of directors. In the meantime, a short-term resolution is underway, including improved maintenance and communication with members who currently have mail service at the cluster box units. Members can now report cluster box maintenance issues to clusterbox@tahoedonner.com. Tahoe Donner will coordinate access to the respective cluster box unit with the USPS and then perform appropriate maintenance including repair and/or replacement of the entire unit. The USPS will facilitate access into the unit, removal of the mail, and then replacement of the mail.
Mailbox Cluster Unit FAQs

  • What is going on with the existing units which are currently out of order? The USPS has identified 15–20 possible units that match the existing cluster boxes which are being made available to Tahoe Donner to replace boxes in the short term in lieu of the above issue. Many have been replaced, with a few pending replacements to be performed at the discretion of the USPS. Tahoe Donner and USPS will identify any further units that need box replacement as opposed to pedestal replacement and prioritize accordingly. With the help of USPS, Tahoe Donner has identified a pedestal replacement provider and has ordered enough to address the issues at the Northwoods and Northwoods location where the boxes are still in working order, but the pedestals need to be replaced to bring them back into operation. In July, these pedestals were received and installed.
  • How do I get a mailbox in the cluster box units located in Tahoe Donner? To apply for mail delivery for a Tahoe Donner address, the member must request delivery at the United States Postal Service Truckee Downtown office located on Jibboom Street. The USPS will determine if there is an open location for the Tahoe Donner address. If the USPS determines there is space, the USPS will issue a key and begin delivery at the respective box location.
  • Why can’t I get a mailbox unit? The USPS may determine that there is not an open location for the Tahoe Donner address, thus they will deny the request for mail delivery. The member can then request a post office box for mail delivery, and/or revisit periodically to see if an appropriate space opens.
  • Who is responsible for the maintenance and replacement of the units? Tahoe Donner is now responsible for the maintenance and replacement of the cluster box units. For maintenance-related reports, email clusterbox@tahoedonner.com.  Please identify the name of the person reporting, daytime phone number, cluster location, unit number, issue, and if possible, attach a photo of the unit. This will help to address the reported issue.
  • Who do I contact to report a maintenance issue? For maintenance-related reports, email clusterbox@tahoedonner.com. Please identify the name of the person reporting, daytime phone number, cluster location, unit number, issue, and if possible, attach a photo of the unit. This will help to address the reported issue.
  • What is the long-term plan for the cluster box units in Tahoe Donner? For several years, Tahoe Donner has worked with the USPS to perform regular replacement of select units every year, using the Replacement Reserve Fund to address identified cluster box issues as well as the larger project as described on the previous page. The GPC is currently discussing the large project for consideration and implementation in the very near future.

June 17, 2016

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School Bus Safety: When Should You Stop?



Many drivers are confused about the exact school bus laws and proper right of way rules.  It is estimated that over 50,000 motorists illegally pass buses every single day.  School buses flash yellow lights when preparing to stop to let children off the bus. The yellow flashing lights warn you to slow down and prepare to stop.  When the bus flashes red lights (located at the top front and back of the bus), you must stop from either direction until the children are safely across the street and the lights stop flashing*. The law requires you remain stopped as long as the red lights are flashing.  Keep in mind that older-model school buses do not have the red stop sign that folds out.  So as long as you see the flashing lights come on, a driver of a vehicle meeting or overtaking the stopped bus from either direction must stop and wait until the bus moves again or the red lights are off.

What else can we do to keep our children safe on their way to and from school? Parents should talk to their children about a few school bus safety rules.  For example, when the bus approaches, make sure children know to stand away from the curb and line up away from the street.  Teach them to wait until the bus stops, the door opens and the driver says that it is OK before stepping onto the bus.  Remind them to use the handrails when entering and exiting the bus.

In addition, if they have to cross the road, make sure they wait on the sidewalk or side of street, and when it is time to cross the street, they should wait for the bus driver to guide them safely across the road.  Children should never walk behind the bus and, if they drop something near the bus, make sure they tell the bus driver.  Children should never try to pick up items near the bus because the driver’s view may be obstructed.

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) school transportation is eight-times safer than riding in a car with parents or guardians.  However, most school bus-related deaths and injuries occur while children are crossing the street.  To help keep children safe, motorists should pay close attention to school buses and be aware and obey the flashing lights.

*According to Section 22454 of the California Vehicle Code, if a driver fails to stop for a school bus, one can receive a fine for $1000.00.

Content provided by permission of Glenshire/Devonshire Residents Association.

June 7, 2016


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