TDPUD Pipeline Construction for Summer 2013

Truckee Donner PUD Pipeline Construction for Summer 2013

Truckee Donner PUD is contracting for water mainline replacements in the Tahoe Donner Area this summer (see map below). Work will begin in early May and will run through the summer construction period.

The work will begin on the Northwoods at Coyote Moon section as per the contract documents. The rest of the schedule will be discussed with the contractor at an upcoming pre-construction meeting once the contract documents are in place. The work will be sequential moving from one location to another so only one area will be impacted at a time.

The Truckee Donner PUD has undertaken this water mainline replacement project to address persistent leaks and an aging water system in Tahoe Donner. The Truckee Donner PUD has made significant investments in replacing Tahoe Donner’s water distribution system and fixing leaks over the last decade, resulting in substantial water savings.  Although these projects can cause some short-term traffic disruptions and delays, the reduced water waste and associated energy savings due to reduced pumping costs are there for the long-term!

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Any questions regarding this project should be directed to the District’s Water System Engineer, Neil Kaufman, at 530-582-3950.

April 15, 2013

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Dining and Pro Shop Improvements at The Lodge

Guests will start to see exciting changes for dining and the pro shop at The Lodge Restaurant & Pub, including improvements at the covered pub deck and new sun deck, with pro shop expansion, snack bar expansion, and kitchen improvements occurring in early 2013, and a permanent grotto bar in early spring as weather permits. Click here to read more about Tahoe Donner Capital Projects

December 13, 2012

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Special Update from Board President Tom Johns

Please click here read Suzy Knisley’s recent letter of farewell in Tahoe Donner News. It is with sincere regret that the board announces the resignation of Suzy Knisley, effective at the end of December. Over the last five and a half years, Suzy has served the Association well, including two terms as president. Her positive impact on Tahoe Donner is evident and she will be missed. Thank you, Suzy, for your hard work and dedication to the betterment of Tahoe Donner.

Even as we wish Suzy the best, we need to fill the open board position created by her resignation. All homeowners in good standing are eligible and interested property owners should email executive assistant Bonnie Watkins or call (530) 587-9431 to receive a Board questionnaire to be submitted with a statement of interest in fulfilling the remaining six months of this position. Deadline for receipt of your application is Noon on December 10th.

November 29, 2012

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Letter of Farewell

To date, I have had the pleasure and responsibility of serving as your representative on the Tahoe Donner Board of Directors for five and a half years and as your board president twice. It has been a rewarding experience, both because of the part I have been able to play in contributing to ongoing improvements these past few years, and more importantly, the relationships I have established with our excellent staff and fellow board and committee members.

It has been a difficult decision to announce my resignation from the board, as it is entirely due to personal reasons, and not anything related to the excellent experience I have enjoyed in working with our staff and fellow board and committee members.

When you, the members gave me your vote of confidence in the past two elections, selecting me to represent you on your board of directors, I made a commitment to fulfill the goals I promised in my candidates’ statement. I have enjoyed the reward of seeing them come to completion, or well into the process: to protect our open space and secure the Euer Valley, fiscal responsibility to understand and improve on the budget process; address our aging infrastructure; initiating a training program for members of the board in order to develop a strong business and marketing program; and supporting the importance of strong leadership this association now requires to administrate an $18 million dollar a year corporation.

We are no longer primarily a homeowners association that began in the early years of the 1970’s, the Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing a medium sized corporation, including several businesses and restaurants, and approving the design and construction of new buildings and demolition the of old buildings that no longer meet our needs and/or require more funds to repair, remodel or expand due to the 40+ year old failing original construction.

Of the 30 years that I have enjoyed membership in Tahoe Donner Association, these past few years have been the very best and – due to the excellent leadership of our general manager, Robb Etnyre and our current professional staff, without which, none of the improvements that have taken place would been realized. The association is being run more professionally and efficiently today than all the years I can remember since I first bought my parcel in 1981. I want to assure the members that I am leaving the association in excellent hands and that I have every confidence the current Board of Directors, committee members and staff will be serving the members in the very best way possible. I encourage our members to support them in the positive direction Tahoe Donner Association is heading. I would like to point out that we have just recently been named as one of the two top family friendly ski resorts for the entire Tahoe Basin in Family Travel Magazine.

It is impossible to mention all of the people I have had the great pleasure to work with, both staff and members, but I want to extend a special thanks to those I have had the privilege to work with closely and whom have contributed much to my experience in Tahoe Donner; Tom Johns, Ron Wulff, Jim Stang, Miguel Sloane, Annie Rosenfeld, Robby McClendon, Forrest Huisman, Bill Houdyschell, Mike Peters, and especially Robb Etnyre, Mike Salmon and Bonnie Watkins.

To all our members, thank you so much for the opportunity to serve and for your support; it has been an honor.

Suzy Knisley | Board Vice President

November 28, 2012

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Beach Club Marina Project Article

Meeting on contested Tahoe Donner marina project scheduled for Friday night
By Margaret Moran – mmoran@sierrasun.com
Published on Friday, September 28, 2012

TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Tahoe Donner Association will host a Beach Club Marina project meeting Friday evening to provide information and get additional feedback from homeowners about the proposal, which has sparked some environmental concerns.The main issue appears to be over the cutting down of trees within Tahoe Donner, a 7,000-acre homeowner association that features both public and private amenities such as a golf course, cross country trails and tennis courts, in order to make way for marina renovations.

As the proposal stands, 19 Jeffrey pine trees on the upper lawn out of 121 trees in marina area are proposed to be felled, according to Tom Johns, president of the Tahoe Donner Board of Directors, all of which were chosen by the association’s licensed forester.

Three of the 19 trees proposed to be cut are dead, and about another six are either dying or diseased, he said.

“The rest are really too crowded together, and by removing them, it’ll make a much healthier forest,” Johns said.

Those challenging the project are calling for fewer trees to be cut.

“With a few modifications we can save a number of trees,” said Patricia Schifferle, a resident of Tahoe Donner.

Johns said there is a lot misinformation out about how many trees are proposed to be cut, which he hopes can be cleared up at tonight’s meeting.

“There’s a tremendous amount of rumor and innuendo and misstatement of fact out there about what this is all about,” he said. “It only sounds like we’re going in and clear cutting the whole thing.”


The project

As the proposal stands, a new terrace will be constructed, the deck will be expanded with new glass installed to block the wind for diners, the upper picnic area will be enlarged while making it ADA compliant, and the beach area will be extended. Grading and drainage improvements will also be made to reduce current beach erosion problems.

These renovations were decided upon based on feedback from homeowners who attended past board meetings, Johns said.

“The marina is one of our most used areas, and if you go down there on a summer weekend, you can barely get in the place, and we do need more room,” he said.

The proposed changes to the marina have been met with mostly positive reviews, said Robb Etnyre, general manager of Tahoe Donner.

“Overall, homeowners are very excited about the project,” he said.

Schifferle, however, does have some concerns about the project beyond the cutting down of trees.

“Our usefulness is access to Donner Lake. I think expanding the eating place would really harm people’s access to the lake,” she said, by creating less space on the lower lawn for people to drop off their boats and other beach equipment. “It would cause congestion and a staging problem for people at the lake.”

Homeowner feedback such as Schifferle’s will be considered at tonight’s meeting, Etnyre said.

The goal of those challenging the project — which includes the Sierra Club and the Mountain Area Preservation Foundation — is to modify the project and to get it scaled back, according to Schifferle.

Etnyre said there is no definite date as of now for when the marina renovation plan will go before the Truckee Planning Commission. A commission review was planned for Sept. 18, according to a press release, but that was postponed by the Tahoe Donner Board of Directors in order to get additional membership feedback and to clear up any misinformation.

Johns said the hope is to start the marina renovations next spring.

October 2, 2012

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