Firewood on Sale

Tahoe Donner has a mixture of red fir, white fir, Jeffrey pine and lodgepole pine for sale. The wood is cut into firewood rounds approximately 16 inches in length. The 2013 cost for wood is $80 plus tax per cord. Permits for cords are sold at the member services Office. Permits for cords are good only for the year in which they are purchased. No refunds are available.

After purchasing a permit at the member services office, wood must be picked up at the Tahoe Donner wood yard. The wood yard is located off the dirt road between 12469 and 12605 Skislope Way and is open on select weekends. There is no delivery and no split wood available. Members are responsible for loading their own vehicles.

The wood yard is open from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on the following days:
August 30-31
September 27-28

Questions? Please contact the Tahoe Donner Forestry Department at (530) 587-9432.

June 14, 2012

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Update on Elections Materials

As Tahoe Donner property owners, you have now received ballot materials for the board of directors election. Unfortunately, the ballot was mistakenly sealed in the ballot envelope. A replacement envelope is being mailed to all owners. This concern has been reviewed by our election committee, accountancy firm and inspector of elections. If you have already sent in your ballot, with the ballot envelope sealed or unsealed, be assured that your vote will still be counted.

If you haven’t yet sent in your ballot, here are the steps for voting:

1)      Retrieve the election materials you previously received.

2)      Mark your ballot with the candidate of your choice.

3)      Place the ballot in the ballot envelope and seal it.
Make no marks on the ballot envelope.

4)      Place the ballot envelope in the business reply envelope.

5)      Be sure to sign the business reply envelope before mailing it.

If you have any questions regarding how to proceed, Bonnie Watkins at (530) 587-9431 is happy to help. We are sorry for this inconvenience. We urge you to vote, as we need to reach a quorum of qualified voters in order to have a valid election.

May 31, 2012

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Solar Panel Information

We would like to remind all Tahoe Donner homeowners who are looking into adding solar panels about the rules.  The solar panels we are seeing come in two forms, laying flat against the roof or siding and solar panels placed on high mounted steel racking systems and metal pans. If the solar panels you are looking to purchase have the high mounted racking system, please remember that the racking steel/metal system must be painted to match the adjacent material (roof or siding) along with any conduit added. No shiny metal is allowed.

A Neighbor Notification conducted by our office is required prior to review & approval. Also, you must have a permit through our office to add solar panels, which can be done over the counter Monday through Friday. The applications will be reviewed by one member of the Architectural Standards Committee every Wednesday. This type of permit is only good for 6 months. You can view the Solar Panels Change to Existing Structure Application for more information.

May 16, 2012


Detailed Asphalt Schedule May 6 - 10

2012 Asphalt Improvements

The annual parking area sweeping and striping is scheduled for May 6 – 10 at the Northwoods Clubhouse, Trout Creek Recreation Center and The Lodge Restaurant & Pub and Golf Course parking lots.

The scheduled parking lot area maintenance work will be performed in phases to accommodate parking availability in each parking lot; however, initial parking will be limited due to the maintenance work. Directional cones will direct traffic towards access and egress routes and towards available parking. Corridors will be marked and available to provide access to sidewalks and entryways. Asphalt maintenance work will be completed as quickly as possible with additional parking opening throughout each day.

Detailed Schedule of 2012 Asphalt Improvements:

Sunday, May 6
Northwoods Clubhouse and Trout Creek Recreation Center

Evening: set-up cones to direct traffic and parking to center parking spaces at Northwoods and set–up cones in 1/3 of Trout Creek parking area.

Monday, May 7
Northwoods Clubhouse and Trout Creek Recreation Center

7 a.m. – Northwoods Clubhouse: sweep and clean parking area of pebbles and debris

7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Northwoods Clubhouse: begin striping on handicapped and outer perimeter parking spaces

1 – 4 p.m. – Trout Creek Recreation Center: sweep and clean parking area. Striping.

Tuesday, May 8
Northwoods Clubhouse and Trout Creek Recreation Center

6:30 a.m. – Northwoods Clubhouse: re-set directional cones to direct toward perimeter parking spaces and access/egress routes at Clubhouse.  Re-set to adjacent 1/3 of Trout Creek parking.

7 – 11 a.m. – Northwoods Clubhouse: sweep and clean center parking spaces and stripe.

12 – 4 p.m. – Trout Creek Recreation Center: sweep and clean parking coned area and stripe.

Wednesday, May 9
Trout Creek Recreation Center and The Lodge Restaurant & Pub

6:30 a.m. – Trout Creek Recreation Center: re-set cones and signage to adjacent 1/3 of Trout Creek parking. Set directional cones at The Lodge.

7 a.m. – Trout Creek Recreation Center: sweep and stripe final 1/3 of Trout Creek Parking

1 – 4 p.m. – The Lodge Restaurant & Pub: sweep and stripe Lodge and Golf parking 50 percent

Thursday, May 10
The Lodge Restaurant & Pub

6:30 a.m. – The Lodge: re-set to adjacent 50 percent of parking area

7 a.m. – Completion: sweep and stripe reaming parking area

We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience.

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May 2, 2012

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Truckee Explores Trail to Link Tahoe Donner with Downtown

Because of its higher elevation and snowfall levels, Tahoe Donner’s road maintenance needs are more significant than other parts of Truckee. To meet that need, Tahoe Donner homeowners pay an additional assessment (tax) – typically used for accelerating the town’s slurry sealing and asphalt overlay schedules for the subdivision.

It’s called the Truckee Special Service Area 1, a.k.a. “TSSA 1,” and the fund has an approximate fund balance of $5.2 million, accumulating at a rate of $589,000 per year. Aside from roadway maintenance activities, TSSA 1 funds may be used for trails and improved roadside parking in the town right-of-way which directly benefits the Tahoe Donner community (i.e., TSSA 1 service area).

Each year, the Truckee Town Council reviews the town’s pavement management program along with any eligible projects that directly benefit the TSSA 1 service area. In recent years, the Tahoe Donner staff and board of directors have reviewed these plans and requested the town designate TSSA 1 funds for additional projects that would benefit Tahoe Donner in addition to the regular roadway maintenance activities. Recently these funds were used to improve the on-street parking area at the Tahoe Donner Cross Country Center along with completing a class 1 trail design from Tahoe Donner to downtown Truckee.

As the town and Tahoe Donner both look to encourage non-motorized transportation, a proposed trail has been explored that would run from the Northwoods Boulevard entrance to Tahoe Donner (by the power lines and monument sign) to Bridge Street downtown. The paved trail, known as Trail 13, would be for multiple uses like hiking and biking but not for motorized vehicles.

The estimated length of the trail is just over one mile. Per the Town of Truckee’s Trails and Bikeways Master Plan, Trail 13 is proposed as a Class 1 path and its design standards are as follows: separated from a roadway with a minimum ten foot wide hard surface path. The trail may or may not include a separate soft surface trail running parallel to the hard surface path.

Following the Tahoe Donner Board of Directors recommendation, the town council approved the use of TSSA 1 funds for an environmental impact study. The study, completed last summer, determined that the trail could be built with minimal impact to the area in question. Initial design parameters are now being developed.

Now the town is considering whether to use TSSA 1 funds for construction of the trail. At its March and April board meetings, the Tahoe Donner Board of Directors discussed the issue and made a recommendation to the town to program TSSA 1 funds to construct the first phase (one quarter mile) of Trail 13 from Northwoods Boulevard to Euer Valley Road South. Additionally, the town is reviewing their five year pavement management plan, which may impact the available town funds which are augmented by TSSA 1 funds to provide for the accelerated road maintenance in Tahoe Donner. Potential shortfalls in town budgeting may impact the frequency of slurry sealing and road overlays in Tahoe Donner; however, the town staff does not believe modifications to the funding or current road maintenance levels will impact the proposed trail project.

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April 18, 2012

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