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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.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.
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.
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IF YOU’RE NOT HITTING, YOU’RE MOVING
By Ian Mindell
Tennis is a movement-based sport, yet many of us don’t move enough. What’s that you say? You move all over the place? Ok, let me clarify. We don’t move to the correct spot on the court enough. We don’t move enough after we hit or our partner hits so we end up doing all of the moving after our opponent hits. The question I often get is where a player is supposed to move after they hit. Often, they just stay where they are or go back to the same spot and wait to see what their opponents do.This is problematic in a number of ways.
First, you are creating a movement imbalance by having to do twice as much work after your opponents hit because very little happened after you or your partner hit. This leaves you little time to get your feet set and attempt to hit an effective shot. It tends to feel more like a game of fetch than a planned strategic shot placement. Second, the ability to consistently step into your shot to create easy power and to cut down on the angles is compromised. The lack of recovery movement often leaves you uncertain if you should run forwards, sideways or backwards to get the ball.
So how do we fix this? It is as easy as two simple ideas: V for victory, and the offense, neutral and defensive recovery positions. The V for victory is the movement pattern that you should try to create when you play tennis. Moving on the tennis court from the moment the opponent hits the ball in a V to where the ball is going to be will help get your bodyweight through the shot, cut down on the time your opponent has to recover and react and give you better angles into your opponent’s side of the court.
How do we make the V for Victory movement work? Simple. After you or your partner has hit a shot, make a quick judgment as to what the shot did or did not do to the opponent. For example, if you felt the shot was hit offensively from your side of the court, try to move forward a couple of steps in anticipation of a weak reply. If you felt the shot was hit defensively, look to move back a couple of steps in order to help defend a possible offensive reply from the opponent. This turns your normally reactive tennis game into a proactive one. If you still get caught out of position, try to adjust to a different position on the court the next time a similar situation arises. This way you are always looking to find the ideal spot to recover to each time the ball leaves your side of the court. You are not always going to be in the right spot, so try to move more after you hit, and this will hopefully help solve the puzzle of your opponent’s game and lead you to victory.
See you moving on the courts!
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