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Public Comment Suzy Knisley Item 4.0 Judy Price From:Shanna Kuhlemier on behalf of Truckee Sent:Tuesday, September 10, 2013 8:31 AM To:Joan Jones; Mark Brown; Patrick Flora; Carolyn Dee; Alicia Barr Cc:Tony Lashbrook; Jenna Endres Subject:FW: Beach Club Marina Shanna Kuhlemier Records Technician 530-582-2478 From: Suzan Lynn Knisley [mailto:suzylynn@mindspring.com] Sent: Monday, September 09, 2013 7:22 PM To: Truckee Subject: Fwd: Beach Club Marina PLease forward this email to the members of the Truckee Town Council. Thank you, Suzy Knisley suzylynn@mindspring.com 916 201 5735 Begin forwarded message: From: Suzan Lynn Knisley <suzylynn@mindspring.com> Subject: Beach Club Marina Date: September 9, 2013 7:04:33 PM PDT To: Jendres@townoftruckee.com, bcornell@townoftruckee.com, sramos@townoftruckee.com, tmurphy@townoftruckee.com Cc: hbeckman@townoftruckee.com, gbuchheister@townoftruckee.com Attention: Truckee Planning Commission and Truckee Town Council 1 Subject: Beach Club Marina As a recent past Board of Director for Tahoe Donner Association, from 2008 to the end of 2012, and serving as President twice, I had the opportunity to review the planning process for the Beach Club Marina projects and review member response. There was much discussion and controversy while I served on the Board over the extent of the improvements to the Marina and how they would benefit such a small venue that is already overcrowded. It was originally budgeted as a much smaller project. At that time as I recollect the Board was in favor of making some improvements to the Marina, but hesitant to turn the entire grassy area in front of the Clubhouse into a large raised patio for eating/restaurant/lounging purposes. The Board was absolutely against turning the Marina into an event center during the planning and approval process. The entire Board was also absolutely against staffs request for trenching to install electrical, gas and plumbing improvements for the purpose of a wet bar. The Board expressed it's concern it would eventually lead to staff requests for the Marina to act as an event center or be promoted as a wedding venue to generate revenue. There was much negative feedback from members on changing the entire grassy area in front of the Marina clubhouse into a paved patio area, but support of finding a way to expand the upper grassy area if possible, as members enjoy that area for shade. However if too many trees are taken out, that defeats the purpose of providing any additional shaded area for members. It was suggested to look into an alternate plan for a wood deck beside and to the west of the upper grassy area that would increase the total square footage of the property for members to enjoy, without the expense of excavating and removing healthy trees or disturbing soil. The area could be accessed as suggested recently by one member for ADA compliance with a ramp. A large raised and enclosed patio would take away from the natural beauty and ambience of the lake front. However a much smaller patio or deck extension in front of the clubhouse building would preserve an adequate grassy area and at the same time increase casual picnic area seating. Members use the grassy area to drop off people, boats and other water gear. It is difficult enough to launch a boat there, but with a raised large patio blocking a view of the beach, it would be even more difficult to safely back a boat into the lake. Also that would leave only the narrow paved driveway for members to walk to the beach. It is much easier and safer to walk across the lawn area and the lawn provides a cooler place for children to play. Children cannot very well roll and tumble on a patio. The original and continued intended usage of the Marina is primarily for member only beach and water activities. The current improvement plan appears to overstep that somewhat. A past Tahoe Donner Board turned down staffs request to take away space at the Marina for a bicycle rental facility, primarily because it also deviated from the primary use, water related activities; and also because staff promoted it as being available to the public. Public use of Private Amenities is against our governing documents. Staff has done an excellent job of managing and improving our facilities in Tahoe Donner. For the past few years noticeable improvements have taken place and as a member I want to see Tahoe Donner continue to improve, replace and upgrade our amenities and common area. However this is one project that in my opinion should go back to the drawing board and get more member feedback for alternatives before proceeding. Members have provided great feedback and suggestions in the past that were very helpful to the Board and staff, that ended up changing or revising other portions of the general plan for the better. 2 I appreciate your time to review my comments. Respectfully submitted, Suzy Knisley Member, Tahoe Donner for 30 years. 12926 Davos Drive, Truckee CA 959o0 Junewood Lane, Loomis Ca suzylynn@mindspring.com 916 201 5735 cell 916 663 3730 Home 530 587 5376 cabin 3