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Town of Truckee <br /> TOWN COUNCIL <br />SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES <br /> <br /> May 19, 1998, 5:30 P.M. <br />Truckee Donner Public Utility District Board Room <br />11570 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA <br /> <br />CALL TO ORDER - Mayor Florian called the meeting to order at 5:34 p.m. <br /> <br />ROLL CALL <br />PRESENT: <br /> <br />Councilmembers McCormack, Susman, and Mayor Florian <br /> <br />ABSENT: <br /> <br />Councilmembers Drake and Schneider (excused absences) <br /> <br />ALSO PRESENT: <br /> <br />Stephen L. Wright, Town Manager; J. Dennis Cmbb, Town Attomey; and Vicki <br />Soderquist, Deputy Town Clerk <br /> <br />PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE was led by George Robertson. <br /> <br />PUBLIC COMMENT - None <br /> <br />COUNCIL IMMEDIATE PRIORITIES <br />5.1 Southwest Gas Status Report. Recommendation: Council provide direction to staff and the <br />CA Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) as desired. <br /> <br />Mayor Florian stated that each party would have 10 minutes to make their presentation (if there were <br />two people he would allow 20 minutes), Council would then allow 3 minutes each for public comment, <br />hear summation/rebuttals, and then there would be Council deliberation. <br /> <br />Mr. Wright stated that at the May 7th CPUC meeting action was tabled because Commissioner Neeper <br />wanted to submit an alternate decision which would be agendized for the CPUC's May 21st meeting. <br />The Town had not seen the alternate decision, and had been advised that if it was drafted it would <br />contain terms oftbe settlement agreement between the Office of Ratepayer Advocates and Southwest <br />Gas which included a reduction in areas to be served. Southwest Gas would be required to absorb part <br />of the increase in costs for the entire project and part of the costs would be passed through to ratepayers <br />via a surcharge for construction costs. The principal issue was whether the Council wanted to take a <br />position or submit a recommendation to the CPUC. Options available were: I) do nothing, 2) support <br />Judge Wright's decision, 3) support the Office of Ratepayers Advocates settlement agreement, or 4) <br />request a delay/deferral of CPUC action until the full Council could address the community's concerns. <br />The Town had received a large number of letters from concerned citizens. <br /> <br />Councilmember Susman referred to a copy of a letter that had not been signed. Mr. Wright replied that <br />it was a form letter that was being circulated in support of the ORA settlement agreement. <br /> <br />Councilmember McCormack stated that there was a serious aspect as to what would happen if Judge <br />Wright's proposal were executed by the CPUC. He questioned if it could lead to significant delay by <br />Southwest Gas which was a legal issue. Mr. Crabb stated that it was a legal issue and he wanted to hear <br />all public testimony and presentations prior to making any comments. <br /> <br /> <br />