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Town of Truckee <br />TOWN COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES <br /> <br /> April 16, 1997, 6:00 P.M. <br />Truckee Sanitary District Board Room <br /> 12304 JOERGER DRIVE, TRUCKEE, CA <br /> <br />CALL TO ORDER - Mayor Drake called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. <br /> <br />ROLL CALL <br />PRESENT: <br /> <br />Council Members Florian, McCormack, and Mayor Drake <br /> <br />ABSENT: <br /> <br />Council Members Carpenter and Susman (excused) <br /> <br />ALSO PRESENT: <br /> <br />Stephen L. Wright, Town Manager and Vicki Soderquist, Deputy Town <br />Clerk <br /> <br />PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Conrad Williams. <br /> <br />PUBLIC COMMENT - None <br /> <br />PRESENTATIONS <br /> <br />5.1 Southwest Gas Update. Recommendation: Council provide direction as desired. <br /> <br />James Kane, Senior Vice-President of Operations, Southwest Gas Corporation, gave an overview <br />of the Northern California Expansion Project which included: 1) company background; 2) project <br />review/time line; 3) Phase II; 4) governmental impacts/additional costs; 5) what next - goal to <br />complete as much as possible - Donner Lake too costly to serve, Tahoe Donner in north and south <br />segments, and an alternate system for Downtown and Prosser; 6) what about rates - ask PUC to <br />extend surcharge. <br /> <br /> Richard Halpin, Tahoe Donner, questioned which half of Tahoe Donner would be <br />completed first. Mr. Kane responded that it would be the south portion. <br /> <br />Mayor Drake questioned what the long range plan was for the overages and what amount Southwest <br />Gas would bear. Edward Zub, Senior Vice-President of Regulations and Products Pricing, <br />Southwest Gas Corporation, stated $11 million would go into the surcharge account for 10 years <br />which was predicated on growth, but the PUC stated it was open ended. They were seeking support <br />from the Town to extend the surcharge period and they would keep the surcharge amount of the rates <br />the same. It was anticipated that Southwest Gas would bear an $8-10 million loss. <br /> <br />Councilmember McCormack questioned how much more it would take to complete the project. Mr. <br />Zub replied that it would be approximately $11 million to complete Tahoe Donner, Prosser, and the <br />Downtown area. <br /> <br />Councilmember McCormack stated that to expect the Town to accept the burden of their overruns <br />was unfair. He believed that the overruns were due to a bad project, bad project execution, and some <br />bonafide costs. The trench standards were no different than Southwest Gas was required to use in <br />Placer County. Mr. Zub stated the trench standards were not in place in Truckee when the project <br /> <br /> <br />