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Town of Truckee <br />TOWN COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING MINUTES <br /> <br /> April 3, 1997, 6:00 P.M. <br />Truckee Donner Public Utility District Board Room <br />11570 Donner Pass Road, 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 Carpenter, Florian, McCormack, Susman, and Mayor <br />Drake <br /> <br />ALSO PRESENT: <br /> <br />Stephen L. Wright, Town Manager; Dennis Crabb, Town Attorney; and <br />Vicki Soderquist, Deputy Town Clerk <br /> <br />PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE was led by Jim Carney. <br /> <br />PUBLIC COMMENT <br /> <br />PRESENTATIONS <br />5.1 Update on Negotiations - Truckee River Operating Agreement (TROA). <br /> Recommendation: Council receive update, make comments as desired, and approve letter <br /> to California Department of Fish and Game regarding the necessity for a Truckee River <br /> biologist to represent the upstream interests. <br /> <br />Kathleen Eagan gave an update regarding the Truckee River Operating Agreement (TROA). The <br />The draft TROA would be available for a 60 day public comment period. Six outreach sessions <br />would also be held at the beginning of the 60 day comment period and one of those would be held <br />in Truckee. The final draft EIS was scheduled to be released in April 1998 and shortly thereafter <br />the TROA would be ready to sign. She encouraged Council to attend the meeting held in Truckee <br />and continue on-going representation in regional and bi-state water issues. <br /> <br />Councilmember Carpenter questioned if the Truckee River Basin Water Group dealt with California <br />internal issues. Ms. Eagan replied that the first internal issue would be to deal with the water <br />allocation and it was being discussed. <br /> <br />Councilmember Susman questioned if golf courses and their impacts had been included. Ms. Eagan <br />stated that golf courses were not addressed in the TROA. <br /> <br />Ms. Eagan stated an additional issue had arose, i.e. circumstances that occurred on the river in <br />which the Federal Watermaster began the process of flow reductions from Lake Tahoe in mid- <br />March. The flow reductions were to be in three stages over a 24 hour period. Due to significant <br />citizen intervention the Watermaster changed the flow reduction to seven stages over a 40 hour <br />period. Ramping of flows was an issue that the State of California, the region, and Truckee had been <br />discussing in conjunction with the TROA relating to the health of the river. The issue was presently <br />included in the TROA Guidelines, i.e. things that CA would like and, if the Federal Watermaster <br />could do, would do. There was a need for better focus, consistency, coordination, and representation <br />on the Truckee River regarding the health of the ecosystem. She then reviewed the draft letter to <br /> <br /> <br />