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OUR BELOVED TRAILS A major milestone is reached with recent fiveyear plan approval

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SEASON PASSES AND PROGRAMS This winter’s season passes and programs now on sale for Tahoe Donner Cross Country and Downhill Ski Areas.

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ANNUAL PHOTO CONTEST We receieved so many great submissions, it was difficult to choose, but the winners of our annual photo contest are finally revealed.

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TIPS FROM THE PROS Our final installment of Tips from the Pros: how to recover from that golf shot gone astray, and a proper tennis warm up

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DEPARTMENTS

TAKE NOTE

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GM’s Message From the desk of Robb Etnyre

Fall Festival Don’t miss this annual fall favorite

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Monthly Calendar Don’t miss our October events

Reception Update How to help improve cell reception

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Let’s Get Together Your source for TD events and specials

We’re Hiring! Join our team and get great perks

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ASO Updates Burn pile information; pet rules

Capital Projects An at-a-glance chart of capital projects

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Giving Fund Partners to address community needs

Fees Reduced Board approves reduction of fees

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Meeting Summary A recap of the Sept. 3 board meeting

Go Paperless Opt in today to save association money

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VOL. 17, NO. 10 OCTOBER 2016

FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER’S DESK

EDITORIAL AND PRODUCTION STAFF Brinn Talbot Gretchen Sproehnle Jody Sergison Jill Mcclendon Derek Moore

BOARD OF DIRECTORS President

Jeff Bonzon, jbonzon@tahoedonner.com

Vice President

Ron Wulff, rwulff@tahoedonner.com

Treasurer

Steve Miller, smiller@tahoedonner.com

Secretary

Jeff Schwerdtfeger, jschwerdtfeger@ tahoedonner.com

Director

Darius Brooks, dbrooks@tahoedonner.com

Board of Directors

board@tahoedonner.com

“The most important decision we make is

committee volunteers, while also engaging the

whether we believe we live in a friendly or

local community in an effective and collabora-

hostile universe.” — Albert Einstein

tive relationship.

Fall in the mountains with brisk mornings,

Vision: Tahoe Donner is a vibrant and desir-

warm afternoons, and cool evenings contin-

able mountain community, providing attrac-

ues to be one of my favorite times of year here

tive and well-maintained facilities, events,

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in Tahoe Donner. For our association, it also

programs, and leading customer service to

Send address changes to Tahoe Donner

marks the start of our annual budget plan-

its members, guests, and public, all while

ning cycle leading toward a solid map for next

maintaining accessible and healthy natural

year’s membership resort programs and activ-

surroundings.

News, 11509 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee, CA 96161; 530-587-9400, Fax 530-587-9419

Email

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Advertising Sales Creative Concepts Media + Marketing is the exclusive advertising representative; phone 530-582-4100.

Publishing Information Tahoe Donner Association holds the exclusive service mark right to “Tahoe Donner.” Any

ities, which impacts the annual assessment and is conducted with the board of director’s annual guidance, finance committee review, member feedback, and much internal staff review. The 2017 budget process reviews the existing program offerings, along with board approved strategic initiatives — all primarily designed to benefit the membership. Our

unauthorized use of such will be regarded as an

primary objective as an association remains to

infringement of that service mark right and

accomplish our stated mission while continu-

is prohibited. The inclusion of advertising in this publication does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by Tahoe Donner Association or its board of directors of the products, services, or views contained therein. Tahoe Donner News (ISSN 1550-6061) is the official monthly publication of Tahoe

ing to pursue our vision by focusing on our strategic plan goals. Mission: Tahoe Donner is a recreational-oriented mountain residential community, whose mutual benefit association of 6,500 owners

Donner Association, which is located at 11509

provides for the standards, regular operation

Northwoods Blvd., Truckee, CA 96161.

and long term maintenance of programs,

Each membership parcel receives one sub-

facilities and open space. Through continuous

STRATEGIC PLAN GOALS: 1. Execute the board-approved Capital Plan on time and within budget. 2. Balance operating revenue and expenses with the need to provide first class services for members, member guests, and where appropriate, the public. 3. Execute effective approaches to maintaining the association’s architectural, covenants, and communication standards. 4. Establish a proactive approach to maintaining the health of our natural resources and defensible space.

improvement, customer service, and fiscal

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTOR APPROVED PLANNING GUIDANCE FOR THE 2017 ANNUAL BUDGET IS:

each. Cost to produce and distribute this

accountability, the association maintains lead-

1. Address the excess member’s equity oper-

publication is offset by advertising revenues.

ing standards of natural resource stewardship,

ating fund balance as a result of positive

Periodicals Postage Paid at Truckee, CA, and

facilities, programs and services to benefit the

scription to a domestic address. Additional subscriptions are available at the cost of $25

additional mailing offices. Member letters to Tahoe Donner are published in the Members

owners/members. Organizational effective-

operating results to budget 2. No increase in 2017 annual assessment,

section of tahoedonner.com, where publishing

ness and innovation within the association is

which may require more aggressive

guidelines are available.

sustained by maintaining a highly professional

revenue assumptions and or cost control

board of directors, staff, and homeowner

service level impacts

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October

ALL MONTH

FOR ADDITIONAL OCTOBER EVENTS SEE

LET’S GET TOGETHER ON PAGE 10 Passes and Programs on Sale

Get your season passes early and save; sign up for programs before they fill up! See p. 6.

sa ve th e da te

OCTOBER 9

Cross Country Trail Work Day

Join other volunteers for a day of trail clearing to get ready for the season. See p. 11.

OCTOBER 14-15 AND 21-22

FA L L F E S T IVA L !

Satu rday , Oc to be r 8

11 A.M . to 5 P.M .

Joi n us for one of our  big ges t eve nts of the yea r! The re is som eth ing for eve ryo ne at o  ur har ves t fest ival . Enj oy a pum pki n pat ch, a rts and cra ft ven dor s, “Do ggi e Dip ” eve nt in the swi mm ing poo l, live ent erta inm ent , k ids car niva l are a wit h gam es and foo d, a  s wel l as a bou nce hou se, clim bin g wal l, fall bee r sele ctio ns, BBQ and mo re! A full itin era ry of fun and pric ing is be ava ilab le onl ine . JOI N US! Nor thw ood s Clu bho use , 1150 9 Nor thw ood s Blv d., Tru cke e

High School Tennis Tournaments

Cheer on our local high school athletes at regional and state tournaments. See p. 11.

OCTOBER 16

Golf Course Closes

Fall is a great time to get out enjoy the course before it closes on October 16. Don’t miss the retail sale in the pro shop! See p. 13.

ALL EVENTS ARE DEPENDENT ON CONDITIONS. PLEASE CHECK TAHOEDONNER.COM OR CALL 530-587-9400 FOR UPDATES.

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Hennessy Cognac Tasting

Join us at The Lodge Restaurant & Pub for an evening of fine cognac tasting followed by drink specials. See p. 15.

OCTOBER 28

Member Gym Orientation

New to Trout Creek Recreation Center? Let our staff show you around and learn about all the fitness equipment. See p. 12.

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(Continued from p. 2) 3. With approximately 25 percent funded reserve, hold Replacement Reserve portion of annual assessment

these various items, the board is also reviewing two of our governing documents needing to be updated, to better reflect current California

4. Strategic plan priorities are still valid

common interest development law. These draft updates to the associa-

5. Development Fund values time over increasing funding level

tions covenants and restrictions and bylaws will be the subject of future

6. Identify Replacement Reserve major improvement plans for

board meetings and ultimately ultimately be brought to a membership

board validation

vote to approve required updates to these documents.

7. No modification to calendar fiscal year

Winter 2015/2016 and Summer 2016 have reached new benchmarks

8. No change for 2017: Transfer fee, recreation fee, or daily

for association success from member utilization to record revenues

member guest $6/$8

from operations as reviewed and covered monthly with the board of

9. Public amenities: target public prices for greater increases, minimize member prices increases where practical

directors. While these successes have come on the heels of several very difficult winter impacted drought and increased regulatory operating

10. Private amenities: minimize member price increases where

costs, we still see tremendous membership capital investment satis-

practical

faction survey results. It’s always a great pleasure to work with such

The board of directors are scheduled to review the final 2017 budget

a dedicated and talented team here at the association, along with our

at their next regular board meeting on Oct. 7. Currently, in keeping with board guidance, it appears that the 2017 annual assessment will not need to increase from the current $1,900. Regards the end financial result of our association operations and capital investment, utilizing the measurement of the annual assessment, we see the following compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) with this currently drafted 2017 budget. 5-Year CAGR

10-Year CAGR

15-Year CAGR

20-Year CAGR

2012-2017

2007-2017

2002-2017

1997-2017

6.7%

5.6%

7.9%

6.3%

volunteer board, committees, and, of course, our engaged clubs. Tahoe Donner is indeed a friendly and desirable mountain community. Lastly, the Town of Truckee Trails and Bikeway Master Plan trail #13 from Tahoe Donner to downtown, known as the Trout Creek Trail, is complete! My appreciation the entire Town of Truckee team who has led the planning, implementation, and oversight efforts on this amazing project for our community. Thank you!

ROBB ETNYRE | GENERAL MANAGER

While each annual assessment and calendar year has had its own successes and challenges over these years, the end measurable result is often the annual assessment. Of course, there are many ways to analyze the components of the annual assessment, from customer service satisfaction, to ratios and relationships of revenue to expense, or even property values. Many of those aspects of value are reviewed in our annual budget process and throughout the year utilizing a variety of methods. As a common interest development, California Mutual Benefit Corporation, and federal Social Welfare Organization with almost 6,500 owners and approximately 25,000 members, we have a diverse series of interests to address while achieving our mission and effectively reaching for our vision. With 2016 being an election year for public offices, there seems to be an increased level of interest in our association from a variety of the membership. While we do have a diverse membership, an annual association election process, board authorized committees, and management structure to provide for governance, we also have several very organized interested groups in the form of our mostly outdoor activity-based clubs. Aside from these recognized association groups with different roles and interests, we have a variety of other methods of gauging membership interest, which includes comment card feedback, letters to the editor posted on the association website, membership comments on various social media platforms, direct membership feedback via email or in person at scheduled meetings, membership surveys, and feedback associated with specifically developed long range plans like the association master plan currently being developed for capital project re-investment in our association infrastructure. In addition to

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HOLIDAY PARTY = SKI FOR FREE! Book a party at The Lodge and every guest can ski for free at the Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area or Cross Country Ski Area! 3 private room or a complete buy out. Visit tahoedonner.com/event-groups to view our sample menus options are available upon request. At Santa’s request, all room charges and site fees will be waived for Christmas parties before December 17, 2016. Visit tahoedonner.com/event-groups to For more menu options on our holiday parties, please contact group sales at 530-582-9643 or email groupsales@tahoedonner.com


CELL RECEPTION UPDATE As early as seven years ago, the Tahoe Donner board of directors began receiving requests and comments regarding cell reception, as land lines were becoming less favored and dependency for mobile services increased. Five years ago, the board voted to sign a land lease and use contract with American Tower Company (ATC), allowing ATC to pursue interested mobile service providers. With Town of Truckee planning commission approval in early 2013, they then completed construction of a monopine tower near the Downhill Ski Area in 2015. ATC continues to work diligently with all interested service providers, with T-Mobile now currently in contract and distributing mobile signal. Other service providers have reviewed ATC’s monopine in Tahoe Donner, but currently report that they require a greater number of customers in the greater Tahoe Donner area to justify an additional tower lease and expense. With that, Tahoe Donner homeowners are encouraged to contact their service providers and request increased mobile service levels and dependability in their neighborhoods. In the meantime, if you are interested in improved service from your home, there are

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TAHOE DONNER CONTACTS

Member Communications (area code 530) Member Services 587-9400 info@tahoedonner.com General Manager 587-9431 gm@tahoedonner.com Contact Member Services to be transferred to other departments. Amenities Beach Club Marina 587-9460 marina@tahoedonner.com Bikeworks 582-9694 bikeworks@tahoedonner.com Cross Country Ski Area 587-9484 xcski@tahoedonner.com Corporate Blue Logo: Downhill Ski Area 587-9444 ski@tahoedonner.com Can be used on white or light photo Equestrian Center 587-9470 equestrian@tahoedonner.com background Forestry 587-9432 forestry@tahoedonner.com Golf Course 587-9443 golf@tahoedonner.com The Lodge 587-9455 lodge@tahoedonner.com Pizza On The Hill 582-9669 pizza@tahoedonner.com Unacceptable Uses of Dickson Realty Logo Recreation Info Hut 587-9413 troutcreek@tahoedonner.com Tahoe Donner 587-9462 campground@ Campground tahoedonner.com Tennis Center 587-9474 tennis@tahoedonner.com Trails 582-9672 trails@tahoedonner.com Trout Creek Rec. Center 587-9437 troutcreek@tahoedonner.com Tahoe Donner Association Committee Chairs Architectural Standards, Rod Whitten aso@tahoedonner.com Covenants, Al Noyes alandjosi@gmail.com Elections, Bette Rohrback truckeebette@yahoo.com Finance, Art King aiking156@att.net General Plan, Dwight Walker walker.dwight@outlook.com Giving Fund Chairman, Dick Gander tdgf@tahoedonner.com Tahoe Donner Association Chartered Club Presidents Bridge Club, Robin Reese rbtahoe@sbcglobal.net Friends of TD Trails, B.R. Levine tdtrails@gmail.com Rowing Club, Dot Mace dotmace@me.com Dickson Realty Tagline Senior Alpine Ski, Michael Eyton-Lloyd hmsmike1@aol.com Tennis, Michele Forsberg minkeysf@sbcglobal.net 9-Holers, Marianne Bowers mariannebowers@hotmail.com Men’s Golf, Patrick Gemma patgemma1@att.net Women’s Golf, Bettye Carmichael ibboop@suddenlink.net Hiking Club, Robin Reese rbtahoe@sbcglobal.net Corporate Blue Logo: Quilt Club, Linda Brush sewlinda@aol.com Can be used on white or light photo Junior Golf Club, Jean Lai jslai@comcast.net background Corporate Blue Logo TD 4-Wheelers Club, Bill Ratcliff td4wheelers@gmail.com Equestrian Club, Susan Terrell terrellsf@earthlink.net

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KENNY BLUM

SKI SEASON PASSES

AND PROGRAMS ON SALE NOW! The weather is turning and it’s time to start

skis, and a kid-friendly menu in the cafeteria.

thinking about the upcoming ski season. We

As you know, our size allows us to deliver

have another great season planned at both

that personal touch that larger ski areas can’t

Tahoe Donner Downhill and Tahoe Donner

always provide.

Cross Country Ski Area. Ski passes are now

At Tahoe Donner Cross Country, we are

on sale, and all winter program information,

excited to start our second season operating

including lessons, rentals, and season-long

at the new Alder Creek Adventure Center,

programs for both kids and adults is posted

with an improved level of service, enhanced

program. And returning this year will be our

online. If you purchase your passes and pro-

rental facility, expanded dining area and a new

fun races and snowshoe tours.

grams ahead of time, you will be ready when

grand deck with fire pits and outdoor seating.

the snow flies!

We’ll again have season-long locker rentals for

save the most money and hit the trails and the

Get your season passes early so you can

Tahoe Donner Downhill remains the best

individuals and families, and we’re continu-

slopes as soon as it snows. See all pricing and

place for family fun and learning. As “The best

ing with our junior biathlon program as well

info online; passes and season-long programs

place to begin,” we offer a variety of services

as TD Nordic Kids, the after-school program

may be purchased at tahoedonner.com/shop.

for families including ski instruction for chil-

for kids in Kindergarten through fifth grade.

Questions? Until the ski areas are open,

dren as young as 3 years, interchangeable lift

Children can sign up for one or two sessions or

Member Services can help at 530-587-9400 or

tickets for parents with little ones not yet on

combine with any other midweek or weekend

email info@tahoedonner.com.

SNOWPLAY DOWNHILL SKI AREA

• Snowmaker I • Groomers I & II • Lead Snowmaker • Ticket, Rental, & Retail Manager • Ticket Sellers • Rental Fitters and Cashiers • Ski Patrol • Ski Patrol Director • Bus Drivers • Lift Operators & Attendants • Lead Lift Operator • Terrain Park Attendant • Parking Attendants • Food & Beverage Cashier • Cook • Custodian

• Snowplay Attendant • Snowplay Supervisor • Snowplay Patroller

DOWNHILL SKI SCHOOL • Ski & Snowboard Instructors, Non-Certified, Level I, II & III

CROSS COUNTRY SKI AREA

• Ski Instructors • Ski Patrollers • Snow Cat Operators • Ticket Sellers and Rental Staff • Wax Technicians • Parking Lot Attendants • Snow Removal • Custodian

TROUT CREEK RECREATION CENTER • Custodian • Host

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LODGE

• Waitstaff experience recommended • Dishwasher

MEMBER SERVICES Office Associate I

See Human Resources for complete job descriptions. Interested applicants should submit an application to: Tahoe Donner Human Resources Office, 11509 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee, CA 96161 | jobs@tahoedonner.com

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Tahoe Donner is an equal opportunity employer, a drug-free workplace and an “at-will” employer.


IMPORTANT BUSINESS

Alder Creek Adventure Center is an example of a recently completed capital project.

CAPITAL PROJECTS AT A GLANCE This chart shows the current status of capital projects as they progress through the six-stage Capital Projects Process. For more detail, visit tahoedonner.com/

CAPITAL PROJECT

major-projects/ and click on Active Projects.

please complete the form located at tahoedon-

Suggestions are always welcome. If you

ner.com/major-projects/ and click on Submit

have an idea for an improvement project, new

Your Ideas.

amenity, facility or service at Tahoe Donner,

IDEA DEVELOPMENT

PROJECT SELECTION

CONCEPTUAL DESIGN

FINAL DESIGN

CONSTRUCTION

WATER BOTTLE FILLING STATIONS

In Process

ASSOCIATION MASTER PLAN

In Process

SUMMER TRAIL GROOMING

In Process

REMODEL TROUT CREEK RECREATION CENTER POOLSIDE LOCKER ROOM

In Process

REVIEW

Engineering In Process

ADDITIONAL STORAGE AT ALDER CREEK ADVENTURE CENTER REVISED TROUT CREEK RECREATION CENTER EXPANSION

POST PROJECT

Board Approval Recommended

CLUSTER MAILBOX CONSOLIDATION

Project Task Force formed

EXPANDED PARKING/GLACIER WAY

Project Task Force formed

EQUESTRIAN CENTER PHASE 3

Board Approval Recommended

DOWNHILL SKI AREA STUDY

Project Task Force formed

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BULLETIN BOARD

BOARD APPROVES ELIMINATING SOME ASO FEES At the September 3 board meeting, the board was presented a recommendation from the Architectural Standards Committee and

associated, all while being conscious of the fiduciary responsibilities. As a result, the committee and management

management to eliminate fees for a subset of

prepared a recommendation to the board

the Minor Change to Existing Projects.

of directors to eliminate some of the minor

The Architectural Standards Commit-

Change to Existing Project fees. The improve-

tee (ASC) and management have discussed

ment projects included in this recommenda-

architectural standards project fees over the last six months in relation to the overall goals

tion are as follows: • Paint/stain changes

of the association’s strategic plan, committee,

• Front door/garage door paint/stain changes

and department. Through this discussion, the

• Hot tubs placed on/under existing structures • A/C placed on/under existing structures These projects would fall into a “maintenance” category and only require a Notice Only application along with a before and after project photos. Elimination of fees for these projects nets in a $6,000 decrease to Architectural Standards department revenue on average per year. The benefits to the department,

• Roof/gutter changes

members, and other clients through mini-

dations for the department, historical permit

• Exterior lights updates

mizing documentation and processing effort,

statistics, community association architectural standards fees and permitting pro-

• Door changes: garage, front/back/side (without reframing)

maintenance projects outweigh the reduction

cesses benchmarks. Member and other client

• Window changes (without reframing)

committee and staff reviewed the budget foun-

feedback was considered in an effort to further provide a reasonable and modern approach to the project improvement processes and fees

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• Animal resistant garbage can enclosures – with the exception of custom built

and elimination of fees associated with these of revenues associated. The end result of this recommendation also continues the focus on maintaining a minimum standard in Tahoe Donner.


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and Saturday, Oct. 14 and 15 (regional event)

Northwoods Clubhouse, kick your feet up and

and again on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21 and

enjoy both classic and new movies every Fri-

22 (state event). The local Reno/Tahoe high

day starting at 6:30 p.m. All movies are rated

schools will battle it out at the regional tour-

G and PG. Please call Member Services at 530-

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587-9400 to find out what’s playing!

Please stop by for one or all of these tournaments to cheer on our local athletes and also to watch some great future tennis stars in the making. On a final note, the tennis center is still tracking usage this fall and we ask that all members bring their ID cards for scanning. This is a very important element in determining scheduling of the tennis center’s hours of

one of our biggest events of the year! There’s something for everyone with a pumpkin patch, maze, bounce house, arts and crafts vendors, our annual doggie dip, seasonal beer offerings, BBQ and a carnival area for kids with arts, crafts, games and food. DATE: SATURDAY, OCT. 8 TIME: 11 A.M.-5 P.M.; SEE FULL SCHEDULE ONLINE WHERE: NORTHWOODS CLUBHOUSE

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COST: $20 FOR AN UNLIMITED WRISTBAND OR PURCHASE TICKETS A LA CARTE FOR $1 PER TICKET

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operation as well as opening and closing dates.

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Second Flight • First place: Glenda Bradley • Second place: Bettee Palmer Also a big congratulation goes out to each of

email to Pat Gemma at patgemma1@att.net. Let the snow fly!

TD 4-Wheeler’s Club The Tahoe Donner 4-Wheelers went on

our President Cup winners. Each competitor

three trail runs in August. Our first run was

in 2016 President’s Cup played four matches

a very challenging drive down the Rubicon

to gain points within their flight (five players

Trail from the east going west. The group, led

per flight).

by our Vice President Don Gerbi, drove all the

• Overall Winner: Bonnie Easton

way down to the bottom of Cadillac Hill. This

• Black Flight: Pat Hyatt • Green Flight: Lydia Stang • Blue Flight: Leslie Kahn • Yellow Flight: Lou Ashcraft The Tahoe Donner Women’s Club

is one of the most difficult parts of the Rubicon and several of the vehicles had a challenging time getting over some very big rocks. The second trail run was to the top of Verdi Mountain to the fire Outlook. We started out next to Boca Reservoir and drove east up Verdi Road, eventually ending up at a right turn

(TDWGC) plays 18-hole rounds on Tuesdays

that takes you to the fire Outlook. The road

through October. In addition to the weekly

at that point turned very rocky and we were

golf games, TDWGC organizes fun and com-

glad we had aired down our tires. You could

petitive golf events. Please join us as a guest to

see Reno in the distance and we were looking

see how fun and friendly we are. For details,

almost directly down on Cabela’s and Boom-

visit our website at tdwomengolf.org.

town. After lunch we headed down through

Interested in joining our club? Email the

the town of Verdi and back to Truckee in time

Tahoe Donner Women’s Golf Club Member-

to attend the Peaks and Paws event at Squaw

ship Director Kathie Schwartz at

Valley.

tdwgclub@gmail.com for an application. Or

The third trail run of the month was to the

look through an amazing telescope that one of our members brought. Looking at the Milky Way through that telescope allowed you to see that the milky look comes from the millions of stars that make up our Galaxy. Several of the members were quite knowledgeable about astronomy and it was really interesting to listen to them point out stars and constellations. If you would like to join the fun and explore the backroads with us, learn more about our club at our website, TD4wheelers.com or send us an email at td4wheelers@gmail.com.

Tahoe Donner Quilt Club The Tahoe Donner Quilt Club meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month in the Meadow Room of the Northwoods Club-

pick one up from the Member Services office

fire lookout at the top of Sardine Mountain.

house. All skill levels are welcome! Starting

at Northwoods Clubhouse.

This was a late afternoon run to have a potluck

with the Wednesday, October 19 meeting, the

dinner and do some star gazing at the top. The

meeting time will shift to 1-3 p.m. Several cute

weather was great, clear skies and just a little

quilts came in for the Truckee Well Babies this

wind. However, it was pretty cool up there.

month. Also a walker bag for the Senior Center

All the folks who came brought excellent food.

to put on their walkers since they cannot hold

Brownies and lemon bars were served for des-

a purse.

Contact the Tahoe Donner Women’s Club for more information at tdwgclub@gmail.com.

Tahoe Donner Men’s Golf Club As you read this article the 2016 Men’s Club golf season has come to a close. Your board of directors put in many volunteer hours planning, advertising, and directing over 12 tournaments this summer, not including the weekly Wednesday men’s club games. Golf Operations Manager James Murtagh and his pro shop staff provided great support and helped make the work of the board very satisfying. We hope and trust our efforts are meeting the desires and needs of our membership. We also hope that more property owners will join the men’s club next year and play in the many and varied tournaments we sponsor. We will provide a summary of the 2016 season results in the next issue of the Tahoe Donner News. If you are a property owner and interested in serving on the Tahoe Donner Men’s Club Board of Directors next season, please send an

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sert while we took in some incredible views.

Please contact Linda Brush at

The sunset was a gorgeous bright red and

sewlinda@aol.com or Marilyn Dundas at

orange followed by a sliver of moon that came

md11792@outlook.com if you have any

up before turning red and setting in the west.

questions.

That made way for an incredible show of stars, planets, and even a galaxy. The Milky Way was easily seen and being on the top of the mountain we could see the entire sky. We also had the advantage of being able to


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the identified projects and prioritized them into 5-year increments

heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul alike.”

called the 5-Year Implementation Plan (5YIP). These projects fall

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With some 25,000 full-time and part-time residents living in

projects, by definition, help maintain or improve an association

Tahoe Donner, most—if not all—might agree the variety of public

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or replacement for an existing facility or facilities with a useful life

surrounded by direct access to residential wildland and open space

of at least 10 years.

to enjoy. Tahoe Donner’s facilities are unmatched, but what really makes this community unique is the approximately 5,300 acres of combined recreational and common space we have access to year round. In order to protect and conserve our recreational open space, Tahoe Donner has made its integrated trail system a top priority for members and guests to access and enjoy. With more than 60 miles of trails and fire service roads covering nearly 4,000 acres, this varied residential wildland terrain is enjoyed by hikers, joggers, mountain bike riders, equestrian riders, cross country skiers, snowshoers and nature lovers. The trail system offers a variety of terrain, from the level meadow trails to scenic vista points above Donner Lake and Euer Valley. The Trails Master Plan is a strategic planning and policy document that was adopted by Tahoe Donner Association in 2013 to serve as a guide to properly plan, maintain and improve our rich trail system, while simultaneously preserving our natural spaces, focusing on sustaining sensitive areas and protecting the region’s flora and fauna. The document not only addresses policy but also identifies improvements that can be made to the existing trail system. It also provides a recommendation of new trails for better connectivity and overall navigation. The plan assumes a 20-year horizon for planning, funding, and construction. Upon adoption of the plan, Tahoe Donner management, the General Plan Committee (GPC), and the board of directors reviewed

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IMPORTANT MILESTONES After more than two years of planning and preparation, Tahoe Donner is proud to announce the recent achievement of some critical milestones, the most recent being the approval of Tahoe Donner Association’s proposed 22 projects outlined in the 5YIP. On Sept. 14, Tahoe Donner Association received approval for the environmental clearance and land entitlement application to Nevada County through a public CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) notice and hearing for the 5YIP. CEQA is a statute that requires state and local agencies to identify the significant environmental impacts of their actions and to avoid or mitigate those impacts, if feasible. The projects located within unincorporated Nevada County were approved, granting Tahoe Donner Association formal entitlement to move its trail projects to the next stage. This includes securing construction permits where necessary and beginning new trail construction as well as addressing improved sustainability, water quality, habitat, and cultural resources of existing trails. A separate approval process for trail projects within the Town of Truckee will occur over the next several months. In addition, the much anticipated trail signage improvement project is underway. Trail users have probably noticed the new signs installed at trail junctions and various locations within our trail network.


NEW TRAIL SIGNS As part of the Trails Master Plan, this summer we began implementing trail system signage improvements designed for increased sustainability and trail connectivity between

minded approach to travel on each trail, where

continuity, orientation and safety.

courteous communication and consideration

The previous signage system utilized numbered posts at various intersections. Although

for safety is practiced. The symbols printed

these posts have served a purpose, they prove

on our signs (see left) are meant to indicate

to be useless without a map in hand and

the preferred user groups and not meant

require seasonal removal for winter grooming

to discriminate against various methods of

operations. The new summer trail signs will be

travel. However, please consider the suggested

consistent in color, size, height, and posted at

use when choosing your route. An equestri-

nearly every trail intersection. Keep in mind

an preferred trail is not typically desirable

that the new trail signs are designed for nav-

for mountain bikers, and trails designated as

igation in non-snow conditions and not to be

hiker-biker preferred may prove to be unsuit-

confused with our traditional winter signs.

able for safe equestrian travel. Ultimately, the choice is yours.

TRAIL USER SYMBOLS

As the popularity of Tahoe Donner’s exten-

Did you know that our trail system is open

sive trail network grows, we will continue to

for hiker, biker, and equestrian travel? That’s

evaluate the safety and suitability of each user

right. No user group is excluded from any trail. Our intention is to promote a community

group on various trails. Your safety and ability to easily navigate our beautiful terrain is of utmost importance and remains top priority.

existing summer trails and points of interest.

We’ll be working on an updated trail map

New signs have been installed starting with

this winter and hope you’ll be back next sum-

more traveled trails with the goal to provide

mer for a new and improved trail-user experi-

a consistent style providing users with more

ence. New trails, new signs and new maps!

Another recently completed project, though

its members. The original trail system was for

not under Tahoe Donner’s jurisdiction, is the

equestrian use maintained by an outside contrac-

Trout Creek Trail. This 1.5-mile paved path starts

tor. In 1982, Tahoe Donner acquired 2,000 acres

at a new parking lot near Lausanne Way, and con-

of forest roads and skid trails which were built to

nects Tahoe Donner to Donner Pass Road. (See sidebar articles “New Trail Signs” above and “Trout Creek Trail,” following page.) In 2013 the board approved the creation of a full-time trail manager

facilitate the late 1800s logging operations in the area. By 1994, Tahoe Donner operated 16 miles of multi-use trails. Since 2002, Tahoe Donner has acquired an additional 1,142 acres including two Euer Valley purchases; the Bucknam-Sinclair Tract, the

position based on recommendations in the Trails Master Plan, member-

McGlashan Springs parcels, and a 20-acre property adjacent to the

ship feedback, and GPC input. Sean Connelly was hired that year and

Bucknam-Sinclair Tract. Most recently, the acquisition of a 640-acre

was critical to the early planning stages of the 5YIP. After life changes

parcel in Crabtree Canyon secures cross country skiing trails, some

prompted Connelly’s move out of the area in 2016, Christina Thayer

existing summer trails, and land for potential new trail development

was hired this past May to fill the position. Thayer’s wealth of experi-

consideration.

ence and knowledge has been instrumental in working with Nevada

Today, the Tahoe Donner trail system spans more than 60 miles and

County for project approvals as well as leading trail maintenance ini-

consists of approximately 18.2 miles of single track with the remaining

tiatives and the trail signage improvement project this fall. She serves

trails comprised of double track and old logging and access roads. In

as the liaison between various trail user groups and will contribute to

total, the network makes up a combination of multi-use, hiker/biker

winter operations at the Cross Country Ski Area this season.

preferred, and equestrian preferred trail classifications. (See sidebar

Common with capital projects, it can be difficult to understand their history and stay current on the multiple stages of the plan. The following pages provide background on the Trails Master Plan to help explain what members can expect over the next few years.

TAHOE DONNER TRAILS HISTORY Tahoe Donner Association was developed in the early 1970s with the intention of building a family resort offering a variety of amenities for

“New Trail Signs” above.)

THE TRAILS MASTER PLAN In recent years, Tahoe Donner members have expressed a strong desire to invest in and protect adjacent recreation open spaces, as well as to build more trails. During the development of the association’s 2030 General Plan, the trails sub-group prepared a working paper detailing the committee’s recommendation for land purchases

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The vision of the Tahoe Donner trail system supports the varied membership use and encourages continual exploration and steward-

TROUT CREEK TRAIL TO TRUCKEE This month we celebrate with the Town of Truckee on the completion of the new Trout Creek Trail. This 1.5 mile, Class 1 paved trail connects from Northwoods Boulevard to Bridge Street in Downtown Truckee providing access to non-motorized users. The project includes a 21-space parking lot and access road located off Northwoods Boulevard just before Lausanne Way. The Trout Creek Trail is long-awaited by residents of Tahoe Donner since the successful completion of the Legacy Trail has highlighted the popularity of common trail use to connect the community and increase non-motorized travel. Thanks to the passing of Measure R in 2015, the new trail will be maintained and cleared of snow during the winter months. Access to the Trout Creek Trail from within Tahoe Donner is only through the new trail parking lot and not through the private property off Euer Valley Road. Funding for the community trail came from TSSA-1 funds and $4 million in grants by the California Transportation Commission. Tahoe Donner Association does plan to construct a trail extension of the Northwoods Clubhouse to Lausanne Way trail in order to connect to the Tahoe Donner trail on Tahoe Donner property in the future. In the meantime, a soft surfaced trail is planned for construction leading from Bridge Street and up Trout Creek for approximately one mile. Construction will be completed by the Truckee Trails Foundation through their

ship of the community and recreation space. A 2015-member survey revealed that an overwhelming majority listed amenity preservation and improvements as the top priority with our trail system voted as the most important use of capital funds. In response, the 5YIP was created to provide long-term guidance for summer trails planning, management, maintenance and funding each year, allowing for updates as needed. Each of the 22 proposed projects are associated with the summer trails system and are exclusive of any public roadway or on-street bikeway improvements. Most are located within Nevada County, many of which are new trail projects associated with Tahoe Donner’s 2011 acquisition of 482 acres in Euer Valley, located entirely within the county jurisdictional boundary. Other projects include repair, rehabilitation and improvement of existing trails, as well as improvement and/ or expansion of existing trailheads. “A major focus is to enhance the member and visitor experience through improved signage, trail connections within the Tahoe Donner trail system and to other nearby trails,” explained Christina Thayer, Tahoe Donner trails manager. “This includes the Emigrant Trail, the Donner Lake Rim Trail and other Town of Truckee trails.” The Trails Master Plan includes existing and proposed trail systems within Tahoe Donner Association that supports varied membership use. “The plan encourages exploration and environmental stewardship via trail networks that protect natural areas, accommodate multiple users,

Good Dirty Fun volunteer trail building program.

and provide access to significant features,” said Annie Rosenfeld, Tahoe Donner’s director of facilities and risk management, who oversees the

preservation and use by homeowners and visitors.

trails department. “Another goal is to provide connectivity throughout

As a result, Tahoe Donner Association adopted a master plan for the

Tahoe Donner Association and into the Truckee-Tahoe community.”

trail network in 2013 prepared by the professional transportation and planning firm Alta Planning & Design. The Trails Master Plan provides long-term general guidance for planning, management, maintenance and funding of new and existing trail restoration.

PLAN FUNDING The funding for the Trails Master Plan currently comes from two sources.

1980 – 1993

1994

2010

2010

2011

The trail system is

16 miles of multi-use

General plan update:

240-acre

Tahoe Donner

mostly fire roads with

trails in operation

members voice

Bucknam/Sinclair

acquired 482 acres in

prioritization of open

Tract purchased

Euer Valley,

some existing equestrian/hiking singletrack

Creation of original trail map

space and trails

the 160-acre McGlashan Springs parcel, and 20 acres for the forestry department

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• Tahoe Donner Association Funds: Tahoe Donner’s current funding source for trail operation, maintenance and new construction is operational and capital funds.

enjoy. Progress on addressing existing trail issues and new trail con-

• Volunteer Programs: In 2015, Tahoe Donner began implementing a voluntary summer public trail pass program. This program is a voluntary monetary contribution for public trail users. Its purpose is to recognize the financial commitment and trail maintenance efforts the association has made and continues to make on the approximately 60 miles of multi-use single-track and double-track summer trails. Trail access for members and guests is free. In addition, volunteer trail building through the Friends of the TD Trails Club is a key support mechanism to Tahoe Donner’s trails department.

restoration of approximately 10–12 miles of new trails and 10–12 miles

struction will begin in earnest during the seasonal building months of 2017. The approval of the submitted 22 projects allows for grading and of existing trails, with the focus on water quality, sustainability and protection of natural habitat. We’re proud to call such a vibrant and active community our home. Our commitment to enhancing and preserving Tahoe Donner allows us to share our natural treasures with the broader Truckee community. The Tahoe Donner Trail system is utilized by numerous hiking, biking, and equestrian clubs throughout the summer and fall. Additionally, Truckee Tahoe High School utilized the trail system this fall for a Cross Country trail running meet and a mountain bike race hosting teams

WHEN WILL IMPLEMENTATION BEGIN? With the approval of the 5YIP last month, Tahoe Donner submitted a grading permit in late September to construct a new trail segment that connects the Upper Mother Lode Trail off Hawks Peak to the existing Lower Mother Lode Trail in Euer Valley.

from the region. This is keeping with the 501(c)4 tax exempt status Tahoe Donner holds, providing Tahoe Donner benefits the larger community of Truckee.

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED? HOW CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?

The approval of the 5YIP gives Tahoe Donner Association until the end of the 2020 building season to implement the defined scope of

Volunteer opportunities abound for those wishing to get involved

work within the 5YIP, with opportunity for one two-year extension, if

in helping with our trails system. The Friends of Tahoe Donner Trails

necessary. Any approved items that are not implemented by end of 2022

club is an active and committed group of individuals who are passionate

would require another review and be included in a subsequent 5YIP.

about stewardship of our trails and open spaces. The group organizes river walks, weed walks, hikes, and trail building work days; see more

WHAT’S NEXT? Tahoe Donner’s members, board of directors and management share a vision of trail restoration, improvements and sustainability that will ensure our open space lands are preserved for future generations to

at tdtrails.org. The Trails Master Plan and more information can be found at tahoedonner.com/trails. You are also welcome to submit comments or questions to generalplan@tahoedonner.com.

lot and residence as well as larger entities

Carpenter Valley. Private homeowners in

like the United States Forest Service-Tahoe

Tahoe Donner and the large neighboring

National Forest, Sierra Pacific Industries,

private land owners adjacent to Tahoe

Donner makes an effort to install signage to

the Euer family, Donner Euer Valley Corpo-

Donner expressly prohibit access to or

inform members and guests about property

ration (commonly referred to as 7Cs), and in

through their property. Tahoe Donner

boundaries and neighbors. The association’s

the future the Tahoe Truckee Land Trust,

posts signs for these boundaries and asks

neighbors include each member’s private

once funding is raised for the purchase of

that trail users respect their property and

PROTECTING PRIVATE PROPERTY As with any new land purchase, Tahoe

2013

2015

MAY 2016

SEPTEMBER 2016

OCTOBER 2016

Tahoe Donner

Voluntary summer

Purchase of

Town of Truckee

Summer trail

Association adopted

public trail pass

Crabtree Canyon

Trout Creek Trail

signage

the Trails Master

implemented

which includes 640

completed

improvement

Plan

acres that will open

Received CEQA and

project installation

Town of Truckee

up 16 kilometers of

begins planning Trout Creek Trail

cross country trails for the 2016/2017 winter

Nevada County approval allowing TDA to move into the project permitting phase

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2016

PHOTO CONTEST

ACTION

WINNER

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“A fellow TD resident biking the Eastern Perimeter Trail in Tahoe Donner in the late day sun.”

PHOTOGRAPHER | CHRIS ROCHEFORT DATE | LATE AUGUST 2016


PHOTOGRAPHER | IRIS BOULWARE

PHOTOGRAPHER | RYAN HUNT DATE | JANUARY, 2016

DATE | AUGUST, 2016

“Taking in the scenery on Donner Ridge”

W

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2016 PHOTO CONTEST

NATURE WINNER

PHOTOGRAPHER | NEIL BRYDON DATE | AUG, 2015 “Early morning walk near the equestrian center, I often see this very shy Red Tailed Hawk, but he does not like to sit around and pose for me!”

PHOTOGRAPHER | STEVEN SCHONFELD DATE | OCTOBER, 2016

PHOTOGRAPHER | PAUL GUERRA DATE | APRIL, 2016

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PHOTOGRAPHER | KATHY ENGLAR

PHOTOGRAPHER | DEBBIE WERTHEIMER

DATE | FEB. 1, 2016

DATE | AUGUST, 2016

“This image totally makes me believe I live in a resort community! I took this picture taking a walk on Roundhill, when I was just struck by such a great view with the snow covered trees framing the view of the houses up on Wolfgang/ Pinnacle and the mountains.”

PHOTOGRAPHER | RUSS ALBANO

“From our deck on Muhlebach Way shooting west toward Euer Valley range.”

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PHOTOGRAPHER | CHRIS ROCHEFORT DATE | JUNE, 2016

PHOTOGRAPHER | KIM BURNS DATE | JULY, 2016

“Tahoe Donner is a wonderful place to start a family! This is a picture of my wife and my dog Silvy on a hike up off the Glacier Way Trailhead in Tahoe Donner. Spring represents new life. She is 24 weeks pregnant in this picture.”

“Some serious Craw-daddy fishing going on at the beach club! A true highlight of summers in Tahoe Donner.”

PHOTOGRAPHER | JULIE MCKOWN DATE | MAY, 2016 “After a great hike to the top of Hawks Peak. Dave is admiring the awesome 360-degree view high above Tahoe Donner!”

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2016 PHOTO CONTEST

PEOPLE

WINNER

PHOTOGRAPHER | ASHLEE URMSON DATE | JULY, 2016 “Early Summer Morning on the Lake”

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TIPS FROM THE PROS

DYNAMIC WARMUP FOR DYNAMIC TENNIS BY IAN MINDELL | DIRECTOR OF TENNIS The warmup is the most important part of your tennis practice, clinic, lesson or match. However, many of us never do it, or if we do, it usually is a series of rushed static stretches, and then go out and play. At best, our performance is hindered, or at worst, an injury may be sustained, because our bodies are just not ready to go. We need to make sure that before any activity we run through a series of sports-specific dynamic movements to warm up the body properly and get the correct muscles activated and ready for our 100 percent effort on the court.

DYNAMIC STRETCHING VERSUS STATIC STRETCHING A dynamic warmup is meant to bring up the core body temperature, loosen up the muscles and move them in a sports-specific series of activities to get the whole body ready for the desired event. Static stretching is where a specific muscle is stretched, held for a predetermined length of time and then released. This type of stretching is best left for the end of the activity to help alleviate soreness, tightness and

help prevent injuries. Static stretching prior to an activity when the body and muscles are cold is not recommended.

DIFFERENT SPORTS — DIFFERENT WARMUPS Each sport will have a specific set of movements that are unique to that sport, so the warmup should focus in on those elements. Of course, many dynamic warmup movements will be interchangeable with many different sports, but make sure to add in those that are specific to the activity you are about to participate in. If you have areas of your body that are more difficult to get going, make sure to add in extra focus on warmups related to getting those muscles up to speed. The USTA (United States Tennis Association) has created a basic set of dynamic warmup movements on their website. The web URL is below; however, these may or may not be the best ones for you. So be creative, ask a pro, search online and try to find the perfect set of dynamic movements to get your body and mind ahead of the game and ready for a dynamic outcome on the court. usta.com/Improve-Your-Game/Sport-Science/249177_Dynamic_WarmUp/

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You’re not going to be in the fairway off of every tee, especially at Tahoe Donner Golf Course, given the tightness of the fairways. For those times you’re so far off the fairway that you’re in the trees, you need to be able to hit a good punch shot to get out. Hitting it into the trees isn’t a mistake, but not knowing how to get out is. First, look at your shot and pick the widest part of the gap to hit through. There’s no point in being a hero. Trying to thread the ball through a tight gap is more likely to result in still being stuck in the trees, rather than getting out. Instead, make the safe play and punch into the fairway. When looking at that gap, also look at what trajectory you will need in order to get out cleanly. You’re likely going to need to keep it pretty low, so pick a low-lofted club and play it back in your stance. As for the swing itself, the faster you swing, the higher your ball is going to launch. Make sure your swing is short, smooth, and controlled.


BURNING YARD DEBRIS IN TAHOE DONNER Burning of yard debris in Tahoe Donner is governed by both association rules and the provisions of a mandatory burn permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District. The Tahoe Donner Association rules require that a Truckee Fire Protection District permit be obtained, that the burning occur on a permissive burn day, and that the burning occurs between the lifting of the summer burn ban and no later than March 31 of the year. A fine ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 may be levied per occurrence. The summer burn ban duration is determined jointly between the Truckee Fire Protection District and CalFire. In most years, the burn ban begins in June or July and extends

until after significant rainfall or snowfall, usually in October. Burning without a permit, or burning without following the permit requirements, may result in the issuance of a citation by the Truckee Police Department. If a fire escapes a homeowner’s control they can be held liable for suppression costs and damages. The following safety tips are listed on the Truckee Fire Protection District website:

SAFETY TIPS FOR BURNING: • Make sure your pile(s) are no larger than four feet by four feet in size • Scrape a ten-foot wide ring around each

PET RULES AND RESTRICTIONS: DOGS The Architectural Standards Office (ASO) continues to receive calls and complaints about dogs running loose. The covenant rules states: “Dogs shall only be allowed within any portion of the common area when they are leashed and otherwise under the supervision and restraint of their owners or other person accompanying the dog.” Common area(s) means all real property owned by the association for the common use and enjoyment of the owners. Please be courteous if you are not on your property or on the street, or if you are either on someone else’s lot or on one of Tahoe Donner’s many common areas. The Town of Truckee Animal Control Department requires dogs on the streets to be under the immediate control of the owner or caretaker. The best way to assure the safety of

both you and your dog is to have your dog on a leash at all times. Your liability as a dog owner is a serious issue and should not be taken lightly. If your dog is off leash and attacks or bites another person or dog, you may be subject to a violation, as well as legal action. Please be courteous to those around you and by using a leash will help prevent any unpleasant situations. Additionally, if you rent your property, please be sure that your tenants are aware of these association rules. To report loose dogs call the Town of Truckee Animal Control Department at 530582-7830. If you have any questions, please call our office at 530-587-9406.

BULLITN BOARD debris pile down to bare dirt

• Have a shovel and water supply (charged hose) close by to use in the event your fire escapes from the pile • Make sure an adult is in attendance until the pile is completely extinguished • You can only burn on permissive burn days, so make sure to call your local air quality management district immediately prior to lighting your pile(s). In the Truckee area this number is 530-582-1027 If you observe any questionable fires, call 911 immediately. There are currently three alternate vacancies on the Covenants Committee. If you are interested in serving on this committee, or would like to find out more about the position, please contact Sheryl Walker, manager of the Architectural Standards Office, at swalker@tahoedonner.com or 530-587-9408.

ASO Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., and closed Saturday and Sunday. We highly encourage owners and their hired professionals to set an appointment for all project submittals and revisions, as well as for obtaining specific information regarding their property.

HOMES ON THE RISE The Architectural Standards Committee did not review any house plans during August 2106

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TAHOE DONNER GIVING FUND

TAHOE TRUCKEE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, THE TAHOE DONNER GIVING FUND’S STRATEGIC PARTNER How does a community like North Tahoe and Truckee best under-

nuances and boundary lines, TTCF is in a unique position to convene

stand the complexities that face the region? How might we go about

all of the partners at the table and lead tough community conversations.

solving some of our toughest challenges?

The regional housing issues that are affecting our workforce and resi-

Those are the questions that the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF) asks itself every day. TTCF’s mission is to connect people

dents have become one of those conversations. As a tourism destination, the North Tahoe and Truckee region faces

and opportunities, while generating resources to build a more caring,

a spectrum of complex housing issues. A regional housing study was

creative, and effective community. TTCF does this by attracting com-

funded by local leaders and facilitated by TTCF which acted as a neu-

munity-minded donors who want to see their dollars positively impact

tral convener to assemble diverse regional partners and stakeholders.

our region – exactly the mission of the Tahoe Donner Giving Fund.

The study consisted of a needs and data assessment and a community

TTCF is also a community leader. While our region’s 17 special

outreach campaign that included workforce housing surveys, public

districts, multiple counties, and town can be restrained by political

forums, and focus groups. It also examined potential solutions that have worked in similar communities. Now after nine months, the study provides a baseline of housing needs, catalyzing our community to design and act on effective solutions.

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The housing issues our region faces affect every aspect of our community. Across income levels, our workforce is either over-housed, under-housed, overpaying, or living in unsuitable conditions that lack proper facilities or require repair. Our businesses, including Tahoe Donner as one of Truckee’s largest employers, and districts are finding it difficult to attract and retain employees; of those employees that stay with them, many move outside of the region. Our teachers, first-responders, and police force cannot afford to live here. With the final housing study and accompanying materials complete, momentum is strong. The entire community is engaged in the conversation around housing, and Stacy Caldwell, CEO of TTCF, and her team are presenting the study’s findings along with proposed solutions throughout the region. TTCF is the fiscal agent for the Tahoe Donner Giving Fund. They provide us with back office services, financial and legal oversight, and

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deep knowledge of our community’s highest needs. This allows us, the Tahoe Donner homeowners who have a passion for this region, to know that the dollars that we work so hard to raise are being stewarded well and are having the most impact across the community. To view the complete Regional Housing Study and associated materials, visit ttcf.net. Keep an eye out for presentations provided by TTCF


across the community! The Tahoe Donner Giving Fund is chartered by the Tahoe Donner Board of Directors. All contributions are voluntary tax deductible gifts from Tahoe Donner members and friends. The Tahoe Donner Giving Fund is an affiliate fund of the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation. For more information on the Tahoe Donner Giving Fund or to make a contribution visit our web page at tahoedonner.com/giving-fund/. Contact tdgf@tahoedonner.com with questions or to volunteer for the committee.

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BOARD MEETING RECAP FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 3, 2016 I.

Member & Director Comments: 

No Action

• Review of board-authorized management compensation and general manager hiring in 2009 utilizing a professional CEO search firm, employment agreements with seven different boards of directors covering the years 2009-2020, including deferred compensation utilizing approved IRS 457f programs and required IRS Form 990 annual disclosures.

Adam McGill, the Chief of Police of the Truckee Police Department was present to address public roadway safety within Tahoe Donner. Radar devices placed along Northwoods Blvd., revealed that on average 85 percent of the 15,000 vehicles tracked, were traveling at 43 MPH. This information was then cross-referenced with data collected on traffic accidents and citations. On Northwoods Blvd. alone, in 2013 there were 93 citations issued, 143 issued in 2014, and 134 issued in 2015. As a result, the Police Department has increased their presence, warnings, and traffic enforcement within Tahoe Donner. However, Adam McGill stated that the best way to tackle the issue is for everyone to be constantly aware of their speed and the speed limit while driving, as well as set an example for others within the community by going the speed limit.

• California Proposition 64, Marijuana Legalization (2016), Town of Truckee planned policies, and impact on Tahoe Donner.

V. Board Governance, Authority, Meeting Procedures, and Agenda Policy: 

• Tahoe Donner’s senior management off-site 2016, which was not part of the annual assessment, but utilized surplus operating funds of $9,034.08, considered normal corporate function for a midsized company with a $21-million-dollar annual budget, 65 full-time and over 450 seasonal employees. Teambuilding and strategic planning are important functions of corporate off-sites.

The board approved the Overview of Board Governance, Authority and Meetings and Policy and Procedures on the Conduct of Board Meetings Policy 2016-1.

The board president, Jeff Bonzon, recognized members to comment on agenda items as they occurred, but opened the meeting addressing the following topics that were not on the agenda but perceived as important to address and potential items to be placed on future board meeting agendas.

II.

Approval of Minutes: 

Approved 5 – 0

The board approved the July, 23, 2016 regular meeting minutes. III.

Consent Calendar: 

Approved

The board approved the following items – • Employee Policy and Procedure Manual update (Approved 5 – 0) • Health Insurance Renewals, effective 10/1/16 (Approved 5 – 0) • Tahoe Donner Giving Fund Grant Authorization (Approved 5 – 0) • Dissolve Equestrian Committee (Approved 5 – 0) • Winter 2016/2017 Rates for Season Passes, Season (Approved 4-0, 1 Abstain) Programs, and Group Business • CalFire Weather Tower Land Lease (Concept Review) (Approved 5 – 0) • Audio and Video Equipment for Board Meeting Recordings (Approved 5 – 0) • Additional Storage at Alder Creek Adventure Center (Approved 5 – 0) IV.

Safety Within Tahoe Donner: No Action

In recent months, the board of directors have been receiving numerous Membership concerns about speeding in Tahoe Donner.

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VI.

Approved 4 – 1

Director of Finance and Accounting Report: Approved 5 – 0

The board approved the 2016 July Financials presented by Mike Salmon, Director of Finance and Accounting. VII.

Architectural Standards Fees and Permits: Approved 5 – 0

The Architectural Standards Committee and staff have discussed architectural standards project fees over the last six months in relation to the overall goals of the Strategic Plan, committee, and department. As a result, the committee and staff presented to the board a decision paper to eliminate some of the Minor Change to Existing Project fees. The board approved Option 2 of the decision paper to approve the elimination of the required fees for the Minor Change to Existing Projects as follows: • Paint/stain changes • Front door/Garage door paint/stain changes • Roof/gutter changes • Exterior lights updates • Door changes: garage, front/back/side (without reframing) • Window changes (without reframing) • Animal Resistant Garbage Can Enclosures – with the exception of custom-built • Hot tubs placed on/under existing structures • A/C placed on/under existing structures VIII.

Executive Session Report: 

No Action

Board Secretary, Jeff Schwerdtfeger reported that the board met in


Executive Session to review Contract Bids for the Trout Creek Recreation Center Poolside Locker Room Remodel. IX. Construction Contract Award: Trout Creek Recreation Center Poolside and Locker Room Remodel:  Approved 5 – 0 In an effort to complete the remodel prior to Christmas 2016, the board approved staff to award a project contract to Mt. Lincoln Construction Company, utilizing Replacement Reserve Funds and a total project budget not to exceed $521,819.00. X.

2017 Budget Report:

No Action

To assist the board with budget planning for the upcoming new year, Michael Salmon, Director of Finance and Accounting, presented to the board an overview of the 2017 Budget drivers. This briefing included the strategic goals of the Association for 2017, a 2016 Annual Assessment analysis, visitation statistics, key economic and regulatory operating assumptions for 2017, operating revenues for the year, and corporate resolutions and governing documents that impact the budget planning process, along with recommended board planning guidance for 2017. The main areas of focus for budget planning for 2017 are: 1. No increase in 2017 Annual Assessment (AA), which may require more aggressive revenue assumptions and or cost control service level impacts. 2. With 25% Funded Reserve, hold Replacement Reserve portion of Annual Assessment 3. Strategic plan priorities are still valid 4. Development Fund values time over increasing funding level 5. Identify Replacement Reserve major improvement plans for board validation 6. No modification to calendar fiscal year 7. No Change for 2017: Transfer Fee, Recreation Fee, or Daily Member Guest $6/$8 8. Public Amenities – target Public prices for greater increases, minimize Member prices increases where practical 9. Private Amenities – minimize Member price increases where practical XI.

Land Management Plan:

Approved 4 – 0 (1 Abstained)

The goal of the Land Management Plan is to create a guiding document, which provides a written account of existing conditions of Tahoe Donner’s physical environment and provides information needed to proactively protect, maintain, and enhance the Tahoe Donner lands and its unique environment. The board voted to adopt the final draft of the Land Management Plan for Tahoe Donner owned land as presented with a few minor language edits.

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