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Major GM, bear-proof trash votes loom for Tahoe district

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — A decision on who will become the next leader of the Incline Village General Improvement District could come next Tuesday.

On Monday of this week, the six general manager finalists — Keven Burnett, Tom Masterson, Rosemary Menard, Steve Pinkerton, Eric Severance and Kirk Wooldridge — participated in all-day interviews at The Chateau.

The day started with each finalist presenting to the IVGID board hypothetical plans to construct a dog park within the district, including location, construction timeframes, funding options and maintenance ideas. Finalists presented one at time, while the others waited outside.

Each candidate then spent the next several hours answering questions from two panels: the board of trustees and IVGID’s senior staff. The day concluded with a meet-and-greet reception with residents.

In all, a handful of residents attended the presentations and interviews. IVGID Board Chairman Bruce Simonian said roughly 20 residents attended the reception.

“It wasn’t very well attended … I was disappointed in that,” he said Wednesday.

The IVGID board will gather at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at The Chateau for its regular meeting, when trustees will likely vote on next steps, Simonian said.

Based on Monday’s interviews and feedback from staff and residents, trustees are expected to rank the candidates from 1 to 6, Simonian said.

“Maybe we’ll make a decision that day. I’m in no rush to finalize things, but I do want to keep it moving in a positive direction,” he said. “I think the interviews went well. If we can’t come to a consensus on who’s going to serve the district … then we’ll have some discussion on what’s next.”

While former General Manager Bill Horn’s official last day with IVGID is Dec. 31, trustees OK’d a leave of absence with Horn, which began Oct. 1.

On that date, current Public Works Manager Joe Pomroy assumed the interim GM role until a new leader is hired.

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Also at next Tuesday’s meeting, the board will discuss and may vote on updating a district law to mandate wildlife-resistant trash containers in the community. According to previous reports, Pomroy’s proposal will include:

• an option for mandatory wildlife-proof Dumpsters for all commercial properties.

• an option for mandatory wildlife-resistant totes for residential properties.

• a 10-year franchise extension with Waste Management, the private company IVGID contracts with to provide solid waste service to the community.

The issue has been debated for months, including during a pair of well-attended two-hour discussions at board meetings this fall.

“We may vote on it … there are still a few months left before contract negotiations (with Waste Management) begin … so I’m in no hurry to vote, there’s no pressure to do it right now,” Simonian said Wednesday. “I think we need a full understanding of the issue … I believe we are leaning toward a mandate, however ... the information is leading us in that direction.”


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Dec 4, 2013 07:36PM Published Dec 9, 2013 10:17AM Copyright 2013 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.