Agency approves fines for illegal work |

Agency approves fines for illegal work

A Cupertino man agreed to pay a $9,000 fine for damage done to a stream zone near the house he owns at 1489 North Upper Truckee Road.

STATELINE – A legal agreement that involves a large fine for digging up 3,000 square feet of sensitive land in El Dorado County was approved Wednesday.

The agreement was crafted to settle an environmental violation committed by Stuart McDonald, 56, of Cupertino, who had the digging done next to a home he bought at 1489 North Upper Truckee Road.

The home is surrounded by land considered to be part of a stream environment zone, areas that are crucial to water quality and warrant the highest environmental protection in the Lake Tahoe Basin, according to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

McDonald, a telecommunications contractor, had the work done without first checking to see if it would be permitted by the TRPA. The TRPA Governing Board on Wednesday approved a settlement that requires McDonald to pay a $9,000 fine and to restore the property.

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Neither McDonald, nor his attorney, Joe Laub, attended the meeting.

Also Wednesday, the TRPA Governing Board approved a settlement agreement that calls for a $15,000 fine for digging that took place without a permit next to a home at Glenbrook, a gated community on the East Shore.

The Governing Board ordered F & B Excavation to pay a $10,000 fine, and the general contractor for the project, John Anderson Construction, to pay $5,000.

F & B has committed previous environmental violations in the Lake Tahoe Basin. For those violations, the TRPA had threatened to request that the Nevada State Contractors Board revoke F & B’s license.

Instead of having the TRPA do that, Charles Manchester, owner of F & B, has agreed to submit a report every two weeks about work he is involved with inside the basin.

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