Agency shelves rules of conduct |

Agency shelves rules of conduct

Amanda Fehd

STATELINE – As the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Governing Board was approving Wednesday’s agenda, executive director John Singlaub asked to remove a rules of conduct resolution, but not before board member Coe Swobe could get a word in.

“I’m glad you are pulling that conduct thing,” Swobe said. “I had a constituent that wanted me to add a No. 11: Please wash your hands after using the bathroom.”

Swobe called the Tribune unsolicited on Tuesday and said he thought the rules were a tremendous case of overkill.

Singlaub said the issue would be revisited at the board retreat in January. A vote on the rules had been delayed at the November board meeting.

“Staff feels most of the issues have been addressed and resolved already,” Singlaub said to the board Wednesday.

But John Friedrich of the League to Save Lake Tahoe and Michael Donahoe of the Tahoe Area Sierra Club said during a break that there was a larger context to the issue.

Earlier in the year, a staff member making a presentation to the board during a public meeting was berated by former board member Drake Delanoy.

Friedrich and Donahoe believed the staff member was unfairly attacked for trying to stand up for the TRPA’s compact, which was signed into law by the Senate, the Congress and President Nixon. The compact lays out environmental standards that must be protected at Lake Tahoe.

The two conservationists believe board members ought to take an oath of office promising to uphold the compact. As it is, Donahoe said, some board members believe they are there to represent their constituents, not to protect the compact.

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