Don Miner seeks another term
Hoping to follow through on commitments he’s made over the past eight years, Douglas County commissioner Don Miner says he will run for a third term to the board.
Miner, 62, a Carson Valley chiropractor and Kingsbury Grade resident, was elected to the board in 1994 and re-elected in 1998. His District 4 seat covers the Lake Tahoe region and parts of Genoa.
Miner has a pro-business approach to county business, which has fueled both praise and criticism. He said his positions have been made to help transform the Carson Valley into a business-friendly environment, with the county standing to gain millions in sales tax revenue.
Over the past four years, Miner and board colleagues have paved the way for development in the north end of Douglas County that began with Target and Home Depot and most recently a new Wal-Mart.
“What we’ve set out to do is bring better shopping and convenience to residents and we’re off to a good start,” Miner said. “We will be able to generate a large amount of revenue from growing sales tax revenue to the county general fund.”
The future looks equally as promising, he said. The Bureau of Land Management has agreed to sell 440 acres in the north county to private developers. The deal, Miner said, took considerable time and could not have happened without commissioners willing to work cooperatively with the BLM.
“Working with the BLM and the Forest Service, in the past, has taken time and they haven’t been as aggressive as they are now,” Miner said. “I want to be able to see this happen, from start to finish.”
The land swap, which could occur this summer, would ultimately result in open space preservation in areas of the county that are poised for development. Miner has supported the county’s plan to give financial incentives to ranchers who agree to take the development rights off their property.
In his district, Miner says he hopes to continue working with the general improvement districts to find matching money for water quality projects.
As a governing board member of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Miner’s role is to ensure Douglas County does its share to support the environmental improvement program for Tahoe Basin.
The agency implements erosion control and mitigation measures to lessen impacts on Lake Tahoe’s clarity. Miner said Douglas County’s efforts are “way ahead of other counties” in the TRPA.