On the ballot in Douglas County: Tahoe Douglas Fire and Douglas County School District
As Nevada residents on Tahoe’s South Shore prepare to hit the polls, Tahoe Daily Tribune asked candidates in Douglas County what their top three priorities would be if elected to their respective roles.
Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District
My top 3 priorities if elected as a Tahoe Douglas Fire Board Trustee are:
The community — to support the best fire suppression, emergency medical, prevention, educational and other services to enhance the quality of life of our citizens.
The employees, the District’s most valuable assets — to support providing the means to the Fire Chief, line personnel, staff and the Zephyr Fire Crew for world class fire and life safety services.
Financial independence and stability — to support additional funding mechanisms that are: a) sustainable, b) in perpetuity, and c) outside sources (does not come from the pockets of local residents).
Trustees on the Fire Board are compensated. I have committed to donate any compensation received to local charities. Find out more at http://www.chiefbro.com.
The Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District team is exceptional. I’d like to serve our community and this all-services (medical, urban and wildland firefighting and prevention, explosive ordinance disposal, water rescue, etc.) organization for another term and accomplish the following:
Assist new Chief, Scott Baker, to integrate and realize his plans
Address areas with no firefighting water supply
Finish funding the retirement trust to reduce annual expenses
Complete “Standards of Coverage” study to assess resources
Address Tahoe Redevelopment Area impacts on calls & funding
Increase District-resident interaction (e.g. education, fire prevention)
If I am privileged to be elected, my priorities will be to continue the District’s history of strong management, continue the District’s debt-free status, and live within budget while providing the best equipment and training to continue high quality service to the community.
Support the District’s effort to address areas with lack of fire flow (water) and come together for the most economical and effective solution to provide adequate firefighting capability.
Help the District form neighborhood Fire Adapted Community organizations to encourage homeowners to take action to prepare their communities to survive wildfire.
Larry F. Schussel
The Douglas County Board of Commissioners created a redevelopment plan for the Stateline area of our district. This redevelopment plan freezes the amount of property taxes from that area to the Fire District at current levels, for the next 30 years. I support the redevelopment plan to revitalize and bring more opportunity to the area, and will work with the county to protect our budget.
Additionally, there is not enough water in some areas for homeowners, in order to meet current codes for fire flow and home fire sprinklers. I support the Fire District in working with homeowners, along with consultants, in these affected areas in order to alleviate these problems.
I will continue to look at the Standards of Coverage, to distribute and concentrate the resources of our department, and to fulfill its goals and objectives. I strongly support our Zephyr Fire Crew.
I worked at Tahoe Douglas for 30 years and pledge to continue to help the people of our community to receive the best possible services, keep our firefighters safe, and work within our budget.
Douglas County School District
Trustee Area 3
B. Keith Byer
If elected, I intend to 1) bring fiscal discipline to the board to ensure our buildings are properly maintained and safe, our classrooms are properly equipped, and our teachers are fairly paid and have a vision into their future compensation, 2) ensure the curriculum at our Lake Schools meets the needs of all students including honors classes and vocational education, and 3) we properly leverage our technology spending through teacher input, teacher training, and curriculum enhancements. I would appreciate your vote!
Michael Eugene Kiger
Michael Kiger for School Board, veteran and two-time teacher of the year at Whittell.
We must insure that our students have all the materials and technology necessary to succeed with the new curriculum that our School District is required to implement.
We must also prepare and supply our teachers with all the support and training necessary for implementing the new curriculum.
As your elected official, I would be your voice, and available to listen. I would be visiting schools and listening to what students, teachers, and administrators have to say. Open Communication is key to the success of any institution.