IVGID board tackles golf carts, dog park, but not roles
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Mountain Course will wait to make a switch to lithium powered golf carts, a dog park is still years away and a discussion about the roles of board members fizzled at the Incline Village General Improvement District Board of Trustees monthly meeting.
The meeting Wednesday evening began with a public lashing of the board. Several community members took turns venting about various issues during public comment that last about 45 minutes.
Once board business began, IVGID Interim General Manager Indra Winquest brought four options to the board on how to proceed in replacing the Mountain Course’s fleet of golf carts, including two that called for either leasing or purchasing lithium battery powered units.
The board approved the Capital Improvement Project Budget in May which earmarked about $288,000 to replace all 58 carts. The original plan at that time was to stick with gas carts for a few more years and then make the switch to electric.
When the agenda was produced late last week, there were options to make the switch next season to lithium carts.
The hope was the district could retrofit the electrical system in the existing building and that the cost of leasing the lithium carts would approximate to the amount budgeted.
The cost of leasing carts from EZ-Go would be about $135,000, per the company’s bid, and the rest could be used on the building.
But Winquest said he had new information since the agenda was published and his recommendation was to stick with the original plan to lease the carts for four years.
“It’s cost prohibitive at this time,” said Winquest, who recently took a ride on the cart paths and told the board he thinks the conditions need to be improved.
The news likely pleased a couple of audience members who in public comment at the beginning of the meeting rallied against changing the plan due to unforeseen costs and forced upgrades.
Trustee Matt Dent posed a question if the old fleet would be taken in trade and that was confirmed by Joseph Pomroy, director of public works.
Dent liked moving forward with Winquest’s recommendation as did trustee Peter Morris and the rest of the board.
The issue will likely be placed on the October agenda as an action item.
Board Chairwoman Kendra Wong made sure the members were all on the same page with leasing the gas carts. She said it was defeated the last time they tried this and hoped there wouldn’t be last-minute changes, but they all appeared to agree.
Winquest was directed to meet with an electrical engineer and start figuring out the cost and process of switching the fleet’s power source.
Ruff, ruff, rough
A dog park is one of IVGID’s top five priorities but the issue is far from resolved and is still years away.
Winquest said he is meeting Monday, Sept. 30, with Washoe County Commissioner Marsha Berkbigler and the U.S. Forest Service to talk about a 12-acre plot across from Incline High School.
He said he should get a good idea on how the forest service views the parcel.
He also added, “I’ve heard folks wants us to identify potential other sites, and if there were a good option, we would have found it years ago.”
Morris expressed concern about the cost of a park, and didn’t want it to be a “Taj Mahal” for dogs.
Trustee Tim Callicrate hoped the project could be pushed faster with construction starting in 2021, instead of 2023 as listed on the agenda packet.
“We’ll fast track this when we find a spot,” Winquest said.
Wong asked what would happen if the forest service gave the district the go-ahead Monday.
Pomroy entered the discussion and doused the fast track hope saying there are many variables and getting permits could take up to 18 months.
“We have very little information about a dog park right now,” he said.
Roles rolled down the road
At the district’s last meeting Aug. 14, board members asked for a review of the Board of Trustees roles.
The issue came up about two and a half hours into the three-hour meeting Wednesday night and it didn’t seem like the board wanted to tackle the agenda item.
The conversation veered into the trustee handbook, who updates it, has it ever been updated, has it even been approved by any board.
Dent thought it would be a “good thing to do” to adopt the handbook and they all thought revisiting the handbook once a year should be done.
But at no time did they discuss their roles.
A point that didn’t get by resident Sara Schmitz who spoke during public comment after business was conducted.
“I’m disappointed tonight that the board didn’t actually discuss their roles,” Schmitz said. “It got brushed over to talk about the handbook. I’d like to see it brought back on another agenda, because it wasn’t discussed.”
IVGID’s next meeting is scheduled Oct. 30.
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