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Minden wants to also walk the walk

In line with the current national wave of creating pedestrian-friendly towns, the Douglas County Commission made Minden one step closer Thursday to receiving funds designed to help the effort.

The commissioners unanimously approved submitting a letter of endorsement for the town to accompany a matching funds application to the Nevada Department of Transportation.

The money is earmarked for the installation of sidewalks, landscaping and lighting at the north side of County Road from First Street to the Freeman Williams Building over the next decade.

If approved, the improvements could be made in less than half the time. The town’s engineering department is unsure of the project’s cost.

“I think this kind of project is so neat. The volume is phenomenal. It’s great they have a spot to walk,” Commissioner Jacques Etchegoyhen said.

The effort, which is part of the county’s capital improvement plan, has the support of the community, Minden Town Board Chairman Bruce Jacobsen told County Manager Dan Holler in a letter.

Transportation enhancement funds are “designed to strengthen the cultural, aesthetic and environmental aspects of the nation’s intermodal transportation system,” Jacobsen wrote.

As for other transportation-related items, the county pulled an item that delays a review of the Bus Plus transit service at Lake Tahoe.

For visitors traveling in the area, the board also approved a new county room-tax policy that lumps homeowners and all bed and breakfast establishments in the 10 percent rate.

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