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Letters to the editor, Friday, April 25, 2014

NDOT thanks community for patience during Kingsbury work

As we at the Nevada Department of Transportation and Q&D Construction launch the Kingsbury Grade Pavement Reconstruction Project, we wanted to thank local community members and businesses.

Kingsbury Grade will be closed to through traffic near the summit from May 1 to the Memorial Day weekend, and once again during the month of September, as we construct the roadbed and make safety and other improvements. By closing the grade to through traffic for these time frames, we’re able to cut the overall project length by nearly one and a half years. That means approximately 18 fewer months of construction. Nighttime road work will take place with the road open to through traffic during the summer months of June, July and August.

While this construction schedule will allow the project to complete more quickly, we know that important road projects like these have a great impact on those living and working in the area. That is why NDOT and Q&D Construction want to thank all of those that we have had an opportunity to meet and discuss the project with. Overall, we have held multiple and ongoing meetings with both Lake Tahoe and Carson Valley business leaders and the public.

The feedback received from each and every one of these meetings has been invaluable. For example, working together, we’ve been able to ensure that Kingsbury Grade remains open to through traffic during the Genoa Candy Dance the weekend of Sept. 27 and 28. And it’s important to know that access to all businesses and residences on Kingsbury Grade will always remain open through U.S. 50 at Tahoe. We’re also proudly displaying links to requesting area businesses on the kingsburyproject.com website.

As this important project starts in earnest, we want to thank every member of the community, every business representative and every stakeholder for their cooperation and understanding. We hope you will visit kingsburyproject.com to sign up for project updates or call 1-844-888-ROAD to leave a message and your call will be returned with 24 hours.

We thank everyone for their patience as we provide an improved Kingsbury Grade that will connect Lake Tahoe and the Carson Valley well into the future!

Pedro Rodriguez

Nevada Department of Transportation Project Manager

Libraries are important for our future

I am writing to urge all voters to vote ‘yes’ on Measure L in support of our local library on Tuesday, June 3.

While I am generally skeptical of new taxes and governmental increases in fees and charges, Measure L is not a new tax. It has been twice approved by the voters over the last 20 years to support the South Lake Tahoe Library. Allowing the present parcel tax of $20 to continue will allow our library to stay open five days per week, put new books on our shelves, and continue programs that promote the importance of reading to our children. All money collected under Measure L goes exclusively toward library operations in South Lake Tahoe.

If passed by the voters, the special tax can increase over the 12-year life of the measure to keep pace with the rise in cost of services to no more than $28.50 per parcel. After 12 years the parcel tax expires unless approved once again by voters.

The South Lake Tahoe library is an important educational resource for our community, and we need an educated population for us to grow economically. Our library provides and essential community service. The South Lake Tahoe Library has earned and deserves our support. Vote ‘yes’ on L.

David M. Jinkens

South Lake Tahoe

Trader Joes survey still ongoing

In February 2013, a survey was taken citywide in order to gauge the public’s interest in having a Trader Joes in South Lake Tahoe and provide TJs a comprehensive set of demographics and details the summary of which will provide TJs with the biggest carrot yet in a form that truly represents the resolved of our citizenry — the prime objective.

The most popular of the public’s opinions is that TJs have concluded in the past that our community is too small; they do not think that the locals will be able to “float their boat” in off seasons. If that is indeed correct this survey addresses this issue adequately. Among the most important boxes to fill out is the indicating the number of individuals who have filled out the form as well as including how many people are in their household. Certainly the amount an individual or family will spend monthly is paramount. It can’t be emphasized enough, what the impact of our community will have when we provide on the survey form our signatures. I thank all 900 who have already participated and those who have helped with the distribution process. TJs will be informed of such details as well.

Through the hundreds of conversations I have had in many years’ time I have found an incredible amount of misinformation. When the survey and summary are complete, many of these concerns will be dispelled, and in some form demonstrate a sense of unity regarding this endeavor. As we look forward to the prospect — the end result which, if success has been met with, all those who contributed can truly be proud. After the summary is complete, it will require further patience, as they will likely not open a store here in another two years’ time.

Trust in the process and focus on the positive elements like more jobs, revenue for the city, more money kept on our hill, how proud you should be of all those who participated. Indeed, this truly is a community effort so I encourage all to participate. You can write to “Gimme a TJs” PO Box 8561, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96158.

Scott Weise

South Lake Tahoe

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