FEMA Maps and sewer system
Douglas County Manager Jim Nichols participates in a question and answer forum online on The Record-Courier’s daily Running Commentary. For a full transcript of the last forum, go online at recordcourier.com and search “County Manager Q&A” Here are excerpts of the last forum:
Q. I caught the county’s presentation to the Minden-Gardnerville Sanitation District on Tuesday. Expansion of the North Valley Treatment Plant is going to be a challenge. Where are we with that process?
A We’ve met with the Board on the current capacity issues we are facing and we’ll be talking to them again regarding the options available to us. We’ll be making a formal recommendation to the Board this summer including alternative costs and proposed course of action.
Q. We were having a conversation earlier about the status of the FEMA maps in Douglas County. Do you have any update on that?
A. They were supposed to be issued in late June but a 2-week extension was requested so we are now expecting them sometime this week. We will then perform a 30-day internal review and then FEMA will have a 90-day appeal period for anyone who questions any information on the maps. We will send notifications to property owners whose properties are affected by the proposed changes to the maps. We will also be holding an open house during that appeal period for anyone who wishes to review the proposed map changes.
Q. With a moratorium on solar generation requests, we understand the county is seeking public input on the new ordinance. How do you envision that process going?
A. We will be soliciting input from the public regarding comments on solar project criteria. We will also be following that up with public workshops throughout the county for residents to offer us their comments in person. Comments can be submitted to us directly at email@example.com.
Q. What’s the status of the county’s connectivity plan?
A. We will be going back to the board at their first August meeting to propose a funding scenario for their consideration.
Q. We have a lot of North Valley folks who are concerned by the proposed general improvement district? What’s the status of that?
A. It remains an option to address our road maintenance needs but there’s nothing cast in stone at this point. We’ll need to see where the board stands on that issue.
Q. We’re looking at two more days of potential flash flooding including today. What preparations are we making?
A. That is a well-timed question as we had a coordination meeting earlier today. Our road crews continue to work on any roads that have been impacted by mud and debris from the storms to date. Sandbags remain available at most of our fire stations (exact locations are noted on our website). We continue to coordinate our efforts with the EFFPD and sheriff’s office. We’ll be sending out a press release in the near future on many of the details so that our residents remain informed of what we’re doing.
Q. It’s been a busy couple of weeks for our emergency crews. What provisions are we making to get them some downtime once the disasters clear?
A. I can’t speak for the fire district or the sheriff’s office but in regard to our road crew, their extra hours have been sporadic over the past few weeks. We are ensuring that they are provided with adequate rest and downtime between their responses that fall outside of normal work hours.
Q. The City of South Lake Tahoe is struggling with vacation rental ordinances and rules. On Kingsbury, off of North and South Benjamin, we have our own problems with vacation rentals. The main issues are excess vehicles for the available parking and noise. I believe the county started looking at new rules for vacation rentals quite a while ago. What is the status of Douglas County’s vacation rental regulation?
A. I’m not aware of us looking at new rules for vacation rentals in the recent past. We have no intention of changing our rules at this time. However, if anyone has issues with vacation rentals, they should contact our Code Enforcement Officer Patrick Kieva at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. We see Sonic’s getting bigger every day. Any other new business opportunities you can share with us today?
A. We’ve had a number of inquiries from businesses interested in the Meridian Business Park. Other than that, nothing formal that I’m at liberty to share.