Dennis Le Drew named to Ranchos board |

Dennis Le Drew named to Ranchos board

by Merrie Leininger

The Gardnerville Ranchos General Improvement District board of trustees was so impressed with applicant Dennis Le Drew they chose him Wednesday night as the new board member, even though he was on the other side of the globe.

Le Drew expressed his interest in the position in a letter to the board and his disappointment that he could not attend the meeting in which they would pick Victor Hyden’s replacement.

“Unfortunately, I will be on a long-planned vacation to Australia … I can only hope that my answers in reply to the questions asked last November during your selection process for the late Bruce Nystrom’s seat are fresh enough in the board’s minds that they will suffice,” Le Drew wrote.

The board apparently remembered Le Drew’s answers and voted 3-1 to appoint him, over Richard Bonebrake and Marcelito Basa. Board member Dewey Jay was not at the meeting. Board Chairperson Beverly Page was the only board member who was in favor of making Bonebrake a trustee.

Bonebrake also applied for a seat in November and although he was at the meeting, decided not to go through the same questions again when the board gave him the choice. Bonebrake had run for a seat twice before. He said he will not run this year.

Le Drew has lived on Yellowjacket Lane since June 1991 when he moved to the Ranchos from Australia. There he had been an aerospace staff engineer for TRW Systems of Redondo Beach, Calif.

Le Drew earned his bachelor’s degree in 1977 in business administration from the University of San Francisco after initially dropping out of high school in the 10th grade.

After moving to the Ranchos, he was a member of the Carson Valley Lions Club until 1998 and served as a board member of the Carson Valley Community Food Closet for two years.

In his letter to the board, he said he planned on running for election before the appointment became possible. Le Drew has been a regular attendee of the board’s monthly meetings.

Le Drew will officially take over for Hyden June 2.

– Special meeting. The board will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 18, at the district office, 931 Mitch Drive.

The meeting will be held to discuss the 1999-2000 final budget and the adoption of the 2000-2001 tentative budget.