Thirteen apply for citizen advisory panel |

Thirteen apply for citizen advisory panel

Sheila Gardner

Douglas County’s first citizen advisory panel for redevelopment has drawn interest from 13 applicants who have been residents anywhere from 40 years to less than one.

Commissioners are expected to appoint seven members Thursday to the advisory panel for the county’s first redevelopment project, slated for northern Douglas County.

John Doughty, the county’s planning and economic development manager, said applications would be accepted through Thursday. As of Monday, no applications had been received from the South County area.

Doughty said Tuesday he expects the first panel to begin work in January.

“First of all, it’s a kind of education process with the panel itself,” he said. “They’ll be taking a look at where we’re going and what we’re doing. The panel particularly will act as a sounding board for the community for some of the plan elements.”

Once the first project goes to the planning commission for final approval, the citizens’ committee will disband. Another group will be appointed with a new project. Doughty said he expects the first project to be wrapped up in May.

“If and when we form another project area, we would form another panel that would be more reflective of the community we’re working in. The three at-large candidates are looking out for the interests of the county as a whole,” Doughty said.

The first study area includes land north of Jacks Valley Road that is bordered by Highway 395, Arcadia Drive, and Carson City and the Ridgeview area of Indian Hills. The Little Mondeaux area, which encompasses land on either side of Jacks Valley Road north of Genoa, and the Walley’s Hot Springs area south of Genoa will also be included.

Redevelopment gives counties and cities access to low-interest loans and other tools to spruce up underused areas. Projects can range from removal or renovation of buildings to installation of roads, sewers or other infrastructure.

Applicants include:

n Roy Bennett, Gardnerville, consulting engineer and independent building plans examiner, two-year Douglas County resident;

n Cheryl Blomstrom, Jacks Valley, director of government affairs for the Association of General Contractors, 2-1/2-year resident;

n Roger Falcke, Genoa, building contractor, 40-year resident;

n Richard Gardner, Stateline, attorney, 23-year resident;

n Kary Grabow, Sunridge, mechanical engineer, 4-1/2-year resident;

n Ronald Kruse, Indian Hills, retired, antiques, publishing business owner, chairman of the Indian Hills General Improvement District, 5-year resident;

n Jay Lather, Johnson Lane, general manager, the Golf Club at Genoa Lakes, 3-year resident;

n Gary Midkiff, Skyland, president Midkiff & Associates, Inc. environmental/land use planning, 18-year resident;

n Mark Neuffer, Gardnerville, president of M.C. Neuffer Co. general contractor, 5-year resident;

n Tony Prestigiacomo, Genoa, founder of Tahoe-On-Line (Internet service provider), 4-year resident;

n R. Keith Rugg, Zephyr Cove, coffee shop supervisor, 1-year;

n Larry Walsh, Gardnerville Ranchos, vice president, Landmark Homes and Development Inc., 6-year resident;

n Kurt Weissheimer, Minden, retired attorney/Amtrak managing director for real estate, 2-year resident.