Letters for Nov. 15, 2018
November 14, 2018
Douglas turnout not enough to stem the blue
From The Record-Courier's Nov. 8 front-page article Douglas turnout state's second highest:
"….Douglas County voters led the other rural counties in trying to stem the Silver State's blue tide."
Perhaps those high numbers were also due to Douglas County voters encouraging the ebbing red tide to recede further.
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Thanks for a great campaign
The November mid-term elections are over and although we have had mixed results, my family and I wish to express our heartfelt thanks to all those who worked so hard for our successful campaign to elect me as a Douglas County commissioner representing District 4. During this journey we met incredible people who supported us with their time making phone calls and walking precincts as well as those who helped to finance what became a very expensive endeavor.
I promise to continue to do what I consider to be the best for the residents of Douglas County in all my decisions and actions. I have spent most of my life devoted to public service starting at the age of 17 when I enlisted as a reserve in the U.S. Navy and I promise to do all I can to maintain my reputation for personal and public integrity as well as my reputation for being a voice of calm and reason.
Thank you for your continued support and I accept this great responsibility with humble pride.
Wesley A. Rice
Thanks for your support
I want to thank everybody for their support to re-elect me to the Gardnerville Rancho's General Improvement District. I am honored and humbled for all of the support.
Deny Genoa variances
My recommendation is that the Board of County Commissioners use the same good judgment they displayed for the Rancho Sierra Homes project last summer and again reject the variances submitted by the unelected planning commission for the Genoa Shares project. My perception is the rejected Rancho Sierra project was for 353 homes stuffed into 80 acres. Isn't that 23 percent of an acre allocated to each home? Isn't the Genoa Shares LLC proposed project for 75 homes stuffed into 17.96 acres just 24 percent of an acre allocated to each home, including open space, roads, and common areas? Why allow multiple variances for outdoor parking of tall motorhome eyesores, less than 50-foot driveway spacing, and variances for private roadway widths or utility easements? What is the point of having a Master Plan and improvement standards if major variances to these standards are approved by the county, after requests from developers/property owners trying to stuff as many dwellings as they can into their land to maximize profits? Doesn't the BOCC have a greater responsibility to current Douglas taxpayers to continue the high standards and character of existing neighborhoods than it does to developers? Were any studies performed or evaluated to determine the environmental impact of the 75 unit project, or the impact on traffic congestion, county road maintenance, police, education, fire protection and EMT resources, construction noise and dust pollution, and the lowering of the water table for Genoa domestic well owners? If not, why doesn't the BOCC require such independent impact studies prior to evaluating the acceptability of the project?
For example, my understanding is that in the early '90s, after the Genoa Lakes development started, some Genoa residents experienced dry wells, or had to drill their wells deeper to maintain adequate water supply. Wasn't there also a major drilling operation, utilizing bright artificial night lighting, opposite and just north of Walley's Resort on the other side of Foothill last month (October) for Douglas County West Well number 4? Won't the cone of depression created by this enormous well lower the water table for Genoa domestic wells? Aren't most, if not all Genoa domestic wells located between Douglas County West Well number 4 to the south and whatever community well(s) to the north that will have to supply the proposed 75 dwelling project?
Did the developer take deposits on some homesites during the last Candy Dance festival, before any ruling by the BOCC on project variances? If so, does this mean a majority of County Commissioners have already decided to approve this project in private discussions with the developer/property owner or planning commission, prior to receiving any input from Douglas residents at BOCC public meetings? The next BOCC regular public meeting at which this project may be discussed is scheduled Nov. 15, 1:30 p.m. at the Tahoe Transportation Center, 169 Hwy 50, Stateline, NV 89449.
Great work on Scholarship Show
Congratulations and thanks to the Carson Valley Art Association for their Annual Scholarship Benefit Art Show.
The opening night reception and raffle was jam-packed with our local artists and art lovers.
And for good reason. We have some highly talented artists working here in our valley and it's gratifying to see them have a venue to display their works to such an appreciative audience.
Well done, CVAA, well done, indeed.
Harry and Nyona Lang
Thanks for supporting Empty Bowls
Douglas County Empty Bowls and Carson Valley Community Food Closet wish to thank the community and volunteers for your support at the fifth annual Douglas County Empty Bowls all-you-can-eat dinner fundraising event on Oct. 7. Over $10,000 in funds were raised to support individuals and families in our community who are struggling with hunger at this year's event.
Thank you to all who participated and to this wonderful community for your generosity.
Sponsors: The Ridge Resorts, Bently Heritage, LLC, Carson Valley Medical Center, Douglas Disposal & Recycling, El Dorado Savings Bank, Coastal Aire & Sheet Metal, Inc., Michele Wagner: Remax Realty Affiliates, Walton's Funerals and Cremations, Central Sierra Construction Inc., Bodines Casino, Dr. David C. James, DMD, F.A.G.D, Especially for You – Marcia Voeller
Food Donors: Grill Next Door, JJ'S Mexican Restaurant, China Jade Horse, Cafe Girasole, Kristopher's Ristorante and Bar, Sharkey's, DHS Culinary Class, 1862 David Walley's Restaurant, CVMC Food and Nutrition Services, Julio's Restaurant, Raley's, Carson Valley Sertoma, Coffee on Main, Corner Bar, and Carson Valley Footprinters.
Raffle Donors: Julie Dickerson, Don McRoberts, The Chocolate Shoppe, Edgewood Tahoe, Harvey's Lake Tahoe, Carson Valley Inn, Lake Tahoe Cruises, COD Casino, Fresh Ideas, Tahoe Ridge Resorts, Christensen Automotive, Ironwood Movie Theatres, JT Dining, Jethro's Restaurant, Atlantis Casino Resort, Meeks Hardware and Lumber, Carson Valley Swim Center, Starbucks, Donna Allgeier, Sue Jeffrey, Sue Scott, El Dorado Resorts, and Valley Eyecare.
Contributors: Carson Valley Middle School National Junior Honor Society, Carson Valley Sertoma, Cindy Patmont, Sheriff Ron Pierini, Daria Winslow, DHS Culinary Class, Doug Petersen, Douglas County Citizens' Patrol, Gail Gruszie, Isabeau Stumpf, Jacks Valley Elementary, Jan Solberg, Jason Reid, Jean Gunter, Ken Stoll, LDS Jobs Peak Activity Day Group, LDS Mother and Daughters Activity Groups, Lin Falkner, Lois Elliott, Mary Ann Crosby, Minden Elementary, Ogres- Holm Pottery, Pam Gilmartin, Pamela Sauer, Pinon Hills Elementary, Kate Savage, Shannon Sedlock, Sierra Chef Farmers Market, Susan Mackie, Suzanne Taylor, The Corner Bar, Tim Taylor, Fitz Henry's Funeral Home, Paul Howard, Anna Hansen, and Kathy Rossand.