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Letters to the editor for Nov. 22, 2018

Muller Way agreements bad policy

Editor:

Muller Parkway was approved in 2004, and was designated from the start as a bypass. The congestion on Highway 395 through Minden and Gardnerville was already evident at that time, and has only gotten worse since then. Several significant developments were approved along the future Muller Parkway in the next few years, and most of them were conditioned on the developer building their portion of the 4-lane bypass, a condition to which the developers agreed.

Since then, those developments have, for the most part, not been built, for one reason and one reason only: the Great Recession. Development in Douglas County ground to a halt, as it did in most parts of Nevada, and the country as a whole. Now, here and elsewhere, the housing market is heating up again.

Developers along Muller Parkway, however, want to renege on their agreement to build a 4-lane road, and now claim that it is economically unrealistic, without any evidence to support that assertion. They make no mention of the Great Recession and its effects. Their claim is not credible. As usual, it appears that their primary motivation is to maximize profits.

Muller Parkway will only function as a realistic bypass if it is four lanes. A 2-lane road, given how much development is planned for that area, would not relieve any of the congestion on 395. In fact, it would only make it worse. The developers should be held to their original commitment to build a four-lane road.

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The Muller Parkway bypass, by the way, was never planned as a truck route. Nearly 90% of the traffic on 395 through our towns is cars (& pick-ups). Most commercial trucks need to make stops at local businesses, which is why they wouldn't use a bypass anyway. Getting a significant proportion of the cars off 395 through the towns, however, would go a long way to lowering the traffic congestion.

The Transportation Element of the Master Plan states in Policy 4.16: "Support possible bypass facilities to keep traffic moving through Minden and Gardnerville." This is the only feasible bypass under consideration, and should be utilized. To be functional as a bypass, it needs to be four lanes. The often-discussed, incredibly expensive highway bypass to the east is decades away, if it ever even happens, which is problematic.

Our Board of County Commissioners has a decision to make. Do they want to stand up for what is best for the community as a whole, to require that the developers follow through on their commitment, and that they build a viable bypass to lessen the congestion on 395? Or do they want to give a multi-million dollar gift to developers, and make traffic even worse in Douglas County? Let's hope they do the right thing, and make developers live up to their commitments.

Jim Slade

Gardnerville

"THANKS for supporting Holiday Faire

The Carson Valley United Methodist women would like to thank everyone who support our Nov 3 "Heavenly Holiday Faire".

We especially appreciate The Record-Courier's coverage as well as donations from local merchants including Carson Valley Inn Casino, Carson Valley Golf Course, Dave Anderson Glider Soaring, Tahoe Biltmore, Lone Tree Framing Company, Almaden Clocks, DST Coffee, Yarbrough, Starbucks, Christensen Automotive, Bike Habitat, Re-Style, Joyce's Antiques & Jewelry, Chris Payne, Nyona Lang, Janis Jobe, Trimmers Outpost, Gardnerville Grocery Outlet, Brandy Embree, Harvey's Tahoe, Walmart Gardnerville, and Applebees. A special thanks goes to all the individuals who donated to the silent auction, raffle baskets, craft supplies, and donated their time and creativity.

Their generosity as well as the patronage by all the shoppers enables us to contribute to local groups such as Kids & Horses, City of Refuge, Awaken, Carson Valley Food Closet, Abbey's Crossing, Suicide prevention Network, Partnership of Community Resources, and Austin's House as well as some national and charities.

Our sincere gratitude goes to all who made this year's event a success.

Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!

Rhonda Sack

Chairwoman

Susan Hamarlund

Co-Chairwoman

Safety Street thanks all who make it possible

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