Carson City Supervisors Thursday signed on the dotted line with a contracting company for just over $20 Million to renovate Carson Street so it looks like what already exists from 5th Street to the north – better sidewalks, bike lanes, better traffic flow, street-side vegetation/landscaping, crosswalks, better pedestrian signals along with a high quality traffic round-about at South Carson and Stewart. Check local news media and the city’s website for the latest – Carson.org. The plan is for everything to be finished by the end of Fall.
Asphalt plant air pollution at the Carson City/Lyon County line may soon be gone…
Some very upset neighbors who have been complaining for at least two years about smoke coming off an asphalt plant and into their neighborhoods again made it clear to city supervisors that they want the pollution to stop, and they want it stopped as soon as possible. They said the air contamination has been going on for a long time and that they’ve run out of patience as the city and state have tried to get the owner to upgrade his plant machinery so air pollution can become a thing of the past.
The plant is on the Carson City side of the line between Carson City and Lyon County – right off Highway 50. The neighbors live just across that line which has complicated accountability and responsibility for the situation as the winds blow toward the east through the neighborhoods most of the time. The state has ruled his facility is within compliance but it’s clear state standards don’t measure up to the situation.
Since the plant is situated on the Carson City side of the Carson/Lyon boundary, the city is in a better position to make the owner of the plant take the extra steps to stop the air pollution. And city officials say they’re very close to making that happen. City officials say the city planning commission will take up the issue again on Wednesday, February 26th, with the likelihood of ordering the asphalt company to install the proper equipment to eliminate the pollution – or else the company loses its business license to operate. There seems to be a consensus among city staff and the neighbors that the proper processing equipment at the plant will be installed.Saving Tahoe
One of a number of consultants whose dream is to save Lake Tahoe laid out his strategy before the Carson City Supervisors Thursday. Consultant Derek Morse of Reno, who’s been advising Lake Tahoe governments for many years, told the Supervisors that a system that charges various fees beyond mere gas and room tqxes will have to be instituted so Lake Tahoe doesn’t smog over.
Morse said his “One Tahoe” approach to saving the lake relies on public transit as the primary means of getting around the lake for swimming, boating, skiing, shopping, lodging, dining and more, without (or nearly without) private vehicles. Morse said everything from property taxes to gas taxes, sales taxes to various assessments on tourist activities, will have to be seriously considered to ensure that the world’s human footprint on Lake Tahoe is sustainable – not destructive.
Morse strongly implied that the governments of both states will have to decide to save Lake Tahoe and agree to a wide array of changes that will make preserving the lake even possible. Morse said statutory changes will be required – more from Nevada than California. If such cooperative agreements aren’t agreed to, Lake Tahoe will slowly deteriorate, according to Morse. And with that, local economies on both sides of the Nevada-California state line, will suffer substantially.
Morse said that a “Sustainable Lake Tahoe” is the prime directive. Whether that happens, says Morse, will determine the future of one of the world’s most beautiful gems.
In short, it’s up to our government leaders, on both sides of the state line, to sustain and glorify Lake Tahoe, rather than allowing “the free market” to determine its future.
Sheriff Furlong gets an early Easter gift
And finally…Sheriff Ken Furlong got a belated Christmas gift from what’s called the Carson City Sheriff’s Search and Rescue unit, a private non-profit group that is an integral component of Sheriff Furlong’s ability to rescue residents and out-of-towners from precarious encounters with Nevada’s wild west environment. The group’s donation of three new search-and-rescue vehicles will be properly modified and streamlined to meet the harsh rigors of the Nevada outback. The new Search and Rescue vehicles will be ready for full service fairly soon.