"Community planning in the Truckee Meadows has failed to keep pace with environmental and economic impacts of growth. And, as a result, the quality of life in this oasis is in danger of being suffocated by growth-related problems. But that's an old story in America where, for decades, cities have endured explosive growth, then rotted at the core and become virtually unlivable."
(Nevada State Journal, April 9, 1978)
Those of you who care about the Mt. Rose Scenic Corridor, need to read the articles below.
Did you know?
- Washoe is subsidizing Reno with free Crime Lab (at $1.4 million yearly) , Raven Helicopter, Homeless center support and other free services while Reno sues Washoe and refuses Automatic Fire Aid? Think of the deputies in Incline that could support.
- Reno Police and Fire career personnel are the highest compensated in the USA?
- We predict Reno insolvent by 2016 and Reno property taxes going up 20% or more!
- You must see Reno Public Safety
- We have a plan to greatly increase deputies in Incline and Mt Rose area at very little cost. Ask us!
Fire Service Issues: Update
The Fire Services Issue with Reno and Washoe County is a bit complicated. For many years to 2012, Reno Fire (RFD) provided fire services/ emergency medical response but not ambulance to much of populated Washoe County. Some was provided by others: NDF, Tahoe Fire, etc. Sparks has their own department. Some of Washoe was provided by Sierra Fire. In 2012 Washoe County essentially opted to cancel their contract with Reno due mainly to costs. They then essentially merged Sierra Fire with what is now called Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TM).
In 2011 and again in 2012, running thru June 2014 Reno applied for federal grants known as SAFER under the joint names and based the applications on the expanded population and size of Washoe; 6000 sq mi while Reno is 100 sq mi. After the split and after getting the grant Reno cancelled automatic aid with Washoe and refused to share any of the grant. This would seem in clear contradiction to the promises and requirements of the grant.
- Why does Washoe County give Reno 1.4 million in free Crime Lab services?
- 2014 Fire Service Report (This is a 29 page report that may take a while to download.)
The County finally admitted stealing our water and has a plan to compensate Callahan Ranch - Mt. Rose area residents retroactively.
Contact Washoe County Water or see: http://www.washoecounty.us/water/swtmgroundwater
Also, if you own property in the City of Reno expect a 20+% jump in your property tax. For info go to RenoPublicSafety.org or contact us. We’ll show you.
Cathy Bowland, Ginger Peirce, orBeth Honbien are the “go to” people on this. Washoe is switching over to TWMA for water and wells. As I understand it, they pay (partially) for a one time deepening of your well then you are screwed.
TMWA contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or http://tmwa.com
Washoe Well background: www.washoecounty.us/repository/files/10/WellMitigationFramework
Washoe and others are hurting financially but Reno is really broke. I think only North Las Vegas is worse off. That is another story you should look at if curious to see government run amuck. There are various articles on Reno’s financial difficulty, but is it serious. Most deals with the very bad bond decision Reno made (trench, parking garage, event center). Also Reno’s cops and firefighters are by far the highest paid outside of Clark County and Reno just gave them a new generous two year contract with no provision to reopen if things get worse.
Check out the website TransparentNevada and look at Reno salaries and North Vegas. Reno has firefighters making almost $300,000 in salary and benefits but it gets worse. These supervisors took no pay cut under the current salary and the 1,000 pound elephant may be health care. Reno, unlike most other agencies, gives police and fire retirees some form of uncapped lifetime healthcare/ medical care. How do you calculate this giant unfunded liability (google “OPEB”)? With these folks retiring as young as age 46, how can we calculate this unfunded growing Ponzi scheme? It is forced upon future taxpayers and city councils, yet it receives little attention and no one seems to care. The Reno City Council has been totally irresponsible and yet we will continue to re-elect them.
The Forest Area Plan
In spite of overwhelming community opposition, the county approved this area master plan under Washoe County's unique One Map system where developers were able to sneak in zoning changes. It added sprawl and commercial activity along the Mt Rose Scenic Corridor and a 632 cluster home development at the end of Fawn. That developer made great promises about schools, solar, etc. none of which justified such a large development in a rural area of minimum 1 ac parcels. Of course as the economy went sour, he went bankrupt and the promises went away.
When our elected officials get most their campaign money from pro-development sources, the basic tenets of a democracy are threatened. We need to elect neutral officials and to pass ballot measures that protect urban sprawl and such unethical behavior.
As a result of our fight the county finally agree to do away with the re-zoning procedure done with Matera Ridge (One Map system) and move to the system used by almost all of the rest of Nevada.
Beth Honebein and others continue to fight the good fight and keep us informed. We can't do it alone.
Our Forest Service Land
As part of the plan, the now bankrupt Matera Ridge LLC, working hand in hand with county officials, sought to take over our 375 acres of US Forest Service land east of Fawn Ln. Thanks to neighborhood opposition we fought this back. Developers will surely continue to try to take over this land so we must be vigilant and continue to propose alternatives such as a park similar to Rancho San Rafael. Once it is gone, it is lost forever.
Someone finally paid the Matera Ridge taxes providing more money for deputies and other services. However Matera Ridge LLC is a defunct LLC and still listed on county property records as of 11-2014. This allows for ghost ownership and there is no one to contact for illegal dumping, other illegal activities, etc.
Complaints to the state and county have fallen on deaf ears. Write your commissioner.
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The photos below document some of the damage being done to the Mt. Rose Scenic Corridor.