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What do I do if I notice a water quality issue, such as spills, foamy water, or discolored water in a creek, stream, ditch, or stormdrain?
What is the address of the New Corporation Yard?
How do I get notified about upcoming construction or consultant work?
Can I cut down trees on my property?
Can I cut down trees in front of my house that are in the Town right of way (and not on my property?)
Who do I talk to about an issue with traffic signs or traffic lights?
Where am I allowed to place my mailbox / bear box?
What is the right of way?
Why do I need to call in a subgrade 48 hours prior to a foundation inspection?
Why is the grade of my driveway limited to no more than 16% on my property, and no more than 6% in the Town right of way?
Why does my driveway need to be asphalt?
Why can't I have two driveways or a circular driveway?
Do I need a driveway (encroachment) permit if I......?
If I add a 4th /5th /6th (etc) bedroom to my house, why do I have to pay extra fees to the Engineering Department for traffic impact?
How much does an encroachment permit cost?
What is the difference between re-paving and slurry seal?
How often is my street slurry sealed?
When will my street be repaved?
Who should I call about snow removal?
Who do I report pot holes in roads to?
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Q: What do I do if I notice a water quality issue, such as spills, foamy water, or discolored water in a creek, stream, ditch, or stormdrain?
A:
You can report water quality issues to the Stormwater Hotline at 530-582-7794 or during business hours to Jessica Thompson at 530-582-2938. For clogged drains within the Town right of way, contact the Department of Public Works at 530-582-7700
Q: What is the address of the New Corporation Yard?
A:
The address of the New Corporation Yard is 10969 Stevens Lane, located off Donner Pass Road and Stockrest Springs Road. This facility is expected to complete construction and be in operation Fall 2011.
Q: How do I get notified about upcoming construction or consultant work?
A:
You can sign up to receive email notifications for various Town of Truckee news. Go to the email notifications link on the Town website (http://www.townoftruckee.com/index.aspx?page=47), fill out your contact information, and indicate what types of notifications you wish to receive.
Q: Can I cut down trees on my property?
A:
Please call the Planning Department at (530) 582-7700 and check with the homeowner association for the neighborhood in which you live (if applicable).
Q: Can I cut down trees in front of my house that are in the Town right of way (and not on my property?)
A:
Please call the Department of Public Works at (530) 582-7700
Q: Who do I talk to about an issue with traffic signs or traffic lights?
A:
Call or email Todd Landry or Becky Bucar at (530) 582-7700
Q: Where am I allowed to place my mailbox / bear box?
A:
Mailboxes are allowed in the Town right of Way if they are placed in moveable containers, such as a 5-gallon bucket filled with concrete or sand. The Town assumes no liability whatsoever for mailboxes temporarily located in the right of way and damaged by snow removal operations. Bear-proof garbage containers must be placed out of the Town right of way and on private property. While the Town requires the box outside the right of way, the Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal Company (TTSD) also has maximum distances off of the street. Call TTSD at (530)583-0148.
Q: What is the right of way?
A:
The term “right of way” describes portions of land where a government agency has a legal access to the land to perform one or more of its duties. One of the most common examples of right of way in the Town of Truckee is the area of land between privately owned land and the edge of pavement of streets owned and/or maintained by the Town. This area allows for storage of snow that is plowed from Town streets.
Q: Why do I need to call in a subgrade 48 hours prior to a foundation inspection?
A:
Subgrade inspections are conducted prior to foundation inspection, approval, and concrete pouring to ensure that the rough grade of the driveway is sufficient to meet what is provided on the approved plans. Often, once the foundation is poured it is too late to adjust the grade of the driveway between the home and the edge of pavement. The Engineering Department avoids this difficult issue by performing a subgrade inspection.
Q: Why is the grade of my driveway limited to no more than 16% on my property, and no more than 6% in the Town right of way?
A:
In general, these slope specifications allow for safe access to and from houses by emergency response vehicles such as ambulances and fire trucks.
Q: Why does my driveway need to be asphalt?
A:
The Town of Truckee repaves and slurry seals it’s streets with asphalt-concrete. In order to tie-in to residential driveways after periodic road maintenance, we require that driveways be constructed from asphalt concrete.
Q: Why can't I have two driveways or a circular driveway?
A:
Residential lots in Truckee are limited to one encroachment due to the need for snow storage in the Town right of way. Exemption to this policy may be grated by the Town Engineer or his/her designee on a case-by-case basis.
Q: Do I need a driveway (encroachment) permit if I......?
A:
a. Tear out and put in new asphalt (yes) b. Resurface or re-seal my driveway (no) c. Build a new garage but keep the same driveway (probably – please call 582-2931) d. Remodel my kitchen (no)
Q: If I add a 4th /5th /6th (etc) bedroom to my house, why do I have to pay extra fees to the Engineering Department for traffic impact?
A:
Engineering fees levied in conjunction with building permits are collected for residential buildings with up to three bedrooms. Addition of bedrooms (rooms with a closet, or direct access to a bathroom) beyond that require extra fees to offset the higher levels of road maintenance necessitated by additional residents.
Q: How much does an encroachment permit cost?
A:
The cost for 2011 is $288
Q: What is the difference between re-paving and slurry seal?
A:
Slurry seal is a thin seal placed on roadways to help preserve the roadway surface. Pavement consists of a thicker structural section of asphalt concrete. Slurry uses a fine aggregate similar to sand, while pavement contains a course aggregate. Paving consists of placing a 2 inches or more thick asphalt overlay on top of a paved road. In some instances (when significant cracking exists or if conforming to existing driveways and roads would be too difficult if the pavement elevation is increased) a specified depth of the existing pavement is removed and then replaced with new asphalt. Reconstruction consists of milling and removing the existing pavement and base course. New base is then added, shaped and compacted. Two or more lifts of asphalt concrete is then placed on the base course. For maintenance of a roadway in good condition, a slurry seal placed on the existing pavement adds life. A slurry seal is a cold-mix combination of asphalt emulsion, fine well-graded aggregate, and water. Slurry seals have been used by the Town for several years and have proven to be a cost-effective preventative treatment that is well accepted by the community.
Q: How often is my street slurry sealed?
A:
The Town of Truckee applies slurry seals to most Town roads once every five years. On major backbone roads (such as Donner Pass Road and Glenshire Drive) slurry seals are applied once every three years. A higher level of service is also provided to the Glenshire and Tahoe Donner Subdivision roads, where property owners pay a special service fee that funds more frequent maintenance (slurry seals once every three years).
Q: When will my street be repaved?
A:
The Town of Truckee paves most roads every 12 to 20 years. The Town conducts roadway inspections approximately every five years, during which the roads are rated. Those roads that receive a low rating (due to cracks, wear, rutting, potholes, or poor ride conditions) are flagged and scheduled for upgrade. The Town’s Pavement Maintenance Program (PMP) provides a five year schedule for maintenance on Town roads. The PMP is available on our website. Note that the PMP is a planning document and roads may be added or eliminated to the maintenance schedule based upon additional field surveys or consideration for other construction projects in town. You may also contact Becky Bucar for more up-to-date or detailed information.
Q: Who should I call about snow removal?
A:
The department of Public Works - (530) 582-7707
Q: Who do I report pot holes in roads to?
A:
The Department of Public Works – (530) 582-7707
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