TSD CELEBRATES 170 YEARS OF COMBINED SERVICE
TSD held its annual Service Awards meeting on December 11, 2019 to recognize seven employees and two board members for their years of service. Those receiving awards included: Arnold Studer ‐ 5 years, Myles Vickers – 5 years, Morgan Walters –5 years, Lisa Snider – 15 years, Mike Donchez – 20 years, Eric Sundale –20 years, Lonnie Hall – 25 years, Brian Smart – 35 years and Ron Sweet – 40 years. Altogether representing 170 years of dedicated service to the District. Board member, Jerry Gilmore and General Manager, Blake Tresan thanked the recipients for their years of service and continued commitment to protecting Truckee ‘s public health and environment.
The Truckee Sanitary District is proud to announce the retirement of Liz Coombs. Coombs, the Administration Supervisor/Executive Assistant began working for The District in 2005 as a Commercial Accounts Specialist. At a District breakfast on August 22nd, General Manager, Blake Tresan presented Coombs with a Resolution of Appreciation for her loyal service. Coombs's positive attitude and advantageous nature will be missed at The District. Coombs and her husband plan to travel the country and spend time with their children and grandchildren.
TSD employees educate attendees of the 2019 Truckee-Tahoe Air Show STEM Fair on the dangers of "flushable" wipes in the pipes. "Flushable" wipes do not dissolve like toilet paper does. "Flushable" Wipes Clog Pipes!
Cruisin' in the 2019 4th of July Parade
The vactor truck has an important message for the parade, "Flushable Wipes Clog Pipes!".
The vactor truck has an important message for the parade, "Cease the Grease!".
TSD wins Second Place in the State for Medium Size Collection Systems
TSD Celebrates Earth Day
The Truckee Sanitary District (TSD) participated in Tahoe-Truckee Earth Day Festival at The Village at Squaw Valley on Saturday, April 20, 2019. The Festival provides a multitude of educational booths on the topics of watershed health, forest health, pollution prevention, alternative energy, waste management, local art and more. TSD launched their new outreach banners and handed out
Grease Squeegees which educate the public on the risks of putting grease down the drain.
TSD WINS LOCAL AWARDS The Truckee Sanitary District (TSD) was the recipient of two awards at the Sierra Section of the California Water Environment Association Installation Banquet in Reno on February 23, 2019. Jose Esparza received the Collection Person of the Year award and TSD was awarded Collection System of the Year. Esparza, a Collection Systems Worker, who has been with the District for just over a year was recognized for his hard work, attention to detail, and great attitude. The Collection System of the Year award went to TSD for the third straight year based largely on an excellent track record of no spills. Board Chair, Denny Anderson, praised District staff for their outstanding commitment to protecting the rivers, streams, and lakes of our community. The District will now compete against other agencies for the statewide award. In addition to the awards, District Lift Station Worker, Morgan Walters, was sworn in as President of the Sierra Section for 2019.
TSD in the Community
The Truckee Sanitary District (TSD) participated in two community events at Donner Lake's West End Beach in September. The Town of Truckee's 25th Anniversary Celebration and the Public Agency sponsored Neighborhood Block Party. Both events gave TSD staff the opportunity to educate residents about wastewater collection and conveyance, including the dangers of putting the wrong things down the drains such as "flushable wipes", egg shells, fats and grease, dental floss and more.
The Truckee Sanitary District (TSD) is proud to announce the retirement of long-time employee, Lee Wright. Wright started with TSD in 1990 and over a career spanning 28 years, worked his way up from maintenance worker to Supervisor and eventually to O&M Superintendent. At a celebration, Board Member, Denny Anderson, presented Wright with a Resolution of Appreciation. Anderson thanked Wright for his years of service and tremendous work ethic. General Manager, Blake Tresan, complimented Wright for his commitment to protecting the public health and environment of the Truckee area and wished him well in his retirement. Wright, who lives in Sierraville, indicated that he plans on remaining in the Truckee/Tahoe area and looks forward to spending more time with his family and continuing to grow his catering business,"When Pigs Fly BBQ".
TSD EMPLOYEES GRADUATE FROM LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
On May 24, 2018, TSD Employees, Kellen Babb and Vanessa Vindel, graduated from the North Lake Tahoe Truckee Leadership Program. The program included approximately 25 individuals from the local public, private, and non-profit sector. The graduation ceremony included presentations by 6 groups on action plans for making the North Tahoe Truckee area a more vibrant and environmentally friendly area. Babb and his group collaborated on an Employee Stock Ownership Plan or ESOP for local businesses. Vindel and her group presented, Pop on TART, innovative ways to get more riders on the Tahoe-Truckee bus system.
"The North Lake Tahoe-Truckee Leadership program broadened my understanding of regional issues and gave me the opportunity to network with other leaders in the community. My favorite part about the program was being able to connect with leaders who want to sustain our community values. Each participant in the program completes an Action Plan that enhances community change or improvement. Our Action Plan,"Pop on TART" seeks to increase ridership of public transportation (TART) by keeping our roads safer, minimize frustrations of driving during peak seasons, and reduce our carbon footprint."-Vanessa Vindel
Longtime Truckee Sanitary District employee, Steve Golder, retired on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Golder, a Field Inspector for the Sanitary District, started working for the District in 1992. At a special lunch at the District offices, Golder was presented with a Resolution of Appreciation from Board President Jerry Gilmore. Gilmore thanked Golder for his years of service and tremendous work ethic. Golder also received a framed photo of the Truckee River overlooking the old railyard site, an area he performed inspections on. General Manager, Blake Tresan, complimented Steve for his commitment to protecting the public health and environment of the Truckee area and wished him well in his retirement. Golder, who now lives in Mogul, Nevada, indicated that he plans on remaining in the area but looks forward to doing more traveling with his wife and two dogs.
The Truckee Sanitary District is proud to announce the retirement of John Raber. Raber, whose last day was July 14th, was a Field Operations Supervisor where he ran the District's construction program. Raber was born and raised in Truckee and came to work for the District in 1984. Raber says he has no plans to leave the Truckee area and looks forward to spending more time with his wife, Tammy, children, and grandchild. At his retirement luncheon, TSD Board President, Denny Anderson, presented Raber with a Resolution of Appreciation for his years of service to the District and wished him the best in his retirement. "John has always been an exemplary employee and role model and will be sorely missed," said Lee Wright, O&M Superintendent.
TSD EMPLOYEES GRADUATE FROM LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
On May 25, 2017, TSD Employees, Annette Wolfe and Matt Shillander, graduated from the North Lake Tahoe Truckee Leadership Program. The program included approximately 25 individuals from the local public, private, and non-profit sector. The graduation ceremony included presentations by 6 groups on action plans for making the North Tahoe Truckee area a more vibrant and environmentally friendly area. Shillander and Wolfe helped develop a pilot website to showcase governmental and non-profit entities in the area. Congratulations to Annette and Matt.
"The Leadership Program expanded my knowledge of the issues facing the region. We had the privilege of talking with individuals directly working on the solutions to these issues such as: affordable housing, environmental impact and small business growth. I also enjoyed meeting peers in other special districts, nonprofits and small business owners. It was a pleasure to meet so many future leaders. I look forward to continuing the friendships made. Most importantly the leadership program helped me polish my communication and leadership skills so that I may be a successful leader. I highly recommend it!"
TSD RECEIVES FOUR AWARDSTSD received four awards at the Annual Installation and Awards Dinner for the Sierra Section of the California Water Environment Association held on February 11, 2017. Two of the awards were for individuals, including Mike White for Inspector of the Year, and Morgan Walters for Mechanical Technician of the Year. The District also received the Safety Award and Collection System of the Year Award. In addition to receiving an award, Morgan Walters also was sworn in as the incoming treasurer for the Sierra Section. The installation of new officers was presented by Garry Parker, President of the CWEA.
TSD CELEBRATES 80 YEARS OF SERVICE
A celebration recognizing five TSD employees for their long-term service to the District was held on September 21, 2016. The five employees reaching milestone dates of service included: Liz Coombs - 10 years, Herb Brooks, Kurt Harrigan, and Kara Raymer - 15 years, and Lee Wright - 25 years. Board Director Denny Anderson thanked the employees for their past and continued commitment to protecting the public health and environment of the Truckee area.
TSD COMMEMORATES TRUCKEE PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE IN HONOR OF LONGTIME TSD BOARD MEMBER ROBERT W. "DOC" AFFELDT
On Thursday, June 23, 2016 the Truckee Sanitary District held a ceremony dedicating the pedestrian bridge at the foot of East River Street in memory of former Board Director Robert W. "Doc" Affeldt, DDS. Affeldt, who served on the TSD Board continuously for 49 years, passed away last fall at the age of 90. A bronze plaque was unveiled at the ceremony. The plaque, which is mounted on the center span of the bridge, commemorates Affeldt's years of service to the people of Truckee. The bridge, which is a popular gateway to the Regional Park and the Truckee River Legacy Trail, was installed by the Truckee Sanitary District in 1997 to support a sanitary sewer pipeline. The bridge will be known as the Robert "Doc" Affeldt Memorial Bridge. Current and former board members and employees of the Truckee Sanitary District along with friends and relatives of Affledt were present for the unveiling ceremony.
TSD ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER RETIRES
On June 1, 2016, TSD Administrative Services Manager, Rebecca Ruby, retired after 23 years. A resolution of appreciation for Ms. Ruby was unanimously adopted by the Board of Directors at their May 19th Board Meeting. According to General Manager, Blake Tresan, "Rebecca has been a pillar of our organization for two decades. She served the customers and employees of TSD with tremendous professionalism and dedication. She will be sorely missed." The District wishes Rebecca the very best in her retirement.
GORDON DICEY RETIRES
The Truckee Sanitary District is proud to announce the retirement of Gordon Dicey. Dicey, who moved to Truckee in early 1980s came to work for the District in 1992 after working in the local building and retail trade. Dicey, whose last day was November 30th, was a Field Operations Supervisor where he was in charge of the District pipeline inspection and condition assessment program. Dicey says he has no plans to leave the Truckee area and looks forward to spending more time with his grandchildren and wife, Vikki, as well as snow mobiling and camping. At his retirement luncheon, TSD Board President, Nelson Van Gundy, presented Dicey with a Resolution of Appreciation for his service to the District and wished him the best on his retirement. ''Gordon has been a great asset to the Collection System Maintenance Department and his thorough knowledge of the District will be missed'', said Lee Wright, O&M Superintendent.
ANDERSON APPOINTED TO FILL VACANT BOARD SEAT
At its October 15, 2015 regular meeting, the Truckee Sanitary District Board of Directors voted unanimously to appoint Dennis 'Denny' Anderson to serve on the Board. Anderson was selected to fill the vacancy created when long-time Director, Robert W. 'Doc' Affeldt, DDS, passed away on September 6, 2015. Anderson, a full-time year-round Truckee resident since 1976, is a former Truckee Sanitary District employee where he worked for 26 years before retiring in 2013 as the Superintendent of Operations. Anderson thanked the Board for his appointment and giving him the opportunity to serve the community and stated that with his experience and knowledge of TSD he was ready to the hit the ground running.
ROBERT "DOC" AFFELDT, DDS
It is with deep sadness that TSD announces the loss of one of its greatest assets, Board Member Robert "Doc" Affeldt. Doc, who served on TSD's Board since 1967, passed away peacefully on Sunday September 6th at the home of his family following a brief illness. A memorial service to celebrate Doc's life will be held at the Truckee Community Art Center located at 10046 Church Street, Truckee from 3:30 to 5:30 pm on Saturday September 19th. Details on the memorial service and donations can be found by clicking here.
TSD CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF SERVICE
On July 14, 2015, TSD celebrated six employees reaching career milestones, including John Raber (30 years), Lonnie Hall (20 years), Eric Sundale (15 years), Mike Donchez (15 years), Susan Griffith (10 years), and Lisa Snider (10 years). All told, the six employees represented 100 years of service to the District. Board of Director President, Nelson Van Gundy, and General Manager, Blake Tresan, thanked each employee for their dedication to the District.
TSD EMPLOYEE GRADUATES FROM LOCAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
On May 28, 2015, TSD Field Maintenance Supervisor, Eric Sundale, graduated from the North Lake Tahoe Truckee Leadership Program. According to Sundale, "the Leadership Program has broadened my understanding of regional issues, as well as honing my leadership skills for my employer and life! From intensive small group exercises, to lots of public speaking opportunities, the benefit of this program has been immense." The program, which began in January, included approximately 25 individuals from the local public, private, and non-profit sector. Click here for more information on the program.
GRAHAM & CHASE RETIRE
May 1, 2015 was the last day of work for two long-time TSD employees Jim Graham and Kathryn Chase. Graham, who worked for the District for over 31 years - the last 20 as the Lift Station Department Supervisor, was raised in Truckee and came to TSD soon after graduating High School. Chase, worked for the District for over 18 year, most of them running the IT Department. Both employees received Resolutions of Appreciations from the Board of Directors. The District wishes them the best in their retirement.
TSD CORP YARD A NET ELECTRICITY PRODUCER IN 2014
Thanks to the 535 photo-voltaic solar panels installed at its corporation yard in 2009, TSD continues to be a net energy producer. Solar year 2014 ended with TSD meeting all it's energy demands at it corporation yard facility plus producing an extra 48 MWhr. Power and green benefits produced from the facility can be seen by clicking here.
Joe Aguera, whose last day was December 30, 2014, started with the District over 34 years ago. 'Little Joe', who began his employment as a meter reader/laborer, served the District as a Lead Inspector, Utility Leadman, CWEA Safety Instructor, Safety Committee Chairman, and Field Operations Supervisor for the past 30 years. According to Field Operations Superintendent, Lee Wright, 'Whenever a customer had a question, we sent out Joe. He knew the 300 plus miles of pipes, laterals, manholes, and cleanouts that serve the Truckee area like the back of his hand. No one was better at addressing customer concerns than Joe.' Joe, a former Truckee Fire Volunteer Firefighter/EMT-I, and one of the first Town of Truckee council members, grew up in downtown Truckee, the son of local business owners and funeral directors, Joseph R. and Clare Aguera. 'I've seen a lot of changes in this community over the years' says Joe. In retirement, Joe plans to spend more time with family and friends and to explore the country supporting the Will Play for Food Foundation to feed hungry children in America, as well as get involved in the local music and dance scene.
TSD is proud to announce the retirement of Evelyn "Evy" Henkel whose last day was November 28, 2014. Evy worked for the District for over 23 years supporting all aspects of the District's operations. Evy was a District figurehead representing the District at many communty events. Evy also served on the Board for the local section of the California Water Environment Association. According to General Manager, Blake Tresan, "We will sorely miss Evy's seemingly inexhaustable energy and positive attitude. We wish her the very best in her retirement."
TSD WINS TWO LOCAL AWARDS
On November 25, 2015, the Truckee Sanitary District was notified that it had received two awards from the Sierra Section of the California Water Environment Association. The District was the recipient - for the second straight year - of the Collection System of the Year Award for medium sized agencies (250-500 miles of pipe). According to the local CWEA Board President, this award is given to the District with a track-record of superior employee training backed up with outstanding performance.
In addition to the Collection System of the Year Award, District employee, Ryan Clifton, received the 2014 Public Education Person of the Year Award. According to local CWEA Board President, "Clifton did an outstanding job helping plan, organize, and manage several successful regional safety training events. In addition, he has been instrumental in TSD's public outreach programs, including Earth Day, Truckee River Day, and Big Truck Day."
TSD Board President, Nelson Van Gundy, expressed pride in the organization, "I am always proud of the job the District employees perform for the Truckee community and especially pleased to see their efforts recognized by their peers."
NEW GM AT TSD
On July 18, 2014, Thomas S. Selfridge retired after 10 years as General Manager & Chief Engineer of the Truckee Sanitary District (TSD). Succeeding Selfridge is Blake R. Tresan, a 12-year TSD employee, who previously held the position of Assistant General Manager and District Engineer. Tresan, a California Licensed Professional Engineer in Civil Engineering holds degrees from UC Berkeley and UC Davis. Tresan is excited about the opportunity to manage the TSD stating, "I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such talented and dedicated employees for an organization and Board of Directors that is committed to protecting the public health and environment of Truckee". Board President Nelson Van Gundy said the selection of Tresan was an easy choice based on his experience, knowledge, and enthusiasm for the job; "The District is extremely grateful to Tom for his years of exemplary service. We are confident that Blake will continue to provide strong leadership for the organization and community into the future".
TSD WINS 3 LOCAL AWARDS IN 2013!
TSD was recently awarded 3 honors by the Sierra Section of the California Water Environment Association. The awards included: Best Supervisor - Gordon Dicey; Best Collection System; and the Safety Award. The District is now eligible for a statewide award which will be announced in Sacramento in April.
TSD CELEBRATES EARTH DAY 2013
TSD participated in the recent 2013 Earth Day Celebration at Squaw Valley. Three staff members shared information about operating and maintaining the sanitary sewer system, demonstrated our pipeline televising equipment, and answered questions from the public.
TSD EMPLOYEE WINS TOP HONORS!
TSD Maintenance Worker, Herb Brooks, was awarded the Collection Person of the Year Award on February 12, 2011, at the annual awards dinner of the local Section of the California Water Environment Assocation (CWEA). Brooks, a TSD employee since 2000, works on TSD's construction, cleaning, and television crews as well as serving on the Safety Committe and the Lift Station on-call pool. The award recognized Herb's superior dedication, performance, and excellent attitude.
TSD HELPS CELEBRATE TRUCKEE RIVER DAY
TSD staff participated in the annual Truckee River Day celebration on October 15, 2011. Three TSD staff members shared information on TSD services with the public at the Granite Flats Campground. The TSD booth included a demonstration of the closed-circuit television equipment used to assess the sewer system as well as displays on pipeline rehabilitation techiniques and information on the recently completed TSD projects.
TSD WINS STATE AWARD
The California Association of Sanitation Agencies (CASA) awarded TSD with its Outstanding Capital Project Award at its annual conference in October. The TSD project encompassed a number of improvements installed at the seven sewer lift stations that surround Donner Lake, including the installation of emergency overflow tanks, bypass ports, and a portable hose reel trailer. These innovative improvements significantly reduce the risk of spills to Donner Lake's pristine waters.
TSD HELPS BREAK GROUND
TSD General Manager Tom Selfridge helped break ground on Phase 3A of the Truckee River Legacy Trail. The Wednesday, June 16, 2010, ceremony included elected officials and staff from the Town of Truckee, the Truckee Trails Foundation, and TSD. The new section of trail will extend the existing trail by another 4,000 ft. Approximately 1,000 ft of the new trail lies on TSD property.
TSD SUPERVISOR RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCE!
TSD Collection Systems Maintenance Supervisor, Lee Wright, was awarded the Supervisor of the Year Award on February 6, 2010, at the annual awards banquet of the local Section of the California Water Environment Assocation (CWEA). Wright, a TSD employee since 1990, is in charge of TSD's construction crew. The award recognized his hard work over the past year including several months in which he performed his normal duties plus those of the Superintendent. TSD appreciates Lee's fine performance and applauds his accomplishments.
TSD WINS TOP STATE AWARD!
TSD received the 2008 Medium Collection System of the Year Award by the California Water Environment Association (CWEA), a statewide organization of wastewater professionals. At its Annual Conference, CWEA officials presented the award to TSD employees Denny Anderson, Eric Sundale, Raymond Brown, and Rick Collins, shown at left.
TSD RECOGNIZED AT LEGACY TRAIL RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY
TSD was recognized for its contribution to the recently completed paving of Phase 2 of the Truckee River Legacy Trail. At a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 23, 2009, Board Member Jerry Gilmore (shown assisting Mayor Dr. Mark Brown) gave a brief presentation outlining TSD's commitment to community projects. TSD granted easements on over 4,000 feet of the Phase 2 Project.