TSD COMMEMERATES 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.
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.