RICK STEPHENS IS

Committed to This Community

Rick was elected to the Tahoe Truckee Airport District Board of Directors in November 2016. In January 2017, the TTAD Board appointed him as its member of the Mountain Housing Council. In 2019 he was also actively involved in the development of the Airport District’s new board member campaign disclosure policy to ensure accountability and transparency.

Since Rick was elected to the Board, the following has been achieved:

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HOUSING

  • TTAD became the first governmental entity to commit support to the Mountain Housing Council with $50,000 per year for three years. The commitment was renewed in 2020 at $55,000 per year for three years.

  • TTAD agreed to subsidize construction of 22 apartments in Truckee, with rent limited to $750 per bedroom. The first two apartments were completed in July 2018. The developer’s application for the remaining 20 apartments is with the Town of Truckee for review and approval.

  • In 2018, the TTAD Board committed $500,000 toward the purchase by Placer County of the Nahas Property at Dollar Hill in Tahoe City for housing development. The goal is to have a mix of housing types, Low Income, Workforce Apartments for rent, and Workforce homes for sale. The County is currently studying the mix of types and number of units. 160 units would reduce the density from the initial proposal (204 units) to reduce traffic impacts, add parking and create space for snow storage.

  • TTAD formed the Truckee Tahoe Workforce Housing Authority with the Tahoe Forest Hospital, the School District and TDPUD to address housing needs. This Authority has the financial strength of its members to facilitate housing in the District.

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

  • The TTAD Board approved and increased its contribution to the Gateway Mountain Center from $75,000 to $125,000 to support the capacity for growing caseloads of high need youth and to launch an after-school Wellness Center and Digital Arts Creative Lab.

  • Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue was supported with $395,500 to replace its snow cat and companion truck.

  • To increase programming in Truckee, partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe (Kings Beach and Truckee) was doubled to $80,000 per year for three years.

  • Expanded the Truckee Roundhouse/Makerspace lease by 1,200 square feet.

  • Approved leasing a 4,000 square foot space (triple their Alpine space) in the warehouse to the Tahoe Food Hub to bring community-based, healthy foods to Tahoe-Truckee.

  • Approved leasing a 4,000 square foot space in the warehouse to Project Mana and Meals on Wheels; facility will open in 2020. This significantly increased their size and allowed a farm store at the Airport.

  • Community Sponsorships. $500-$3,000 to local non-profits in the district. In 2020 $70,000; 2019 $77,215; 2018 $58,200; 2017 $54,090; 2016 $42,590; 2015 $39,540.

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RECREATION & TRAILS

  • $30,000 contribution for Stanford Rock trail construction

  • Partnership with North Tahoe Public Utility District to fund $320,000 in multi-use trail improvements at the North Tahoe Regional Park

  • $80,000 contribution to the construction of the Beaver Tail Trail in Kings Beach

  • $25,000 contribution to Biking for a Better World and the Truckee Bike Park

TRANSPORTATION

  • Funding for “Truckee Thursdays” shuttles at $10,000 per year for three years

  • Funding for TART from Kings Beach to TTAD at $65,000 per year 

  • Funding to partially buy the fare box on TART, making ridership free. Placer County, the Town of Truckee, the District Resorts all participated in this Fare Box purchase.

  • Funding TART with $93,000 per year for 3 years to add after hours service so that employees could ride the bus after work

  • Established a Zagster bike rental station at the airport to encourage human-powered transportation​

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ENVIRONMENT

  • Implementation of 10 greenhouse gas emissions reduction projects

  • LED lighting installation to reduce night sky lighting and save money

AIRSIDE ACTIONS

  • Installed a tower at TTAD in 2017. Prior to this, there was no air traffic control at TTAD.

  • Extended the contract with Midwest Air Traffic Control to keep the tower open 365 days per year to enhance air safety and reduce aircraft noise over neighborhoods

  • Installation of state-of-the-art ground stations (ADSB) to help the TTAD Tower direct planes for safety and noise reduction. When ADSB is online later this year, the Tower will have more positive control of where airplanes fly for safety and noise reduction. ADS-B is a nationwide system that connect ground stations (at TTAD and South Lake Tahoe Airport) to satellites to transponders in airplanes to the Tower at TTAD. ADS-B at Reno and Oakland do not CURRENTLY work when airplanes dip below the mountains into the Martis Valley basin. 

  • TTAD is applying to the FAA to change the approved Flight Procedures to lessen noise and annoyance to surrounding neighborhoods.

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