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Truckee police may acquire hybrid vehicle

In a nod to the Town of Truckee’s green goals and soaring gas prices, the Truckee Police Department hopes to add a gas-electric hybrid vehicle to its fleet.

On Thursday, the Truckee town council approved an application by the police department to the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District for a $29,000 grant to purchase a 2007 Ford Escape Hybrid Vehicle. If the vehicle is purchased, the department will use it as its primary staff vehicle, but not as a patrol car.

Police Chief Scott Berry said officers could use it for trips to western Nevada County and to training courses around the state, rolling up a lot of miles, but said the hybrid car isn’t big enough for patrol duty.

Affordable housing project begins

The Town of Truckee broke ground Tuesday on a work-force housing project named for one of the area’s affordable housing pioneers.

Frishman Hollow, a 32-unit apartment development for lower-income tenants, is located between Pioneer Trail and Alder Drive on Highway 89 north, and initial infrastructure groundwork begins this summer.

Named for Ruth Frishman, one of the area’s earliest proponents of affordable housing, the project is the undertaking of a partnership between the town, Pacific West Communities, and the Workforce Housing Association of Truckee Tahoe, located on land donated by East West Partners.

Nevada County Supervisor Ted Owens said Frishman was years ahead of the curve on housing affordability.

– The Sierra Sun

Folsom reveals expansion plans

FOLSOM – The city of Folsom is a little closer to its goal of moving south of Highway 50 now that it has a detailed plan to add up to 30,000 residents.

The plan, made public Tuesday, would develop 3,500 acres but retain more than 30 percent of the area east of Sacramento as open space.

Plans include almost 12,000 residential units and more than 7,500 jobs, along with a regional mall. The city had 69,000 residents in 2006, according to the state Department of Finance.

– The Associated Press

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