A Note from the President
Hello, CATT Members –
I recently attended an informational meeting with CATT staff at the Tahoe Chamber of Commerce for South Lake business owners who are interested in CATT membership, and staff held two informal "meet & greet" sessions at Western Nevada Supply and Ferguson Supply in South Lake this past month. The response was very positive and we have received applications for a few new memberships as a result, but we know that there are many contractors and business owners who don’t know what we do and how effective we are with producing results. Those of you who do business in South Lake can help us connect by letting your vendors and subcontractors know about CATT and our commitment to help them. We hope to build momentum in the coming months in South Lake with new members and increased levels of advocacy work.
A number of people have commented to me that there is a lot of construction work in progress around Truckee. After years of delays and challenges with funding and approvals, it is gratifying to see some badly need community improvements coming out of the ground. As I drive back and forth to the CATT office, I am pleased to see CATT member Ruppert, Inc. hard at work excavating the Raley’s site, deploying an impressive array of equipment to get that project started. With more commercial projects getting off the ground in the Railyard and other sites to come in Truckee – and the Homewood and Squaw Valley projects in future years – I would encourage CATT members to consider investing in the administrative capacity to take on this type of work. Historically, the bulk of the work for larger projects in our mountain region goes to out of town contractors and subcontractors. We will all benefit if we can keep the money and jobs here for local residents and builders. I know that some CATT members already have experience and expertise with commercial contracts, prevailing wage rules and related requirements, so it is within our reach! Developers are encouraged by Town Council to consider hiring local contractors, but I have heard from a number of them that they don’t have local bidders pursuing the work. I would encourage especially those members who have administrative staff to consider submitting bids for these local projects.
Town Council member Morgan Goodwin has announced that he will be leaving town and has resigned from his position on the Council effective in August. The Council has asked for applications from those who wish to be appointed to fill Goodwin’s vacant seat and will be conducting interviews in August for a late August or early September appointment. We have heard that at least 9 people have applied for this important position, including 3 CATT members: Insurance agent and LGAC Chairman, Tony Commendatore, previous Council member Patrick Flora, and attorney Jim Porter. Due to the very short time frame and large number of candidates, CATTPAC will not have sufficient time to conduct interviews and make an endorsement, but I would comment that all three CATT members have excellent qualifications and a long history of community service in addition to a detailed and practical knowledge of the difficulties of running businesses, providing jobs and navigating complex regulatory processes. I am quite certain that Town Council would benefit from the practical skills and many years of experience that these three men have to offer. The entire community would benefit from their perspective on the Council. Please consider writing a brief email to Town Council via Town Clerk Judy Price in support of at least one of our highly capable CATT members for Town Council. Send your email to email@example.com.
Good luck out there and be safe
Regards to all –