SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. - The South Lake Tahoe City Council accepted the resignation of City Manager Tony O'Rourke Tuesday and appointed Nancy Kerry, assistant to the city manager, to fill the position in the interim.
Council members also heard presentations from four recruiting firms that could be tasked with finding candidates to apply for the city manager job. The City Council will meet to discuss the selection of a recruiter at a previously scheduled special meeting May 29.
O'Rourke has accepted an offer to become the city manager of Yakima, Wash. His resignation becomes effective July 1.
A contract for Kerry is expected to be approved at the City Council's next regularly scheduled meeting in June.
The council will discuss selection of a recruiting firm at a special meeting on the proposed loop road project. The meeting is expected to start at 5 p.m. May 29, with the city manager recruitment item to be heard first. The loop road discussion is scheduled for 6 p.m.
In other City Council news:
-The City Council will hold another special meeting Friday to discuss whether Lake Taco will be awarded a contract to operate at Regan Beach and Lakeview Commons.
Stan Sherer, director of community services for the city, recommended the business, which has operated at Regan Beach, be awarded the concession for food services at both beaches.
Representatives from two other businesses that responded to the city's request for proposals on the contract criticized the process, contending it was unfair.
The city has also received information from the El Dorado County Health Department regarding Lake Taco that deserves review, said City Attorney Patrick Enright.
Several people spoke in favor of giving the contract to Lake Taco Tuesday.
The special meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday. The meeting was called in order to allow any concessionaire awarded the contract to begin work ahead of the Memorial Day weekend.
-Council members unanimously approved a five-year financial plan at Tuesday's meeting.
The plan includes five years of balanced budgets, while calling for the city to gradually decrease the amount of reserves it keeps on hand in order to pay for infrastructure improvements.
The plan assumes a 2 percent increase to the city's hotel tax and passage of a 5 percent amusement tax in April 2014. It also relies on 1.4 percent revenue growth per year.