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July 17, 2012
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FAC may have proposal for JPA

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. - The Fields Advisory Committee held their regular meeting on Monday at Lake Tahoe Airport, deciding to present their master plan to the South Lake Tahoe Recreation Facilities Joint Powers Authority and possibly recommend funding of the varsity softball field at South Tahoe High School. One thing is for sure after thier most recent meeting, this is not the end of the FAC.

"They made progress, but they're obviously meeting again. There's a lot more work we're going to have to do ... " John Upton, the lone staff member of the JPA, said. "I think there is going to be a continuing series. There's probably going to be (a meeting) once a month till the snow falls."

No recommendations for funding will be made for fields such as the Al Tahoe fields or South Tahoe Middle School softball field when the JPA meets on July 27. The only funding recommendation that may be made will be for the softball field currently under construction at the high school.

Lake Tahoe Unified School District facilities director Steve Morales informed the committee that the district needs about $45,000 to outfit the field with certain amenities such as permanent fencing, and concrete around the dugouts, bleachers and snack shack. Morales estimated the fencing alone to cost about $22,000, which would stretch along the foul lines and outfield perimeter. But for any recommendation to be made, the committee will need more information from the school district.

"Between now and the JPA meeting, which gives us about 10 days, (we'll need) to get some clarification from the school district as to exactly what scope they want funding from the JPA for, and whether the JPA will be in a position to. I think the JPA will be in a position to authorize funding for that and then will just have to work out the details," Upton said. "And I think the school district will probably need to represent to the JPA as much as possible the belief that we are addressing the issues they have as far as that field is concerned.

"I'm not absolutely sure that everything that's encompassed in those prices they want."

FAC chairmen Chuck Leonard will present the JPA with the committee's master plan on July 27. Even though the committee may not have many recommendations - or any - he does not think there has been a lack of progress.

"We've kind of identified a lot of areas of concern," he said. "There is not enough money to cover all those areas of concern, so what we need to do now that we have the master plan, is we start working from that and put priorities in from community involvement, with involvement from the committee, with involvement from the sports community."

The JPA will meet at the Lake Tahoe Airport on July 27. The FAC will meet again in August.


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jul 17, 2012 10:55PM Published Jul 17, 2012 10:54PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.