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$2,500 survey will address efficiency of the city: Officials want to know who’s using the cinema, parking garage

Susan Wood

South Lake Tahoe city leaders agreed Tuesday to spend up to $2,500 to survey registered voters to ask, among other things, how the city can be run more efficiently.

Other topics might include the proposed convention center, roundabout and Tahoe Valley “Y” Community Plan.

The City Council approved spending funds to create and mail a community survey to voters, a project that will be developed internally by the city clerk’s office.

Results of the survey will be unveiled at a June 9 town hall meeting, along with the city’s strategic goals. The 6 p.m. meeting will be at the South Lake Tahoe Recreation Center.

“We hope to take some information from our last survey to see if opinions had changed,” Mayor Kathay Lovell said Tuesday.

Lovell said she’s noticed lately that more residents have expressed their opinions publicly about city business.

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“I think the BID brought that out,” she said, referring to the controversial proposed business improvement district to fund tourism marketing.

Lovell and Councilman John Upton, who serve on the subcommittee, will return to the next meeting with a draft of questions.

“We’ll have a question about the council,” she said.

The council in particular wants to know who has gone to the newly opened cinema and who has used the parking garage since the merchants started validating for parking there.

For the last survey, respondents – who amounted to more than 40 percent of those who received the questionnaire – rated road construction and traffic gridlock as the No. 1 problem facing the city. Public transit came in second.

At 49 percent, respondents also rated preserving the environment as “extremely important” – the highest ranking they can give an issue. Maintaining snow removal services was also considered that critical by 43 percent of the people in the survey. Safeguarding public safety was the highest rated service by over half of the respondents. The convention center was considered extremely important as an issue by 10 percent.

The city plans to use all the public input from this year’s survey and town hall meeting at its mid-year strategic goals meeting slated for 9 a.m. June 14 at the Lake Tahoe Airport. As it stands, the city’s top priorities set at a retreat a few years ago and updated since include: retaining existing business, attracting new companies and completing the Tahoe Valley Community Plan, among others.

– Susan Wood can be reached at (530) 542-8009 or via e-mail at swood@tahoedailytribune.com