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Agreement could give college input over community field

Jack Barnwell

Lake Tahoe Community College’s board of trustees discussed a resolution May 28 that would put the college in a negotiating position over future development of community fields.

LTCC President Kindred Murillo said the resolution would grant the city of South Lake Tahoe a 5.62-acre recreational easement subject to certain conditions.

The college has debated investing Measure F bond money in a collaborative effort with the city of South Lake Tahoe for recreation fields.

The board of trustees had concerns about investing money in property the college doesn’t fully own.

The current field adjacent to the college is maintained with funding generated by Measure R, which was approved in 2000 and Measure S, approved in 2011. LTCC uses the field for its soccer program.

The South Lake Tahoe Recreation Facilities Joint Power Authority (JPA) built the field in 2001 through Measure S. An original 2000 agreement between the JPA and LTCC called for the recreation easement.

The easement was never granted because of procedural errors and oversights.

The agreement has allowed the college first rights in scheduling events and the city to collect revenues from any non-college events.

The proposed recreation easement comes with the condition that the city builds a second community field on its own property.

“This resolution basically says if the city wants us to do ‘X,’ they have to do these things,” Murillo said.

In return, LTCC takes over maintenance and repair of the current field with Measure F money, obtains irrevocable rights to use the field until 2030 when Measure R/S expire or when public funding runs out, and irrevocable easements to the city’s portion of the current community field after 2030.

Murillo said the latter would meet ownership requirements should the college invest Measure F money into the field.

The college would also be granted a seat on the JPA, which is made up of the city, El Dorado County and Tahoe Paradise Resort Improvement District.

Murillo said the college recognized the community field was a shared facility that could be used by residents and the college alike and would only be used for sports and recreation.

LTCC would still have priority scheduling rights and should Measure F funding go into improvements, no music events or alcohol sales would be allowed. Murillo said the no-alcohol provision fell California Community College system’s regulations, except in cases where the college’s nonprofit foundation holds fundraising events.

Board member Michelle Sweeny said the no-alcohol provision appeared a little too specific.

Board president Kerry David recommended some refinements that could specify greater access to the field in 2030 or beyond, and to bring it back to the board at its June 9 meeting.

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