City approves final ice rink contract
The South Lake Tahoe City Council approved the final contract for the ice rink, which is now expected to be finished by February or March. City officials had predicted the ice rink, which will be located at 1176 Rufus Allen Blvd., would be completed by the end of this year but problems with financing caused delays.
Tuesday night after weeks of “value engineering,” the City Council approved a $2 million contract with Spanda Industrial Development, which had already been awarded a contract for the first phase of the project. But city officials said the quality of the ice rink will not be affected.
“You will not notice the difference,” said Mayor Hal Cole.
The city will use contingency funds, provided by low interest rates at the time of the bond sale, to make up for the nearly $500,000 cost increase in cost. The move will leave the city with $65,000 in reserve funds for the project, which could be used for landscaping or irrigation, components the city left out to reduce costs. Officials said city staff or an outside service group could complete irrigation and landscaping if needed.
The project was budgeted to cost $3.8 million. But even though city staff worked to reduce costs, the project will now cost $4.36 million, City Engineer Brad Vidro said.
City staff worked to find less expensive substitutes for items such as the surrounding sidewalk, temperature controls and flooring.
The ice rink is part of Measure S, a recreation tax approved by South Shore voters on the California side to provide recreation. Other projects approved by Measure S include ball fields at the Lake Tahoe Community College, maintenance money for bicycle trails that will be funded by the California Tahoe Conservancy and improvements to Tahoe Resort Improvement District in Meyers, which is now open to the public.
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