City Council may fund airport over summer |

City Council may fund airport over summer

Sarah Gonser

The city of South Lake Tahoe is contemplating a contract with Weather Data Services, a division of Maytag Aircraft Corporation, in its ongoing effort to reinstate commercial air service at Lake Tahoe Airport.

The City Council will vote today whether to approve the $30,023 contract, which would provide a window of weather and air traffic control services from March 1 to Sept. 30.

During the time between April 1, 1998 and February 28 of this year, the city has been under contract with the Federal Aviation Administration for weather observations, and Barton Air Traffic Control International for air traffic control services. Both these agreements, which expired Sunday, have enabled the airport to have tower service during the ongoing negotiations with airlines for renewed air service.

The FAA has agreed to extend the current weather and air traffic control contract with the airport until Sept. 30, 1999. The contract was awarded to Weather Data Services, and the $30,023 cost for the seven months of service can be partially covered by state grant funds and rent from the Housing and Economic Development Division. The balance, $14,366.55, will most likely be drawn from Transient Occupancy Tax subsidies.

The City Council also will also issue a proclamation honoring John Upton for 25 years of outstanding public service.

The City Council meets today at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, at 1900 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

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