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If you want it done right, do it yourself.

This could be the motto for the newly formed Lake Tahoe Water Preservation Authority approved Tuesday by the South Lake Tahoe City Council.

This cooperative agreement between the city, El Dorado County and the South Tahoe Public Utility District was created in an effort to eliminate the sale of gasoline with fuel additive MTBE in the Lake Tahoe region by July 1, 1999.



“When you think of how quickly these entities have come together, formulated a plan and an agreement, it’s really amazing,” said Mayor Judy Brown, who was also appointed as the city representative to the new committee.

Back in 1998, at the request of the South Tahoe Public Utility District, the council expressed its intention to ban MTBE if other governing agencies failed to take action by April 1, 1999. The decision to create the cooperative agreement came soon after Governor Gray Davis’ mandate ordering the removal of the additive by December 2002 – in the hopes of speeding up the elimination process at Tahoe.




“I sincerely appreciate the enthusiasm with which the council has pursued this,” said STPUD boardmember Pembroke Gochnauer. “The local governing bodies here unanimously agree that we do not want any of this additive in our gasoline.”

The cooperative agreement, which according to City Attorney Cathy DiCamillo is less structured and formal than a Joint Powers Agreement, would end Dec. 31, 2002 when MTBE is entirely removed from gasoline in California.

In further council business:

nApproval of a $1 tax per disembarking passenger at Lake Tahoe Airport in lieu of terminal rents and landing fees paid by the airline to the airport.

– The week of May 16 to 22 was declared Public Services Week.

– A law was adopted prohibiting possession of glass, metal or ceramic drink containers within the Stateline area during New Year’s Eve.

– A town hall meeting was scheduled July 22 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss Year 2000 preparation in the community.

– Approval for the South Lake Tahoe Police Department to use two annual grants to hire a new dispatcher.

– Tahoe Asphalt, Inc. was declared the sole asphalt paving materials provider for the 1999 construction season.

– Approval of a Memorandum of Understanding between the city and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency for commercial small projects approval.

– The South Tahoe Redevelopment agency approved approved $16,500 in low and moderate income housing funds for the initial planning stages of a disable housing project.


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