City Council to address Harrison Avenue issue |

City Council to address Harrison Avenue issue

Susan Wood

A street known for its condensed commercial district is being eyed by the city as a pedestrian and bicycle haven.

Today, the plan to revamp Harrison Avenue beyond the bone-jarring potholes will be reviewed by the South Lake Tahoe City Council – which may direct staff to proceed with an altered concept to divert parking onto side streets. The narrow width of Harrison Avenue makes it unfeasible to fit all the improvements onto it – which includes landscaping, a bike path, sidewalk and traffic lane in the community plan approved in 1995. But parking is now the difficulty.

So the concept now calls for on-street parking on San Francisco and Alameda avenues to accommodate consumers. The city is proposing making the thoroughfares one way in the project estimated to cost $2.8 million.

Video Library manager Jennifer Goering wasn’t thrilled with the idea of taking parking off Harrison Avenue, but she didn’t want to give up another important amenity.

“It would be nice if it had a bigger bike lane,” she said Monday.

In addition, the council may:

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— Extend the commercial parking validation at the Heavenly Village parking garage from 21Ú2 hours to four.

— Initiate discussions with Charter Communications in respect to the city’s franchise agreement with the cable operator, which provides the city 5 percent of its gross revenue amounting to $300,000 per year.

— Receive a report from RockResorts, a Vail lodging subsidiary, regarding the operation of the city’s proposed convention center and the developer’s flag hotel.

— Approve a sexual offender ordinance that provides local law enforcement jurisdiction to arrest violators who come to within 300 feet of a school, park or other facilities where children congregate.

— Evaluate staff recommendations for the upcoming budget due to take effect this October.

— Review the sale of Area Transit Management, the private company with which the city holds an agreement to provide BlueGo bus service around the South Shore.

South Lake Tahoe City Council

9 a.m. today

Council Chambers

Lake Tahoe Airport

1901 Airport Road