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City will look at trash issues

Susan Wood, Tahoe Daily Tribune

The South Lake Tahoe City Council will talk trash Tuesday, when it determines whether or not to beef up compliance and enforcement of the city’s waste ordinance.

The 6 p.m. session will take up the first reading of the enhanced city code.

Trash dumping has been a chronic problem in Tahoe, where city officials and residents complain that pockets of garbage strewn in neighborhoods ruin the area’s asthetics and present a health hazard to people and animals.

“Beautification is something we’ve always done, but this is more of a visual blight,” said Duane Wallace, executive director of the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce.

“We want to make sure people who truly violate the ordinance get corrective action. Some apartments are overflowing,” he added.

Wallace has served for months on a trash subcommittee established to solve the problem, along with City Council Members Judy Brown and Tom Davis, City Code Enforcement Officer Tim Donley and others.

The focus will be on “repeat violators,” with the option of property liens in the most severe of cases.

If collection fees are not paid within 180 days, South Tahoe Refuse may apply these liens. This measure helps because the refuse company continues to pick up trash on delinquent accounts. Some accounts are years overdue, forcing the company to eat the losses.

No more than one week of garbage would be allowed to accummulate. A minimum of one trash collection a week will be set for restaurants, cafes, grocery stores, fish markets and other establishments generating food waste.

The city would help pay for disposal of bulky items found in places like vacant lots, which would be picked up by Clean Tahoe. The city’s cooperative cleanup program with El Dorado County would receive free dumping at the South Tahoe Refuse Transfer Station for hazardous bulky items such as televisions, refrigerators and computer monitors.

The trash collection day for frontage properties along Pioneer Trail between Ski Run and Lake Tahoe boulevards would change from Monday to Friday.

Trash left over the weekends sometimes accummulates and scatters.

Other measures of the enhanced ordinance include the addition of skirts recommended for dumpsters, like the one located at the chamber on Highway 50, along scenic corridors. Wheels on dumpsters also would be removed to keep them stationary.

In other business, the council may:

–Approve during the 6 p.m. session the second reading of the enhanced sign ordinance that places more emphasis on enforcement and compliance of illegal signs, such as temporary banners.

–Award a bid during the 3 p.m. session of $3 million to SMC Contracting Inc. of Reno to build the Park Avenue transit center, despite being $81,000 over budget. The city expects a protest from the lowest bidder, Nevada General Builders with its $2.7 million estimate, but 250 pages of material were collected that reflected a lapse in responsibility and skill from the contractor.

–Award a bid during the 6 p.m. session to Carlson Construction of Minden of $131,625 to repave the Tahoe Keys area. Tahoe Keys Boulevard and Venice and Dover Drives are in need of re-surfacing.

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