Contractor for ice rink expected to be selected

Robert Stern

The South Lake Tahoe City Council is expected to select a contractor tonight for the first of three building stages for an ice rink approved in the Measure S election.

Spanda Industrial Development Company, based in Sacramento, has agreed to build the foundation for a little less than $1.3 million, which is on target with estimates, according to City Engineer Brad Vidro.

The city will contract the construction for the foundation, the interior and the refrigeration system to separate contractors.

The 37,000-square-foot ice rink is estimated to cost $3.8 million.

The ice rink is one of four recreation projects approved in last September’s election, which includes four ball fields near the Lake Tahoe Community College, maintenance money for bicycle trails, which will be built by the California Tahoe Conservancy and improvements to Tahoe Paradise Resort Improvement District.

The ice rink, as planned, exceeds Tahoe Regional Planning Agency height restrictions. TRPA, however, has indicated that it will amend its code in meetings this month, according to a city staff report.

Other key issues:

-The city is expected to approve “no parking” signs in the Gardner Mountain area between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m.

-Approval of $12,000 for a Senior Citizen Transportation program.

-Amendment of city code regarding signs and advertising structures.

-a 2 p.m. workshop on hotel tax and the auditing process.

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