Convention center deadline looms |

Convention center deadline looms

Susan Wood

It looks like a do-or-die scenario Tuesday between South Lake Tahoe and Marriott and partners over the building of a convention center complex over a 16-acre wedge of land near Stateline.

The future of the batted-around project is expected to come to a head at the City Council meeting scheduled for 9 a.m. on 1900 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

The South Tahoe Redevelopment Agency, acting as the council, appears near to terminating its exclusive negotiating agreement with Marriott because of the company’s failure to keep the city up to date on its progress. Marriott had nine months since last October to explore the feasibility of doing the project, which calls for convention space, retail establishments and a hotel.

Since the city was left waiting for 9 years for Harveys then Harrah’s Lake Tahoe to carry out its share of the major redevelopment project, it made progress reports mandatory to continue working with Marriott. Harrah’s brought Marriott into the project.

At the last council meeting, Holiday Inn Express operator Charlie McDermid announced his interest in a scaled-down version of a redevelopment project in that area if Marriott fails to come through.

Some property owners either wanting to be bought out or brought into the project have said they’d invite either party. They just want something done on the lake side of Highway 50 across from the Heavenly Gondola where a $250 million complex shows off that side of the street.

Trash rates to go up

As for trash, residents may see their refuse rates go up by 9 percent effective April 1. The City Council will host a public hearing for South Tahoe Refuse for a three-tiered rate hike that will take a resident’s bill from $18.35 a month to $23.79 – a 30 percent increase – by Jan. 1, 2007.

The local government receives a 5 percent franchise fee from the refuse company, amounting to $287,000 in 2003.

The increases are intended to pay to offset ongoing operating costs and provide a viable funding mechanism for the facility’s resource recovery and composting project. The city is required to recycle half its waste in the next few years and needs to put a system together with STR to recover and divert those materials from trash pickups.

Recycling materials retrieved over the past few years have hovered in the 40 percent range.

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors will hear the same matter during its March 15 meeting in Placerville.

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