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Council has busy agenda

Jenifer Ragland

It may be April Fool’s Day tomorrow, but issues before the South Lake Tahoe City Council this week are nothing to joke about.

In their regular meeting Tuesday, council members will conduct two public hearings, consider several resolutions and hear an update on a city redevelopment project.

Members should also find out if Jim Matthews, owner of the Mountain View Club, accepted their $10,000 settlement offer made March 18. The city terminated Matthews’ lease of his property at the Lake Tahoe Airport and offered him a cash settlement as an alternative to litigation. Another option council members gave Matthews was to be paid $13,000 over the course of the next tenant’s lease.

Matthews or his attorney, Dale L. Sare, must give the city an answer by Tuesday.

The City Council will conduct a public hearing on a grant application requesting $500,000 of funding from the 1997 Community Development Block Grant program to continue housing rehabilitation.

The program serves people at or below 80 percent of El Dorado County’s median income by offering low-interest loans to home owners and owners of apartment complexes with seven or fewer units.

City staff is proposing to use the same target area as last year’s grant application, including blocks in the Stateline, Bijou, Al Tahoe and Sierra Tract neighborhoods.

A public workshop will also take place on a beautification project planned for U.S. Highway 50 between the “Y” intersection and Ski Run Boulevard.

The plan would include new curbs, sidewalks, an improved bicycle path and pedestrian lighting along the highway.

Members of the public are encouraged to provide their ideas and suggestions about the project, particularly in the area of how it will be funded.

The city has retained about 30 percent of the $4 million it will take to complete the project, and is seeking the remainder from the federal government. If federal funding is not secured, the city is considering other options, including an assessment district for the property owners who would benefit from the improvements.

Lastly, staff will give a presentation on the progress being made to implement the Ski Run Village – a concept within the Stateline/Ski Run Community Plan.

The design of the village will be a pedestrian-scaled restaurant, retail and office commercial district reminiscent of a small downtown Main Street with on-street parking.

Property owners have agreed to divide the 8,000 square feet in commercial property among themselves and pay the city $30 per square foot, to be used toward design and construction of the improvements.

The council will be asked to conduct a public hearing and take action on the final agreement at its April 15 meeting.

Other items before council members Tuesday include:

— A resolution of the city of South Lake Tahoe approving implementation of a two-year service credit for eligible employees under the Public Employees’ Retirement System. Employees over the age of 50 who will be laid off as a result of city budget cuts can opt for the credit, which would give them two extra years for purposes of calculating their retirement benefits.

— Recruitment and hiring of up to eight additional temporary street maintenance workers with federal and state disaster assistance funds. Six of the temporary workers would be placed under the supervision of an existing city lead worker and heavy equipment operator to pull and repair shoulders. The Federal Emergency Management Administration and the California Office of Emergency Services have agreed to pay salary and benefits for the two permanent positions during the repair period, which will actually save general fund money.


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