Council likes Ski Run project |

Council likes Ski Run project

Susan Wood, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Bears, bids and bike trails — the South Lake Tahoe City Council business ran the gamut Tuesday.

The council gave the city staff a unanimous OK to apply for grant funding to redesign the Ski Run Marina area to make it more bicycle- and pedestrian- friendly. The California Tahoe Conservancy board will decide Friday whether to grant the city $225,000 for planning, and a selected design firm is expected to develop concepts to accomplish this goal.

The City Council also passed on a 5-0 vote its new trash ordinance, which in the most severe of cases may lead to property liens on repeat violators who are delinquent on their refuse bills and problems still exist.

This despite repeated suggestions from BEAR League representatives to adopt an ordinance similar to El Dorado County’s mandate for bear enclosures on mountain homes and businesses located in areas above 4,000 feet in elevation.

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El Dorado’s went into effect last Thursday.

“We need to uninvite (bears) to our city,” BEAR League Director Ann Bryant said. She estimated the league will take 200 calls on bears spotted in the area.

Bryant and others pushed for more accountability on reporting offenders.

But Code Enforcement Officer Tim Donley told the council the two officers were stretched thin. He then reassured the panel the department would do its best to track and enforce the ordinance.

To appease concerns from the community, the council said it would receive a progress report on the success of its new ordinance in six months.

Moving from trash to Park Avenue, the panel — with Councilman Bill Crawford opposed — decided to deem “irresponsible” its lowest contract bidder — Nevada General Builders — on the redevelopment project’s transit center and parking garage. Consequently, it then granted the transit center project to SMC Contracting for $3 million.

The council also awarded the parking garage project to Allen Bender on his $6.5 million bid.

A long hearing preceded the decisions, with Nevada General Builders’ attorney and owner-operator claiming the company was set up by an organized labor group. Nevada Builders representatives asked for fairness and clear evidence that the city staff’s recommendation to decline the contractor the job overrides the $1.2 million difference in the bids.

But six projects, 250 pages of documents and disputed references were

But the council was reluctant to take on a contractor with a questionable past.

“Do you feel your company has a bad reputation?” Councilwoman Judy Brown asked owner John Sieben near the end of the hearing.

“At this time, yes. I’ve been slammed in this industry,” he said.

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