Council meeting could begin with Iraq issue |

Council meeting could begin with Iraq issue

Susan Wood, Tribune staff writer

In a light agenda, the South Lake Tahoe City Council could start Tuesday’s meeting with a heavy discussion about the war looming in the Middle East.

Hillary Dembroff plans to present the panel with a petition requesting the city join others in opposing President Bush’s plan to invade Iraq. The occupational therapist has collected more than 400 signatures.

In other action, the council is expected to bump the salary of Fire Chief Mike Chandler from $6,302 to $8,043 a month. The position was created when the city’s former Public Safety Director Brad Bennett retired and the city decided to break up police and fire responsibilities. Police Cmdr. Rich McGuffin became police chief and Chandler was selected as the head of the fire department.

As to another important role for the city, the council may also nominate a representative to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Advisory Planning Commission. Councilman John Upton was tapped to replace Kevin Cole, but he later indicated he would be unable to serve.

TRPA legal counsel John Marshall informed the city that its appointment of a lay person should be someone other than a council member.

The council will also look into the sunset provision in the city code relating to converting visitor lodging to time-shares.

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The meeting begins at 9 a.m. in council chambers.

— Susan Wood can be reached at (530) 542-8009 or via e-mail at