Council moves redevelopment along |

Council moves redevelopment along

In just a single vote, the city’s Park Avenue Redevelopment Project where two Marriott hotels stand to open in November was given the go-ahead to continue work Tuesday night.

The South Lake Tahoe City Council, by a 4-0 margin with Mayor Brooke Laine absent, decided to award a bid for $138,228 to a Minden construction company to build a stormwater treatment basin that will handle runoff.

“There’s a chance all Park Avenue work would have to be stopped,” city Public Works Director Brad Vidro told the council before the vote regarding the urgent need to meet its construction permit prerequisites.

Permit extensions are granted on such jobs, but more than $250 million in redevelopment construction is dependent on meeting all building aspects.

The stormwater now flows to a temporary basin, which the city anticipates to be inadequate to manage flows at the construction site.

V&C Construction has assured the city that, weather permitting, it will meet the Oct. 15 grading deadline imposed by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

TRPA’s Planner Nick Haven brought the idea of a compressed natural gas fueling facility in the parking lot of the Lake Tahoe Airport before the council for no action but a slight hint of fireworks.

Councilman Bill Crawford voiced concerns over the timing and protocol of the proposal and declined to vote on sending back the idea with direction to the Tahoe Transportation District, an arm of the TRPA.

The friction continued but eased with discussion of the city’s policy overseeing its government access television channel.

The city plans to use Channel 21, a nonprofit cable channel where the City Council sessions are aired, to show videotaped interviews of the council candidates held at a Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe function last Saturday.

Councilman Tom Davis expressed the desire to see the channel’s role expand, including the airing of South Tahoe Public Utility and Lake Tahoe Unified School District’s meetings.

Councilman Hal Cole said he felt satisfied with the broad reference of the current policy to cover using the channel for such “municipal government issues” as the interviews. Cole is hoping to regain his seat on the panel during the November election.

The City Council candidates are making the interview circuit, including a public forum at the Lake Tahoe Community College Theater tonight at 7 p.m.

Marking the comings and goings at the city, Ray Anthony — who works in police operations — and Public Safety Director “Chief” Brad Bennett received recognition as they head for retirement.

The city’s public safety staff succeeded in its initial attempt to make camping outside designated areas illegal as a way of reducing fire hazards. The council approved the first reading in a 4-0 vote.

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