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Council to review use of local TV channel

The South Lake Tahoe City Council will discuss its government access television channel at Tuesday’s meeting.

Channel 21, a nonprofit cable channel, made the agenda after council members during the last meeting sought review of its policy.

The issue of using the channel to air videotaped interviews of council candidates necessitated further review as the candidates in the November election race make the interview circuit.

Candidates were scheduled to come before the Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe, the South Lake Tahoe Board of Realtors and for a public forum at the Lake Tahoe Community College at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The current policy of the government channel, which is regulated by the Federal Communications Commission, states “program issues shall be directly related to municipal government issues.” The program’s content also encompasses a broad reference to “municipal election information.”

Channel 21 airs City Council and Redevelopment Agency meetings, government-sponsored special events, emergency information and the El Dorado Board of Supervisors sessions.

Also on the agenda Tuesday, the city may invite the county for its annual District V meeting Sept. 24 at the South Tahoe Ice Arena on Rufus Allen Boulevard.

The all-day event will include a public hearing at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the county’s proposed transit rate increases for paratransit and special needs STAGE bus passengers.

For the first time since the services were established, the one-way fare for paratransit services and special needs STAGE bus passengers may double.

Emergency spending will also make the City Council agenda with the panel’s consideration to award a bid to V&C Construction Inc. for $138,228 to create the water-quality treatment basins at the Park Avenue Redevelopment Project.

The basins provide stormwater treatment, a prerequisite of the Marriott complex due to open in November.

The contractor has informed city staff that, weather permitting, it will make the Oct. 15 grading deadline imposed by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

The City Council may also hold its first reading of a proposed city ordinance making camping illegal outside designated areas.

The city’s fire and police chiefs concur with the proposal, as fires have been set “by individuals camping in unauthorized areas,” the staff report reads.

The 6 p.m. meeting will be held at Council Chambers, 1900 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

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