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Council works to fill commission vacancies

Susan Wood, Tribune staff writer

The South Lake Tahoe City Council filled its commissions Tuesday, squeaking by with enough applicants to gain a quorum on each one.

Council members were impressed by the quality of the applicants.

State worker Lisa Gosselin, whose son is wheelchair-bound, will serve on the Affirmative Action/American with Disabilities Act Commission with social worker Erika Toth, self-employed real estate agent Bryan Thomas and city Treasurer Stephen Wysong. Longtime ADA Commissioner David Kelly will assume the role again.

The Building Board of Appeals will bring contractors Jay Bryan, Keith Cloutier and Dave Huber as well as engineer Randy Vogelgesang and electrician Joseph Winters to the table.

Teachers Pat Banner and Linoa Hobson, counselor Bonnie Driscoll, family resource workers Gabriela I-igo and Josefina Solano, along with educators Salvador Lopez and Joe Pepi will take the helm on the Latino Affairs Commission.

For Parks and Recreation, the city will bring on outdoor enthusiast Jerome Evans, commission Chairman Dan McLaughlin, attorney Michael McLaughlin, real estate agent Bryan Thomas and Lake Tahoe Marathon organizer Les Wright.

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Former Parks Commissioner Stephen Reinhard was passed over for that panel. Reinhard originally turned down the application as he ran for a council post because “I thought I’d be up here with you guys,” he said. When he lost the council election, he decided to throw his hat back in the commission ring.

New planning commissioners include casino worker Patrick Frega, Aspen Realty employee Robert Hedley, El Dorado County building staffer Larry Lohman, retired lawyer Ted Long and auto service manager Michael Phillips.

Jonnie Crawford, whose husband, Bill, served on the council in its last four years, addressed the panel with her desire for civic involvement on three commissions — Parks and Recreation, Planning and ADA. But even though she once served on the latter, Crawford was denied spots on all three.

Also on the agenda, the City Council approved a resolution giving staffers the option of voluntarily having payroll deductions made to take part in a statewide effort to help fund a California ballot campaign. The program, Save Our Services, is aimed at keeping the state’s cities fiscally solvent.

Acting as the Redevelopment Agency, the panel allocated $271,317 for a snowmelt system in the parking garage at the Marriott-anchored complex at Park Avenue. The system includes a boiler used to thaw ice that may accumulate on the floors.

The aim is to use proceeds from bond refinancing, which is due to come before the agency this month.

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