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Councilman to sit on Tahoe visitors authority board

Elaine Goodman / Tahoe Daily Tribune

The city of South Lake Tahoe again has representation on the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority board with the appointment Tuesday of Councilman Hal Cole to the seat.

Councilman Bill Crawford was assigned to the LTVA seat this year, but resigned after the council voted in February to withhold $335,000 that had been budgeted for the LTVA.

“Because the City Council voted to not fund the LTVA, I think I have no role to play on the LTVA board,” Crawford said in a letter to Mayor Jerry Birdwell.

After Crawford’s resignation, LTVA Executive Director Carol Chaplin told the Tribune that funding was not a requirement for the city to fill the seat. The LTVA markets the South Shore to draw visitors to the area.

At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Chaplin said she thought it would be helpful for someone on the council to know what the LTVA is doing on an on-going basis.

“We would still enjoy having someone from the city participate,” Chaplin said.

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Cole called city representation on the LTVA “extremely important” and volunteered for the assignment. No other council members expressed interest in the seat.

Councilwoman Kathay Lovell will serve as an alternate.

The city had budgeted funds for the LTVA for this fiscal year. But with a new lineup of council members after the November election, the council voted in February to withdraw the money.

The savings will help the city bridge a $3 million gap in its general fund budget. Council members have noted that the city helps promote tourism in other ways, for example by building facilities and providing the visitors center building at little or no cost to the LTVA.

Chaplin is scheduled to address the council again on April 21 with a request for funding for specific special events: the Lake Tahoe Marathon, a track meet, the air show and fireworks displays.