County names new head of juvenile hall project |

County names new head of juvenile hall project

Gregory Crofton, Tahoe Daily Tribune

The South Lake Tahoe juvenile hall project has a new leader — Craven Alcott, interim director at El Dorado County Department of General Services.

Tim McSorley, former head of the project and county facilities manager, resigned in March to start a similar juvenile hall project for Yolo County.

“I’ve been involved with the project for approximately a year,” Alcott said. “My role is being the facilitator of the project.”

Alcott said she hopes construction firms bid on the project by December or January. She expects building to begin April 2003.

The $8.1 million project will involve construction of a 40-bed juvenile hall on land near the government center on Johnson Boulevard. A $4 million grant from the California Board of Corrections will fund part of the project. The grant has required planning deadlines, the most recent of which was April 19 when design development and staffing plans were due.

“All of the drop-dead dates are being met or beat,” said Gregory Sly, deputy chief at the El Dorado County Probation Department.

As required by the grant, two sites were chosen for the juvenile hall: a 2.2-acre parcel at the corner of Al Tahoe and Johnson boulevards and a 4-acre plot of land next to the jail and behind the South Tahoe Middle School.

Preliminary environmental reports concerning the plots of land indicate the site next to the jail would be preferable, but final analysis won’t be complete until the end of July, Sly said.

The site next to the jail is owned by Lake Tahoe Unified School District. Negotiations to sell the land to the county are on hold until environmental analysis is finished.

The grant requires the juvenile hall to be occupied no later than September 2005. Sly said construction is expected to begin next summer with the facility hopefully ready to go by September 2004.

— Gregory Crofton can be reached at (530) 542-8045 or

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