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County sets sights on weeds

Jeff Munson, Tribune city editor

A multi-agency group has been assigned to monitor invasive weeds throughout the Lake Tahoe Basin.

The Lake Tahoe Basin Weed Coordinating Group was unanimously approved Tuesday by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. The group will be made up of state and county agencies assigned to track problem areas, develop responses and educate citizens on reducing problem weeds.

“It’s become a problem because we are getting more and more of these weed types growing rapidly in the basin that affect native vegetation and the environment,” said Supervisor Dave Solaro, who represents the Tahoe basin. “This will give us what we need to make an effort to control this problem.”

In other action, the board:

— Approved July 29 for a special election to fill the District 3 vacancy, following the death of Supervisor Carl Borelli. The special election is for District 3 only, which includes the Placerville, Camino and Apple Hill areas.

n Agreed to purchase two natural gas fuel vehicles. Money available from the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement fund and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency will pay for the vehicles, estimated to cost around $57,000. TRPA will kick in $11,490 toward the vehicles, while the air quality fund will generate $45,963 for the purchase.

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The vehicles will be shared by the TRPA and the county’s air quality and erosion control divisions.

The purchase also meets one of the goals of Tahoe Tomorrow, a diverse group of community leaders formed last year to study South Shore socioeconomic trends. One of the goals of the group is to urge more government agencies to use alternative methods of energy.

“This is an example of how government agencies are working together to keep our air and environment clean,” Solaro said.

— Approved an amendment to the bear-resistant garbage can enclosure ordinance to remove the 4,000-foot elevation requirement.

Several Pollock Pines residents had complained that elevation varies from home to home, with some homes not complying. The amendment now eliminates the elevation requirement.

The boundaries for bear-resistant garbage can enclosures now resides within the Silver Fork, Tahoe Truckee Unified and Lake Tahoe Unified school districts’ boundaries.

— Approved road restrictions for America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride on June 1.

The event will bring more than 2,500 cyclists who will leave the South Shore area between 6 and 7:30 a.m. The cyclists will ride clockwise around the lake. The California Highway Patrol will assist in traffic flow from the intersection of highways 50 and 89 to the El Dorado/Placer line at Tahoma.

— Approved a request by Solaro to waive building permit fees for the remodel of Station 6 of the Lake Valley Fire Protection District.