County to join MTBE-ban fight |

County to join MTBE-ban fight

El Dorado County will be seeking to join forces with two public agencies against a common foe – the gas additive MTBE – when the Board of Supervisors convene their weekly meeting on Tuesday.

The board will be meeting in an unusual location – Meyers – where a number of topics pertaining to the Lake Tahoe Basin will be on the agenda.

Fifth District Supervisor Dave Solaro will introduce on item on Tuesday’s agenda, in which the county will seek to form an alliance with the city of South Lake Tahoe and the South Tahoe Public Utility District. The goal is to protect the county water supply from contamination by MTBE.

“The idea is to create some mechanism to ban MTBE on a countywide basis,” said Solaro, who represents South Lake Tahoe and West Shore communities of Tahoma and Meeks Bay.

“The actual means to ban (MTBE) is not clear right now, but we’ll know more after hearing input from the different agencies,” he said. “With traces of MTBE now being found in Placerville (Hangtown Creek), it is clear that this is a countywide problem.”

A community dialogue on the MTBE problem will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at the city of South Lake Tahoe Council Chambers. Among the items on the agenda will be the drafting of a cooperative agreement regarding the use of MTBE in the Tahoe region.

Among other items on Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting agenda is the potential creation of a citizens committee to explore ambulance service options to West Shore.

Currently, the communities of Meeks Bay and Tahoma are under service with the North Tahoe Fire Department. But NTFD is raising its fees in June.

“The citizens of those communities will ultimately decide what they want to do,” Solaro said. “But we’re gathering information and helping them out. One option could be for them to switch their contract to Lake Tahoe Ambulance (which serves South Lake Tahoe). But that’s something that will be discussed.”

There will also be a presentation and discussion of the South Lake Tahoe Recreation Master Plan. El Dorado County Parks and Recreation manager Craven Alcott and consultant Dennis Crabb will report on the progress of several projects within the Plan.

Also, the Meyers Community Round Table will present an update of current activities and outstanding issues in the Meyers/Tahoe Paradise area.

Also to be discussed is a plan for a possible expansion of the South Lake Tahoe Branch Library. Solaro and Second District Supervisor Ray Nutting are in favor of creating and individual parcel of land to separate the library from the parcel that now includes The Campground on the Lake.

Tuesday’s meeting will be held at the Tahoe Paradise Resort Improvement District Clubhouse on San Bernardino Avenue in Tahoe Paradise, beginning at 10 a.m.

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