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Fire marshal for redevelopment projects?

In preparation for the workload associated with the Park Avenue Redevelopment Project, the South Lake Tahoe City Council will vote today on a contract agreement for fire engineering services.

In a staff recommendation to the City Council, city redevelopment manager Judith Von Klug said the development occurring in the city within the next few years will require the use of specialized staff to review construction drawings for fire code compliance – a job normally completed by the city’s fire marshal.

Von Klug said the position of city fire marshal was discontinued in the first wave of staff downsizing in 1993. Since then, inspection duties have fallen on the shoulders of the city’s fire division chiefs.



Mayor Tom Davis said, because of the magnitude of the Park Avenue Redevelopment Project, the job is too time consuming for the city’s fire department.

“Redevelopment is going to be taking a tremendous amount of staff time, especially with fire and building inspectors,” he said. “The normal construction activity in the city is about 30 houses and about two commercial buildings per year and we’re talking about tearing down 12 commercial buildings (in May).”



Davis said the contracting out the services will ensure that normal development and construction will continue during the redevelopment process without interference.

Interim City Manager Sue Schlerf recommends that the City Council sign the agreement awarding Hughes Associates, a Bay Area company, the $39,855 bid for fire consulting services in Phase I of redevelopment. Hughes Associates has worked on a project at Half Moon Bay, Calif., which was similar in size to the Park Avenue Redevelopment Project.

In other redevelopment business, the Redevelopment Agency will meet at 4 p.m. to review resolutions concerning the acquisition of real estate properties for development of the Park Avenue Redevelopment Project. A public hearing is also scheduled for update of the five-year plan of the Redevelopment Agency in accordance with application of California state law.

Also on the City Council agenda today:

– A PERS workshop will begin at 2 p.m., continued from Oct. 15

– Recommended adoption of a resolution establishing a water quality monitoring position

– Recommended award of bid contract to Design Concepts in the amount of $55,557.64 for a police rescue boat

– Recommended award of bid for two four-wheel-drive vehicles

– Recommended purchase of an asphalt milling machine

– A workshop is scheduled to discuss a cable franchise agreement with AT&T

– A conference with a labor negotiator and discussion with legal counsel are scheduled for closed session

What: South Lake Tahoe City Council meeting

Where: Council Chambers, 1900 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

When: Today at 6 p.m.


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