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Heavenly Village garage could get automated payment machines

Elaine Goodman / Tahoe Daily Tribune

Those who park their cars in the Heavenly Village public garage might soon be paying their parking fees to machines rather than attendants under a plan the City Council will consider Tuesday.

The council will vote on whether to award a $176,235 contract to the William D. White Co. for the automated payment system.

Under the system, those using the garage would pay their parking fees with cash or credit card at one of two machines before getting in their vehicles and leaving.

The automated system would save an estimated $30,000 each year in staffing costs; allow the garage to remain open 24 hours a day, rather than its current hours of 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and make exiting quicker, according to a report from city Purchasing Manager Nancy Dawson. The system also requires less handling of money and will result in “tighter revenue controls,” Dawson said.

The council also has the option to include signs to help explain the system to users, at an extra cost of $15,000. Additional lighting around the machines and an adjustment to security cameras would cost another $3,250.

Money for the automated system would come from a special fund to pay for improvements at Heavenly Village.

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If approved, the new system could be in place in about three months.

” The council could give final approval to an ordinance banning the sale of cats and dogs at retail stores. The ordinance is intended to discourage the operation of “puppy mills,” mass-breeding facilities in which animals are often treated inhumanely, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Most dogs sold in retail stores come from puppy mills, the Humane Society contends. The council gave initial approval to the ordinance at its last meeting, on March 17.

” The council will hear an update on how well businesses are complying with the city’s sign ordinance.

” The council will vote on changes to its budget for this fiscal year to bridge an estimated $3 million gap in its general fund. Revenues from such sources as hotel tax and sales tax have been coming in lower than had been projected.

” The council will consider appointing one of its members to represent the city on the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority board. Councilman Bill Crawford resigned from the LTVA board 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.

The meeting starts at 9 a.m. in Council Chambers at the Lake Tahoe Airport. A full agenda and staff reports are available at http://www.cityofslt.us.