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Housing department may move to airport

Michael Schneider

Council members will decide Tuesday if a portion of the Lake Tahoe Airport should be remodeled to make room for the city’s Housing Department.

An item on Tuesday’s agenda requires the South Lake Tahoe City Council to either accept or reject a $67,000 bid to remodel the lower area of the airport terminal on the left side of the building. The remodeled portion would include three housing offices and a 20-person conference room.

The upper floor and right side of the lower level will remain available for other airport activities, according to Cathy Kope, housing assistant.

The move, according to Kope, is needed because of an increase in the housing department staff from three members to four.

The department office, currently housed at the City Administrative Center on Tata Lane, will be further crowded by the addition of another staff member for the South Tahoe Redevelopment Agency to assist with state line area redevelopment planning.

After deciding it was not the best idea to move the Council Chambers to the airport and convert the former chamber into housing office space, City Manager Kerry Miller told the housing staff to search for a rental within the city limits that would meet its needs, according to Kope.

Kope said the search ran into roadblocks because all properties looked at needed extensive remodeling, had high rent and didn’t have accessibility for disabled persons as required for city offices.

South Lake Tahoe’s Thomas Haen Construction Company, Inc. was the successful bidder in the city’s solicitation process for the airport remodel.

Thomas Haen’s bid of $67,641 was close to $5,000 less than the next lowest bid and about $15,000 less than the original estimate.

Kope said she hopes the remodel can begin within a week or two after council approval.

The Lake Tahoe Airport has been without commercial passenger service for more than two years.

At the end of February, the Federal Aviation Administration will stop its funding of the air traffic control tower.

Who: South Lake Tahoe City Council

Where: Council Chambers, 1900 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

When: Tuesday, 6 p.m.

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