Collin will be South Lake Tahoe mayor to start 2020, Wallace named vice mayor
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CALIF. — Mayor Pro Tem Jason Collin will be stepping into the role of Mayor in 2020.
The decision was made at the Tuesday, Nov. 5, city council meeting.
Current Mayor Brook Laine talked about the ceremonial role of Mayor before recommending Collin take on the role and Councilmember Tamara Wallace as Mayor Pro Tem.
City rules state the person in the role of mayor changes each year at the decision of the council.
However, Councilmember Cody Bass put forward a motion to change the length of the term to nine months so that each council member would have the chance to act as mayor. That motion carried.
“We work so well together, I don’t want anyone to feel left out,” Bass said.
Councilmember Devin Middlebrook put his name in the hat as Pro Tem and Collin said he’d love to work with Middlebrook.
When it came time to vote on Collin as Mayor and Wallace as Mayor Pro Tem, Collin was the only no vote.
“Did you vote no on yourself as Mayor,” Laine asked. But Collin clarified he was voting no to Wallace as Pro Tem.
That being said, Collin will act as Mayor and Wallace will be Pro Tem for the next nine months.
“I’m very honored and excited for this new role and having Mayor Pro Tem Wallace by my side,” Collin said.
“I’m looking forward to working with Mayor Collin and the council and making an impact in the community and not losing momentum,” Wallace added.
Wallace did also declare her intention to run for re-election when the time comes.
Also discussed on Tuesday was the meeting schedule for 2020. The council has decided to move to a once a month schedule.
City Manager Frank Rush said the decision to move to once a month was to address concerns by city staff that they are currently overloaded with work preparing staff reports for meetings twice a month.
The decision brought a lot of discussion from the council. Middlebrook expressed concern on the perception of lack of transparency with only meeting once a month.
Bass and Laine expressed concern on the length of meetings if the council only met once a month.
The original resolution moved the meeting start time to 1 p.m. but because of concerns on the potential length of the meeting, the council decided to have meetings start at 9 a.m.
The council also decided to add a second public comment time during meetings, one in the beginning and one towards the end of the meeting.
The person who stole the show at the meeting was a student from South Tahoe High School who gave a presentation asking the council to consider a fast food ban in the city. Councilmembers Wallace, Bass and Middlebrook all asked to consider the issue during a future meeting.
The next council meeting will be held Tuesday, Dec 3.
Rush added at the end of the session that the appeal of the Needle Peak cell tower has been moved to the January meeting.