JPA approves bike path funding
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The South Lake Tahoe Recreation Facilities Joint Powers Authority (JPA) approved Friday morning the redirection and use of $167,000 for three separate bike path projects.
The approval is subject to availability of funds, the JPA said, but the funds will likely be available.
The approval came in response to a three-part request by the Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC). The request included the redirection of approximately $70,000 of remaining funds to the South Lake Tahoe support rehabilitation of the class 1 bike trails between Trout Creek and Edgewood Circle and between Lake View Commons and the former Alta Mira building site near Takela Drive. The second part asked for the authorization of $87,000 of Measure R bicycle funds to El Dorado County for the support of the rehabilitation of the Saw Mill bridge decking.
Measure R was passed in November 2011 to allow Measure S funds to be used for renovation of pre-2000 class 1 bike paths owned or operated by South Lake Tahoe or the El Dorado County.
The third part of the request asked for the approval of the remaining $10,000 of Measure R bicycle funds for the installation of signage along the class 1 bicycle trails in the South Shore.
Shay Navarro, the BAC’s chair, said the BAC found a remaining balance of more than $77,000 from the bicycle trail rehabilitation project after the city received a favorable construction bid and eliminated a zone that potentially conflicted with the Tahoe Valley Area Plan. Additionally, the BAC stated in its report to the JPA, the JPA will receive roughly $97,000 in added Measure R bicycle funds this summer.
Furthermore, the county has been receiving roughly $16,000 a year for the maintenance of a section of bike path along Pioneer Trail. Those funds had reached roughly $118,000 as of June and could also be used for the three-part request. However, the board stated those funds would ideally be used for the Pat Lowe Memorial Bike Trail, but were likely available if needed.
Charles Nelson, a member of the BAC, voiced his opinion against the use of the funds as requested by the BAC.
Nelson opposed funds being used in the section between Lake View Commons and Alta Mira as well the use of JPA funds on the three projects when the $118,000 in county funds are available.
The board, however, sided with the rest of the BAC, which voted unanimously for the suggestions during a Jan. 9 meeting Nelson said he was not able to attend but for which he communicated his disagreement via email and past conversations.
With Measure R funds, the city and the county completed a project last year that paved most class 1 bike paths that needed maintenance, improved drainage to address flooding issues, replaced bridge decking on the Trout Creek and Upper Truckee River bridges and implemented a pilot signage program.
Additionally, roughly $10,000 were allocated to a pilot snow removal program to clear class 1 bike trails.
In other business, the JPA approved the Fields Advisory Committee’s request to use nearly $27,000 to enlarge the T-ball field off Rufus Allen Boulevard as well as improve facilities for other fields. The funding would come from $29,825 in left over from Measure R funds. Measure R allocated $500,000 of Measure S funds for renovation of youth ball fields in the Community Facilities District.
The enlargement of the T-ball field, which is pending the approval to remove large trees that limit field space, could allow for it to become a multi-use field. Improvements are estimated to cost about $15,000.
The FAC also requested funds to be used for a pitcher’s mound, protective netting fencing, protective netting, backstop post extensions and a dugout door. Those improvements are estimated at $10,287.
A third priority suggested by the FAC was the purchase of dugout benches with backrests, which would cost about $1,620.
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