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SnowGlobe contract on City Council agenda

Tom Lotshaw

A possible multi-year contract for the annual SnowGlobe Music Festival is on the agenda Tuesday for South Lake Tahoe City Council.

In its third year in 2013, the Dec. 29-31 music festival at Community Play Field attracted an average 12,000 people per day, with more than 90 percent of them coming from outside the city, according to a pre-meeting report by city staff.

An economic impact survey estimates the festival resulted in $6.2 million in total spending in the city through the three-day period. That includes $1.8 million spent on lodging and $4.4 million spent on snow sports, dining, shopping and other purchases.

Some of the challenges with the festival include managing noise levels and trash, participant safety and protection of the artificial turf at Community Play Field, which is owned by Lake Tahoe Community College.

The field is beyond its warrantied life span and will not be able to tolerate several more years of an event of this magnitude without additional protections, according to its manager.

Chad Donnelly, chief executive of SnowGlobe LLC, is proposing several conditions for 2014 and beyond. They include: all in-kind services provided by the city at no cost, estimated at $33,933; additional cash sponsorship from the city of $25,000; additional costs for Tahoe Transportation District services paid by the city, estimated at $4,500; and additional garbage services paid by the city, estimated at $7,750.

In other business Tuesday, the City Council will consider accepting a $106,366 grant to help fund the South Lake El Dorado Narcotic Enforcement Team; accepting a $60,970 grant and budgeting $40,542 in county boat property taxes to pay for the city’s Police Boating Safety Program, accepting a $193,268 grant for the South Lake Tahoe Police Department and Live Violence Free Domestic Violence Response Team; and amending the city’s multi-family dwelling inspection and maintenance program to exempt properties from the program if they hold a valid vacation home rental permit and require access when substandard complaints are received.

Tuesday’s meeting starts at 9 a.m. in the City Council Chambers at 1901 Airport Road.

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