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Loop Road project on commissioners’ agenda

by Jeff Munson, Tribune city editor

A proposal to extend a design review application by Heavenly Ski Resort and a plan to refinance gas tax bonds that would allow the completion of the Lower Loop Road project in Stateline will be considered by county leaders Thursday.

About $1.5 million could be generated from the refinancing, said Douglas County Manager Dan Holler. Money left over from the Loop Road project, depending how bids would come in, could free up money for other road improvements such as chip seals and overlays.

“The nice part about this is we are taking advantage of lower interest rates without additional dollars going into debt,” Holler said.

If approved, the changes will be reflected in the county’s five-year transportation plan

The commission will meet at the Tahoe Township Administration Building, 175 Highway 50, in Stateline beginning at 10 a.m.

In other matters, commissioners will:

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n Hear a request by Heavenly Ski Resort to extend its plans for a design review application for residential units at 375 Quaking Aspen Lane. Plans were approved prior to the sale of Heavenly to Vail Resorts. Plans include some commercial in the parking area near the Stagecoach lift and some additional housing units. Before building can begin, design plans must first be approved by commissioners.

n Hear an update from Ed James, general of the Carson Water Subconservancy District, on the arsenic management plan.

The issue is that several wells within Douglas County do not meet the 10 parts per billion standards that were set in 2001. States and local water agencies have until 2006 to comply.

While wells in Minden meet the standards, some wells in Indian Hills, Johnson Lane and the Gardnerville Ranchos do not.

James will be discussing options, such as well consolidations and creating distribution systems.

n Hear a request by Harrah’s Lake Tahoe to add Christopher Jorcin, vice president of food and beverage, and Charlotte Rogers, beverage manager, to their existing liquor and gaming license. Jorcin and Rogers will replace John Babcock on the existing license.

n Be asked to participate as a cooperative agency in the Bureau of Land Management’s Pine Nut Mountain plan amendment environmental impact statement process.

The BLM’s five-year document of the Pine Mountains details land disposal, acquisition and recreation. As a participant, the county would work in a supportive role with the BLM in terms of generating information for the public and having collaborative public meetings.

Jeff Munson can be reached at jmunson@tahoedailytribune.com