LTCC passes resolution for field improvements |

LTCC passes resolution for field improvements

Jack Barnwell

A dream field is one step closer to reality. Tuesday Lake Tahoe Community College (LTCC) Board of Trustees passed a resolution in the first steps with the city of South Lake Tahoe.

The resolution provides framework for both the college district and the city to form a partnership in development of a new community playfield and the rehabilitation of an existing one near the LTCC campus. Part of the framework includes creating a recreation easement.

Board member Jeff Cowen, who has been part of a subcommittee talking with the city said the latest talks with the city have gone well.

“We came out of it with a much stronger partnership,” Cowen said.

The original field was created using revenue from Measure R, the bond voters passed in 2000 for development of trails and parks. Money is set aside every year by the South Lake Tahoe Recreation Facilities Joint Powers Association (JPA) for the field maintenance.

Cowen said there was some potential pushback to grant the college district a seat on the existing JPA.

Instead, the recommendation for a new JPA consisting of the college district, the city and potentially the Lake Tahoe Unified School District to increase the potential for community fields.

While LTCC has first priority over the event scheduling for the field, the college has been looking for ways to enhance it, especially since Measure F passed in November 2014.

The college needs the easements in order to legally invest Measure F funds into the community field.

The field was part of the original 2000 agreement between the JPA and the college. The college, under the old existing agreement, was supposed to grant an easement for the fields, but never did. The original agreement also called for four play fields, of which only was built.

LTCC President Kindred Murillo said the school district has expressed some interest in a partnership. She added LTCC staff will begin looking at a plan for board approval and appraise the value of the field in order to sink Measure F bond money into the field.

“It’s very positive for the community and the college,” Murillo said. “We’re actually in a place where we can fulfill the original promise.”

Murillo said she was very hopeful in moving forward with this discussion.

Murillo added a new JPA had its own advantages. The new proposed recreation easements would be dedicated to it, not to the South Lake Tahoe Recreation JPA.

An memo of understanding would be established with the existing JPA to work out finances.

Board president Kerry David recommended amending the resolution to make it more flexible and ensure the longevity of newer fields once Measure R has run its course.

Board member Fritz Wenck asked how the arrangement would affect the SnowGlobe Music Festival held every December.

Murillo said the idea would be to hold the festival on the current field one last time. The goal after that, should everything go according to plan, would include renovating the current field and creating a new one in spring 2016.

The SnowGlobe festival would move to the second field.

Murillo cautioned that any new JPA would require rounds of public hearings, and could take two months on the college’s end alone, but remains hopeful everything will fall into place.

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