Measure S moves forward as details are hammered out |

Measure S moves forward as details are hammered out

Measure S is moving forward as Joint Powers Authority members continue to hammer out the details and put the project in motion.

While some projects won’t begin for a couple of years, the 37,000-square-foot ice rink and family entertainment center at 1176 Rufus Allen Blvd. is scheduled to be finished by next winter, said Steve Weiss, South Lake Tahoe parks and recreation superintendent. Construction of the ice rink is scheduled to begin in May and should take between seven and eight months.

According to Mark Northcross, a financial consultant for the city, the bond market is very favorable right now and plans to buy the bond as soon as possible are in the works. Although it probably won’t be until March at the earliest, he said.

“There is considerable momentum and progress being made towards constructing bicycle trails with both El Dorado County and the city of South Lake Tahoe,” said Bob Kingman, program analyst for the California Tahoe Conservancy.

The conservancy is planning several bicycle trails. The 15th Street project, which will be a 1.2 mile link to existing class-one bike trails, is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2001. A bike trail connecting Meyers’ Pat Lowe Memorial Bike Trail to Sawmill Road is expected to begin in June 2003. Class-one bike trails that will run along both sides of Ski Run Boulevard are estimated to begin in the summer of 2002.

The Pine Boulevard Bicycle Trail, which would connect Linear Park Bike Trial to Stateline is expected to begin in May 2002. The El Dorado Beach to Timber Cove trail could begin in 2002. A Harrison Avenue Project could begin as soon as spring 2002.

Construction of ball fields is not anticipated to begin until Spring of 2002 because of permit and design issues, said Cravin Alcott, parks and recreation coordinator for El Dorado County. The ball fields will be available for use in spring 2003.

Tahoe Paradise Resort Improvement District will open to the public as soon as the money starts to flow said Michael Clark, president of the district.

The first priority will be to replace the playground equipment, which he said is unsafe. Other additions will be made as permit and contracting bids allow. He also wants to remodel the recreational building.

The board is working on getting out information on the low-income discount for the $18 tax. The discount would cut that in half and is available to property owners who qualify for a discount on their electric bill.

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