Meyer’s residents concerned about roads |

Meyer’s residents concerned about roads

Rick Chandler

Is Meyers on the road to ruin? Many residents there think so, and they voiced their concerns at the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting at Tahoe Paradise Park on Tuesday.

The big issue in Meyers these days – aside from the new General Plan – is the condition of the roads.

“The roads are horrendous,” said Sue Yang, who is chairman of the Meyers Round Table. “In some places it’s only two-thirds pavement, the rest dirt. It’s getting to the point where it has to be an environmental hazard. When you have dirt washing down the road when it rains, the TRPA can’t be happy with that.”

The problem is that there is little money for the El Dorado County Department of Transportation to fix the roads. One solution would be a county sales tax initiative.

“The only way something like that would pass would be if it included specifics as to where the funds would go,” Yang said.

Fifth District Supervisor Dave Solar agreed.

“I think if residents knew what roads would be improved, and that the money was not falling into some black hole, that they would support (a sales tax).”

The board passed an agenda item, by a 4-1 vote, to bring in a consultant to explore ways of getting such an initiative on the ballot.

Yang also admonished the board on Tuesday for not dealing swiftly with another major issue in the Meyers and Tahoe Paradise communities – traffic impact.

There are three major projects in the works as part of the Meyers General Plan, and residents are concerned about the traffic impact connected to those projects.

“I’ve written letters to both Dave Solaro and (Fourth District Supervisor) Ray Nutting, and they never got back to me,” Yang said. “Basically I think it would be a good idea to set up a meeting to discuss this issue. Now that I’ve spoken out, I hope this will happen.”

Projects in the General Plan include a new post office (at Apache Avenue and U.S. Highway 50), a $3 million senior living center at the old Yanks Station site, and a new upscale Lira’s Grocery Store outlet.

In addition, there is talk of recreational development of portions the Tahoe Paradise Park property as part of the South Lake Tahoe Recreation Facilities Master Plan.

Tuesday’s board meeting was held in Meyers as the Tahoe Basin’s annual turn to host the event.

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