New home for highway enforcers |

New home for highway enforcers

The California Highway Patrol’s office in Meyers is small and its walls and floor are riddled with asbestos.

Not only does the building on Navahoe Drive require frequent environmental tests, it is an inadequate home for the 31 people who work there.

The CHP has been trying to build a new home on the South Shore since 1977 and now – 23 years later – it will become a reality. CHP officials said state money finally was allocated for the construction project.

The CHP expects to move into a new facility by September 2002. It will be located on state land adjacent to the agriculture inspection station, on U.S. Highway 50 and Hopi Avenue.

“It’s closer than it ever has been before,” said CHP officer Steve Gwaltney, who added that everyone stationed in South Lake Tahoe is excited about the prospect of moving into a bigger and better facility.

“We have outgrown this one,” Sgt. Roman Vondriski said of the current 3,200 square foot building. “And trying to house 28 officers and three civilians here is kind of tough.”

The current building was designed to house only seven officers and prevents the CHP from functioning as efficiently as they might in a larger building, according to Vondriski.

At 10,000 square feet the new facility will more than triple the size of the CHP’s offices and storage space.

Construction will begin in the spring of 2001 and will be completed by spring of the following year, according to Kim Peters of the California State General Affairs Department.

The project is being reviewed by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and by South Shore community groups such as the Meyers Roundtable,

which met with the CHP late last month.

“They have been very nice about keeping the community involved,” Roundtable President Sue Yang said.

She said the CHP has answered several questions from Roundtable members and worked hard to keep people informed.

The bidding process has yet to begin. Peters did not know what the final cost of the project will be.

“It is great. It will be state of the art and will have a nice rustic look,” Vondriski said.

“It’s been in the works since 1977 but it hasn’t come to light,” he said. “It kept being put on the back burner.”

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