Procedurally incorrect meeting to be corrected |

Procedurally incorrect meeting to be corrected

Sally J. Taylor

Oops. Action taken Thursday by the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority Board of Directors to commit tens of thousands of dollars for several programs did not conform to open meeting laws. Another meeting is required to set things right.

“We voted on a couple items that were not publicly noticed as action items,” board Chairman Mike Weber explained.

The board will meet again Monday to dot its procedural “i”s and cross its “t”s. The special meeting begins at noon at the LTVA office conference room and is only expected to take about half an hour.

Weber, who conducted his first meeting as chairman of the board in December, 1997, admitted to not being “parliamentary oriented” and needing to pay closer attention to such details.

The lengthy agenda for last Thursday’s regular board meeting listed presentations on international marketing, a special event and a Tahoe Regional Planning Agency study as items for discussion and direction not for action.

In a procedural lapse, the board voted to fund the international marketing proposal by Blaine Henry of British-based Development Associates with $59,500 to promote Tahoe tourism in Europe; up to $90,000 (with more expected from Douglas County) to create a new three-day special event over Labor Day weekend; and $1,000 to the TRPA for its Alternative Revenue Source Feasibility Study update to find new sources of local revenue for environmental and transportation projects.

All three will require new votes as action items at Monday’s meeting.

The dollars for each were designated to come from $250,000 in the so-called “fund balance media rollover” account begun in 1991 with excess money from an advertising campaign.

The status of that fund – whether it should be freed for use or not – was listed on Thursday’s agenda for possible action as was a proposal to co-sponsor a marketing and advertising seminar by Charlie Mouser.

The fund was officially opened Thursday, after its dollars were committed pending the availability of the fund.

The board committed $1,500 to the Mouser seminar from a portion of the LTVA marketing budget earmarked for community education.

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