Snow removal could go to vote |

Snow removal could go to vote

Michael Schneider

With the city and El Dorado County’s snow removal purchasing agreement for South Lake Tahoe set to expire next year, city officials may put the issue of snow removal equipment acquisition to a vote of the people.

The city attorney is exploring whether California Proposition 218 may force the issue of snow removal equipment purchases to a vote.

For the past 10 years the agreement has called for a public hearing to provide El Dorado County Supervisors with direction. No member of the public has spoken to the issue since 1991. This year was no different. No one appeared.

Public Services Director Teri Jamin said, in order to keep current with snow removal effort, the vote would have to be on the November ballot.

The last purchase by the city of snow removal equipment was made in 1994. Per the agreement the County Service Area #3 Parcel Fee pays for those plows and blowers.

The 1994 equipment will be paid in full by 1999.

Jamin said the city will next look to five blowers, three graders and a sander, although it is unclear how the city will raise funds for these purchases.

Council member Tom Davis said acquiring up-to-date snow removal machines is critical to the city.

The council moved to forward its members comments to the El Dorado Supervisors Board while the city staff explores how to fund snow removal purchases.

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