Snow removal on council’s agenda |

Snow removal on council’s agenda

Michael Schneider

“If you hold it, they will come,” were the words echoing in city officials’ ears as they decided to house the ninth annual hearing on snow removal funding.

Apparently life does not imitate art because not one resident has spoken at the annual public hearing since 1991. Then only one community voice was heard.

This is the last year of the 10-year snow removal improvements program.

The first phase ended in 1994 as the city purchased or leased four 1989 Caterpillar graders and one 1990 Rolba self-contained snow blower and John Deere loader 644E.

The second phase added one Kodiak Northwest Snow Blower and three 1995 All Wheel Drive 163 Caterpillar graders.

“The need to replace aging snow removal equipment still exists,” said Jan Bussato, associate management analyst.

Bussato will seek direction as to continuing the snow removal equipment acquisition program from the council and any residents who may break the eight-year community silence on the issue.

Recently, snow removal service had been maligned after a storm before Christmas 1996 dumped several feet of snow around the Tahoe Basin. Many streets were not plowed for days.

This past snow season, those in charge of snow removal said reviews from residents were positive, especially during the mid-winter when plowers worked for weeks without a day off to keep streets clear.

Also on the council agenda is approval of a contract with Advanced Companies, Inc. to asphalt overlay several streets in South Lake Tahoe.

The proposed project will cost almost $149,000 and will overlay the following streets in the state line area of South Lake Tahoe:

— Stateline Avenue – from U.S. Highway 50 to the end

— Park Avenue – from U.S. Highway 50 to Pine Boulevard

— Pine Boulevard – from the city limits to the end

— Cedar Avenue – from Stateline Avenue to Park Avenue

— Blackwood Road – from Park Avenue to Stateline Avenue

— Azure Street – from Park Avenue to Stateline Avenue

— Sunrise Lane – from Park Avenue to Hill

— Manzanita – from Stateline Avenue to Park Avenue

— Popular Street – from Cedar Avenue to Manzanita

— Friday Street – from U.S. Highway 50 to Manzanita

— La Salles Street – from Cedar Avenue to Manzanita

— Greenwood – from Hill to Park Avenue

— Hill – from Sunrise Lane to Azure Street

— Montreal – from the state line to Chonokis

The city received seven bids. Advanced Companies, Inc. was more than $40,000 less than the next bidder.

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