South Tahoe Recreation JPA weighs bicycle options
More bicycle paths and signposts to make it easier to find your way around topped the recommendations made at a South Lake Tahoe Recreational Facilities Joint Powers Agreement board meeting Friday.
Shay Navarro, chair of the JPA’s bicycle advisory committee, noted in her report to the board that $10,000 has been recommended for new signs along dedicated bicycle paths in the city and El Dorado County.
The JPA controls all revenue generated by the Measure S tax measure approved by voters in 2000. The funds pay for maintenance and creation of new facilities for the city, the county and Tahoe Paradise Resort Improvement District in Meyers. Voters later approved Measure R in 2011 to allow Measure S funds to be used for additional facilities and bicycle paths.
Approximately $6,500 will be spent on signs within the city and an additional $3,500 has been earmarked for the county. All signs will be produced in-house at the city’s sign shop.
Navarro said the signs can only be placed on those paths that a separate from the road.
“They’re not allowed to do that directly on road way,” Navarro said. “It has to do with there’s certain regulations on roadways about what kind of signs you can have.”
The funds will come from $75,000 anticipated to become available in the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Navarro said a decision won’t need to be made until the January 2016 board meeting.
The JPA board called the way finding signs a good investment, including El Dorado County Fifth District Supervisor Sue Novasel.
“Wayfinding is so useful because you don’t always have your map with you,” Novasel said.
Other recommendations included continuing winter snow removal on the bicycle paths for $10,000 and providing a $65,000 match for a state grant to construct the Al Tahoe Boulevard bicycle path form Johnson Boulevard to U.S. Highway 50. The segment would help link to South Tahoe Middle School, the college and government services.
Navarro said the $65,000 match would be contingent on receiving the grant.
“We feel that we put together a real good project, but there are a lot of other good projects in Tahoe that could be awarded,” Navarro said.
A few other caveats were presented during Navarro’s report. The JPA has identified approximately $30,000 in past special tax revenue that can be transferred from the El Dorado County Auditor-Controller’s office. If neither the grant nor the $30,000 were received, the JPA could give $30,000 to the county and determine what to do with the remaining $35,000.
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