STIC will get another public meeting |

STIC will get another public meeting

by Michael Schneider

The Parks and Recreation Commission, along with Margo Osti, City Council member, agreed that a town hall-style meeting should be held to solicit public opinion regarding the failed South Tahoe Ice Center off Rufus Allen Boulevard.

The meeting, which Osti told board members she expects to be widely attended by residents, is yet to be put to a date.

At the Jan. 20 council meeting, the council voted to give the current developers, a community-based group, until March 20 to move anything they don’t want the city to own off of the property.

“It’s not our intent to make the community members suffer who came forward to develop the ice rink, but at some point we must do something,” Osti said.

At that time the city will wipe the slate clean and solicit potential developers to start fresh with no outstanding debt.

Although currently there are no solid leads which look like they may develop into a proposal anytime soon, possibilities were thrown around at the meeting.

One, mentioned by Osti, was to allow the National Hockey League to develop the property to train players to perform at high altitudes.

Staff member Steve Weiss said that if a developer should come forward, development could begin by April which would not rule out this year’s construction season.

He said the cost of making the rink into a year-round operation would be about $1.4 million.

After the March 20 deadline, ads will be placed in related trade magazines soliciting a developer.

All that seems certain with plans for the rink at this point is the community group which toiled over the rink for years is now out of the picture.

“The community group has fallen by the wayside,” Weiss said.

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