Student parking problems close to resolution |

Student parking problems close to resolution

Jill Darby

Lake Tahoe Unified School District and city officials may be close to resolving student parking and loitering problems on Gardner Street.

Because of its proximity to South Tahoe High School, many students park on Gardner Street and hang out there during lunchtime.

For some time, residents have complained of noise, litter, smoking, speeding and cars parked in front of their homes.

School district Superintendent Diane Scheerhorn met Monday with South Tahoe High School Vice Principal Jack Stafford, City Manager David Childs and City Engineer Brad Vidro to draft a resolution to the South Lake Tahoe City Council to erect signage on Gardner Street.

“I am now going to be writing a letter and requesting that the city authorize the signage in the Gardner Mountain area,” Scheerhorn said. “We’re going to ask that it be presented at their March 6 meeting. The signs would actually be limiting parking from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on school days.”

School and city officials previously met with Gardner Street residents to discuss the issue – keeping an open dialogue is very important, Stafford said.

“We have had some very productive meetings,” Stafford said. “We had that community meeting and I think we heard loud and clear. We’re trying to be a good neighbor. We trying to do our part and I know the city is and so is the school district.”

There are temporary barricades on Gardner Mountain and if the city approves the district’s resolution, permanent signage will go up before the fall 2001 school year.

“We need to continue to work on the main problem and in the meantime we’ll work on treating the symptoms,” Childs said in reference to the Gardner Street issues. “We’ll be working in part with the school district to see if we can find a way to do that.”

Gardner Street resident Rebecca Klitsch said the parking problem has improved since barricades were put up.

“It has become better,” she said Friday. “There are some kids who still hang around but it has become a lot better. Today there are probably about 20 cars out there. But with Diane (Scheerhorn) and Dave (Childs), we’re getting a lot further than we did with (former Superintendent) Rich Alexander. This thing has been going on for about five years.”

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