Nearly $1.5 million OK’d for 10 North Lake Tahoe projects | SierraSun.com

Nearly $1.5 million OK’d for 10 North Lake Tahoe projects

Margaret Moran
mmoran@sierrasun.com

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Transient Occupancy Tax continues to be a source for North Lake Tahoe infrastructure, transportation and marketing projects that aim to improve the environment and the resident/visitor experience.

Last week, the Placer County Board of Supervisors approved the expenditure of $1.48 million in TOT funds to support 10 local projects.

The recommendations resulted from the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association's new process to accept projects, which enabled applications to be reviewed at the same time, said Sandy Evans Hall, NLTRA's executive director.

"All of these projects, when completed, will greatly improve the visitors' as well as residents' recreational experiences in North Lake Tahoe," she said.

Previously, projects were considered and recommended on a first-come, first-served basis, which created the possibility that funding would not be available for higher-priority projects, according to Placer County.

Allocation of TOT funds will become available July 1. Below is a summary of the projects, in order of awarded TOT funding:

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1. Truckee River Trail Restoration ($433,859): Pays for the first year of a three-year project for reconstruction of areas of the Truckee River Trail between 64 Acres Park in Tahoe City and the entrance to Squaw Valley. Work will repair surface damage, shoulder failure and drainage/erosion issues.

2. Martis Valley Trail Segment 3A Planning and Development ($250,000): Pays for design and construction of Martis Valley Trail segment 3A, running from the Wildlife Viewing Area to the east end of the Northstar Golf Course.

3. Squaw Valley Bike Trail and Staging Area Rehabilitation ($246,500): Pays for the first year of a two-year project to rehab Squaw Valley Bike Trail surfaces and its staging area in Squaw Valley Park.

4. North Tahoe Regional Park Trail and Way Finding Signage ($135,000): Pays for signage, trail improvements and replacement of par course equipment in the North Tahoe Regional Park in Tahoe Vista.

5. Tahoe Public Art Program ($125,000): Funding goes toward the construction, installation and marketing/promotion of public art in the Kings Beach roundabouts, installed as part of the "Core of the Core" project along Highway 28.

6. Tahoe City Mobility Improvements Plan ($85,000): Will assist in covering preliminary work on mobility improvement planning for Tahoe City.

7. Tahoe City Parking Facilities Project Plan ($85,000): Allows preliminary engineering services of public parking facilities identified in the Tahoe City parking study to be conducted. Based on results, proposed services may focus on modifications to the Grove Street parking lot.

8. Lake Tahoe Water Conditions Interactive Displays ($65,000): Goes toward design, manufacturing and installation of touchscreen interpretive displays in three high visitation facilities, which have not yet been identified.

9. Speedboat Beach Access Master Plan ($50,000): Will pay for a study on public safety and access issues at Speedboat Beach near the Nevada state line in Brockway.

10. Tahoe City Field Station Way Finding Signage ($6,250): Will cover manufacturing and installation of a way-finding entrance sign at the Tahoe City Field Station/Interpretive Center in Lake Forest.

What is Transient Occupancy Tax?

TOT is a charge added to the cost of a room — motel, hotel, condominium — paid by area visitors who stay fewer than 30 days.

Placer County has an agreement with the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, which reviews and recommends grant requests for capital project funding. Since the agreement is funded with county TOT revenue, expenditures require Placer County Board of Supervisors approval.