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Tahoe City utility district adopts year-long snow storage plan

Jason Shueh
Sierra Sun

TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; Utility district trustees on Friday approved a year-long plan that allows local companies a venue to store snow this winter.

The Tahoe City Public Utility District Board on Friday unanimously adopted vice president Dan Wilkinsand#8217; motion to allow snow storage at the parking lot of the districtand#8217;s courtyard property for immediate use, and the lot at the Fairway Community Center for more storage, for winters 2009 and 2010.

and#8220;We could start with snow removal operations this afternoon,and#8221; said Cindy Gustafson, TCPUD general manager.

With the motion came a requirement that all snow haulers using the properties pay the district a $4,000 maintenance and insurance fee. Wilkins also urged snow haulers to continue to plow bike trails or give some type of community service in return for access to district sites.

The board still hopes to find a permanent solution, Wilkins said, in which the district is not the lead overseer for snow management.

To further ensure proper oversight, board Director Ron Treabess recommended a one-year review on the agreement before any vote to extend the deal into 2011.

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Last October, the board approved a land lease for the North Tahoe Fire Protection Districtand#8217;s new $11.84 million fire station, expected to begin construction in May of next year. The leased property rests on Fairway Drive in Tahoe City and was the communityand#8217;s primary site for snow storage.

Fridayand#8217;s motion also would allow snow to be deposited at the Fairway site; however, the fire district would have to sign on to manage it.

Check back with http://www.sierrasun.com, or read next week’s print edition, to read more about Friday’s meeting.