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Tahoe City utility leaders look to future issues

Jason Shueh
Sierra Sun

TAHOE CITY and#8212; As one controversial snow storage issue comes to a close for the city, other issues loom just over the horizon.

Last Tuesday, in a meeting best described as a prelude of things to come, the Tahoe City Public Utilities District Trustees talked about issues ranging from snow storage, to federal funding, to a future workshop discussing the Lake Forest Water Company Acquisition, a hot topic event expected draw crowds because of potential water rate increases to residents.

Taking a look at current snow storage, the TCPUD talked with Bob Bolton, TCPUD director of parks and recreation, about their December decision to allow snow storage in the TCPUD courtyard and their lot at the Fairway Community Center for the 2009-10 winter season.

Bolton said Matt Daniels, owner of Tahoe Marine and Excavating, has been appointed the coordinating contractor and so far only two other contractors are using the TCPUD courtyard for snow disposal.

and#8220;We just want to let you know were keeping an eye on it,and#8221; Bolton said to the board and#8220;and so far things have seemed to work out well.and#8221;

Tentatively scheduled for the third week in February, the TCPUD will hold a workshop to discuss logistical and policy issues surrounding the district’s interest to acquire the Lake Forest Water Company.

At the board meeting Trustees unanimously approved an allotment of $10,000 to be used for consultants who will coordinate the workshop and evaluate the TCPUD’s current process for acquiring the company, a potential business model, and what possible rates will be.

Concern has been raised about how water rates would be affected if the acquisition is was made and which water users would have to pay those rates, Lake Forest water users or all users in the TCPUD boundaries.

Before signing off on workshop funding, Dan Wilkins, TCPUD vice president, asked the board members if they thought the acquisition was worth pursuing. Wilkins questioned whether or not the work and funding required for the acquisition would equal the benefits gained from process.

Erik Henrikson, TCPUD president, said because of the great multimillion dollar impact the acquisition will have upon the community, he supported funding initial research.

and#8220;I don’t mind paying the $10,000 just to see the opening bid and see how the industry handles water acquisitions,and#8221; Henrikson said.