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New street improvements for Bishop?

January 26, 2012

Police Chief Chris Carter

Discussions about what to do with some left over money, applying for grants to get more money, a new lawn mower, department head reports, and a story about community cooperation in the face of potential disaster were all in another day’s work for the city’s elected leader’s, the Bishop City Council.
Bishop Police Chief Chris Carter told the council of a search and rescue operation right in town. He explained that the week prior a special needs child had wondered away from one of the Bishop elementary schools and a search quickly ensued. Carter dispensed with the details but, luckily the child was found and returned safely.
Carter said the story stands out as it is “exemplary of how things work in the community.” Carter said it was not only the BPD that deserved thanks for the child’s recovery but a large team effort that included personnel from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol and even Inyo County Animal Control. Carter said he wanted to thank the other agencies involved.
Department Head reports continued with Public Works Director Dave Grah.
Grah told the council there is approximately $130,000 left of the original sum of $400,000 of Proposition 1B funds from 2007 that must be spent by June 30. According to the state’s Department of Finance, “Proposition 1B provided $19.925 billion in bond funds for a variety of transportation priorities, including $2 billion for cities and counties to fund the maintenance and improvement of local transportation facilities.”
Grah proposed to the council a small street improvement project that would be within the remaining budget, and being a good sized project for local contractors to bid on. The City Auditorium and sidewalk project would replace the buckling and uneven sidewalk on the east side of Fowler Street adjacent to the auditorium as well as adding trees and moving the overhead wiring, underground.
He said the project is consistent with the Fowler Safe Routes to Schools project. It will be up to the council to decide what to do with the leftover funds.
Grah added that the sewer work at the City Park is complete and requests for proposals for the Warren Street Improvement Project should be out by Feb. 13.
Next up was then-Interim City Administrator Keith Caldwell. Caldwell was named the City Administrator in closed session following the meeting. (A full story will appear in a future edition of The Inyo Register.)
Also on the agenda was an item to purchase a new Toro 3500 Diesel lawn mower with a 68- to 84-inch cutting area. Caldwell explained the new mower will cut labor time in half for mowing the baseball fields and park lawns.
Caldwell also asked the council to consider approving a grant application for the “Bishop Targeted General Plan Update” for “strategic growth” included in the Incentives Program under Proposition 84 that could be worth between $100,000 and $1 million. The funds will go toward updating the Economic Development and Land Use Elements.

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