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County leaders to revisit Langley’s Contract

February 4, 2013

Chris Langley shows the Inyo County Board of Supervisors a piece of film history Director Quenten Tarantino donated to the Lone Pine Film History Museum last year. The board will be discussing a contract for Langley’s Film Commissioner services at today’s board meeting. Photo by Mike Gervias

County leaders will meet today to re-open discussions regarding Inyo County Film Commissioner Chris Langley’s contract, the Forest Service Plan Revision and developments with the Eastern Sierra Agency on Aging.
The board will meet at 9 a.m. in the County Administrative Center in Independence.
At the opening of the meeting, representatives of Inyo County Health and Human Services will update the board on an ongoing investigation into the theft of public welfare funds. As of press time Monday, no arrests have been made in that case.
Following that report, the board will take up a discussion requested by Fifth District Supervisor Matt Kingsley to revisit a decision the board made at its Jan. 15 regarding Chris Langley’s position as county Film Commissioner.
At that meeting, the board approved a contract for Langley’s Services from Jan. 1 through March 31, but decided against a retroactive agreement to pay Langley for services he performed out-of-contract in 2012, saying he knowingly performed the work without a contract and the county had no obligation to pay him.
The board also agreed to seek interested candidates for the Film Commissioner’s position.
This week, Kingsley is asking the board to discuss and consider a contract that would pay Langley no more than $30,000 for services performed July 1, 2012 through March 31, 2013, when the proposals for the Film Commissioner position are due.
At 1 p.m. the board is scheduled to meet with Museum Services Director Jon Klusmire to review applications for the 13th Community Project Sponsorship Grant program which will divide $80,000 among a number of local programs.
The board will also meet with Water Director Bob Harrington to hear a briefing on the Lower Owens River Project Post-Implementation Funding Agreement and discuss the agenda for a Standing Committee meeting scheduled for this Friday.
County leaders are also scheduled to meet with representatives from Mammoth Lakes Housing to hear a presentation on that program.
The board is also planning to consider a request from Inyo County Superintendent of Schools Terry McAteer to modify the hours of operation at the Bishop, Big Pine and Lone Pine libraries to provide more time for families and students to access services there.
This meeting is open to the public and time will be set aside at the beginning and end of the meeting for residents to make comments to the board on matters not on the agenda. Those wishing to speak to specific agenda items are asked to turn a comment card into the board clerk before officials take up that discussion.

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