The Bishop City Council was busy at its regular meeting on Monday with awards, presentations and department head reports.
The city’s elected leaders started the meeting off with a presentation of its Quarterly Council Citizen Award to Leland Campbell, affectionately known the “Sierra Street Waver.” Campbell can be seen most days sitting on a scooter at the corner of Sierra and Main streets with his dog, “King,” waving and smiling at every passing motorist.
Campbell was accompanied Monday by many members of Bishop Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8988 where he is the current junior vice-commander. He is a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
Post member John Underhill thanked Campbell and said it is a “pleasure” to be associated with such a distinguished man.
A female post member said, with tears running down her cheeks, that Campbell, “Is like my dad. I don’t know what I’d do without your friendship.”
Campbell accepted accolades and the award from the council, but he admitted he was having a hard time hearing what was going on. He said his dog ate his hearing aids.
Campbell also has the honor of being the oldest member of the Clampers Slim Princess 395 Chapter. He was also the grand marshal in the 2010 Bishop Christmas Parade.
Next on the agenda was a presentation by the Advocates for Access to Public Lands and its Sierra ATV Adventure Trails Project and accompanying legislation.
Dick Noles and Randy Gillespie gave the council the skinny on the project. The project, considered a pilot project with a sunset of 2017 that will require state legislation, would allow an inter-connection between off-highway vehicle trails and short sections of city streets.
Assemblywoman Connie Conway has drafted assembly Bill 628, and AAPL representatives were asking the council’s support of the bill at some point.
Noles and Gillespie explained the project would open up a system of roads and trails that could connect the OHV crowd with access to city amenities such as gas stations, hotels, campgrounds and grocery stores.
Gillespie told the council of a similar project in Utah that has been “very lucrative” with data showing that OHV riders spent $110 a day on average.
The presentation was informational only.
Next came department head reports, starting with Community Services Director Keith Caldwell. Caldwell said the Community Garden at the City Park “is almost a garden, now.” The groundbreaking and more breaking ground has commenced, Caldwell said, and plots for the public should be available by May 21.
Police Chief Chris Carter told the council that the department has received $33,000 from an arrest that yielded $47,000 in cash.
Public Works Director Dave Grah said Project A should be completed by mid-May. The nearly $1 million project will repave the streets, and add or replace new curb, gutter and sidewalks on North Third Street between East Pine and East Elm streets and on Short Street between Second and Third streets.
Grah added that the department will hold an Open House on May 12 to discuss the Mobility/Transportation Element of the General Plan.
The council also approved a contract with Andersen Environmental of Culver City for a hazardous waste assessment of the Sliver Peaks apartment project. The project is a collaboration between the city and Inyo-Mono Advocates for Community Action in an effort to offer affordable housing for low-income seniors and the disabled.
The project is in the initial stages with the local entities in the slow process of trying to buy land, east of the Sunrise Trailer Park on MacIver Street in Bishop, from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
Caldwell told the council that having the environmental study complete will hopefully save time when the L.A. City Council reviews the request.