County leaders will be getting off to an early start this morning for this week’s meeting of the Inyo County Board of Supervisors.
The board will convene at 8 a.m. for public comment before adjourning to closed session to discuss the appointment of a new Public Works Director and enter into wage and benefits negotiations with the candidate.
The board will reconvene in open session at approximately 10 a.m. to take up the regular agenda.
The board is scheduled to discuss a request from Coroner Leon Brune to update contracts with its service providers, including Medtox Laboratories, Inc., which provides toxicology services, and Dr. Milton R. Jones, who provides autopsy services.
Brune is also asking the board to review contracts for his staff, William D. Stinnett, Jason Molinar and Jeffrey Mullenhour.
In a staff report, Brune points out that all three of his deputy coroners serve 24 hours a day, seven days a week, unless they are on vacation.
Brune is also requesting a $400 monthly salary increase for himself.
“Public Employees Retirement System recently eliminated my back-up deputy coroner position in the Southern Inyo County/Lone Pine area,” Brune said in a staff report. “This has created a staffing problem in the southern end of the county. When Deputy Coroner Mullenhour is out of the area, I will be the primary backup, covering from Bishop.”
The board is also scheduled to review the Owens Lake Master Plan and discuss correspondence to the Master Plan Stakeholder Committee.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has initiated the Master Plan for the Owens Lake, following many years of dust mitigation measures.
According to a staff report, the Master Plan will provide a framework for the future of the lake bed, including potential solar energy development, water conservation, habitat enhancement and further dust mitigations.
Following discussions about the Master Plan, the board will consider an invitation from the U.S. Forest Service to participate in a newly formed national advisory committee for implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule.
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 calendared on the agenda.
The Board of Supervisors meets every Tuesday, with certain exceptions, in the County Administrative Center in Independence.