September 2014 - Sierra Scoop Column

September is upon us and Labor Day is behind. With Fall just around the corner so is the County’s final budget for fiscal year 2014/2015.

The Bridgeport RPAC members have been re-appointed along with new comer Gene Kinum. Congratulations to all and Thank You for your commitment to making Bridgeport better!

With all of the issues out at Conway Ranch and the lack of fish coming out of there, the Board of Supervisors stepped up to the plate and has signed a contract with Desert Springs Trout Farm worth $101,800 to supply Trout from now thru June 2015.

The Topaz Lane Bridge is in need of repairs and this project has been sent out to bid. After a FHWA Bridge Preventative Maintenance Program grant of $61,971, the County will only have to spend $8029. Thanks to County staff on finding and getting this grant!

The Mountain Gate Phase 2 fishing access project is out to bid. This project consists of constructing a pedestrian path, ADA parking and access, installation of site amenities including picnic tables, timber fishing platform, amphitheater, riparian interaction area, river access, PAR course, and landscaping at the Mountain Gate property located off Highway 395, 1/2 mile south of Walker. This is a $360,000 California River Parkways Grant and has no impact to General Funds. The Antelope Valley RPAC (special thanks to Arden Gerbig and Bruce Woodworth) for many years of hard work on this project!

The Antelope Valley Lions’ Grand Opening and Fund raiser for the AV Community Center was a great success. The turnout was impressive and so was the food. Thanks to Albert’s Meats and all of the volunteers from Bridgeport! The new addition is open and looks great. Thank you to the numerous volunteers that donated over 2000+ hours in making this project a reality.

Thank you to all of the businesses that attended the “Main Street” design project meetings. After the successful Bridgeport upgrades started a couple of year ago, Walker was able to sit down and have great conversations on what can be done to beautify and improve downtown Walker. After three meetings over three days, some beautiful preliminary design concepts emerged. The town looks forward to seeing some more final design concepts over the next few months.

The Digital 395 project (internet fiber from Barstow to Reno) is complete. I had the honor and privilege to speak at a celebration in August on behalf of Mono County. While many people will not “see” anything right away except for orange and white poles along the highway, Last Mile providers such as are hooked up to the system and providing more reliable and faster service. With Giga-Bit (very fast) internet fiber in the ground, the potential economic benefits have not yet been realized. The future for Mono County is much brighter because of this historic 620+ mile, $110+ million project.