November 2014 - Sierra Scoop Column

If you live in the Antelope Valley, there is a new Internet Service Provider offering high speed Internet at very reasonable prices. Frontier Communications (yes the local phone company) is expected to have Broadband Internet available sometime in November. Internet only pricing is ~$35/mo and Internet PLUS Unlimited Local and Nationwide calling at ~$51/mo. For more information contact Frontier at 1-855-893-2905 or on the internet at http://west.frontier.com/availability.

As I mentioned in last month’s column, the County approved a balanced budget but did so by using layoffs. At the first meeting in October, the Board was able to rescind most layoff notices because the Public Employees union (MCPE) and the Deputy Sherriff’s Association (DSA) made concessions so that their fellow employees would not be laid off. A huge THANK YOU to all of the dedicated employees that voted overwhelmingly to accept concessions.

Earlier this year, Lynda Roberts left Mono County for a great career opportunity elsewhere. In doing so, Mono County was left with an empty “Clerk Recorder” position. Thank you to everyone that stepped up to help out until the County found a replacement. At the BOS meeting of September 16, the Board interviewed three candidates (after an exhaustive open recruitment) and afterwards, the Board voted 3-0-2 to hire Bob Musil as the new County Clerk. His contract was ratified by a 4-1 vote on October 14th with a start date of October 15th.

With Mr Musil moving over from the current Assessor position to County Clerk, this leaves open the Assessor position. It is the BOS obligation to fill this empty position. More on this in next month’s column.

Long-time employee, Linda Romero, has decided to retire from Mono County. She has been instrumental in the Clerk Recorders office and has stepped up anytime she was asked to do so. THANK YOU Linda for your years of service to the residents and public at large of Mono County!

Congratulations to Andrew Jones and Steve Morrison for their appointment to the Mono County Tourism and Film Commission. Also to John Migliore to the Bridgeport RPAC. And Thanks to all of the other dedicated folks that serve voluntarily on the many other County commissions.

After a long time of negotiations with the Paramedics Association, the BOS ratified a new MOU pertaining to terms and conditions of employment. These new terms and conditions will help keep our Paramedic program intact and functioning over the next several years. Thank you to everyone!