December 2014 - Sierra Scoop Column

Wow here we are approaching years end and it is hard to believe that 2014 is just about over. So much has happened in Mono County over the past year and I look forward to 2015 and continuing to move Mono County forward.

The County balanced its budget with the help of its dedicated employees. This was not an easy thing to do but “THANK YOU” for all you have done and will do. Because of your sacrifices, many families will be able to enjoy Christmas and the holidays!

The Board of Supervisors appointed Assessor-Elect Barry Beck to take over the Assessor’s office (he would have taken the position come January) after Bob Musil moved into another position within the County. Welcome Barry!

The Bridgeport Memorial Hall update has seen its design move forward and hopefully we will see the boots hit the floor with some actual construction this winter. Thank you to CSA#5 for your help in funding so much of this remodel.

No matter what side of the fence you are on regarding the past election and it’s many propositions, it saddens me to see such an important thing such as voting just tossed to the wayside by so many. With only ~53% of all registered Mono County voters partaking in last November’s election, it is no wonder why the politicians in Sacramento and DC are able to get away with the stuff they do.

The long awaited Mountain Gate project is once again going out to bid with construction anticipated for early spring 2015. In 2007 a grant for $473,155 was award for this project. After design and staff time, there is ~$385,000 left for actual construction. This project consists of constructing a pedestrian path, ADA parking and fishing access, installation of picnic tables, timber fishing platform, amphitheater, river access, PAR course, and landscaping. Keep your fingers crossed that acceptable bids are received so we can all move forward on this great project.

The Supervisors recently approved the moving forward with the “Bridgeport Thermal Biomass Project” at the County’s road shop. This project would replace an inefficient propane boiler with one that works off of essentially wood chips (like a pellet stove). With so much wood products coming into the transfer stations, it look like this could be a win-win.

Speaking of wood chips, did you know that there are FREE wood chips available at many of the County’s transfer stations? According to Tony Dublino, Solid Waste Superintendent, wood chips are available from all sites except Paradise, all folks have to do is to sign a liability release form that is available at the gatehouse. Bridgeport, Walker, Pumice Valley, Benton Crossing have them in abundance but Benton in Tri-Valley is out. Chalfant has very little at the moment. Of course you are responsible for loading and transporting chips from the sites to your resident/business.

In closing out my last column of 2014, my wife Mary and I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Years and the best of wishes for 2015. Here’s to seeing everyone on the other side!