October 2015 - Sierra Scoop Column

The Board of Supervisors recently passed a balanced budget. The vote was 4 to 1 in favor of the budget. Now while the bulk of the budget is a no-brainer (County staff does a great job in preparing the main budget – Thank You!) the “Policy Items” are the ones that get the most attention from the Board. There was ~$414,000 for the Supervisors to spend on items as they see fit. While the County’s “reserves” (savings) are below the recommended amount by ~$208,000, the Board (the majority) choose to reimburse the fund only ~$39,000 and spend the rest on other things. Being fiscally conservative I believe the Reserve should be as fully funded as possible. We keep hearing about the worse “El Nino” this winter and we have no idea how that will negatively affect the County and its Citizens. Having more in Reserves is better than having less!

The Founder’s Day festival in Bridgeport saw a really good turnout despite the fact that schools across California go back to school earlier and earlier. This fun event had foot races/walks, vendors selling a variety of items, live music, team roping and a Sunday evening dinner with great raffle prizes and of course the famous quilt raffle. Thanks to all that help out with this event!

Thanks to the Northern Mono Chamber of Commerce for their generous donation and volunteer labor in procuring and installing a Pet Waste Bag Dispenser near the restrooms in Walker. The hope is that those that do not pick up after their own pets, may be more inclined now to do so. Let’s hope this helps!

The Northern Mono Chamber of Commerce held two successful events, “Hiking the Valley” and “Birding the Valley”. The turnout for both of these events was quite good. While many of us know about the multitude of trails in the area, I’m not certain that many knew that there are over 125 different kinds of birds. Our local Birders were able to share their findings with others. Thank you all!

The flags atop the Bridgeport Courthouse will now be flying 24 hours a day over each weekend, barring foul weather of course. If you have not seen this majestic building at night with its flags waving and lit up from below, please check it out. It is worth a photo or two!

For some good food and a great fun time, mark your calendars for the Deer Hunter’s BBQ sponsored by the Antelope Valley Lions Club October 3rd at the Antelope Valley Community Center in Walker. It all starts at 5 pm. See you all there!

REMINDER: Antelope Valley RPAC meetings, first Thursday of each month AV community center, currently 7 pm; Bridgeport RPAC, third Thursdays at the Twin Lakes Annex at 7 pm.