March 2016 - Sierra Scoop Column

Want serve your community? Open positions available on the Antelope Valley Regional Planning Advisory Committee (RPAC). This RPAC meets on the first Thursday of each month. Openings also on the Bridgeport Regional Planning Advisory committee and Bridgeport County Service Area #5 (CSA #5). This RPAC meets on the third Thursday of each month and the CSA meets on the first Tuesday of each month. If you are interested please contact Mono County Community Development at comdev@mono.ca.gov or 760-924-1800 for more information and/or application. And “Thank You” in advance for your future service to your community.

The Antelope Valley CERT Team needs volunteers! Come be part of a team to help friends, neighbors and loved ones in the event of a disaster in our valley. Please attend our meeting on the second Thursday of each month at the Antelope Valley Fire Station 3 at 1166 Larson Lane at 6 pm.

Garbage! Don’t people just love to talk about garbage? The Board of Supervisors (BOS) had a “Long Term Planning Workshop” on this very thing. Benton Crossing landfill must be closed come 2023 as the lease expires. The BOS are now starting to have the discussion on what comes next. Keep our garbage in the County or ship it out? Require mandatory curbside pickup or not? These are only some of the questions that need to be answered. As 2023 is not that far off, work must start on this very important topic. Do you have any thoughts, opinions, or questions? Please email me at tim@monocounty.info.

Due to recent retirements & departures by 14 employees, the BOS approved the transfer of ~$304,000 from the Contingencies account to the General Fund to pay for accrued sick, vacation and comp time. Leaving only ~$25,000 in contingencies for the remainder of the fiscal year.

The BOS decided not to implement a Mono County Plastic Bag Ban Ordinance, seeing that the public will be voting on a statewide ban in November. If the statewide ban is not passed, then the County will readdress the issue afterwards. Stay tuned!

Mark your calendar! The BOS will hear the report created by the EMS Ad Hoc Committee regarding the Paramedics on Tuesday March 8th in Bridgeport. After 6+ months of meetings consisting of education, idea planning and such, the committee will present their ideas to the BOS. As always, I will support modifications to the program as long as existing served communities continue to be served at their present levels into the future!