City of Bishop Public Works Department will be burning tules at the Sewer Ponds
March 14, 2016 Submitted by the City of Bishop
The work is scheduled for Tuesday,March 15th
If weather conditions permit. This work is part of normal maintenance to enhance the treatment of the city’s waste water. Great Basin Air Pollution Control District, Local Fire Departments and Bishop Police Department are involved with this burn so please do not call if you see the large plume of smoke.
cover photo by Arnie Palu, Bishop area smoke from a DWP burn on February 24th.
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City of Bishop Improving ramp at Fowler and Church
Public Works News Release
The City of Bishop Public Works staff is constructing a new curb ramp at the intersection of Fowler and Church Streets in Bishop. The work will obstruct sidewalks at the northeast corner of the intersection during the 2 week construction period.
The new concrete ramp will improve access for people with mobility disabilities traveling to and from the city parking lot at the Fowler / Church intersection and community events in the neighborhood such as those at City Hall, the Bishop High School, and the Bishop United Methodist Church. The new ramp will meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards and will help improve the city’s overall network of pedestrian facilities. In addition to the new ramp, some
curb in the area will be replaced to improve drainage and reduce ponding in the area.
Unfortunately, a tree had to be removed to allow for construction of the new ramp and adjacent sidewalk. The project includes planting a new tree in the spring.
The project was put out to bid in October but no bids from prospective contractors were received. To keep the project moving forward, it is being constructed by City of Bishop Public Works staff. The project is estimated to cost about $10,000. For more information contact City of Bishop Public Works at firstname.lastname@example.org or 760-873-8458
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Submitted by the City of Bishop, Public Works Department
Snow in Bishop
A chance of snow is forecast the next few days in the Bishop area and the City of Bishop Department of Public Works reminds residents and visitors to be prepared for snow on city streets and sidewalks.
Use snow tires or chains on Bishop streets when they are required on Bishop-area highways. A good guideline to determine if snow tires or chains should be used on city streets is if Caltrans requires them on state highways in area. Snow tire and chain needs for streets and alleys west of Main Street should follow Caltrans requirements for West Line Street (Highway 168). Snow tire and chain needs for streets and alleys east of Main Street should follow Caltrans requirements for Main Street (Highway 395). Chain requirements for state highways are available from Caltrans including by dialing 511 from any phone. Since both Highway 168
and Highway 395 are long routes, care is needed to ensure the chain requirements for t he portions of those highways in Bishop are noted.
Residents and businesses are also reminded to clear snow from public sidewalks at their homes and businesses, especially in areas that stay shaded from the low winter sun. If the snow is not cleared immediately, it can partially melt, then freeze and remain slippery for a long time. State law and city policy makes the maintenance of sidewalks, including snow removal, the responsibility of the adjacent property.
Please help keep Bishop as safe and convenient as possible when it snows. Use snow tires or chains as appropriate when driving on city streets and immediately clear snow from sidewalks at your home or business. Your assistance is appreciated.
For more information contact City of Bishop Public Works at email@example.com or 760-873-8458.
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The City of Bishop invites the public to a series of meetings over the next three weeks to gain public input on the city’s next “active” transportation projects. The meetings will be at noon and at 5 pm on May13th and on May 20th in the conference room at City Hall.
The state’s Active Transportation Program is intended to promote public health and safety by encouraging active forms of transportation such as walking, biking, and skateboarding to get to school, work, or every day activities. Active Transportation
Program funds can be used for construction projects such as sidewalks and bicycle paths, and for non-construction projects like bicycle education and safety programs. Projects which have the potential to close “gaps” in the non-motorized route network
and the potential to increase safety for bicyclists and pedestrians are of particular importance to the ATP. The City of Bishop has the opportunity to apply for this funding if it can identify good projects and apply by the end of this month. Good Bishop projects
probably include sidewalks and bike paths but public input is needed to know for sure. The city’s current list of future street projects includes 13 sidewalk and path projects.
The city needs the public’s help to identify more projects and then to figure out which ones are the best to propose for Active Transportation Program (ATP) funds. To get this public help in time for the application due this month, a series of meetings are scheduled over the next 3 weeks. Public input is invited by coming to the meetings or by contacting the City of Bishop Department of Public Works by mail, email, phone, or in person.
The first meetings are scheduled for May 13th and are intended to gather ideas for good ATP projects that might not yet be on the city’s project list. There will be two meetings that day, one at noon and one at 5 pm. Maps showing existing sidewalks and paths,
along with other information, will be available for reference. The two meetings that day will be the same so the public should feel free to come to either or both, whatever is convenient.
The second pair of meetings are scheduled for May 20th and are intended to identify the best projects out of all those identified by that time. Like the previous pair of meetings, there will be two meetings that day, one at noon and one at 5 pm. Maps and projects
lists, will be available for reference at that meeting. The two meetings will be the same so the public should feel free to come to either or both. The City of Bishop appreciates public involvement identifying the best projects to propose for Active Transportation Program funding.
For more information contact City of Bishop Public Works at firstname.lastname@example.org or 760-873-8458.
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