The Bishop Community Garden has gardening plots available for the 2016 growing season. The cost to rent a 10′ X 15′ patch of soil with water is $35 for one year. This is a UCCE Inyo & Mono Master Garden project in its sixth year. Master Gardeners will help you learn best growing practices. The garden is located in the back of the Bishop City Park behind Sterling Heights.
Contact Margaret Phelps at 760-872-6608 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City of Bishop is holding a youth fish camp. The two day camp will be held April 30th and May 1st at the City Park Pond for ages 6-12. The cost is $20 per participant. Registration is now open at Bishop City Hall.
Day 1, the kids will have a clinic from 11-2pm to learn proper fly-fishing casting, fishing safety, tying, bug life and fish stocking. They will do a walk through of a living stream display with prizes at each station. Lunch will be provided on this day!!
Day 2 is Derby Day!! From 8am-12pm the kids will use the knowledge they learned to land and measure fish from the Park Pond. This will be with barbless hooks, catch and release. Parents are welcome to come and help with the exciting moment. There will be prizes for the largest, the first caught and the most fish caught!!
Don’t miss out on this great fishing event at the City Park!! There are only 20 slots available so make sure to register at City Hall by April 25th. For more information contact City Hall at 760-873-5863.
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April 1, 2016 submitted by Jessica Scida, Public Information Officer
On Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at approximately 6:30 PM units from the Bishop Police Department conducted a probation search at a residence located in the 300 block of Clark Street.
At the residence, Bishop Police Officers made contact with Alberto Verdugo Flores, a 32 year old Bishop resident. During search of the residence, officers located a large amount of stolen property connected to a series of burglaries in the Bishop area. As a result of the investigation, Flores was placed under arrest and transported to the Inyo County Jail on the following charges: Penal Code Section 496(a) – Possession of Stolen Property over $900.00; Penal Code Section 1203.2 – Violation of Probation; and Health and Safety Code Section 11377(a) – Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Bishop Police Officers also contacted Kevin Douglas Elliott, a 26 year old Big Pine resident inside the house. Elliott was found to be in possession of approximately a half ounce of methamphetamine. Elliott was placed under arrest and transported to the Inyo County Jail on the following charges: Health and Safety Code Section 11378 – Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sales; Health and Safety Code Section 11364 – Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia.
The investigation is continuing at this time, and anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact the Bishop Police Department at (760) 873-5866.
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Bishop City Park and Talmage Park getting restrooms
Submitted by the City Of Bishop
February 29, 2016
Bishop Restroom Construction Started Construction of two new public restrooms began last week in the City of Bishop and is
expected to continue into the summer.
A new two-user restroom is being constructed in the back of Talmage Park on Academy Avenue at Main Street and a new six-user rest room is being constructed in the back of the City Park near the Senior Center. The new restrooms are to address the need for new restrooms in these two park areas. Construction is expected to start with underground work and building pads for the new restrooms. Underground and building pad work -also known as “site work” – has started at the City Park location and is expected to be complete there in early March. Site work at the Talmage Park location is expected to follow and last until late March. Following the completion of the site work, there will be a break in construction for a few months until the prefabricated restroom buildings are delivered in June or July.
The contractor on the $360,000 project is Doug Clair, Incorporated, of Bishop. The project is funded by the City of Bishop. Equipment, workers, excavations in the street, uneven pavement, and other hidden hazards require attention, even when work is not underway. At times parking will be restricted. The contractor normally works 7
am to 4 pm Monday through Friday. Drivers, riders, and pedestrians should be cautious, take alternate routes, and be patient.
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The City of Bishop is excited to team up with Coach Ken Dutton for a Co-ed Youth Wrestling Program. This program is geared for children in Kindergarten through the 8th grades. Classes will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the High School Wrestling room from 5:30 – 6:30 beginning on March 8th until May 5th. The High School Wrestling room is located in the southwestern corner of John Schwab football field.
Cost for each child for this 16 class program is $50. A mandatory parent meeting is scheduled for March 7th, registration by this date is highly suggested as space is limited. Registration forms are available now at City Hall.
For more information or questions you can contact Karey at City of Bishop Community Services at 760-873-5863.
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Bob Kingston is moving forward with a housing subdivision on the property that currently houses Bishop Nursery while also actively looking for a space to relocate the business. Kingston has owned the Bishop Nursery since the late 1990’s and says he is looking for a win/win situation for the community by providing much needed housing and keeping the popular Bishop Nursery in business.
The 15 lot Kingston Subdivision is working its way through the City of Bishop permitting process. Kingston says the plan is to begin building shortly after the tentative tract map is approved, stressing that splitting the 2.75 acre parcel into 15 lots makes financial sense. Local Realtor Jake Rasmuson says that as currently designed the Kingston Subdivision is consistent with the surrounding neighborhoods densities. Kingston says the aim is to build a “small, well built, well designed community”.
Developing the subdivision on Home Street requires the demolition of the existing Bishop Nursery Building. On Tuesday Kingston stressed his commitment to keeping the Bishop Nursery open at its current location through this season. Kingston indicated he is currently looking for a space to relocate the nursery business that supports approximately 30 employees during their peak season.
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Construction of the City of Bishop’s solar project is expected to start this week with the first material arriving at the project’s three work
sites. The $600,000 project will add solar arrays at two city well sites and at the city sewage treatment plant. These arrays
will provide most of the power used by the wells and sewage plant, will save the city about $60,000 per year in electricity costs, and will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 470,000 pounds per year.
One 5,000 square foot solar array will be constructed at the city’s Well 2 site near the Tri-county Fairgrounds, one 11,000 square foot solar array will be constructed at the city’s Well 4 site on West Line Street near Mumy Lane, and two arrays with a combined area of about 12,500 square feet will be constructed at the sewage treatment plant about 1/2 mile east of the Bishop Creek Canal.
Construction is expected to start this week and continue into January. At the waste-water treatment plant east of Bishop and at
Well 2 near the fairgrounds, construction will include driving posts into the ground to mount the solar panels. Sound from driving the
posts will probably be heard outside of these sites and is expected between 7 am and 7 pm workdays. Post driving is expected to last 1 or 2 weeks.
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The City of Bishop is hosting their annual Trunk or Treat on Friday, October 16th. The event at the Bishop City Park will run from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
Vehicle or booth registration is free. Booth and vehicle judging will be held at 5:45pm with Western Nevada Supply donating a BBQ. There will be a children’s costume contest for youngsters up to the age of 10. Bishop Youth Football and Cheerleading will have a concession stand on site.
For more information contact Karey Poole at Bishop City Hall. 760-873-5863.
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The Bishop City Council will meet Tuesday, October 6th at 11am. The Special Meeting has been called to allow the Council to take three action items into consideration.
The agenda for the special meting includes action to approve a interim police chief agreement recently retired, former Chief Chris Carter. Carter’s final day with the Bishop Police department was Wednesday, September 30th. The short term interim police Chief agreement would pay Carter $54.52 per hour. If approved, Carter would serve as interim chief for 30 days.
The second action item would approve a services agreement with Ralph Andersen and Associates for the recruitment of a Chief of Police. If approved, the agreement would pay the recruitment firm no more than $26,000.
The third and final action item is a services agreement with a firm to investigate the claims of a September 16th “Letter of No Confidence” in then Chief of Police Chris Carter. The letter signed by 7 members of the Bishop Police Department was addressed to the City Council and local media. That letter included accusations against City Administrator Jim Tatum and Joe Pecsi and numerous claims against Chief Carter. Those claims include misconduct, violation of established policies, and conflict of interest. If approved by the city council Tuesday, the contact with Norman Traub Associates of Yorba Linda would pay the investigator $200 per hour plus expenses. The City Council agenda indicates the cost of the investigation will be paid through the City’s general fund.
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City officials announce Chris Carter Short Term Interim Chief of Police and address the “letter of no confidence” issued September 16th. A statement released by the city today also confirms that they are in the process of soliciting an independent, outside investigator to investigate the accusations included in the letter.
CITY OF BISHOP STATEMENT
The City of Bishop has secured the services of the executive search firm, Ralph Andersen and Associates, to facilitate the hiring of a new Chief of Police. It is anticipated the hiring process will take 4-5 months and include a thorough background investigation. The vacancy is a product of the September 30, 2015 retirement of Chief Chris Carter. He will be ending a 31 year career in law enforcement, the final five years as the Chief of Police. Carter has agreed to return to the Bishop Police Department as a short term interim Chief under the classification of retired annuitant. The term of the contract will be for a period not to exceed 30 days and provide the City adequate time to identify a long term interim Chief, fulfilling the balance of the anticipated 4-5 month recruitment process.
Additionally, at the request of Chief Carter, the City Administrator and the City Council, the City of Bishop is in the process of soliciting an independent, outside investigator to investigate the accusations included in a letter regarding Chief of Police Chris Carter dated September 16, 2015. The letter was addressed to the Bishop City Council and numerous local media sources and was signed by seven members of the Bishop Police Department acting as individuals, independent of the Bishop Police Officers Association. It also included accusations against the City Administrator and a member of the City Council. Accusations to be included in the investigation will include, but not be limited to, misconduct, violation of established policies, conflict of interest, compliance with a formally negotiated MOU, misuse of government resources and violations of the Police Officers Bill of Rights (POBAR). Upon completion, any and all information resulting from the investigation and not subject to rules of confidentiality will be made available to the public.
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