Improving Downtown Bishop Parking
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Bishop Softball league wraps up season
The 2015 City of Bishop slow pitch softball season closes with the crowning of two divisional champion. The H.R.S. A and L Tire team won the Lower Division crown with the V.F.W. team winning the Upper Division. Photos provided by the City of Bishop.
The City of Bishop Community Service would like to congratulate the 2015 lower division softball champions H.R.S. A&L Tire. They had a season record of 9-2-1. Beating the first place team in the championship game. H.R.S. A&L Tire
The City of Bishop Community Service would like to congratulate the 2015 upper division softball champions V.F.W. They had a season record of 9-1 and battled through the playoffs.
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Agenda includes a public hearing for a Proposed Development on Home Street
Monday’s Bishop City County meeting will include a public hearing for the environmental review of the Kingston Subdivision. The proposed project is located on a 2.75 acre parcel that is currently home to the Bishop Nursery. As proposed the parcel at 785 Home Street would be subdivided into 15 residential parcels ranging in size between 5,104 and 8,232 square feet. Each parcels individual building pad would cover roughly sixty to sixty-five percent of the parcel area. The project would include the removal of the existing Bishop Nursery. Project proponent Bob Kingston stresses that the Bishop Nursery will stay open as the proposed development moves forward.
The Environmental Initial Study may be reviewed at the City of Bishop’s web site, www.ca-bishop.us. Comments made at Mondays meeting will be reviewed by staff and incorporated into the Initial Study. Final determination of the draft Mitigated Negative Declaration is tentatively scheduled for the July 27th city council meeting.
Kingston Subdivision information, http://bishop-ca.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=1&event_id=131&meta_id=9709
Mondays city council meeting will also include a Inyo County update from 2nd district supervisor Jeff Griffiths, a Northern Inyo Hospital quarterly update from CEO Victoria Alexander-Lane, and the city council will be asked to take action to approve the purchase of a radar trailer for the Police Department.
The Monday, July 13th meeting of the Bishop City Council will begin at 5pm with a closed session and the open portion of the meeting beginning at 6pm.
Cover photo by Gary Young.
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Celebrate July 4th at the Bishop City Park
Free swimming, Baseball, pie and ice cream! America!
The City of Bishop will be hosting their Annual “Big Day at the Park” on Saturday, July 4th. Everyone is welcome to enjoy a day at the City Park to celebrate the Fourth of July with activities starting at 11:00 AM and ending at 4:00 PM.
Starting at 11 AM – For the spectator, come and watch an exciting Exhibition Baseball Game at Diamond Four; For some exercise, bring your tennis rackets and balls and play on the city tennis courts or check in at the City Pool Office to check out a bocce ball set or a volleyball to get started on a game of bocce ball or get some digs in this summer in our volleyball sand courts!
To cool off – come and join us at the City Pool free of charge from 11 AM to 4 PM! Live music will begin at 2:00 PM and FREE watermelon, ice cream, and pie will be served from 2 PM to 4 PM.
Don’t miss out on the fun! If you need more information please call Bishop City Hall at (760) 873-5863.
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Bishop Celebrates Warren Street
City of Bishop officials cut the ribbon on the 2.1 million dollar Warren Street Improvement project Wednesday morning. The effort was funded through state of California gas tax revenues. Public works director Dave Grah was joined by three of the five city council members as the ribbon was cut at the intersection of Warren and Academy. The public works director thanked many for their efforts on the project especially public works staff, including Deston Dishion. Grah thanked members of the “Warren Street Focus Group” who guided the design. That group includes Beth Himelhoch, Dave Metcalf, Ray Finch, Pete Korrgiebel, Tawni Thomson, Janice Kabala, Martin West, Pam Mitchell, Jerry Gabriel, Ed Morse, Elaine Kabala, Dick Distel, Karol Tong, Diana Pietrasanta, Gail Swain, Skandar Reid, and Charles Milligan.
Advanced Asphalt of Truckee served as the construction contractor, and the main subcontractor was V and C Construction from Minden. The effort was designed by Triad Holmes Associates of Bishop.
City Council Members Laura Smith, Joe Pecsi and Karen Schwartz spoke at the ribbon cutting. Mayor Pro-tem Smith encourages folks to shop local in support of the businesses that were inconvenienced during construction. Councilman Pecsi thanked the focus group for their effort and commitment. Councilwoman Schwartz thanked the focus group and praised the projects pedestrian friendly features. Bishop Chamber of commerce and visitors bureau Executive Director Tawni Thomson praised Grah and city staff for reaching out to the community for input.
According to Dave Grah, this first phase of the Warren Street project improved North Warren Street and part of South Warren Street with new pavement, curb,sidewalk, street trees, street lights, pocket parks, seating areas, platforms for performances, and colored concrete with designs. The blocks of Church, Academy, and Pine streets between Warren and Main were also improved as part of the project. Other features such as sculpture, banners, archways, bike racks, and a public restroom are also planned. In addition to addressing serious pavement deterioration, poor sidewalks, and drainage issues, the project was intended to make the area more attractive to pedestrians to stroll, stop, shop, eat, and to see a show. Future phases of the project in the next several years are planned to extend improvements to the full length of the street.
photos by Arnie Palu
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Warren Street Ribbon Cutting Wednesday
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Bishop City Council Honors Hallenbeck
Monday evening the Bishop City Council made a presentation to outgoing Park and Recreation commissioner Kellie Hallenbeck. The council thanked Hallenbeck for her years of service on the commission noting her specific contribution to improvements at the city park and expansion of services.
Hallenbeck pinned a letter to city of Bishop staff.
“I am delighted to have been part of the Parks and Recreation Commission and considered it an honor and privilege to have been chairperson the last two years. My favorite accomplishment was being a part of the Tree Committee. Together we agreed on new street trees for sidewalk improvement projects and with fellow Master Gardener, Alison Collin, we were able to choose every tree for the Warren Street Project. Best of all having an approved Arboretum in the city park is helping Bishop to be placed on the map of ‘Tree City USA!’ My hometown of Sacramento is considered the ‘City of Trees’ for California so helping the high dessert become a tree city is truly magical for me. I also enjoyed helping fund the tile mural wall at the Inyo County Library and the Bishop Dog Park through yard sale profits and many many meetings. I am satisfied with the additions of the community garden, the outdoor gym, new fields and improvements throughout the park. I’m excited to know a shade structure will be in place for the playground and the walking path is scheduled to circle the park and after years of trying I hope to visit one day to see a community building filled with liveliness. I joined the commission because the city lacked activities for kids but now the children of Bishop are certainly blessed with programs to meet all of their needs thanks to the City of Bishop’s Parks and Recreation Department’s awesomeness and volunteer efforts! Thank you for all you do!May your children and their children forever be and feel safe at Bishop City Park.”
Hellenbeck and her husband Tom, former Caltrans district 9 director, are relocating to Sacramento.
Cover Photo, Dan McElroy, Parks & Recreation Supervisor and Kellie Hallenbeck.
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City of Bishop Parks and Rec Vacancy
NOTICE OF VACANCY
CITY OF BISHOP
PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION
Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of Bishop announces an unscheduled vacancy on the Parks and Recreation Commission. This appointment will be in effect until the end of the term on October 28, 2015. All interested persons interested in serving on this City Commission may contact Bishop City Hall, 377 West Line Street, Bishop, (760) 873-5863. Applications and descriptions of duties and responsibilities of the commission are available at City Hall and on the City’s website at http://www.ca-bishop.us Applications will be accepted until the close of business at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.