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Bishop City Council

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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Big Day in the Bishop City Park

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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Ribbon Cut on Bishop’s Warren Street

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.

Left to right, Deston Dishion, Joe Pecsi, Laura Smith and granddaughter Mia, Dave Grah, Karen Schwartz

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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Bishop Celebrating Warren Street

Warren Street Ribbon Cutting Wednesday

City of Bishop Public Works News Release
A brief ribbon cutting is planned for the recently-completed Warren Street Improvements project. The ribbon cutting will be at 11 am, Wednesday 10 June, on Warren Street at the Bishop Library near Academy Avenue.
The 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.
The $2.1 million project was funded by state gas tax funds.
The construction contractor was Advanced Asphalt from Truckee,
and the main subcontractor was V and C Construction from Minden. The project was designed by Triad Holmes Associates from Bishop. Most of the design of the project was guided by a capable and dedicated group of volunteers from the Bishop community know as the Warren Street Focus Group.
The ribbon cutting will celebrate the completion of the first phase of improvements and acknowledge those that contributed to the project.
cover photo, Warren Street under construction
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Council Honors Kellie Hallenbeck

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.

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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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Bishop Parks and Rec Vacancy

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.

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Warren Street Update

Warren Street in the home stretch

Paving operations are expected next week on the City of Bishop Warren Street Improvements project. Paving is expected to start first thing Monday morning, April 27th and continue 2 or 3 days. With the completion of paving work, the most disruptive part
of the project will be over. This week, old street pavement was ground up, mixed with cement, compacted, and graded as base for the new pavement. This operation closed most of the roads affected
by the project and limited access to public parking lots in the area.
Next week’s paving operation is expected to involve similar closures and similar inconvenience. In addition to pavement work on North Warren between Line and Pine streets and on Church, Academy, and Pine between Main and Warren, work is now underway to reconstruct a city parking lot on South Warren. The pavement in this parking lot was ground this week and the lot will be repaved next week.
In addition to the pavement rehabilitation work, concrete work has continued on the project. Next week, concrete work is expected to move to South Warren Street.
Equipment, workers, excavations in the street, uneven pavement, and other hidden hazards require attention, even when work is not underway. When signs say a road is closed, please don’t drive on it. The contract or on the project normally works 7 am to 5 pm Monday through Thursday and has Fridays off.
For more information contact City of Bishop Public Works at publicworks@ca-bishop.us or 760-873-8458.
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Bishop Solar Project

Bishop Invites Comments on Solar Project

The City of Bishop invites comments on the environmental study for its Well and Sewer Plant Solar project. The $600,000 project will add solar arrays at two city well sites and at the city sewage treatment plant. These arrays would provide most of the power used by the wells and sewage plant, would save the city about $60,000 per year in electricity costs, and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 470,000 pounds per year.

One 5,000 square foot solar array would be constructed at the city’s Well 2 site near the Tri-county Fairgrounds, one 11,000 square foot solar array would be constructed at the city’s Well 4 site on West Line Street near Mummy Lane, and two arrays with a combined
area of about 12,500 square feet would be constructed at the sewage treatment plant about 1/2 mile east of the Bishop Creek Canal. An environmental document called an Initial Study has been prepared for the project. The document describes the project in detail and is available on the City of Bishop website. This document identifies and evaluates potential environmental impacts of the project and suggests the project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact.

The study was released for public review March 31st and comments are due May 1st. The City Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the study at its regular meeting April 27th and is expected to adopt the environmental document at their meeting May 11th. Construction of the project is expected in the fall of 2015. Contact the City of Bishop Department of Public Works at City Hall or publicworks@ca-bishop.us or 760-873-8458 for more information or to provide comment on the project or environmental document.

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Paving Begins on Bishop’s Warren Street

Warren Street Construction Update

Pavement rehabilitation work is expected to start next week on the City of Bishop Warren Street Improvements project. This work will last about two weeks and will be especially disruptive because of extensive street and intersection closures.  Pavement rehabilitation will start early Monday, 20 April, with grinding and pulverizing
existing pavement on North Warren, Church, Academy, West Pine, and the city parking lot east of South Warren.
After that, the ground up pavement will be treated with cement
and graded to provide a base for the new asphalt concrete pavement. This grinding and grading work is expected to take about a week. The following week, new pavement is expected to be placed on the streets that were ground and graded the previous week. Paving is expected to take about a week.
While pavement rehabilitation work is underway, concrete work will continue on the project. Concrete work is expected to focus on South Warren and in city parking lots for the next two or three weeks. Street light installation is also expected to continue.
Although the next two weeks of work on the Warren Street project will be especially disruptive, once it is complete, inconveniences due to the remaining construction will be significantly less than it has for several months. All work on the project is expected to be complete in mid May.  Equipment, workers, excavations in the street, uneven pavement, and other hidden hazards require attention, even when work is not underway. When signs say a road is closed, please don’t drive on it. The contract or on the project normally works 7 am to 5
pm Monday through Thursday and has Fridays off.
For more information contact City of Bishop Public Works at publicworks@ca-bishop.us or 760-873-8458.
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City of Bishop Expands Water Restrictions

California Expands Water Conservation Mandates

City of Bishop, public works:

In response to the ongoing drought, the State of California recently expanded the measures it requires all water users in the state to take, including City of Bishop water users. The state now requires that water use in the City of Bishop be reduced 25% when compared to use in 2013. Prior to this, the required reduction was 20%. To achieve this reduction, the state has added several new water conservation requirements. As a result, the current water conservation mandates that apply to City of Bishop water users are:

No outdoor irrigation except between 5 pm and 9 am.
No outdoor irrigation such that water runs off property.
No outdoor irrigation during and within 48 hours after precipitation (new).
New landscaping must use drip irrigation or micro-spray (new).
No washing vehicles unless hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle.
No washing driveways, sidewalks, and parking areas.
No decorative water features unless there is recirculation.
No serving of water in commercial establishments except upon request (new).
Hotel guests can choose to not have towels and linens washed each day (new).
No water waste caused by easily correctable leaks, breaks, or malfunctions.
No use of potable water for construction purposes.
No hydrant flushing except when required for public health and safety.

Most water is used for outdoor irrigation so most measures address outdoor irrigation. The city may allow exceptions to some of these measures in some cases. More water conservation requirements are expected from the state as the drought continues. The city has a standing water conservation incentive program available to help its water customers save water. The program provides free hose nozzles, hose timers, and irrigation system timers and provides rebates for some sprinkler systems and water conserving appliances. The incentives are available only to water customers of the City of Bishop and are limited to one per customer account. Also, quantities of the free items are limited. The free hose nozzles, hose timers, and irrigation system timers are available at the City of Bishop Public Works Office. To receive these items, come in, fill out an application, and pick one up while supplies last. Rebates are available for installing water saving sprinkler systems and for eligible upgrades to clothes washers, dish washers, and toilets. To receive a rebate, fill out an application, have your old and new item verified by city staff, and get a check. More information and applications are available on the city website or from City of Bishop Public Works.  Also remember that landscaping needs less water now than in the heat of the summer. Taylor your watering to the needs of the plants and lawn to avoid over watering.  Saving water saves money, reduces water rates, protects groundwater, is the right thing to do, and is required by the state. Contact the City of Bishop Department of Public Works at 873-8458 for more information on water conservation and the City’s water system.

Cover Photo by Gary Young

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