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Bishop Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School

Join statement from the City of Bishop and Bishop Unified School District
The start of a new school year is a good time for parents and students to review the best and safest ways to get to and from school. Some ways to school are safer than others. Heavy traffic around schools is one of the biggest dangers that students face on their way to and from schools. Bishop schools have maps suggesting routes to get to and from school on foot or on bike.  The official maps are available on the City of Bishop web site.
Key safe routes to school shown on the maps include Grove Street, East Pine Street, East and West Line Street, Home Street, Fowler Street, Yaney Street, and Pioneer Lane. Students should use these streets to get to and from school whenever possible. These routes are the most direct and safe.
Main Street and West Line Street are our busiest streets. Home Street can also get very busy when hundreds of parents rush to drive their children to school in the minutes before school starts in the morning. The best place to cross these streets is at one of the traffic signals or where a crossing guard is stationed. Using the suggested routes will lead students to cross these busy streets only at signals and where there are crossing guards.
Parents are urged to share with each child the best way to get safely from home to school and back using the suggested routes. With proper care, walking and biking to and from school can be safe, can provide good exercise, and can reduce traffic congestion with all
the associated benefits.
Bishop schools and the City of Bishop encourage the use of designated safe routes to schools and wish the best to students in the new school year.
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Downtown Bishop Parking Discussion

Improving Downtown Bishop Parking

The City of Bishop is looking for your input on how to improve downtown parking.  Now is the time to speak up.  Have an creative idea or concern?  Be sure to share your perspective.
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The City of Bishop will hold an open house from 3 to 7 pm on August 27th to discuss how to improve parking in downtown. The open house will be in the conference room in City Hall, 377 West Line Street. Community members are invited to drop in anytime during these hours to learn about and provide ideas on how to make downtown parking better. Anyone concerned about downtown Bishop should attend.
The open house will have maps that show the current parking situation and other maps and sheets for input on how the parking situation could be changed. Ways that parking could be changed include changing the hours that parking is allowed and changing parking configurations, among other things.
The main focus of the open house will be the downtown core, essentially one block either side of Main Street from Clarke and Lagoon Streets in the south to Academy Avenue and May Street in the north. Other parts of downtown can be discussed as well.
Parking in downtown Bishop must balance the needs of businesses, residents, visitors, and employees while meeting all legal and municipal requirements. Because of this, it will be especially helpful to hear from all of these groups during the open house. Public participation is important to make the most of this process and the open house on August 27th in City Hall will be one of the best chances to have your voice heard in the process. If you can’t make it to the open house, come by City Hall to see the maps and provide input.  Input is welcome by phone and email as well. The open house will be followed by at least one workshop with City Council before changes are implemented.
Contact the City of Bishop Department of Public Works at 873-8458 for more information about parking in downtown Bishop and the open house August 27th.
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2015 Upper division Champs

City of Bishop Softball Champs

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.

A&L Tire champions
from left to right Topah Scherer, Sam Torres, Jeremy Torres, Robert Miller, Tammy Spoonhunter, Chino Santana, Mike Molina, Ryan Lent Jr, Ann Harrison, Armando Martinez, Front Katelyn Lent, Desi Torres, Scott Vega, Cierra Temple.

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.

2015 Upper division Champs
from left to right are VFW players Aaron Dondero, Erin Howard, Laura Turne,r Tenaya Howard, Amber Kinney, Joe Montoya, Eloy Montoya, Brad Weaver, Rafael Villa, Front row Lynn Dondero, Amara Keller, Rose Dondero, and Danyl Dondero.
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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.
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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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