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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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Bishop’s Warren Street Project

Pavement work is next on Warren Street

Next week the focus of work on the City of Bishop Warren Street Improvements project is expected to continue on concrete but the following week the focus of work is expected to shift to pavement rehabilitation.  Concrete work is expected to be complete on Academy Avenue next week. When concrete on Academy is done, the concrete operation is expected to move to the east side of South Warren between Line and Lagoon at the city parking lot there.   At the same time, curbs around new planters in other parking lots may be constructed.

Starting as early as the week of 20 April, grinding of the existing pavement and grading in preparation for paving is expected. Paving is expected the week following grading. The streets affected by the pavement rehabilitation are Warren from Line to Pine, Church and Academy from Main to Warren, and Pine between Main and the alley half way between Warren and Hammond. Pavement work will be very disruptive to traffic on the affected streets, so driving on these streets during this time should be avoided.

The new sidewalks will be open to pedestrians, however, so you still can easily get to your favorite local businesses. 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 contractor 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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Warren Street Improvements

Warren Street Update

submitted by the City of Bishop, Public Works Department.

Next week, concrete work on the City of Bishop Warren Street Improvements project is expected to continue on Warren between Academy and Pine. In following weeks, concrete work is expected to move back to Academy between Main and Warren and then move to a parking lot on South Warren. The relocation of an underground phone cable has interfered with the work on the north side of the Warren and Academy intersection. A delay in getting the new cable could push the completion of work in this intersection into early May. Before this delay came to light, the contractor was planning to
have the entire project complete about the beginning of May. The intention is still to have the entire project complete before Mule Days.

Construction on and near Warren Street in downtown Bishop involves the closure of streets, intersections, sidewalks, and driveways. Access is still available to businesses in the area but, in most cases, it would be better to park nearby and walk a block to visit your favorite local business. Access to city parking lots is normally still available during construction, but entrances may be different and driveways and parts of the lots may be closed due to the construction. 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. There are probably hazards you are not aware of. The contractor on the project normally works 7 am to 5 pm Monday through Thursday and has Fridays off.

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Bishop Main Street Wifi

Free Wifi on Main Street Bishop

The Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the highly anticipated I-Main Street project is now up and running!
I-Main is the system that provides free Wi-Fi access to people passing along Main Street and visiting the Bishop City Park.
The I-Main Street concept was first discussed at a Chamber Strategic Planning Meeting in August of 2012. At that time,
Angie Aukee and Julie Faber led the discussion and all Chamber Board Members thought it sounded like a great idea.
“We began investigating logistics, budget and possible funding sources,”  explains Tawni Thomson.
When Inyo County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Terry McAteer
learned of the I-Main idea, he expressed interest in collaborating with the Bishop Chamber.
“The I-Main Street project fits perfectly
with ICSOS’s desire to improve technology and internet access for local students and families,”  notes Julie Faber, current Chamber President.
Throughout 2013 and into 2014, Chamber representatives met with ICSOS, City of Bishop staff and several technical experts to develop system specifications and an RFP for the project. The group received bids from several providers and Schat.net was selected as the contractor for the project.  I-Main now provides free Wi-Fi in public spaces along Main Street from Lagoon Street to MacIver Street
and into the Bishop City Park. I-Main is not intended to replace a business’ regular internet service; the system is simply not
designed for one user to have all day, every day access to large
amounts of broadband. I-Main is for the benefit of students that need to access the internet for homework & school projects, as well as visitors that may need to check social media, get directions or answer emails.  I-Main users will be greeted with a “splash page” hosted at www.bishop.community. The splash page has basic information about the program and links to lodging, restaurants and activities on the Chamber’s main website. Soon, the Chamber plans to offer advertising for sale on the splash page.  Advertising revenues will offset the Chamber’s ongoing purchase and  distribution of the broadband.
“We’re so proud of this project and so grateful to Inyo County Superintendent of Schools and the City of Bishop for working with us to bring I-Main Street to our community,”  states Bishop Chamber
President Julie Faber
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Bishop Warren Street Update

Warren Street Construction Update

Submitted by the City of Bishop, Public Works department.

Concrete work was almost completed on Church Street this week. Concrete construction is expected to wrap up on Church Street and continue on Academy Avenue next week. After that, concrete work is expected to progress on Warren Street north to Pine Street and then jump to South Warren.  Most of the remaining storm drain construction was completed this week. Construction of the City of Bishop Warren Street Improvements project started in late January and is expected to continue into May.  The project is improving Warren Street between Line Street and Pine Street, including the blocks of Church Street and Academy Avenue between Warren and Main, and is planned to include additional work on South Warren between Line and Lagoon.  Construction on and near Warren Street in downtown Bishop involves the closure of streets, intersections, sidewalks, and driveways.  Access is still available to businesses in the area but, in most cases, it would be better to park nearby and walk a block to visit your favorite local business.  Access to city parking lots is normally still available during construction, but entrances may be different and driveways and parts of the lots may be closed due to the construction.  Equipment, workers, excavations in the street, uneven pavement, and other hidden hazards require attention, even when work is not underway.  The contractor on the project normally works 7 am to 5 pm Monday through Thursday and has Fridays off.

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