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James “Jim” Tatum (1958-2019) Obituary

James “Jim” Tatum, age 60, passed away on January 27th. He was surrounded by family at his home in Bishop as he concluded his courageous battle with cancer.

Jim, a lifetime Bishop resident, was an incredible husband, father, brother, and community contributor. His love of the local community was evident in all of his professional and personal endeavors where he always went above and beyond to do for others. His accomplishments were numerous across his career: as a rancher, in his 20-year tenure as the CEO of the Tri-County Fairgrounds, as the Inyo County Deputy Public Works Director, and most recently as the Bishop City Administrator. His generous and make-it-happen spirit could also be seen in his roles as a Bishop Little League and Bishop Union High School Baseball Coach, a member of the local school board, and the beloved “tractor man” at the California High School Rodeo State Finals and other fair arena events. He was also known for his witty and playful sense of humor, optimistic attitude, and that unmistakeable whistle while he walked. His impact on the community will be enduring, but his presence will be sorely missed.

Jim’s loving family will continue to carry forward his memory, values, and commitment to community. They include his wife, Donna Tatum; daughter and son-in-law Kelsie Tatum Martinez and Jaime Martinez; son and future daughter-in-law Keith Tatum and Sara Galligher; brother and sister-in-law Von and Jayne Tatum; brother Lee Tatum; his family in-love, Polly, Larry, and Robert Renfro and Linda Holcomb; and many nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Don and Betty Tatum of Bishop.

A Celebration of Life will be held for Jim on Sunday, February 10th at 1pm at the Tri-County Fairgrounds in Bishop. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider making a donation in Jim’s memory to either the Bishop Union High School Jim Tatum Memorial Scholarship (301 North Fowler Street, Bishop, CA 93514) or the Friends of the Tri-County Fair Jim Tatum Memorial Fund (PO Box 607, Bishop, CA 93515).

Special Bishop City Council Meeting Called

Bishop City Council Meeting Tuesday

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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Bishop City Council Meets

Flower Baskets to Hard ball

The Bishop City Council had few action items on their agenda Tuesday night, but did receive a wide variety of information ranging from the placement of flower baskets to a budding adult baseball league.

The rare Tuesday night meeting opened with the council approving a proclamation recognizing the upcoming “Walk for Kids” on Sunday, June 7th.  Registration begins at 7am, with the walk starting at 8am.  The walk is being held on the 4th birthday of Bodie Ellis.  The walk is being organized by the Ellis family who became familiar with the Ronald McDonald House at Loma Linda when their son needed specialized care.  You can register for the walk at www.walkforkids.org/lomalinda

Notes
Fire Chief Ray Seguine updated the council on potential plans for remodeling fire station number 2.

Police Chief Chris Carter thanked all who helped out with the effort to close main street for the Mule Days Parade.  Carter reported no major issues during the recent celebration.

City Engineer Dave Grah reported that work on the Warren street improvement project continues.  The focus on North Warren is the instillation of concrete crosswalks.  That work is continuing this week and is expected to stretch into next week.  Grah expects the concrete crosswalks to help with stop sign and cross walk recognition, noting the goal of the design is to limit paint and signage.   Grah indicated positive feedback from a recent set of meetings held to gather public input on Active Transportation Planning.  The top requests centered on Bike transportation followed by residential sidewalk improvements.

Waylon Cleland had positive news on the parks and recreation front.  Cleland announced that the city has been awarded a $45,000 grant from the Toiyabe Indian Health Project.  Funds will be used to renovate fields 1 and 2 at the Bishop City Park.

City Manager Jim Tatum reported that the new downtown flower baskets and their watering system withstood the busy Mule Days parade.  Tatum explained that the flower basket concentration near main and line streets is due to the current availability of water.  Tatum indicates the city is hoping to expand the program with availability of infrastructure to support the watering system.  Tatum also gave an update on the “Big Day in the Park”.  The recent 4th of July tradition is taking shape and Tatum revealed plans to include a baseball game at field 4.  The game would include a collection of recent graduates who are playing or have played college baseball.  The hardball game would potentially serve as a springboard for a adult baseball league.

Bishop Camber of Commerce and visitors bureau executive director Tawni Thomson reported visitor numbers to the city park center are up.  The Month of April saw a 32% increase in visitors compared to 2014.  Thomson credited the spike in numbers to the Forest Service sharing the space and favorable weather.  Thomson reminded the council of the California high school rodeo state finals June 16th-19th.

In action items the Council voted 5-0 in support of posting “No Parking” signage at designated locations for the upcoming 4th of July celebration.  The “No Parking” signage will be posted on the morning of July 4th, and removed the following morning.  The council also approved a one year extension of the fuel supply contract with Eastern Sierra oil company/Thomas petroleum.

The next Bishop City Council meeting is set for Monday, June 8th, 6pm.

cover photo by Arnie Palu.  The Ellis Family and Kevin and Lis Mazzu address the City Council.

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