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
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.