Residents weigh in on county priorities

County citizens lob everything from solar energy to algae blooms at supervisors

County residents hit their county supervisors Tuesday with a blizzard of suggestions designed to make the county function better and to bring an ever-increasing number of people into the county.

It was all part of a county-sponsored workshop, and the ideas flew fast and furious.

“We are working toward a new trails system in Bridgeport, trails near Bodie, cross county ski trails, an Eastern Sierra photographers jamboree, a multi-agency visitor center that everyone who comes to Bridgeport will want to visit,” said Benny Romero, a Bridgeport community leader and business owner. “We would love your support.”

“Solarizing the county’s buildings is critical,” said Bob Peters, a Bridgeport business owner and former county supervisor.

“The cost of energy is just skyrocketing. And, we need a review of all our regulations, so they support the projects you guys chose to do. And consider more county staff restructuring. ”

“Almost every community in the Eastern Sierra now has a community garden,” said Ilene Mandelbaum, a Lee Vining resident and the coordinator for that community’s garden and, a county-wide effort to increase access to fresh food. “There is a strong need to work with the county government to increase our food sustainability and create a regional food system.”

The list went on, as other residents stepped up to the plate.

“The algae bloom on Crowley Lake gets worse every year,” said Paul Payne, a local businessman.

“How about one water system for Crowley Lake,” said another audience member.

The county supervisors called for the workshop in an attempt to identify pressing needs facing the county and to prioritize them. The supervisors came to the meeting with their own set of such needs (see breakout box).

The next step, according to chair of the board Byng Hunt, is to pull a final list together and get to work on it—immediately.

The supervisors have been making the rounds, not just with residents of their own districts, but also with county staff, trying to finalize the list.

The workshop Tuesday was an attempt to focus that process.

Their goal, the supervisors said, is to bring about significant change on as many of the issues as possible in the next 12 to 24 months.


Supervisor priorities


Solid waste solution

Economic development

Employee recognition

Organization, restructure, and staffing including a new County Administrative Officer and a new risk manager

Paramedic program cost control and direction

Conway Ranch/fish hatchery program

Old Sheriff’s substation/Dog Sled Adventures site

June Mountain Ski Area

Improving, building county facilities outside of Mammoth Lakes

More oversight committees on public safety, finance, etc., that will include citizens