There was an overflowing crowd of over 100 disappointed supporters and opponents at yesterday’s Board of Supervisors meeting in Independence for the decision on whether or not to approve the ATV Adventure Trails of Eastern Sierra Pilot Project. The meeting had to be rescheduled and will be re-noticed for Monday, December 30.
The three-year effort to allow owners of ATV’s to access local businesses and services using combined-used roads (paved and dirt) had to be postponed at the last minute due to a concern over the CA Fair Political Practices Commission’s regulatory 500-foot rule under the state’s Conflict of Interest Regulations of the Political Reform Act. That Act prohibits a public official from making, participating in making or otherwise using his or her official position to influence a governmental decision in which the official has a financial interest.
The concern was not raised until late Monday evening by a supervisor responding to a constituent’s question by contacting County Counsel. It was decided by the board to wait for the County Counsel to get a (hopefully) quick interpretation from the FPPC. Many present were unhappy with the decision postponing the meeting as well as with the alternative discussed by the supervisors to reschedule the meeting sooner than later.
A tentative date for a special meeting has been set for Monday, December 30, beginning around 3:00 pm at at venue in Independence, however the final date, time, and location will be announced well in advance by the County through a press release to local news media and posted online at the county’s website, www.inyocounty.org.