Mammoth News Briefs: Parking, Paying and Congratulating

Sherwin Creek Rd. Parking Update

Mammoth Lakes Police Chief Randy Schienle reported to Town Council that the issues with parking on Sherwin Creek Road were slowLY being resolved. At the March 4 Council meeting local Ali Feinberg expressed her distress over being issued a parking citation for parking on the road while walking her dogs. Chief Schienle explained that it was mainly the employees at the Sherwins Meadow Ranch who were calling and complaining about the excess amount of cars on the road, claiming it was hindering their ability to get to work. In response, the Town had plowed the road further and was in the process of putting signs on the east side of the road that stated no parking, while the west side of the road would be available for parking between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Schienle could not directly connect the Sherwin Creek Road problem to the Forest Service cracking down further on the leash law at Shady Rest, he did state that in all the years he had been at the MLPD he could not remember any complaints coming from Sherwin Creek Road before this winter.

Bear With Us Gets Paid
After a brief closed session regarding potential litigation from Bear With Us and Steve Searles, the Town Council voted 3-2, with Councilmember Skip Harvey and Mayor Wendy Sugimura voting against, to pay the group the $10,000 that they had requested as final payment for their efforts with no strings attached. The request had been approved several months ago, but when the Town tried to put conditions on the money before handing it over, Bear With Us balked and refused to take it.

Recognition Awards at MLPD
Police Officer Matt Graeff received a five year service award at the March 18 Town Council meeting and was thanked for all of his hard work, especially as the School Resource Officer. Lieutenant Jim Short was awarded a 20 year service recognition award, and was thanked not only by Council, but by the Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, who had showed up to applaud his many years of service. Lieutenant Short heads up the CERT training.

Wild Iris Calls for Awareness
Wild Iris spoke up at the March 18 Town Council meeting to let the public know that Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention month are both coming up in April. Wild Iris representatives asked for Councils support of recognizing these issues during April. Council obliged by passing proclamations declaring April as both Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Month.

More Funding for Lake Mary Road Bike Path
Council approved another grant application that would provide funding for the Lake Mary Road Bike Path project if awarded. The grant funds would come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for Transportation Enhancement and would be for the 2009/10 Federal fiscal year.

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