Mammoth Town Council: pay raise, e-cigarettes, trolley to Lakes Basin

mltc3_19_14One more time, the Mammoth Town Council will vote on raising their pay from $300 per month to $735. Rick Wood and John Eastman object but the majority support the move.

That item appears in the Consent Agenda near the start of the meeting. Also in Consent, changes to the Town Tobacco Regulations to include e-cigarettes. They will be prohibited in the same way tobacco products are regulated.

And one more Consent item – a letter from the Council in support of Mammoth Community Water District’s concerns about the proposed ORMAT geothermal expansion project. The Water District has appealed ORMAT’s EIR out of concern for impacts on the town’s groundwater supply. The geothermal plan would drill up to 16 more wells.

Under Policy Matters, the Council may adopt resolutions approving the Mammoth Lakes Bikeway Plan Update and the Pedestrian Master Plan. They may also approve a resolution that would include properties in the town in the California HERO Program which opens the door for home and business owners to finance energy efficiency upgrades or renewable energy installations.

Should Eastern Sierra Transit Authority expand services into the Lakes Basin? The Town Staff has offered the Council an idea to start services earlier – Memorial Day Weekend and extend through Labor Day at a cost not to exceed $35,000. This would increase transit service into the Lakes Basin by around six additional weeks.

Staff reports that the transit fund did end last fiscal year with a fund balance of $113,077. If there is no change, transit service to the Lakes Basin will not start until the weekend before July 4th. Staff said they have been “requested” to consider expansion of trolley service to the Lakes Basin.


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