To start off the Mammoth Town Council meeting tonight, Mammoth Community Water District General Manager Pat Hayes will make a presentation on water conservation efforts. Even with the late snowfall, water supplies remain low.
Hayes will be followed by two public hearings – one on the Zoning Code update and the other on a Community Development Block Grant.
Under Policy Matters, the Council will likely proceed with the amended ordinance that spells out Town Council compensation. At the last meeting, Council members Matthew Lehman, Michael Raimondo and Jo Bacon supported a raise of the Council pay from $300 per month to $735. The raised figure represents the 5% increases allowed by law over the past 29 years in which the Council never took any raises.
Council members Rick Wood and John Eastman opposed the raise saying you don’t serve on Council for the money, and times are too hard to spend more. The other three members said they want to make sure council members do not lose money. Lehman said a bit more money might open the door to candidates who otherwise could not afford to run. He said their voices deserve to be heard. The raise would take effect after the upcoming election.
Another item is back that started at the last meeting – regulation of e-cigarettes. Before the Council is an amended ordinance that includes e-cigarettes in the Town’s already existing tobacco regulations.
The Council meeting starts at 6pm in Suite Z of the town Offices.