The Bishop City Council meets Monday night to likely consolidate city elections with county elections. Officials will hold a public hearing on fees and charges, and consider the Police Chief’s request to add a new position and hire two others.
The Council has discussed and seemed to agree to move the date of the City of Bishop General Municipal Election from March of odd-numbered years to November in even-numbered years. This would mean consolidation of City and Inyo County General Elections. This issue would also go before the Inyo Supervisors. This move could save the City $17,000 per election but would shorten the terms of four officials by five months. The terms of Mayor Laura Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Dave Stottlemyre, Council Woman Susan Cullen and Treasurer Bob Kimball would shrink by five months.
For those concerned about fees and charges paid for city services, a public hearing is set to take public comment. Another public hearing will bring up the City Mobility Element of the General Plan.
Police Chief Chris Carter will ask the Council to add a new position to his department – Police Services Technician. The agenda says Chief Carter will also ask to waive the hiring freeze and fill that position from within the department. The agenda also says the Chief will ask to waive the hiring freeze to hire one full-time and one part-time Communications Operator positions.
The Council will go into closed session with the administrator to talk about labor negotiations related to the Bishop Employees Association, the Bishop Police Officers Association and management and mid-management.
The Bishop City Council meets Monday night at City Hall at 7 pm. Councilman Jim Ellis will be absent tonight as he recovers from a head injury sustained during a fishing trip.