Results from Mammoth’s planning sessions

– Following is a press release from the Town of Mammoth Lakes – a summary of the decisions reached in Monday’s and Tuesday’s Town Council strategic planning sessions.

 Town Council / staff strategic planning sessions on July 8-9,


2013: Summary of Decisions and Directions

A) Agreement has been reached on the following priorities:

1. Fund Political Commitment Areas: Keep political commitments and current

baseline funding (per the FY 2013-14 budget) to Tourism / Marketing; Transit and


2. Revenue Generation: Focus on revenue generation, through:

a. Support Economic Development financially and otherwise, at least at the

FY 2013-14 level, including: (a) filling a permanent Community &

Economic Development Director position; and (b) finalizing the Zoning

Code Update.

b. TOT education and enforcement (a funded effort)

c. Additional revenue raising through the proposed TBID effort.

3. Recreation: See the MLR process through completion in the summer / fall 2013.

4. Effective Management: Provide sufficient resources and support to the Town

staff to effectively do their work:

a. Continue commitment to IT funding of no less than the FY 2013-14

baseline. (Sufficient for an IT maintenance contract and limited

replacement funds.)

b. Support additional funding for the finance system replacement. (Staff will

provide recommendations to the Town Council in the fall of 2013.)

c. Fund sufficient staffing in the Town’s departments that provide critical


i. Finance: Currently fully staffed, but the organizational structure is

currently being evaluated. (Staff expects to provide

recommendations to the Town Council in the fall of 2013.)

ii. Public Safety: Increase uniform staffing when ongoing resources

become available; do not reduce further.

d. Encourage increase in productivity without reducing service levels.

5. Infrastructure: Enhance road maintenance budget to $750,000 in FY 2013-14

when funding becomes available. Enhance funding to at least $1 million annually

once funding becomes available.

B) The following direction has been given to to staff through the Town


1. All future requests for Council decision and/or funding must be evaluated

against: (a) the Council’s established priorities and (b) mandates. Staff

recommends adding a section to each Town Council agenda bill with

this filter information, prominently displayed in the beginning.

2. Publicly state / post the Town Council priorities on the website, and in

the Town Council Chambers.

3. Develop a schedule for the Town’s annual budget process, to start with the

Council’s annual strategic planning sessions, no later than February of each


4. At the end of each fiscal year, the Town should report on its accomplishments

publicly, preferably no later than August.

5. The Town Manager would like to hold a staff-level strategic planning session with

the management staff in September-October 2013, as soon as incumbents for

the CED and PW director positions are selected. Based on the strategic planning

sessions with staff, the Town Manager will return to the Town Council in the

fall of 2013 – preferably in conjunction with the 1st quarter financial report,

planned for November 20 2013 – with the following Strategic Plan:

a. Discussion of programs, efforts and services that will not be provided /

delivered, or will be reduced, in the status quo situation: i.e., there are

no significant changes in revenues or expenditures from the FY 2013-14


b. Recommended long-term fiscal planning measures:

i. Balancing measures in the case of a projected shortfall in FY 13-

14, and future years. (The five-year forecast currently includes

shortfalls in fiscal years 2014-15 and beyond.)

ii. Add-backs in the case of a projected surplus in FY 13-14, and

future years.

c. Identification of the most critical items that must be tracked and

reported on, quarterly. Consideration will be given to the deliverables

identified in the five-year plan approved on December 5, 2012.



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11 Responses to Results from Mammoth’s planning sessions

  1. enoughalready July 10, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    Its that time again! Everybodies favorite game in Mammoth. “Lets make a plan”.
    Followed by – “Let’s get puplic comments”
    Followed by – “Where do we get the money?”
    Followed by – “New tax?
    Followed by – “What happened to the money?”
    Followed by – “What was the plan again?”
    Followed by – “Let’s blame Rusty”
    Followed by – “We need a new plan”

    ….and the hits just keep coming.

  2. Noah's Ark July 10, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

    c.” Additional revenue raising through the proposed TBID effort.”

    Get out your waders folks, these job creators are about to give the eastern Sierras an enema since their bloodletting reorganization plan has failed. We’re just starting to see and feel the additional ailments these incompetents have caused this town.

    Trust them with millions of more marketing and subsidy “effort” dollars to float your boat?
    You’d have to be out of your minds!

    Vote with your cash, the only vote you really have and the only thing they seem to have a plan for. Trickle down didn’t work, let’s try trickle up? Brilliant !

  3. SkiJane July 10, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

    I’m so confused by this “strategic planning” by our new mayor. Wasn’t this all done months ago? He just loves to inflate his ego, doesn’t he?

  4. MJA July 11, 2013 at 7:16 am #

    How is it the guy who lost 30 – 50 million dollars of Mammoth money is now the mayor???


    • SkiJane July 11, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

      Exactly, MJA!!!

  5. MK July 11, 2013 at 8:02 am #

    I am so disgusted with this town. They have lied to us and lied to us. They treat us like Children ” seen but not heard” They think we are complete morons.
    They tell us we have a surplus then a few weeks later we have a deficit. This week they are telling us that we will have shortfall for maybe 5 years.

    Triple M continues to talk as though TBID is a done deal ( Yea I know It is also) but the vote is not in yet. I just wait for the lawsuits as this town does not learn nor will they.

    I know who the morons are.

  6. ferdinand lopez July 11, 2013 at 9:41 am #


  7. Ken Warner July 11, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

    The Town Leadership hasn’t lied to us — they just don’t know what to do. They are trying to make money with wishes.

    And it’s really the town’s electorate that is responsible. We elected those people. And the really capable people didn’t even try to get on the TC. There’s some really smart, capable, honest people in town who won’t even try to lead. Who would want to step into the existing mess?

    It is what it is.

    • Correction July 11, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

      Only 3 TC people were elected.
      The other two ran unopposed/appointed.
      Any cronyism or other behind-the-scenes stuff going on? Who knows?

    • Can it really be July 11, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

      You could not have stated it any clearer. I don’t live in your town but I do have vested interest. I am absolutely amazed the villagers haven’t gathered with the torches and the tar. I have heard that if the TBid goes through it will put another 4+ million into the tourism fund. Why would you do that and not try to help with the bills that are dragging the town down now. Councilman Lehman says it will come back in revenues when the people come to town. I think they made a film about it called “FIELD OF DREAMS”. It was a fantasy just like that is. Say people do start coming to town because you have used all that money for advertising. What are they going to see? The run down infrastructure or the dilapidated buildings along 203. it will be quite an experience they will never forget and probably not ever see again. Are all of the people who live in the beautiful Town of Mammoth Lakes happy with the lack of leadership or the lack of direction? To watch the live stream of each Council meeting makes me wonder who in their right mind would want to live in your town. The arrogance and pampas attitude of what I can only describe as unqualified Council Members is comical at best. I have never seen a Town self implode before. All of the highly professional staff is jumping ship and the council looks happy about it. I am going to keep watching to see how this Soap Opera unfolds. I hear the abandon ship horns sounding louder and louder.

  8. Desert Tortoise July 15, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    The complaints about the MTC I read hear are no different than the complaints about my own city council, or those of a hundred town and city councils across this state. In fact I would say that globally, elected government is producing representatives that are more responsive to the desires of those entities with money than they are to the voters by and large. Pick up some overseas news papers (on line of course, we don’t have the cool bookstores filled with foreign papers to buy) or read some overseas news blogs and you will see what I mean. It seems to me that pretty much everywhere governments are elected, businesses with money have found ways to co-opt the process to their benefit, at the expense of everyone else. I might be wrong about this, but I don’t think so.


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