Spruce, Yaney, Hanby Sidewalks Hearing Rescheduled, May 8

The public hearing for the City of Bishop Spruce, Yaney, Hanby Sidewalks project environmental document has been rescheduled to 8 May 2017. Comments on the document can be provided anytime up to and including the hearing. The hearing will be held at the City Council meeting that starts at 6 pm that evening.

The Spruce, Hanby, Yaney Sidewalks project is proposed to construct sidewalks and bike lanes on streets in and near the back of the Bishop City Park. The $1.2 million project would construct sidewalks and bike lanes on Spruce Street, Hanby Avenue, and East Yaney Street in and adjacent to the City Park. In addition to sidewalks and bike lanes, the project would extend the existing paved path near the community garden (the Pine to Park Path) to the new sidewalk proposed for Hanby Avenue. The project is funded through the state with gas tax funds. The particular funds used for this project are dedicated to bike and pedestrian improvements and can only be used for those purposes. A more complete description of the project is included in the environmental document or is available from city staff.

The environmental document is available at City Hall and on the city website at http://www.cityofbishop.com/departments/planning/environmental-documents/. The environmental document for the project identifies and evaluates potential impacts the project could have on the natural and human environment and proposes mitigations. All comments are welcome.

For more information contact City of Bishop Public Works at publicworks@cityofbishop.com or 760-873-8458.

Sustainable Strategies for Small Cities & Rural Areas Community Meeting, May 3

The City of Bishop will be hosting a community workshop on May 3rd at 6:30 pm at the Home Economics Building at the Tri-County Fairgrounds.  The workshop will focus on gathering public input and ideas for revitalizing downtown Bishop, increasing housing options, and streamlining the Municipal Code to incentivize commercial activity. 

The workshop is being funded through an Environmental Protection Agency Sustainable Communities Grant the City was awarded in late 2016.  The input from the workshop will inform a action-oriented plan that will provide the City with specific strategies to fulfill the goals established in the 2015 General Plan Economic Development Element Update, as well as an inventory of potential funding sources to implement those actions.   

“This grant opportunity was born out of the 2015 Economic Development Element update,” said Elaine Kabala, Associate Planner with the City, “We want to be able to draft a plan that we can implement, not a plan that sits on a shelf. We are hopeful that this technical assistance can be leveraged for future grant funding to implement some of the ideas from this workshop.”  

The plan will be prepared based directly on in put received at the workshop.  “The more residents and businesses that can come and participate, the better the outcome will be,” Kabala added.

Everyone is invited to attend and provide their insights and ideas for a better Bishop. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, May 3rd at 6:30 pm at the Tri-County Fairgrounds.  For more information, please contact Elaine Kabala at 760-873-8458 or ekabala@cityofbishop.com.

Annual Eastern California Museum BBQ, May 6

The Friends of the Eastern California Museum will host its annual deep-pit beef barbeque and party on Saturday, May 6, starting at 4 p.m., at the museum in Independence. The public is cordially invited to enjoy the afternoon of good food, in the form of deep-pit beef, beans, salads and drinks (a vegetarian meal is available), good music provided by Sandy and the High Country, and historic family fun. The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for youngsters and seniors. The annual FECM Fundraiser will be held at the Eastern California Museum, 155 N. Grant St., in Independence. For more information, call 760-878-0258.