Town Council tips hats for public service


Copeland, MLPD civilians get nod

The Mammoth Town Council this past week gave a few appreciative gestures to some of Mammoth’s citizens.

First, the council on Wednesday night, April 17, handed out a certificate of appreciation to Kathy Copeland, the founder and leader of Disabled Sports of the Eastern Sierra.

Next, the council recognized the performances of the town’s police civilian staff, which includes Executive Assistant to the Chief of Police Renee Placensia, Community Service Officer Kari Orr, and Senior Records Supervisor Crystal Schaefer.

Finally, the council heard a presentation from Michelle Pettite, associate director of Wild Iris, and approved proclamations regarding the declaration of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.


Council approves “pre-app” for Sawmill Road federal funds


In other action, the council approved a resolution approving an application for grant funds from the Federal Lands Access Program (Access Program).

The money, if acquired, would go toward the reconstruction of Sawmill Cutoff Road and the new parking lot project for access to the Inyo National Forest.


A new IT effort, aimed toward Mono County


The council also sent to the staff an informational report regarding the town’s efforts to contract with Mono County for Information Technology Services.

The Town currently budgets for one full time IT position (Senior Information Technology Specialist), which is presently filled with one full-time incumbent.

Instead, Town Manager Marianna Marysheva-Martinez said current IT needs require access to a wider range of specialists, ideally to various levels and types of IT support personnel.

“As a result, for quite some time now, the Town has experienced serious operational and technical deficiencies with its Information Technology (IT) services,” she wrote in a report to the council.

“These deficiencies include unreliable and outdated hardware, inadequate and obsolete software, and an inability to effectively handle town-wide IT needs.”