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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Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
9 years ago

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… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
9 years ago

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… Read more »

9 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

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
Can it really be
9 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

Ken 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… Read more »

ferdinand lopez
ferdinand lopez
9 years ago


9 years ago

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… Read more »

9 years ago

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


9 years ago
Reply to  MJA

Exactly, MJA!!!

9 years ago

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?

Noah's Ark
Noah's Ark
9 years ago

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… Read more »

9 years ago

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?”… Read more »