Mammoth Town Council: closed sessions on Town Manager and property negotiations

mltc8_6_13As citizens wonder aloud what the Mammoth Town Council is doing behind closed doors, five more closed sessions are scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. The subjects range from Town Manager to property negotiations.

Mayor Rick Wood said that the Council is interviewing four experienced Town Manager candidates who “are all immediately available to serve as interim Town Manager.” Wood said that there are public lists of people who are available to serve as interims. He said the Council has resumes from that list. Mayor Wood added that Town Attorney Andy Morris has checked out all of them or has personal experience with some of them through his law firm.

The second closed session includes a negotiation between the Town and the Sam Walker family for possible purchase of Sam’s Wood Site. Councilman Michael Raimondo wants to see acquisition of that site for events. The third closed session involves common area belonging to the Viewpoint Condos homeowners association.

Closed session number four is what Wood called the recurring discussion regarding the recycling facility land purchase in the Industrial Park. Wood said he has a conflict on this issue and has no other information. The fifth closed session deals with the ongoing litigation by former Police Sergeant Eric Hugelman. He was originally terminated, appealed and won. Issues may involve back pay.

The closed sessions were scheduled to start at 2pm. The regular meeting starts at 6pm. The only two policy items on the agenda are Code Compliance Efforts and Funding and the Mammoth Lakes Tourism Year-End Review. One of the Council members will participate in the meeting via teleconferencing from Rhode Island, according to the agenda.

 

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Bending the law
Bending the law
9 years ago

The success of the annual Bluesapalooza festival (that is a huge draw and moneymaker) and other events at Sam’s Woodsite is well-known. However … if the Town Council is/was aware of Lehman’s part in this (profiting from the sale of the property) all councilmen are in violation of the law.… Read more »

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
9 years ago

Again, I will post a story that spells out Councilman Lehman’s steps to obey the law in regard to Sam’s Wood Site.
Benett Kessler

Down the creek
Down the creek
9 years ago

Another white elephant that would need to be tax subsidized just like the poorly executed airport business plan.. A real noah’s ark this time from these boat floaters, I’ll let the skipper know we have the village idiots covered for this voyage to nowhere.

MK
MK
9 years ago

WOW Even if there really is a sign on the property and Lehmans firm represents them.
So how can any business in a small town occur without conflict?

Shine
Shine
9 years ago
Reply to  MK

Honesty and integrity, or bribes and fraud. Not much grey area in small towns.
P.S. What the hell is TOML doing buying property?! Their last real estate deal has the town losing $30,000,000 plus.

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
9 years ago
Reply to  MK

Now everybody is concerned that their town council is almost all vested business owners??? Shouldn’t that have been a concern during the elections that put them in office??? A day late and a dollar short. You’re stuck on the train tracks and the train is 15 minutes late already. The… Read more »

Henry Degroot
Henry Degroot
9 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

“The people of Mammoth are getting exactly what they wanted.”

The voters of TOML are following the foot steps of Detroit.

The problem isn’t the elected officials as much as it is the people who are electing them.

Tourbillon
Tourbillon
9 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

Shall we ban business owners from running for Council because they might be self-interested? What about public employees – they could easily steer votes out of self-interest. How about a lifty or other Mountain employee – think they could vote on anything without being accused of self-interest? Who is left… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
9 years ago
Reply to  Tourbillon

Tourbillion: Why blame me and what exactly are you blaming me for? It’s up to the people to decide what they want and they want the current council. I personally think that there should be much less influence of the business community on how our town is run and a… Read more »

Voter Apathy
Voter Apathy
9 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

You are forgetting the apathy that is running rampant in this community. Two of the town power-brokers didn’t even have to run for the power positions they are now in.

Nobody really gives a _____ and the power-brokers know it.

Agreed
Agreed
9 years ago

He’d have to do more than recuse himself. In fact, if I read it correctly, the council cannot consider it at all. This sounds like a violation of Government Code Section 1090. Here is a primer on 1090 from BBK – the Town’s own law firm: http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=14380&format=xml “Section 1090 violations… Read more »

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
9 years ago
Reply to  Agreed

I will have a story on this with Councilman Lehman’s comments.
Benett Kessler

Agreed
Agreed
9 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

Thanks, Benett. I think it’s important to note that if this is, in fact, a violation of the 1090 code, the seller of the woodsite might sell the property to the town and then have to return the money – and not get his property back. That would be a… Read more »

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
9 years ago
Reply to  Agreed

Matthew Lehman consulted the Town Attorney when the issue first came up. I will have a statement from him
in a news story posted Thursday.
BK

Down the creek
Down the creek
9 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

Somehow I get very little comfort from that revelation Ms.Kessler, I look forward to the news report on Thursday.

Pedro
Pedro
9 years ago
Reply to  Agreed

TOML are not smart enough crooks to get the property free like that.

TBone
TBone
9 years ago

Lehman owns a property appraisal service in town. Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
9 years ago
Reply to  TBone

Why don’t we get the facts first.
Benett Kessler

SkiJohn
SkiJohn
9 years ago
Reply to  TBone

He is also a real estate broker who does the majority of commercial real estate in town. He’s had that listing for a year. I suppose he will have to recuse himself. Although who the heck knows with that council…

Watching the Bureaucrats
Watching the Bureaucrats
9 years ago

It seems to me there was/is a sign on the Sam’s Wood Site property with Matt Lehman’s name on it.
Where does Lehman stand on this? Just what DOES conflict of interest mean?

MK
MK
9 years ago

There is a Sign on that property with Leman’s name on it. Is that some rumor or fact.

Sam's Wood Site/Matthew Lehman
Sam's Wood Site/Matthew Lehman
9 years ago
Reply to  MK

Anybody who has attended an event this year at Sam’s Wood Site would have noticed a For Sale sign on the property with none other than Lehman’s name on it (as a realtor or something).
I’m sure Lehman will explain this.