Inyo Supervisors consider new center

countyownedlandThe Inyo Supervisors will hold a special meeting Thursday.  It’s all in closed session about property negotiations.

The agenda items appear to address the possibility of a land purchase by the County to build a new county administrative center.  One of the negotiations involves the Mitchell Asset Group, possibly in connection with developing Inyo County land south of Bishop.

The other negotiation involves Joseph Enterprises and apparently land on the corner of Wye Rd. and Highway 6.  The two parties involved in the negotiations are apparently the two that responded to the county’s request for proposals.

That RFP called for a consolidated county office space in the Bishop area.  The RFP document asked for a reduction in what the county would pay for office rent.  Currently, Inyo pays close to $400,000 a year on office building rents.  The RFP had said scenarios would include development and lease back to the county of new facilities that the county would eventually own.

Inyo County, at last report, owns one building on South St. and leases seven other buildings for county services and functions.

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13 Responses to Inyo Supervisors consider new center

  1. george castaneda July 9, 2011 at 9:48 pm #

    To the Supervisors:
    Just because you have money does not mean you have to spend. Do like the rest of us…make do…conserve…be wise… or pay the price …like we all are now!! With the financial crises looming across the planet you are way too excited about spending this money. It has to be new …it has to be in Bishop…. it has to be your way. What about what we say?!

    • upthecreek July 13, 2011 at 3:48 am #

      We the sheeple DO NOT Matter.. They will do what they want , when they want, with money they will Never have.. In the name of progress.
      OPM “Other peoples Money”

      Our government is “OUT OF CONTROL”

  2. Joann Lijek July 9, 2011 at 12:46 am #

    Oh, and I forgot to say, most govt does not have to produce anything with the money it spends, does not have to make its own money to survive, just taxes you more. When they are supposed to produce they often fail spectacularly, note the Parole officer/s that were supposed to be monitoring the guy who kidnapped Jaycee Dugard, I bet those guys are collecting their pensions RIGHT NOW!

  3. Joann Lijek July 9, 2011 at 12:42 am #

    Hey, I’ve got a Calpers pension, but pensions aren’t the worst part of govt. work. The worst thing is “empire building” hiring more and more employess to do less and less work, because “management” the highest paid and least productive of the bunch, wants to be surrounded by a bunch of “yes men”. Then they can say look, our work is very difficult and important, see how many people it takes. Some Government may be a necessary evil but in its disgusting bloated state its eating us taxpayers alive. (Don’t forget, just because I have a pension doesn’t mean I don’t pay taxes!)

  4. Jon Kay July 8, 2011 at 9:04 pm #

    The money being wasted by the county is the $400,000 it spends on RENT every year for office space (the number might even be higher, like around $600,000). As a renter myself, I know that paying rent is like flushing money down the toilet There is no return on investment for RENTING, so the comment about painting and fixing the carpet just means throwing more money down the toilet for a building the county doesn’t own. If the county plays its cards right, it could get a new building and its mortgage payments would be $400,000 a year to pay off the building, meaning it’s spending no more to buy a building than it currently spends to RENT office space. Eventually the county would own an office building, which over the long term is cheaper that RENTING. That makes sense.

    Plus, all the offices the county currently leases in Bishop would be cleared out and made available for private businesses, creating opportunity for new start-ups, expansion of current business, etc. That would be the best thing Inyo County could do regarding economic development for Bishop. Forget about the vacant stores — people have been trying to lease/buy/rent those forever and the owner won’t make a deal.

    • Rob July 11, 2011 at 10:28 pm #

      It takes a lot more then empty office space to attract new business

  5. JeniferCastaneda July 8, 2011 at 4:51 pm #

    Thanks Bennett for letting US in on this. All of these closed sessions regarding spending millions of OUR tax dollars without any input from US, hmmm? Sounds like the AOC. Oh ya according to the supes agenda the AOC was at one of those closed sessions. How is that the Supes can spend months in all of these closed session negotiations without any comment to the public. It seems like they want to get so far along in the process that by the time we know what they’re doing it will be too late. Just what we need new construction costing millions of tax dolars resulting in numerous vacancies for local property owners. Now that’s stimulus!

  6. Rob July 7, 2011 at 7:31 pm #

    upthecreek – You forgot to mention the pensions. Lucky I’m here to back you up;)

    • Agitated Pancake July 8, 2011 at 3:41 am #

      Whew…that was close…we cant have a discussion without pension envy now can we.
      However, I agree this is a total waste of money and time. Why even put in new carpet and paint that would take money away from important things like new logos?

  7. Rob July 7, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

    it’s all about spending money we don’t have

  8. upthecreek July 7, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

    Just what we need Another palace built for the government unions.. Keep what you have and install new carpets and paint.

    live within your means

    stop spending money you don’t have.

  9. Joann Lijek July 7, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

    Is the photo of the parcel being considered? I believe the County made noises about purchasing and developing that several years ago. It is a wetland and should be left alone. What is wrong with purchasing already developed property? Why not move into the corner of that huge parking lot at the Vons/Kmart monstrosity? That enormous parking lot is never more than 1/10 full. Where was the planning commission and city of Bishop when that went down? Uglify the town and the county while already developed buildings stay vacant. Our tax dollars at work!

  10. bobbie lee swagger July 7, 2011 at 1:14 am #

    something wrong w/ buying / leasing that closed supermarket for the county versus , say, spending millions on land / development for a lease buyback (which always turn out to be bad deals for the seller /lessee don’t they) ?


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