Main Street parade will stay

bccAfter sometimes irate public response, the City of Bishop will not change the route of the traditional Christmas Parade down Main Street.

City officials said they have looked for ways to cut costs and still bring services to the people of Bishop. But when the suggestion went public to drop the parade route back behind Kmart and Vons, the reaction was a definite no. Police Chief Chris Carter told the City Council Monday night that 75% of those who responded were not in favor of changing the Main Street parade route.

City Administrator Keith Caldwell said there was “a lot of public comment.” He said that in some cases people blamed Chief Carter for the suggestion that the parade change. Caldwell said all City departments look for ways to do what’s best and to save money. The Administrator said, “Chief Carter should not be the fall guy. It was an opportunity for public input.”

The Chief said his department did gather quite a bit of input. He said he appreciated the calls and emails. He said he and Tawni Thompson, Chamber of Commerce Director, wanted the issue out there for response. Carter made it clear that he had no preference.

According to the City, the current Main Street parade route demands all uniformed officers be present to cover necessary street closures. The cost is about $3500. The proposed alternative route would have been less costly.

Councilman Jeff Griffiths asked if, as some had suggested, the Police Department could use volunteers on street closures? Chief Carter said he would not do that because of potential liability and legal issues. Council members thanked the Chief for exploration of the idea.

Chief Carter said he would support the parade route on Main Street unless the Council had other direction. They didn’t.

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Mike
Mike
9 years ago

I’m curios that the chief just said no to volunteers? Seems like the city attorney should weigh in and give the council options, such as, volunteers can be used but the risk is xyz, or they could sign a waiver. Something smells fishy and it smells like overtime hoarding.

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
9 years ago
Reply to  Mike

Mike, The Chief called volunteers a reasonable suggestion. He said, “For the Bishop Police Department I would be very hesitant to ask volunteers to enforce road closures. There are numerous conflicts.” He said if someone decided not to honor a road closure, which has happened with some hostility, it would… Read more »

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
9 years ago
Reply to  Mike

Here are further comments from the Chief when he was asked about use of volunteers: “It’s a reasonable suggestion. For the Bishop Police Department, I would be very hesitant to ask volunteers to enforce a road closure. There are numerous conflicts.” The Chief said if someone decided not to honor… Read more »

sierragrl
sierragrl
9 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

I believe in Mammoth they use CERT volunteers to man road closures for the 4th of july parade…does Bishop have a CERT?

Dan Watson
Dan Watson
9 years ago
Reply to  sierragrl

Mammoth Lakes does rely on Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members to help manage road closures during the 4th of July parade. We would have a difficult time without their assistance. CERT members are classified by the State as Disaster Service Workers and they are covered by Workers Comp in… Read more »

Russ Monroe
Russ Monroe
9 years ago
Reply to  Mike

“The “Trust Me” idea of journalism is … (ahem) a bit naive.” Nothing could be more naive, or be a worse idea as a journalist, than to “come to rely on what I hear personally at any bureaucratic meeting”. Regurgitating word for word what a bureaucrat says in a public… Read more »

Big AL
Big AL
9 years ago
Reply to  Russ Monroe

What chief Carter is saying is true. It used to be, for the most part, people respected road closures in this case temporary intersection/road closures for the purpose of conducting the parade down main street. These events are advertised for weeks ahead of time, most of the locals know when… Read more »

skandar
skandar
9 years ago

How do you quote people at the council meeting when no one from Sierrwave media was there ?

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
9 years ago
Reply to  skandar

Dear Skandar,
The meetings are televised.
Benett Kessler

skandar
skandar
9 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

I believe the audio was compromised for part or whole of the session on Ch.12.

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
9 years ago
Reply to  skandar

Yes. Only the beginning part before Chief Carter. I texted Councilman Jeff Griffiths and the Chief to tell them about
the audio problem.

What is your problem, Skandar?
Benett Kessler

Inyoite
Inyoite
9 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

Am I understanding that you texted a councilman during the meeting and he responded during a meeting by addressing your concern?

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
9 years ago
Reply to  Inyoite

I don’t know if I was the first to complain about no audio, but it was fixed shortly thereafter.
BK

Must be a mistake
Must be a mistake
9 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

Benett,
Mono County council meetings are not televised.

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
9 years ago

The comment was about the Bishop City Council. The Mammoth Town Council meetings are televised and
watchable on the Town website.
BK

Gathering information
Gathering information
9 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

Benett,

So, how do you obtain information regarding Mono County council meetings. Do you personally attend them?
thanks.

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
9 years ago

There is no such thing as a Mono County Council.
BK

Bureaucratic Reporting
Bureaucratic Reporting
9 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

Benett,
If you are not in attendance of the meetings, and as the meetings are not televised, how do you report on the Board of Supervisors, County of Mono, State of California regular meetings held the first, second, and third Tuesday of each month?

thanks.

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
9 years ago

In my 37 years of news coverage in the Eastern Sierra I have developed a long list of sources, official and otherwise, to whom I speak about issues that unfold at meetings and elsewhere. We don’t attend all of them. If there is ever any question you have about a… Read more »

Who watches the watchdogs?
Who watches the watchdogs?
9 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

Both The Sheet and Mammoth Times are represented at both town and county meetings. I guess these two sources have a problem with second-hand information through “reliable sources, official and otherwise.” In my (ahem) many more years than 37, I’ve come to rely on what I hear personally at any… Read more »

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
9 years ago

I watch all of the Town Council meetings on the web. I find no difference between that and being there in the flesh.
Benett

Sound reasoning
Sound reasoning
9 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

The fact that in every public governmental meeting, someone is on hand recordind and documenting everything, is based on some very sound reasoning.

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
9 years ago

True.
BK

Big AL
Big AL
9 years ago

I beleive we are talking about Bishop here .. right?

Big AL
Big AL
9 years ago
Reply to  Big AL

Hmmm .. interesting

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
9 years ago
Reply to  Big AL

Yes, Bishop.

Trouble
Trouble
9 years ago

Maybe Caldwell can play Santa and hand out skateboards to all our kids.

Big AL
Big AL
9 years ago

It wouldn’t be the same .. going down a back alley … so to speak .. The traditional parade on main street is just that traditional .. In the past all of the agencies helped out with manning closures along the route, this freed up the PD to use only… Read more »

upthecreek
upthecreek
9 years ago

“Caldwell said all City departments look for ways to do what’s best and to save money.”

Here is one for you

Cut your pensions and benefits…

JeanGenie
JeanGenie
9 years ago

I was irate too, if I was there my comment would have been, What the H E double toothpicks were they thinking about!