News in brief from Mono County and Mammoth Lakes –
Mono County Superintendent of Schools Catherine Hiatt has offered her resignation. She expected the County Board to appoint elected superintendent, Stacy Adler. Hiatt had earlier reported that her husband is battling cancer and she wants to spend time with him.
Hiatt had remained very active in the issues that hit the Eastern Sierra Unified School District, with efforts to take on some of the district tasks to keep things going. She appeared at several meetings to extend an open attitude to members of the public, distraught over teacher lay-offs and school closures.
On the highway in Mono County, Caltrans will get ready to wrap up a major project at the Crestview Rest Area. Project Manager Tom Myers said that the restrooms at Crestview have been gutted and are under reconstruction. To meet American Disability Act requirements, crews will rebuild sidewalks, curb ramps and bathroom stalls.
Myers explained that the rest area is more than 40 years old and needed a lot of work. The parking lot was ripped out and will be repaved. He called it rehabilitation and reconstruction from “top to bottom.” The plans also include a new CHP field office.
Reyman Brothers Construction out of Sparks, Nevada won the bid to do the Crestview job for which Caltrans allotted $850,000.
And, in Mammoth Lakes, the Town Council voted in a fee of $300 for permit applications to open a medical marijuana cooperative in Town. Only two cooperatives are allowed by law in specific zones.
The Police Department had handed out a number of applications and were waiting for some to be turned in. Officers will conduct background checks and review business plans before passing applications on to the Mammoth Planning Commission. That body will ultimately have to chose which two applicants open operations in Mammoth.