Mammoth Town Council: trails, Measure R and snow plows

mltc2-1-12At their meeting Wednesday night, members of the Mammoth Town Council unanimously moved ahead with some major plans for recreation and trails in and around the town.

First, they approved the long worked on Parks and Recreation Master Plan.  Councilman Rick Wood commented that he was heavily involved in recreation planning in the 90s.  Wood said compared to what was happening back then, the new Master Plan is “sophisticated and thorough.”  He called it a great document.  All council members voted to adopt it.

Then the officials moved on to the next major recreation step – a resolution to establish interagency cooperation between the Forest Service and the Town of Mammoth Lakes to “plan, design, implement, construct, operate, maintain and promote an integrated year-round trail network.” Town Manager Dave Wilbrecht credited the Mammoth Lakes Trails group with helping everyone to arrive at a trails plan.  The Council voted unanimously to approve the resolution and the creation of a Mammoth Lakes Trails Co-ordination Committee to help move things forward.

Some Measure R tax money will help move the trails forward, too.  The Council approved Measure R funding recommendations of nearly $344,000.  $300,000 of that goes to the Town for trails and parks for this fiscal year and next.

But it might have been the information from Public Works Director Ray Jarvis that got a lot of attention from locals.  Jarvis thought the public might like to know the details of snow plowing.  He joked that talking about it might bring on another much-needed storm.

Jarvis said that when a snow storm hits, 9 pieces of equipment hit the roads.  They work in split shifts that start at midnight and noon.  At night, the 9 plows or so go up Meridian Boulevard and also clear Old Mammoth, Minaret and the Trails subdivision.  Then plows head to the Village, Frontage Road, the Community Center and residential streets.  Jarvis said the plows stack up berms and the snowblowers come along and blow the snow off the roads.  Two plow trucks follow-up after the first plows.

The day shift sees around 6 plows on the roads.  Jarvis said the timing of the storms is critical.  Sometimes the Town plows and then more snow hits.  Jarvis said he is open to any suggested improvements in how the Town clears the roads.

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2 Responses to Mammoth Town Council: trails, Measure R and snow plows

  1. STEVEN February 6, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    Being in the snow removal Business for ten plus years, I know that with the lack of snow here in mammoth this year, a tremendous amount of money has been saved and not spent on snow removal thus far.
    With those facts in hand, this money, the tax payers money, should be put aside to pay off Mammoths massive debt in the future. Just because this money was not spent on the snow removal that was not needed, does not mean the Town can go out and spend it on ridiculous things like the non functioning blinking cross walks on Old Mammoth Rd that cost ML a bundle and only worked for a season! I vote for the people who have fiscal intelligence and common sense. I do not vote for people who waste our money and make really bad decisions. I can list a bundle of bad decisions made when it comes to them spending our money, but I think I have made my point, which is “Quit spending the Tax payers money on unneeded, unnecessary pet projects and get busy saving and paying off the debt some of you have created!” I am tired of shaking my head! Make us proud for a change!

  2. upthecreek February 2, 2012 at 10:32 pm #

    tax tax tax…….SPEND SPEND SPEND…
    this is all they know,



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