MLTC hears about Whitmore funding, need for police

In three weeks, as it stands now, the Mammoth Town Council will make the final decision on how to restructure their town government. At a special meeting Tuesday night, the Council heard about the issue of how to save Whitmore Pool with Measure R tax money, how to raise taxes and get out of the huge debt, how to avoid trouble by not cutting police, and how business leaders continue talks over a Business Improvement District.

Members of the Mammoth Recreation Commission, who met Tuesday, offered up two options at Tuesday night’s Council meeting on the use of Measure R money for Whitmore Pool. Plan A suggests the Town find money somewhere else. Plan B calls for use of Measure R money for two years with plans for improved recreation facilities after that.

Recreation Commissioner Bill Sauser said commissioners themselves are divided on what to do. John Wentworth of Mammoth Lakes Trails seemed to support a temporary use of Measure R money on Whitmore.

Dieter Fiebriger, long-time citizen, said of the whole money mess, “Stop finger pointing. Pay for it.” He suggested a specific tax that would tap everyone and end it in five years. “Pay it off,” he said, “so we won’t lose our public safety and other needs.” Another long-timer, Ken Coulter said if police cuts go forward, “We are going to get into trouble.”

Councilwoman Jo Bacon did not support a loan from Measure R since it would be very difficult to pay it back. She did not rule out use of Measure R money. Councilman John Eastman did not support use of money from any tax measure but said the Town could look elsewhere. Councilman Michael Raimondo supported a two-year plan and use of Measure R. Councilman Rick Wood said only, “I’m still listening.” Mayor Matthew Lehman said he would support a two-year use of Measure R or use of other money if it becomes available. Lehman said he wants to see Mammoth’s budget grow from $17 million a year to $25 million per year.

Marianna Marysheva-Martinez spoke briefly again about possible taxes that the public could vote on. She said they would have to be brought forward by January or February for a special election. She and Tourism Director John Urdi spoke of the Business Improvement District idea. Check out our website for Urdi’s complete explanation. Bottom line – this would mean a possible 1% assessment on lodging, restaurants and some retail to raise $1.4 million for air service subsidy and some marketing.

The Council’s next meeting, at this point, comes up December 5th.

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Numbers
Numbers
10 years ago

A thought. Most days, Mammoth is a sleepy town and a smaller police force should be able to keep peace. However, we all know the town can swell with partiers, and when it does 6 officers is simply not going to be enough. A scenario in which hundreds of drunken… Read more »

Mark
Mark
10 years ago

The council continues to go down the wrong path. Their number one priority should be to provide basic services and keep MLPD officers on the payroll.

Why Two Managers?
Why Two Managers?
10 years ago

Why two managers? Because the MLTC hired an ineffective Town Manager, one Dave Wilbrecht, who knows about as much about number crunching as he knows about astrophysics. Consequently, they had to get MMM back from Pasadena to run the numbers for him. Let’s not forget that, right after he started,… Read more »

MJA
MJA
10 years ago

And furthermore: when it come down to Mammoth vs a flighty airport condo developer, court or no court, the town must prevail. Developers are a dime a dozen but Mammoth is quite special, its One of a kind.
Protect the town, that is what the council must do.

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Developer on Town Council
Developer on Town Council
10 years ago
Reply to  MJA

MJA – You are correct. Developers are a dime a dozen in Mammoth Lakes.

And please don’t forget Matthew Lehman, who is the head of our town council, is …
you guessed it – a developer.

MJA
MJA
10 years ago
Reply to  MJA

Its all over except there is no money to pay.
Now who would sign an agreement like that.
Is that even legal?

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MJA
MJA
10 years ago
Reply to  MJA

And as for Mammoth signing another agreement with the same guy who took Mammoth to bankruptcy over the last agreement, ah, that doesn’t seem right either.
What will this new one cost Mammoth in the future, 100 million more?

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MJA
MJA
10 years ago

Rather than taxing and cutting anything in Mammoth simply cut the payments to Ballas and his money grabbing acquisition corporation and leave the town alone. Cut out the problem not the necessities.

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Bemused
Bemused
10 years ago
Reply to  MJA

MJA – What part of the fact that ignoring MLLA is not an option at this point don’t you understand?? TOML has entered into a binding settlement agreement with them, underlying which is a final court judgement. It’s pretty simple: TOML lost, TOML stalled, and now TOML must pay. I… Read more »

MJA
MJA
10 years ago
Reply to  Bemused

Binding agreement?
Nothing is bound yet.
Cut Ballas and his money grabber corporation and leave the town be.

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Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
10 years ago
Reply to  MJA

The Superior Court and now the Bankruptcy Court are in the process of amending court documents to accomodate the signed agreement
among MLLA, Ballas and the Town. This is the prelude to bankruptcy dismissal. It’s all over, basically.
Benett Kessler

MJA
MJA
10 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

So i guess what you’re saying Benett is: Mammoth signed another agreement with Ballas this time to pay him and his sue happy friends 50 plus million dollars without a single condo being built and without working out the details first? Details like where the money is coming from, Right?… Read more »

Jen
Jen
10 years ago
Reply to  Bemused

Exactly, Bemused. MJA is like a broken record with his/her nutty plan of not paying our debt. No one likes it, but we owe the money and have to find a way to pay it. Period.

ONE voice
ONE voice
10 years ago
Reply to  Jen

Jen, WE as a community did elect these council members, but we did not make all of these very poor decisions. We as a town should not have to support the Greed of Mr. Ballas. We have already paid for these services via taxes etc. that are now being threatend.… Read more »

Jen
Jen
10 years ago
Reply to  ONE voice

I’m with you, I truly am, but the reality is the bankruptcy judge told us to mediate with the other side, which we did. We could have taken a chance and declined their terms, but the judge at that point could have told us to pay the entire amount. From… Read more »

And she doesn't even live here
And she doesn't even live here
10 years ago

Two town managers at $200K per year plus expenses and (for MMM) free housing, that’s right, MMM even gets a free home to live when she’s in town.
Somebody has sold somebody a bill of goods.

upthecreek
upthecreek
10 years ago

“Marianna Marysheva-Martinez spoke briefly again about possible taxes that the public could vote on”

Please explain to me why she is still here? How long is here contract with the Town?

Govt gone wild

Spend Spend Spend
Tax Tax Tax
Cut Cut Cut….

GGW

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
10 years ago
Reply to  upthecreek

I think her contract goes to or through March.
BK

Dumb comments of a few folks
Dumb comments of a few folks
10 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

These posts make me sick. If town residents want to have an effect on the decisions the town makes then they should bring their ideas through proper avenues, posting negative comments about towncouncil members and employees in a non-productive manor (through these types of comments on websites) is just faceless… Read more »

Re: Dumb comments
Re: Dumb comments
10 years ago

This poster clearly is not aware of how this Town Council functions: One guy tried to use his influence to get a relative hired Another guy is an attorney his with fingers in lots of pies The two above have been around forever A new guy is a land developer… Read more »

J.J.
J.J.
10 years ago

These post accomplished one more thing than the town survey. Drink two beers and call me in the morning.

upthecreek
upthecreek
10 years ago

if they make you sick..
Why do you read them?

GGW

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
10 years ago

You make a good point. The people here complain about their tax money being spent inappropriately when they have the right to petition for a referendum to repeal those taxes. If the people take away the taxes that they voted on themselves, then those moneys can’t be spent. Repeal U… Read more »

Why 2 town managers?
Why 2 town managers?
10 years ago
Reply to  upthecreek

MMM reminds me of my corporate days when some people were brilliant at making power-point presentations complete with graphs and such and bombarding the audience with number and figures, more numbers and figures ad nauseum, that leaves the audience confused and numbed-out. At the end of her mind-numbing and confusing… Read more »

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
10 years ago

That’s a question for debate. Another point – we really don’t know what Ms. Martinez has done. The real work in the past year on the MLLA issue was all behind closed doors and privately conducted.
BK

Good Point
Good Point
10 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

Good point, but at least she apparently did something. What do we really know about what Wilbrecht does other than the pap that’s in his job description? What makes him so valuable as to justify $300,000 a year in salary and benefits, more than any comparable government employee in Mono… Read more »

upthecreek
upthecreek
10 years ago
Reply to  Good Point

“What do we really know about what Wilbrecht does other than the pap that’s in his job description?”

Be nice to him …. He needs a nice warm office to rest until he can qualify for his Full (HUGE) Public Pension and benefits package.

GGW

upthecreek
upthecreek
10 years ago
Reply to  Good Point

“he’d just retire on his inflated PERS pension, courtesy of the Town, and move back to Washington to avoid state income taxes.”

Glad to see more and more people are starting to figure out the scam they call “public Servants”

Pensions for Everyone…

GGW

J.J.
J.J.
10 years ago
Reply to  upthecreek

Typical Mammoth, get rid of the work horses but keep the old carts.