Mammoth Lakes Community Update – June 3, 2022

Council Receives Proposal for Short Rental Certified Property Program 

The proposed program creates a more direct link between property owners and the Town. All properties will require safety and compliance inspections on a 4-year cycle. Property status and contact details to be provided on interactive GIS, online map. Program design enhances enforcement of “Quality of Life” ordinance and compliance with short-term rental requirements, holding property owners accountable. Elements of the program that include Town code updates and outreach with lodging properties are underway to finalize the proposed Certified Property Program.

Council Receives Update from MCWD on Water Resources and Restrictions 

Due to below average snowpack and analysis of aquifer depletion, the Mammoth Community Water District (MCWD) Board of Directors has declared a Level 3 Water Supply Shortage due to a low snowpack and limited availability of surface water. MCWD is planning for 85% or more of summer water resources to come from groundwater, adding to potential draw down of underground water levels. Customers are permitted to ONLY water twice a week during limited times. Even addresses can water Wednesday and Saturday, and odd addresses are permitted to water Thursday and Sunday. The goal is to achieve a 30% or more reduction in water usage. No new turf or reseeding is allowed and variances for new plantings will not be granted. Exceptions will be made for customers taking advantage of the District’s new Turf Replacement Rebate Program. Review the MCWD Presentation highlights.

Town Council Agreements Approved at June 1st Meeting

 – Town Council approved an agreement with MLTPA providing technical and specialist support for the ongoing implementation of the Mammoth Lakes Trail System Master Plan. The work program is managed by the Town’s Office of Outdoor Recreation. Review the Staff Report.

– Town Council approved a ground lease with the Library Authority (Mono County Office of Education) to continue early childhood services provided at the “old library” building located at the Community Center (1000 Forest Trail). Review the Staff Report.

– Town Council authorized an agreement with HMC Architects to prepare a preliminary analysis on space needs and design for a new Town Hall to be located adjacent to the New County Building, Police Station, and Court House (Civic Center Complex). The planning work will inform future decisions on whether to proceed with a new facility. Review the Staff Report.

– Town Council authorized an agreement with California Consulting Inc. to provide grant research and writing support to enhance the Town’s efforts to secure additional grant funding for local projects (Housing, MUP’s, Trails, Arts & Culture, Streets, Parking/EV Charging, Fire resiliency programs, parks and recreation, etc.). Review the Staff Report. 

Interested in Serving on Town Commissions?

The Town of Mammoth Lakes is accepting applications for individuals to serve on the Planning and Economic Development Commission (PEDC) and on the Parks and Recreation Commission. Commissioners are appointed by the Town Council and generally meet once per month. For more information and to complete an application, please click here.

Fourth of July Celebration 

 – The Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce is planning the 2022 July 4th Parade. To participate in the Parade, please contact the Chamber of Commerce by calling (760) 934-2712.

– The Town of Mammoth Lakes, LDC and partners are planning for the annual Fourth of July fireworks spectacular at Crowley Lake. Make your plans early to enjoy these local celebrations. Click here for information about July 4 festivities in Mammoth Lakes.

(From Town of Mammoth Lakes)

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