Mammoth Council to spend $300K on “stuff”
“A lot of times in Mammoth when we say, ‘Here’s our strategy,’ people in the town say, ‘Oh boy, here’s what we’re going to spend money on next,’” said Mammoth Town Council member Bill Sauser on Wednesday, September 21, when Council voted to spend almost $300,000 on several agenda items. Councilmember Cleland Hoff was the only dissenting vote on all three motions, which included authorizing $35,000 for a “brand awareness” campaign for Digital 395 and a free public WiFi project; $150,000 to hire a planning firm to “facilitate a public process” on recommendations for revitalizing downtown Mammoth Lakes, and $100,000 for an agreement with Alta Planning + Design to provide recommendations for enhanced transit and mobility in Mammoth.
Council voted 3-1 to approve all the agenda items (Council member Colin Fernie was absent), despite Sauser’s obvious concern with spending the money. “One of the things when I got elected was, ‘We want you to watch your dollars,’” said Sauser.
“There is a seriousness here that the people of Mammoth expect us to be prudent in how this goes forward…We’ve got about $3 million in deferred maintenance that needs to be taken care of.”