Pictured: MLPD Chief Dan Watson (right) presents Detective Doug Hornbeck with a 15-year service award at Wednesday’s Mammoth Council meeting./
Mammoth might be leaning toward more solar power options. Earlier, during a Council study session review of Public Works, Transportation and the Airport, part of the Town’s restructuring process, Lehman cited a recent tour of the Mammoth Community Water District’s solar power array, and suggested it might be worth looking into a similar array to augment power at the Mammoth Yosemite Airport.
In addition, Councilmember Michael Raimondo and Public Works Director Ray Jarvis said the Town is also exploring adding solar-powered street lamps in some of Mammoth’s darker areas. Solar-powered street lamp lighting has proven to be successful on the Cerro Coso College connector paths.
Council also determined that the Community Benefits Incentive Zoning proposal for a Mammoth Creek Inn Expansion project was suitable to be forwarded to the Planning Commission for its review. The Inn, located on Old Mammoth Road across from The Stove, is planning three new buildings with 12 new condo-hotel rooms, which would have views of the Sherwins.
The only hitch would mean increased density, requiring a variance. The Inn currently has 26 rooms, and the additional rooms would bring that total to 38. Given the site’s acreage, 31 rooms is the property’s allowable density. CBIZ provides allowance for the applicant to pay an in-lieu fee to cover the increased density. Based on the projected net return for the project, the fee would be about $6,000, possibly less.
Council expressed some reservations at the relatively small amount of the fee, and also that the rooms would also be able to be resold, meaning Transient Occupancy Tax would be lost and such a sale wouldn’t benefit the Town. Steven Hakim, one of the Inn’s owners, said his family has no plans to sell any of the rooms, at least not in the near future. He also suggested that even if they were sold, he envisions a scenario under which the units would stay on the hotel’s register and therefore be eligible for TOT generation. “We have small rooms already,” Hakim said. “With this expansion, we are looking to bring in families on a larger scale, and bring in more life to the hotel.”
Understructure parking is a component to the expansion, which Hakim seeks to tie in with the new Mammoth Rock ‘N Bowl Center, already under construction. Hakim said a projected timeline is still in the works, and that no construction bids have as yet been solicited. He does, however, anticipate using local contractors for the project.