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Supes to weigh film commissioner services

January 15, 2013

County leaders will consider opening a Request for Proposals for the Inyo County Film Commissioner position. The film commissioner works with filmmakers, such as “Iron Man” director Jon Favreau (above in the Alabama Hills), to find suitable locations and obtain necessary permits. File photo

County leaders will meet today to discuss soliciting bids for the Film Commission program, a series of building improvements in Shoshone and committee appointments for board members.
The Board of Supervisors will meet at 9 a.m. in the County Administrative Center in Independence.
The board is scheduled to consider a list First District Supervisor Linda Arcularius has recommended outlining a number of committee assignments for new Second District Supervisor Jeff Griffiths, Fourth District Supervisor Mark Tillemans and Fifth District Supervisor Matt Kingsley, as well as herself and Third District Supervisor Rick Pucci.
Members of the Board of Supervisors divide up appointments to more than 40 various committees and advisory groups, including the Eastern Sierra Council of Governments, the City of Bishop Liaison Committee and the Agricultural Advisory Board.
The draft list recommends Kingsley and Pucci serve on the Agricultural Advisory Board; Kingsley and Arcularius serve on the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District; Pucci and Tillemans serve on the Indian Gaming Local Community Benefit Committee; Arcularius serve on the Inyo Council for the Arts; and Griffiths serve as the California State Association of Counties representative for Inyo County.
For a full list of committee appointments for the board, visit
At 9:30 a.m. the board is scheduled to discuss and possibly approve a Request for Proposals for Inyo County Film Commissioner Services or consider alternatives.
The county has budgeted $40,000 this year for Film Commissioner services, provided for the last six years by Chris Langley of Lone Pine.
The board switched from approving Langley’s contract every year to opening the contract to an RFP format last year, at the request of then-Fourth District Supervisor Marty Fortney who said that others were interested in applying for the job.
The board will also meet with representatives from the Eastern Sierra Area Agency on Aging to discuss current issues affecting the delivery of services to seniors.
The board will also consider approving an improvement project for two modular buildings in Shoshone.
According to a staff report, the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department purchased two modular homes to house resident deputies in the community. The buildings were constructed to Housing and Community Development standards, which allowed installation of single-pane windows and reduced wall thickness insulation, “among other construction cost saving measures,” the staff report states.
Inyo County Public Works is now saying the roofs on the buildings have been losing composition shingles for a number of years and have exceeded their useful life and are beyond reasonable repair.
“The Public Works Department is requesting approval of plans and specifications to improve these two modular homes,” the staff report states.

The improvements would include the replacement of the existing windows, new roofing and other improvements.
The Public Works Department is proposing to use the county building maintenance fund to complete the improvements.
The board is also scheduled to hear a presentation from county Planning staff regarding coordination with the U.S. Forest Service on the Inyo National Forest Plan Update/Revision.
This meeting is open to the public and time will be set aside for residents to make comments to the board.

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