Big Bear, CA, February 28, 2012, 3:00pm – The Big Bear Lake City Council, during their regularly scheduled meeting, voted to delay taking a position regarding the proposed rate increase from Bear Valley Electric Service. Although this item was initially put on the agenda as a consent item it was pulled and tabled for a later date allowing Mayor Bill Jahn who was absent at the meeting to participate in the discussion as well as giving an opportunity for Bear Valley Electric Service to present their position on the proposed increase. A date when this item will be returned to City Council will be announced later. The City Council also received a report on the multi-million dollar rebuilding project for the Big Bear Lake Village L area. Although the City’s Improvement Agency was dismantled as a move to rescue the states budget crisis this was one of the projects that had prior approval. This project will be completed without additional assessments to property owners. The project will completely reconstruct the Big Bear Village in four phases beginning on April 2nd and completing perhaps as early as late September. Construction will include all new streets and related lighting, additional trees, street signs, pavers, two outdoor fire pits, curbs, gutters and sidewalks. Within each phase of the construction only one section and side of the street will be effected allowing for one way traffic and to be open at all times. Heavy construction will be limited to mornings and evenings and no construction will be done beginning Friday afternoon through Sunday. David Lawrence, City Engineer working with Lyle Hayes IA Director, has two public meetings scheduled on March 8th and 15th to discuss the impacts to the Village businesses. In addition they intend to use every measure possible to communicate with the businesses and let everyone else know that these businesses will be open during the construction. According to City Manager Jeff Mathieu once this and other IA projects such as this are completed the day and age of redevelopment for this and other cities in California will come to a final end.