The Big Bear Area Regional Wastewater Agency may have a new appointee to the Governing Board, pending a vote by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday morning. At present, the Board consists of two members of the City Council of Big Bear Lake and two from the Big Bear City Community Services District. The fifth member, from Fawnskin and appointed by the Third District County Supervisor, had been Don Eads, who in November 2008 had asked to step down prior to his term’s expiration in January 2011. Though Fawnskin resident Todd Murphy had submitted an application to serve on the BBARWA Board in 2008, his appointment was never confirmed, given the County’s concerns of a possible conflict of interest since he also represents Fawnskin on the Big Bear Municipal Water District Board. Dr. Eads has, in the interim, returned to the BBARWA Board and County Supervisor Neil Derry has since recommended the appointment of Tom Brandau, to serve both BBARWA and the CSA 53B Commission, which addresses sewer and fire issues for Fawnskin. Brandau, a member of the North Shore Improvement Agency and the Friends of Fawnskin, has lived in Fawnskin with his wife for 10 years, and works in the film and television industry. If appointed to the BBARWA Board on May 5, BBARWA General Manager Steve Schindler tells KBHR, “We’ll put a package together and get him up to speed as quickly as we can.”
In other news regarding the wastewater agency, the Governing Board met on Wednesday, April 29, but did not come to a consensus to pursue funding on four proposed projects, which could be eligible for federal funds. Schindler says that the Board opted to discuss this further in a special workshop scheduled for Tuesday, May 12 at 10am at the BBARWA facility. If Brandau is appointed by then, Schindler says, he is more than welcome to attend. Regular meetings of the BBARWA Board take place on the fourth Wednesday of each month.