Big Bear City Fire Department's just-promoted Engineer Jim McDaniel, with girlfriend Stacy Gorin and Fire Chief Jeff Willis.

The Board of Directors for the Big Bear City Community Services District convened for their one regular meeting of the month (as February 15’s will be adjourned for the Presidents’ Day holiday) and, under the direction of new President Marge McDonald, the February 1 meeting began with presentation items. For starters, the CSD Water Department, led by Water Superintendent Tim Moran, was honored with 2009’s Annual Safety Award, and four-year Big Bear City firefighter Jim McDaniel was promoted to engineer, to fill the position previously held by retiree Mike Cormican.
The final Water Master Plan report was also reviewed, in a presentation by Steven Cullen of Daniel B. Stephens and Associates. Department of Water and Power representatives, including Chairman Steve Foulkes and Water Resource Manager Bill LaHaye were present for the review of the final draft, as was Big Bear Lake City Councilmember Michael Karp. Per CSD General Manager Mike Mayer, “The district is very pleased with this comprehensive effort made by all the consultants involved in this nearly two-year long study.” DWP’s Foulkes and LaHaye did not pose any questions during review of the Water Master Plan document, which is now posted on the CSD website at
In action items, per the agenda request of Director Jeff Newsome, the CSD Board election policy was addressed. Though Newsome made a motion that the presidency should go to the director to have received the most votes in the most current election, there was no second to this, so the motion failed. Current Vice President (and recent past President) John Day proposed that current election policy language that restricts directors from serving in consecutive years, as either president or vice president, be eliminated and, given the votes in favor of this (by Day, McDonald and Rick Ollila, president in 2008), this motion passed and will allow for consecutive terms going forward.
In other news from last night’s meeting of the CSD Board, the Paradise Park lease agreement with the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District, providing for a 40-year lease on the 5.48 acre site that will be jointly developed by both agencies, was unanimously approved. The lease agreement, for which San Bernardino County Special Districts Director Jeff Rigney and Rec and Park’s Assistant Regional Manager Lorie Judd were present, was prompted by a March 1 deadline to apply for a Proposition 84 Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Program Grant, which would be worth $2.5 million.
CSD Directors, which also include Barbara Beck, also ratified the local emergency proclamation, declared by GM Mayer on January 25.

The award-winning team of the Big Bear City Community Services District's Water Department (from left): Greg Ricketts, Jerry Griffith, Superintendent Tim Moran, Ralph Marquardt and Joe Saali.