Public servant passes away

Big Bear City, CA, May 21, 2013 – Longtime Bear Valley resident Robert Colven has passed away after a battle with cancer. Colven moved with his wife Kim from Palm Springs to Big Bear City in 1987, after having vacationed in the mountains here since 1967. He served on the Governing Board for the Big Bear Area Regional Wastewater Agency (BBARWA) for ten years ending in 2005. During that time, he acted as Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and member of numerous committees. Most notable of these were perhaps the Waste to Energy and Water Reclamation committees. Prior to his positions on the BBARWA Board, he began a 17-year stint on the Big Bear City Community Services District Board in 1991. He also served on a host of other boards and organizations, including the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District Board, the Big Bear Chamber of Commerce, the San Bernardino County Local Agency Formation Commission, the County Solid Waste Task Force and the Big Bear Valley Human Services Committee. His career in law enforcement comprised the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, the Palm Springs Police Dept. Reserves and the California Highway Patrol. In addition to many years as a public servant, Colven was a member of the United States Air...

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Bear Valley Electric Proposed Rate Increase

Big Bear Lake, CA, August 8, 2012, noon – The California Public Utilities Commission is seeking public comments from customers that receive electric service from Bear Valley Electric, regarding an application for a proposed increase in rates for service. The application was filed on February 16, 2012 requesting authorization to increase overall revenue by 9.85%, which results in a proposed rate increase of 7.79%. The increased rates would become effective in 2013. The City of Big Bear Lake and the Big Bear Area Regional Wastewater Agency have filed a petition on behalf of citizens and customers, to oppose Bear Valley Electric’s proposed 7.79% increase in rates. On Monday, August 13 two Public Participation Hearings are scheduled and you can share your opinion regarding the proposed increase. The Public Hearings will take place at 2 and 7pm at Northwoods Resort in Big Bear Lake. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP31628.mp3|titles=Proposed Electric Rate Increase – Mike Evans...

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Big Bear Area Regional Wastewater Agency new budget

Big Bear City, CA, March 1, 2012 – The Big Bear Area Regional Wastewater Agency held a special meeting to cover several items including the first public meeting in which the proposed new budget was presented in a workshop setting.  The proposed 2012-2013 budget reflects the 4% increase in rates charged to the member agencies including the City of Big Bear Lake, the Big Bear City Community Services District and the county area of 53b Fawnskin.  Several large projects are included in the new budget including the rebuilding and replacement of the Lake Pump Station in Big Bear Lake and a covered drying bed.  The cost of these projects is less than originally projected due in part to lower construction costs.  Other highlights of the next year’s budget include lower costs associated with treatment plant efficiencies.  Cash flow is also projected to be higher because of bond refinancing and higher cash balances from the operations.  In total they are  projecting a balanced budget for the coming year, completion of $1.7 million in capital improvements without borrowing and lower debt expenses.  Formal adoption of the budget will take place during the regular March and April BBARWA...

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BBARWA Recieves Award For Excellence in Budget Planning!

Big Bear, Ca, November 9, 2011, 12:00pm – The Big Bear Area Wastewater Agency has received another Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Associations of the United States and Canada for the agencies fiscal year of 2011-2012 operating budget.  This will now be the 4th consecutive year that BBARWA and the agencies finance department have received this award.  To receive the award BBARWA has to meet recognized standards measuring how well its budget serves as a financial plan, and operations of the organization.  “These awards mean a lot to the staff and agency,” said BBARWA General Manager Steve Schindler, “because it’s from a professional organization in the field of government finance; professionals who acknowledge and commend agencies for doing things right.”  KBHR congratulates BBARWA on their 4th year receiving the award, and thanks them for their excellent budgeting...

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BBARWA Refinances, Saves Money

Big Bear, Ca, October 27, 2011, 12:00pm – At the October 26th regular meeting of the Big Bear Area Wastewater Agency Board of Directors, board members approved the refinancing of the agencies outstanding debt.  The refinancing will save BBARWA an estimated $557,000 and include interest savings from not having to borrow $606,000 to conduct a total replacement of the Lake Pump Station.  BBARWA’s Finance Manager Jennifer McCullar oversaw the project, and was responsible for the groundwork that was done on refinancing the debt.  The lower debt service will improve the agencies debt service coverage and reserve debt capacity for future capital projects, which is definitely good news. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP31138.mp3|titles=BBARWA...

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