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County Supervisors Extend Snow Plowing Contracts for Big Bear Valley, Approve Re-Appointment of Don Pletcher to Parks Commission

San Bernardino County Supervisors convened yesterday (March 2), and during their meeting in San Bernardino addressed a few items specific to the Big Bear Valley, which falls within the County’s Third District (of five). Given more than anticipated snowfall this season, County Supervisors unanimously approved an increase to blanket purchase orders for snow removal contracts with both Ken Willis Construction and Romans Construction, Inc. for roads within the unincorporated portions of the Valley, specifically at the east end. The existing contract with Willis had been for $100,000 though, as one storm incurred over $109,000 in plowing services, this contract will now extend to $200,000 in snow removal services; the Romans contract was extended to allow for plowing in the newly formed road district in Erwin Lake. Supervisors also approved a construction contract in the amount of nearly $62,000 with Axis Controls, Inc. of Irvine for a vacuum control panel replacement project for County Service Area 53B, or Fawnskin. Sewer collection lift stations, installed in the 1970s, have reached the end of their service life, so replacement of the original control panel should alleviate disruptions of sewer service in the Fawnskin area. And, given Tuesday’s unanimous vote, Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District Advisory Commissioner Don Pletcher has been re-appointed, and will serve a term through January 2014. With Pletcher continuing on the Advisory Commission of (now) five, which...

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Swap, Sale and Deed: Community Services District Excited About Property Exchanges With County and Park District

Big Bear City, CA — During agenda items for the Board of Directors for the Big Bear City Community Services District, President Marge McDonald announced, “I could not be happier with these things listed under Old Business.” The business item at hand, at the March 1st CSD meeting, addressed the reassignment of East Valley properties–via sale, swap and redeeding—between CSD, the County of San Bernardino, and the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District, as initially outlined in the Paradise Park Memorandum of Understanding drafted in 2007 (and, at that time, referred to as a “win-win situation” by Rec and Park’s Reese Troublefield). The properties at issue include the Erwin Lake Park (owned by CSD), the property beneath the Sugarloaf Fire Station (owned by Rec and Park), the former Bear City Park property on which the Lions Club building is situated, and CSD’s well #9 parcels, currently owned by the County. Though no action was taken last night (and the Rec and Park Advisory Commission will address the property swaps in a 4pm Thursday meeting), President McDonald thanked County Supervisor Neil Derry for his support before adding, “I see the light at the end of the tunnel for the Lions Club, and that makes me very happy.” As explained by CSD’s General Manager Mike Mayer, the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District is offering a 1.6 acre parcel...

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Lighthouse Project’s Vision Includes Make a Million Smiles Campaign; Author Owen Encourages “Cowboy Ethics”

Big Bear Lake, CA — Community leaders and those in child-involved groups were welcomed to participate in the third annual Vision 2010 Community Summit, hosted by the Lighthouse Project at the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center last night. Big Bear Lake Mayor Liz Harris opened the evening of inspiration and motivation to continue with child-honoring efforts in our community. “You all give me great pride,” Mayor Harris remarked, “Big Bear is a very special place.” Harris introduced some special members of the audience, including County Supervisor Neil Derry, BVUSD’s Superintendent Dr. Nancy Wright and members of the school board, as well as local elected officials, before saying of the Lighthouse Project, “It is a gift to the young and old alike.” Program coordinator Beth Gardner addressed the packed PAC by noting, “We can always be improving and creating more unity in our community. Big Bear is uniquely poised to create special things.” Among those have been the Lighthouse’s Move a Million Miles for Ryan Hall campaign, the implementation of PeaceBuilders programs at local schools, the Run the Bear Marathon, and Peace Gardens at school sites, including two planned to sprout in spring at Big Bear High School and North Shore Elementary. The next big effort of the Lighthouse Project is the Make a Million Smiles campaign which, like the community movement in support of Olympian Ryan Hall in...

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County Supervisors Reduce Local Parks Commission by Two, Though a Vacancy Remains; Grant Funding to Be Pursued for Paradise Park

San Bernardino County Supervisors addressed Big Bear parks and park commissioners in their meeting on Tuesday. Per the recommendation from our Third District County Supervisor Neil Derry, the number of Advisory Commissioners for the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District was reduced from seven to five and, subsequently, Kathryn Poole was reappointed to another term on the commission that also includes Gloria Rose and Bob Ybarra. Don Pletcher also remains on the commission on an expired term though, per Joseph Turner from Supervisor Derry’s office, Pletcher will be reappointed, and this should take place at the next Supervisors’ meeting on March 2. Of the other three posts on the up-until-now seven-member commission, both Jennifer McCullar and Rudy Macioge resigned, per the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District, and Commissioner Cassy Benson did not receive re-appointment, as indicated by last week’s Rec and Park meeting agenda packet. So, all that being said, once Pletcher’s re-appointment is confirmed, there will still be one vacancy on the local parks commission and those interested in serving on behalf of the community at large—rather than on behalf of a specific Big Bear Valley area, as had been the case—can apply via the website of the County’s Clerk of the Board. According to Turner in San Bernardino, “We are currently taking applications and, so far, have two applicants.” County Supervisors also took action...

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Department of Water and Power and County Supervisors Hold Tuesday Morning Meetings

There are two public meetings scheduled for tomorrow morning, the first of which is the 9am meeting of the Board of Commissioners of the Department of Water and Power. Tuesday morning’s meeting, to be held at the DWP offices on Garstin Drive in Big Bear Lake, is scheduled to include board committee assignments, as well as contract approval, to hire WSC, Inc. to assist in bidding packages and permits as it pertains to 2010 construction projects funded by the USDA. The Board of Supervisors for San Bernardino County meet at 10am Tuesday on their, now, every-other week schedule for regular meetings in San Bernardino. County Supervisors will address a few items that pertain to the Big Bear Valley, specifically parks—and park commissioners. Supervisors will consider Third District Supervisor Neil Derry’s request to reduce the number of Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District Advisory Commissioners from seven to five, while also voting on two items specific to the Big Bear City Park being developed on land owned by the Big Bear City Community Services District; those action items are with regard to the 40-year lease agreement with CSD, and approval for grant application on the Prop 84-funded grant that could provide for $2.5 million in park development...

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