Tag: CSD

Newsome Resigns From CSD

Big Bear City, June 11, 2014 – A longtime Big Bear City Community Services District Director is moving on. Director Jeff Newsome was elected in November of 2001 and served as President of the Board in 2005 and 2011. At the last CSD Board of Directors meeting, he announced that his resignation will be effective June 17. That leaves the remaining Board to decide whether they’ll fill the vacancy by appointment or call a special election; they’ll discuss their options at the next meeting on June 16. Newsome released a prepared resignation statement, which reads, in part: Words cannot express my gratitude for the support the community has shown me and the many kind words of encouragement I have received through the years.  I leave the Big Bear CSD at a high water mark.  Admin and labor work together superbly.  Our partnership with the City of Big Bear Lake, which I believe will prove our best long term investment ever made, grows stronger by the day. Most importantly, I leave you with the best Board in our history.  They are, each and every one, selflessly committed to our community’s well being and as cohesive a group as any I have seen in my political career.  They may differ, but they remain the dedicated unit our staff deserves.  It has long been my goal to make the Board so effective and...

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Firefighters Focus on Prevention

Big Bear City, CA, June 4, 2014 – The San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Residential Assessment Program is back for a second year. In the coming weeks, firefighters will be going door-to-door handing out information and offering to walk the properties with homeowners on the spot and provide free evaluations of defensible space. They’ll focus on neighborhoods in the unincorporated parts of the Valley, outside City of Big Bear Lake and CSD service areas. Defensible space is the term for a critical buffer zone around a home where combustible materials have been removed or trimmed to minimize the chance of a wildfire being carried to the building. Ideally, it extends outward from a residence 100 feet, or to the property line, whichever is less. Homeowners are urged to clear all dead vegetation from this space and around any propane tanks, cut tree limbs from the bottom six feet of a trunk and from over roofs, and keep wood piles and combustible patio furniture at least 30 feet from homes. If you don’t want to wait for the knock on the door, you can also schedule a no-charge assessment by calling (909)...

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Paradise Park Talks Resume; CSD Proposed Moving Higher Fees to Tax Roll

Big Bear City, CA, April 7, 2014 – The Big Bear City Community Services District (CSD) is having their next board meeting tonight, and there are several items of interest to their customers. The list of Proposed Ordinances includes increases in service fees for water and sewer connections, commercial disposal and ambulance service. It’s also proposed that related charges be collected on the tax roll. The CSD reports that increasing the water connection fee to $8,587.78 will finance public facilities to provide water services for new development. The increase in ambulance fees is based on a report by the District Fire Chief showing the cost of providing service–i.e., $103 for an ECG. Other adjustments are being made in response rising costs outside the district. The sewer rate increase, for example, will be adopted on the advice of the District Engineer, to account for the previous year’s increases in the ENR Cost Index for Southern California.The new proposed sewer connection fee of $2,087.26 would provide sufficient revenue to construct additional sewer facilities. And increasing commercial disposal fees are an effort to offset the fees charged the CSD by the County of San Bernardino, which are also increasing. Also on the Adoption Agenda is a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the CSD and the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District. Their 2009 lease agreement to develop a park on Paradise...

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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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Big Bear City CSD Candidate Forum

Big Bear Lake, CA, October 6, 2012, 6am – The Lighthouse Project and the Chamber of Commerce are hosting this year’s Candidate Forums. The last forum will be held at Community Church by the Lake and refreshments will be served. Community members should submit their questions to the Lighthouse Project by sending email to bigbearlighthouse@gmail.com. Questions can also be submitted on the night of the forum by those attending. You should identify which agency your question is directed to. Not all questions will be used, and some questions may be combined because of time constraints. Due to a conflict with the Presidential Debate on October 3rd, the Big Bear City Community Services District forum was rescheduled for Tuesday, October 9th at 6pm. For more information call the Lighthouse Project at...

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