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 Bear Necessities 

Issue 8 | October 2020
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Did You Know?

The BVCSD Website now has an online list of active water leaks. Before calling to report a leak, check this list. After hours leaks can be reported by calling our on-call staff at (661) 821-3239 ext. 10
Wildfire Fuel Reduction Project
We are continuing to make progress on our Fuel Reduction Grant Project, and want to enlist the cooperation of homeowners in the project area to remove dead, dying, and diseased trees at no cost to them. With over $1million in grant funding available, we can address most properties needing tree removal. The initial project area is all properties within Tract 3461.

Please contact the CSD project Forester if you have property within Tract 3461 and wish to be considered for having their dead trees removed:

Tim Morin, Forester
To enable cost-effective use of the grant money, there will be a priority system to make the most efficient use of time and machinery. Larger parcels and groups of smaller parcels located adjacent to each other will have priority over small, remote parcels. The number of trees to be removed from a parcel will also be factored into the project planning. Properties with fewer trees per acre (TPA) will have a lower priority than properties with more TPA.

Project Steps or Phases

Step 1: A Registered Professional Forester (RPF) will perform a visual inspection of the project area to determine priority areas for tree removal.

Step 2: The CSD will be contacting affected property owners to solicit their participation. Property owners will need to sign waivers and grant access to the logging company.

Step 3: The RPF will perform an Archaeological Records Check and Survey to identify and protect any cultural resource sites. If any new sites are discovered during the project, they will be protected and reported to the state.

Step 4:  Biological Review. The California Natural Diversity Database (CNDDB) will be reviewed for threatened and endangered plants and animals within Bear Valley. The project site will be inspected to identify any protected species. Trees that are identified as habitats/nesting sites will not be removed.

Step 5: Project boundaries will be flagged and dead and down trees will be identified for removal. Ideally, with the cooperation of property owners, the project can be organized into connected parcels to minimize the need to move heavy equipment from site to site.

Step 6: The CalFIRE Drought Mortality Timber Harvest Plan Exemption (CEQA compliance) will be submitted.

Step 7: Upon approval of the CEQA compliance, a licensed Timber Operator hired by the CSD will remove the identified trees.

Step 8: Removal and disposal of trees and slash by truck is planned.  A vast majority of these dead trees are so decayed that they have no market value. Alternative disposal methods will be explored. 

Public Works Updates

Project Updates

Generators: We are in the process of obtaining the final quotes for the installation of the generators.  Once all quotes are reviewed we will issue a contract and install the generators. We received our first delivery of two Blue Star Generators.  These two are for our Ridgeview and our Oakflat Pneumatic Stations.

Well 31: BakersfieldWell and Pump completed video and gyro testing.  Results will be available on October 2, 2020. PDF Files will be emailed the first week of October.

Well 32: Bakersfield Well and Pump completed video testing, and system info will be sent out this week to begin the pump building process. PDF Files will be mailed the first week of October.

Well 25: The building has been demolished and the permit has been submitted.  The Well should be completely abandoned by October 25.

Booster 2D2 Sheeptrail: We are in the final planning phases for the installation of a new electrical panel at the facility.  The work is tentatively scheduled to start October 26, 2020.

Note: for detailed reporting of Public Works September activities, see the Board Package for the October 2020 Regular Board Meeting on the Agendas page.

Public Safety Updates

Staffing for the Police Department includes four full-time police officer positions (three filled), one part-time police officer (filled), one sergeant position (filled), and one Police Chief position (filled).   Currently accepting officer candidate applications.

August Activity, Crime & Arrests

General Activity:
  • Calls for service: 115 Average response time 5:43 (min:sec)
  • Officer-initiated investigations: 51
  • Traffic Stops: 25
  • Traffic Citations: 3
  • Patrol Checks: 62
  • Senior Wellness Checks: 324

Crime Occurrences:

  • Mail Thefts: 2
  • Thefts (other than mail): 0
  • Domestic-related incidents: 0
  • Other Misdemeanors: 10
  • Burglaries: 2
  • Other Felonies: 2
  • Non-criminal reports: 10
  • Traffic Collisions: 4


  • Misdemeanor Arrests: 4
  • Felony Arrests: 0
Note: for detailed reporting of incidents by type, see the Board Package for the October 2020 Regular Board Meeting on the Agendas page.
October Board of Directors Meeting Taking Place on Zoom
Meeting Time: October 8, 2020, 6:00 PM
In accordance with the Governor's Executive Order (N-29-20) and the declared State of Emergency, including social distancing directives as a result of the threat of the COVID-19 virus, Board member and BVCSD staff will be participating in this meeting remotely. There will not be a physical location for this meeting, however, members of the public may participate in the meeting in the following ways:
  1. Open Session Webinar Link:
  2. Phone: Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
    • +1 669 900 9128 or
    • +1 253 215 8782 or
    • +1 346 248 7799 or
    • +1 312 626 6799 or
    • +1 646 558 8656 or
    • +1 301 715 8592
  3. Email: You may submit comments on a specific item to Please send your email at least one hour prior to the start of the Open Session meeting.
Webinar ID: 878 8624 7372
International Numbers Available:

Members of the public may submit comments on agenda items via email at least 1 hour prior to the start of the Open Session meeting or may use the Zoom Meetings “Raise Hand” feature and wait to be recognized by the Secretary of the Board.

If you would like to learn how to join a Zoom meeting, you may find this video tutorial helpful.
October Agenda Items

Action Items

  • APPOINT Citizen Volunteers to the Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council
  • APPROVE Cost Sharing Agreement for Regional Urban Water Management Plan with Tehachapi Cummings County Water District
  • ADOPT Ordinance 20-253 Repealing Chapter 9 (District Records) of Title 1 (Administration) of the District Code
  • AUTHORIZE the General Manager to Execute Various Documents and Agreements related to Employee Group Health Benefits through the District’s Insurance Broker
  • ACCEPT Monthly Investment Report as of August 31, 2020

Information & Discussion

  • Community Facilities Lease – Bear Valley Springs Association

Future Agenda Items

  • Approve Police Policy Manual (November 12, 2020)
  • Approve Updated Fee Schedule (November 12, 2020)
  • Public Hearing – Sewer Rates (November 12, 2020)
View the Agenda
October Events
October 7 - Coffee w/ the General Manager (Zoom Meeting)

September 8 - Regular Board Meeting (Zoom Meeting)

Contact Information

Administrative Office
8 am - 4:30 pm (Open to the public from 10 am - 2 pm)

Public Works Office
8 am - 3:30 pm
after-hours emergency call:
821-3239 ext. 10

Police Department
8 am - 4 pm
Office: 821-3239
Dispatch: 861-3110

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