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A Newsletter from the BVCSD
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Issue 1 | February 2020
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We would like to take a moment to welcome you to the first edition of our electronic newsletter. Thank you so very much for subscribing! It is our hope that you will find this publication relevant and helpful.

It is our desire to give you the information you need in a clean, concise format. If you feel something is missing, or there's a regular column you'd like to see please let us know. If the format doesn't display correctly or could be better in any way, We'd love to have your feedback. Just send an email to mclark@bvcsd.org.

Thank you!
Megan Clark
Communications Specialist
New grant addresses water outages for upper elevation customers during PSPS events
Last year, residents of Bear Valley Springs spent over 100 hours without power due to Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events. Each time the power was shut off, 119 homes at upper elevations lost water altogether as the pneumatic tanks that serve their homes drained within 2 hours.

While the BVCSD does not consider a PSPS an emergency, we were concerned with the loss of water service our residents endured. It became our top priority to develop a reliable water supply for these residents and to ensure that water is available in our most wildfire-vulnerable neighborhoods.

Kern County received a state grant to address PSPS mitigation. Public Safety personnel and officials throughout the county came together to present the needs and seek project funding. The needs of our community and others like us were recognized, and funding was provided to mitigate high-priority PSPS impacts like ours.

We are very happy to announce that our District will receive grant funds of approximately $155,000 specifically to purchase generators that will power the pneumatic tanks that are the first to fail when power is lost.
Upcoming Rate Adjustment Affects 500 Homes on Sewer System
2020 Marks the 50th anniversary of Bear Valley Springs and the Bear Valley Community Services District. During that half-century, our community has grown far beyond the quaint part-time community envisioned by Dart Industries. 

Over the past few decades, necessary repair and replacement projects have been put on hold to avoid rate increases. Now those 50-year-old parts are nearing the end of their useful life, and we have a backlog of updates that desperately need to happen.

On February 13th, our Board of Directors will be presented with a preliminary final draft of a rate study done for our sewer system. The study, which affects roughly 500 property owners inside the Lower Valley loop, will be published on our website on Friday, February 14th. 
Resident involvement is vital for community health. If this study affects you, we want your input!
  • Review the preliminary study that will be published on our website on February 14th
  • Attend the upcoming informational meetings. Dates will be announced on our website.
  • Ask questions and help us see through your eyes
  • Offer viable solutions that meet the community's needs
  • Be part of the conversation!
Watch our website and social media feeds for more information!
Transfer Station Update
We are finalizing the permitting process with Kern County to satisfy any grading requirements as we continue to process millings for eventual use on all surfaces throughout the site, which will help address dust and mud problems.

We have met with electrical, security camera and fencing contractors and are prepared to move ahead with those phases according to our schedule. We’ll begin work within the next two weeks on completing the drainage pipe coming from the Public Works yard, which solves flooding problems we have during wet weather.

On March 2nd we’ll be instituting the new Transfer Site hours of operation, which will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., five days a week (closed on Mondays and Thursdays). Temporary gates will be installed to facilitate securing the site while closed, with the permanent fencing to be the last phase of the reconfiguration.

Residents can also expect to see permanent staff at the site from March 2nd going forward, with the goal to provide guidance, information, and direction about regulations and guidelines, while also making sure prohibited items do not find their way into the bins.


Mailers will be going out soon to all residents so that everyone is aware of the new days and hours.

Did You Know?

The Days and hours of operation at the CSD depend on the department
  • Administrative Office 8am - 4:30pm
  • Public Works 8am - 3:30pm
  • Police Department - 8am - 4:00pm for office staff. Officers are available 24 hours a day but you must call Kern county dispatch at 861-3110 to reach them 
  • Gate - open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Water meters are intentionally covered in dirt to insulate them from ambient temperatures and exposure to elements. The meter reader uncovers the dial and wets the cover to read it, then recovers it when done.

NOTICE:


The green waste and manure areas of the transfer station will be closed: Feb.10th -12th from 7am - 3:30pm
 
Staff will have heavy equipment in the area to process green waste into chips. The site will be open for manure dropoff in the evenings.

After Feb. 12th, there will be mulch in the green waste area that residents may freely take. After one week it will be hauled away. If you want some, get it before it's gone!
February Agenda
Action Items
  • ADOPT Resolution 19/20-xx and ACCEPT annual financial report (External Audit) as prepared and presented by Fedak & Brown, LLP
  • APPROVE as to form - Personnel Policies, Sections XI - XVII
  • INTRODUCE Ordinance 20-252 Amending Title 7, Chapter 2 of the District Code Pertaining to Discontinuance of Water Service
  • ACCEPT Quarterly Investment Report as of December 31, 2019
Information & Discussion Items
  • Wastewater System Rate Study
  • Grand Jury Report
  • Board Comments
  • Staff Reports
Future Agenda Items:
  • Wastewater Rate Study: Approve final report and set public hearing date (March 12, 2020)
  • Ordinance 20-252 Second Reading and Adoption (March 12, 2020)
  • Adopt Water Service Discontinuation Policy (March 12, 2020)
  • Adopt Employee Personnel Policies & Employee Handbook  (March 12, 2020)
  • Adopt Board of Directors Ethics Policy (March 12, 2020)
  • Review Draft Response for 2019-2020 Kern County Grand Jury Report (March 12, 2020)

VOLUNTEER!


Please lend us your intelligence and expertise. Resident volunteers are needed for the following positions:
Administration Committee: 2
Finance Committee: 2
Public Safety Committee: 1
Disaster Preparedness Advisory Committee (DPAC): 7

Contact: kmcewen@bvcsd.org


Our community is owned and run by our residents. We need you!
Upcoming Events
Feb 10 - DPAC Meeting
3:30 pm CSD Office

Feb 12 - Coffee w/ the GM 
8:30 am Oak Branch Saloon

Feb 13 - Liaison Committee
10:00 am CSD Office

Feb 13 - Board Meeting
6:00 pm CSD Office

Feb 17 - President's Day (Office Closed)
Feb 19 - Finance Committee
9:00 am CSD Office

Feb 19 - Administration Committee
11:00 am CSD Office

Feb 20 - Infrastructure Committee
9:00 am CSD Office

Feb 20 - Public Safety Committee
3:00 pm CSD Office

Contact Information


Administrative Office
8am - 4:30pm
821-4428

Public Works Office
8am - 3:30pm
831-4428
after-hours emergency call:
821-3239 ext. 10

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

Gate
24 hours a day
821-5261
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