On Saturday March 26, hundreds of local children revved up their Easter spirit at the starting line of the Phelan Chamber of Commerce in anticipation of gathering Easter eggs. As a prelude to the event starting at 9am as the gates to the Serrano High School baseball field were opened, early visitors were able to participate in carnival type game activities and enjoy a bounce house courtesy of Mills True Value. Several chamber volunteers operated the games, enabling all participants to exercise their skills and win a small prize while parents and kids socialized, consumed numerous free donuts and began their Easter weekend activities.
Isabel Bannon from the Phelan Desert Community Bank has chaired the event for four years, “I really get a lot of pleasure seeing the joy and excitement from the kids who come here,” said Bannon, “this is why I do this for the kids.” Her team packed more than 3,000 colored plastic eggs with candy and other prizes including some winning tickets for custom Easter basket in each of the four age categories. Each age category had an equal number of eggs, but the area in which the eggs were scattered increased as the ages went up allowing for an equal opportunity for the kids to gather them. The Phelan Servants of Christ Set Free Ministry were the caretakers of the event, setting up the four lanes, strategically placing the eggs for children to gather, and setting up the carnival site. Also on the team was Peter Cotton Tail hippity hopping and greeting the families, and posing for pictures with children. Peter was instrumental in revving up the kids at the starting lines with his ‘high five’ greetings.READ THE COMPLETE STORY - SUBSCRIBE
Water rate increase hits Wrightwood
By Terri Hill
Golden State Water’s Jim Cowan addressed the Wrightwood Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) March 21with a report on the well levels in Wrightwood, and the rate increases that customers will see on their next bills.
Currently, the well at the highest point in the system measures 80 feet, five feet lower than last year in the same period. In March of 2002, the year that water had to be trucked in for some residents on the west side of town, the well level was lower than this year. Cowan said, “We’re in better shape than we were in 2002.” Conservation in Wrightwood is critical, as the water supply is completely dependent on local ground water. Cowan then explained that with customers using less water, in order to meet the 25% reduction requirement, Golden State, like all water providers in the state, has suffered a loss in revenue. As the cost to deliver water does not change when customers reduce consumption, the Public Utilities Commission allows water companies to recoup their losses through rate increases. As a result of Golden State’s lost revenue since the State mandated conservation efforts began last April, Wrightwood residents will see a forty-seven cent per unit increase on their bills as of March 1st. Rate changes are based on a three-year projection; if revenue is higher or lower than anticipated, customers’ rates are adjusted accordingly. The mandatory 25% reduction has been extended through October 2016.
San Bernardino County Sheriff Sergeant Toll regarding the arrests of four individuals accused of throwing rocks at vehicles on Highway 138. Numerous cars, including a marked sheriff cruiser, were targeted at or near the intersection of 138 and Phelan Road over a period of months. Toll reiterated the importance of contacting the Sheriff if you think you may have been one of the victims of the crime. Toll also reported that the department received 118 calls for service from residents of Wrightwood, and 27 Deputy-initiated calls, with 19 reports taken. READ THE COMPLETE STORY - SUBSCRIBE
PPHCSD Conservation Requirement Reduced from 32% to 24%
The Phelan Piñon Hills Community Services District’s required conservation percentage has been reduced from 32% to 24%.
On March 24, 2016, the Phelan Piñon Hills Community Services District (District) received notification from the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) that the District’s conservation requirement has been reduced from 32% to 24% due to a climate adjustment and reclassification of certain District customers from residential to institutional or commercial.
On Monday, March 21, 2016, District representatives met with the SWRCB and outlined several factors that should reduce the District’s conservation requirements. It was determined by the SWRCB the District was entitled to a 4% reduction to account for consideration of the area’s climate. An additional 4% was given as a result of reclassification of certain District customers from residential to institutional or commercial.
On April 1, 2015, the Governor of the State of California issued Executive Order B-29-15 that demanded a 25% reduction in water consumption. On May 5, 2015, the SWRCB adopted the emergency regulation to achieve a 25% statewide reduction in urban potable water use. The new regulation was submitted to the Office of Administrative Law for approval, and went into effect May 15, 2015. It was decided by the SWRCB that the District must reduce production of potable water by 32% compared to 2013. On February 2, 2016, the order was extended through October 31, 2016. District staff received notification of an Alternative Compliance Order and immediately applied for a percentage reduction. This was ultimately approved by the SWRCB on March 24, 2016, after the SWRCB met with General Manager Bartz on March 21, 2016, where General Manager Bartz plead the case of the District. READ THE COMPLETE STORY - SUBSCRIBE
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