Two hot topics were discussed at the July 6 PPHCSD Board meeting. Following reports by the Fire Department and Sheriff's Department, the Board undertook the discussion of both the District's purchasing policy and the possible action regarding the professional services agreement for preparation of the preliminary engineering report as well as providing funding for the district's chromium-6 mitigation project. Noticeably absent from the proceedings were Directors Mark Roberts and Al Morrissette. After having reviewed bids by engineering companies, CSD staff brought a recommendation to the Board to enter into a Professional Services Agreement (PSA) with NV5 to prepare the Preliminary Engineering Report (PER) and provide grant application and support services for the District’s Chromium-6 Mitigation Project. Director Alex Brandon questioned the decision to go with the proposal presented by the technical and engineering firm NV5. NV5 proposes to perform the required tasks for a fee of $75,500. Brandon cited that other firms, such as Kennedy/Jenks, proposed to provide the same service for $54,530. According to President Dan Whalen, the decision was based on the experience and the quality of work done by the firm, and not the proposal amount. SBCo Fire Chief Wetzel stated the department "survived the Fourth" and had prepared for any incidents that might have occurred by providing extra staffing. He reported that there were more than 150 calls in the month of June. SBC Sheriff Sergeant Toll reported that, for the month of June, Wrightwood had 132 calls for service and the Phelan/Pinon Hills area had more than 160 calls. Resolution 2016-13 was the subject of a public hearing at which no written or verbal objects were submitted and the resolution passed. The resolution was outlined in the meeting packet: In order to collect Delinquent Water User charges on the San Bernardino County Tax Roll, each year the District must take certain steps, in compliance with Government Code 61115(b), including: 1) prepare and file with the Board a report that describes each affected parcel of real property and the amount of charges delinquent for each affected parcel as of June 30, 2016; and 2) publish notice of time and place for a public hearing by the Board to hear and consider adoption and/or revision of the charges and penalties contained in the report of the District’s General Manager. Estimated collection of $34,871.40 from 105 customer accounts. The estimated fiscal impact is subject to change as payments on delinquent accounts are paid to the CSD.
The other topic of discussion concerned the review of the District’s purchasing policy. Director Cathy Pace disagreed about the current policy and asked that it be reevaluated. Both Director Alex Brandon and President Whalen agreed that the current policy was working fine, with Whalen saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." With no Director's reports, President Whalen thanked the Directors for all their recent hard work, and then adjourned the meeting.
Music In The Pines
By Michael Palecki
Music in the Pines began its 12th season last Thursday evening, settling nicely into the second year at the new Apple Farm venue. Improvements there this year include installation of artificial turf on the amphitheater terraces and a supervised childcare playground. The turf added color and a soft texture for those with lawn chairs or without. Combined with the timber seating and randomly placed boulders, guests had many options in the elegant setting. After Music in the Pines Director Claudia Campbell welcomed the audience, she introduced Lora Steinmann on banjo and Gayle Dowling on acoustic guitar, who accompanied Snowline Players youth singing patriotic songs for Act I concluding with Woodie Guthrie’s This Land Is Your Land. Up next, a high energy band from Redlands called “Soul Shake” clearly enjoyed their first concert in the pines and performed a dazzling musical set. Musicians included Pammy Faragher on lead vocals and percussions, Jimmy Faragher on electric guitar and vocals, Ray Zeigler on electric guitar, Peggy Zeigler on bass guitar and Marty Faragher playing drums. The powerhouse combination of Pammy and her brother Jimmy- who wrote all the songs on their new album entitled California Daze- notched up the excitement as the band moved through classic soul, R&B and rock songs mixed with original songs. Pammy had a strong voice and her frenzied dancing while belting out the lyrics was contagious as the audience clapped wildly and danced. Highlights of the wild side included Heat Wave by Martha & The Vandellas and Rod Stewart’s Stay With Me. The title song of California Daze had Pammy and Jimmy singing, “Ain’t nobody gonna take my state away.” On the mellow side, covers of the Righteous Brothers’ Lost That Living Feeling and Nina Simone’s O-O-H Child were poignant. The set of 17 songs ended with a locomotive beat theme song properly entitled Soul Shake, as Pammy and the audience went wild. Concluding the concert, Wrightwood’s own hometown band Chicken Bone took the stage to perform songs written by front man Coyote Keene, as well as classic country and rock covers. Musicians included Coyote Keene on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, Jim Barnes on lead electric guitar, John Skillman on electric guitar and harmonica, Dave Langmade on bass guitar and vocals, Eric Steinmann on keyboards, John Burcher playing saxophone, Jerry Jones on trumpet, Craig Kupka playing trombone, Mark Rodenborn performing on Congo drums, harmonica, drums and wash board vest, with Dan Campbell playing drums and squeezebox. Coyote and Claudia sang a duet tribute for Merle Haggard’s song The Fugitive. Continuing, the band performed a medley of Hank Williams songs ending that portion with Keene’s Why Me? With the feeling of a wall of sound in place, Eric Steinman then led off with a grand piano introduction and the band powered through Six Days On The Road, Nadine and Crocodile Rock as a finale. Music in the Pines continues on July 21 with special thanks from Claudia Campbell to staff members Joyce Wonderly, Lynn Crawford, Dianna Piles, Lou Antista-Suba, Ric Rice, Joan McCandless, and to sound mixer William Boyles.
Frontier reps hear from public at Supervisors’ meeting
San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Robert A. Lovingood called on Frontier Communications to set up a customer service office in the First District to handle customer complaints following Frontier’s recent acquisition of Verizon phone, TV and Internet operations in California. “We have seniors, one of our most vulnerable populations, who have not been able to have connectivity to life lines,” Lovingood told a Frontier executive during Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors hearing into Frontier’s service issues. “What we’re seeing today from our constituents is just a complete drop in the commitment of services.” Lovingood, who called for the hearing, said his office had received over 100 phone calls from unhappy Frontier customers. During the hearing, Lovingood called on Frontier to establish a customer service office in the First District to handle customer issues. Many residential and business customers have reported inconsistent service following Frontier Communications’ April 1 acquisition of most Verizon operations in California, Texas and Florida. Cameron Christian, Frontier Communications’ West Region vice president of marketing, said the company takes customer complaints seriously and that the backlog of service issues has largely been cleared. He noted that Frontier is bringing more than 1,000 overseas customer service jobs to California. Frontier service reps were available to speak with customers at the board meeting. “Within the First District, we have a high number of folks that have been disenfranchised – businesses that are being impacted, they can’t conduct their points of sales, and that’s a concern to us,” Lovingood said. During the public comment portion of the hearing, a representative of a high-tech defense contractor said his company had been down six days without Internet service, seriously hampering operations and the ability to communicate with members of the military. The firm, he said, sent employees home to use their home Internet connections. One residential customer cited widespread outages during the July 4 weekend and poor customer and billing service. And another said that Frontier billed $5,687 for installation of one jack at her home, a problem that has gone unresolved for three months. But on Tuesday, Frontier reps resolved the problem. Customers may contact Frontier at HYPERLINK "mailto:email@example.com"firstname.lastname@example.org. Ongoing issues may also be sent to Supervisor Robert Lovingood, 12474 Cottonwood Ave., Suite A, Victorville, CA 92395 or via email to HYPERLINK "mailto:SupervisorLovingood@SBCounty.gov"SupervisorLovingood@SBCounty.gov.
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