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The Community Services District (CSD) serves as the local government for Bear Valley Springs. It is similar to a city government, supplying such services as police protection, fresh water, road maintenance, wastewater treatment, and solid waste disposal. The CSD exists under California law governing special districts (Government Code, Sec 61000 et seq). It was established by resolution of Kern County Board of Supervisors on May 4, 1970 for the purpose of providing infrastructure services for the newly developing community of Bear Valley Springs.

SERVICES

    * Roads
    * Police
    * Water
    * Waste Water
    * Solid Waste
    * Amenities

GOVERNMENT

    * Board of Directors
    * General Manager

FUNDING

The CSD's services are funded by property taxes, special assessments and standby charges collected by Kern County on the regular property tax bill. Some funds are collected through user fees such as water, sewer and refuse charges and capacity fees for new water connections.

SERVICES

Roads

The CSD maintains all 110 miles of roads within Bear Valley Springs, cleans and maintains drainage easements, and clears snow from roads. The CSD owns and maintains all of its road repair equipment and snow plows.

Police

The Bear Valley Police Department, consisting of officers, dispatchers, and gate keepers, is overseen by the Chief of Police. The department has full authority to enforce the law, including traffic laws. They provide 911 emergency service for the Valley, ensure that only residents and guests are admitted to the Valley, and are heavily involved in community activities and youth programs.

Water

The fresh water system, nearly 30 wells, 40 storage tanks, and 110 miles of delivery pipe, is monitored and maintained by the CSD's Water Department. The system provides fresh water for all residents as well as for all amenities. Each lot is metered and monthly billings are made according to water usage.

Wastewater

The CSD provides wastewater treatment at its facility on Lower Valley Road. All residents and amenities inside the Lower Valley Road loop (golf course area) are hooked into this sewer system. Effluent water from this treatment plant is used on the golf course.

Solid Waste

The CSD maintains a central solid waste transfer station. An adjacent area is provided for the disposal of green waste (landscape debris).

Amenities    (Bear Valley Springs Association)

The CSD owns all amenities in the Valley (9-hole golf course, driving range, tennis courts, swimming pool, Oak Tree Country Club and Restaurant, equestrian center, and Whiting Center recreation building) and leases these facilities to the Bear Valley Springs Association.
 

GOVERNMENT

Board of Directors

A five-member Board of Directors conducts the business of the District. The Directors are elected to a staggered 4-year terms by voters registered in Bear Valley Springs. Board meetings are held open to the public: check here for dates and times. Proceedings follow an agenda which is published for public review 72 hours before the meeting.

General Manager

The Board employs a General Manager who oversees the day-to-day affairs of the district. The General Manager has authority over all District employees and is responsible for implementing Board decisions.


 

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