Press Release - Vacant Seat on Board of Directors for the Phelan Piñon Hills Community Services District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Don Bartz, General Manager
PHELAN, Calif. (October 3, 2019) - Effective October 1, 2019, the Phelan Piñon Hills Community Services District's Board of Directors has a vacant Board seat with the resignation of Alex Brandon. The vacant seat will be filled by Board appointment. Interested candidates must submit a letter of interest and/or resume for Board consideration by 5:00 p.m. on October 25, 2019, to 4176 Warbler Rd. Phelan, CA 92371.
At the October 2, 2019, Board Meeting, the remaining Directors outlined the process to be used in filling the vacated Board seat. The Board elected to post the Notice of Vacancy in two local newspapers in addition to the legally required postings. The Notice requests for all interested and qualified candidates to submit a letter of interest and/or a personal resume, and any other materials that s/he wishes the Board to consider, to the District's office located at 4176 Warbler Road, Phelan, California 92371 by 5:00 p.m. on October 25, 2019. Interviews are tentatively scheduled for November 6, 2019, at a special Board Meeting preceding the regular Board Meeting and, should there be a successful candidate, s/he will be selected and seated at the regular Board Meeting immediately following. The interview date and appointment date are subject to change depending on the number of candidates applying for the vacancy.
Press Release - Transparency Certificate of Excellence Awarded to Phelan Pinon Hills Community Services District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Don Bartz, General Manager
PHELAN, Calif. (August 12, 2019) - The Phelan Piñon Hills Community Services District received the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence by the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF) in recognition of its outstanding efforts to promote transparency and good governance.
"This award is a testament to Phelan Piñon Hills Community Services District's commitment to open government," said, Don Barz, General Manager, "The entire District staff is to be commended for their contributions that empower the public with information and facilitate engagement and oversight." To receive the award, a special district must demonstrate the completion of essential governance transparency requirements, including conducting ethics training for all board members, properly conducting open and public meetings, and filing financial transactions and compensation reports to the State Controller in a timely manner.
SDLF is an independent, non-profit organization formed to promote good governance and best practices among California's special districts through certification, accreditation, and other recognition programs.
Special districts are independent public agencies that deliver core local services to communities, such as water, wastewater treatment, fire protection, parks and recreation, healthcare, sanitation, mosquito abatement, ports, libraries, public cemeteries and more. Districts are established by voters and their funding is approved by voters to meet specific needs through focused service. The can be specially molded to serve large regions or small neighborhoods depending on the need.
For more information, contact PPHCSD staff
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the General Manager of the Phelan Piñon Hills Community Services District ("District") has prepared a proposed final budget for fiscal year 2019/2020, which is available for inspection during regular business hours at the District's headquarters located at 4176 Warbler Road, Phelan, California.
On June 5, 2019 at 6:00 p.m., the District's Board of Directors will hold a public hearing to consider adoption of the final budget for the fiscal year 2019/2020. The hearing will be conducted during a regular meeting of the District's Board of Directors held at the Phelan Community Center located at 4128 Warbler Road, Phelan, California. Any person may appear at the meeting and be heard regarding any item in the budget, or regarding the addition of other items. The hearing on the budget may be continued from time to time.
For more information you may contact District staff at the headquarters address listed above or by telephone at (760) 868-1212 during regular business hours.
To review the 2019/2020 Final Draft budget, please visit the District Office Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., or download below.
For those who remember, there used to be a tradition of Serrano Seniors sneaking up to the water tanks high on the hill overlooking Phelan, just off of Sheep Creek Road. The Seniors would generally paint their class graduation year on one of the water tanks. This spirited, somewhat subversive tradition was a fun one and the community and water officials generally turned a blind eye to the "vandalism". The last class to carry out the tradition was the class of 2004.
This year, the tradition was renewed, albeit in more of an official capacity. The PPHCSD has recently made a push to partner more frequently with Snowline Joint Unified School District. In this vein, Water Operations Manager Sean Wright approached Superintendent Holman and Marketing and PR Rep Chacon this year to re-ignite the tank painting tradition.
And so, in the spirit of fun and tradition, representatives of the Class of 2019, supervised by Mr. Chacon, came out for two days this month and painted the tank with their year and some decorations. Next time you head south on Sheep Creek, take a look up on the hill and see if you can spot their handiwork.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact:
Michele Mark Levine, Director/TSC
Phone: (312) 977-9700
Fax: (312) 977-4806
(Chicago, Illinois) - The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to Phelan Piñon Hills Community Services District by Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.
An Award of Financial Reporting Achievement has been awarded to the individual(s) or department by the government as primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning CAFR.
The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.
Government Finance Officers Association is a major professional association servicing the needs of over 20,000 appointed and elected local, state, and provincial-level government officials and other finance practitioners. It provides top quality publications, training programs, services, and products designed to enhance the skills and performance of those responsible for government finance policy and management. The association is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices in Washington, D.C.
8th Annual Tri-Community Health Fair to be Held on April 18, 2019 at Serrano High School in Phelan, CA
Phelan, Calif. (March 13, 2019) - On April 18, 2019, the Phelan Piñon Hills Community Services District (PPHCSD) will hold its 8th Annual Tri-Community Senior Health Fair at Serrano High School, located at 9292 Sheep Creek Road in Phelan, California. Normally occurring in March of each year, the event moved to April this year to coincide with the movement of Snowline School District's spring break period, allowing PPHCSD use of Serrano High School's facilities. The event takes place in Serrano High School's gymnasium from 10am to 1pm and is free and open to all persons aged 50 or better and their caregivers.
A free lunch is provided for senior attendees along with free access to vendor and informational booths, health screenings, numerous raffles, and a grand prize raffle. Last year, over 500 people attended the Tri-Community Senior Health Fair, the largest in the High Desert. Attendees participated in a variety of health screenings, including stroke risk assessments, blood glucose screenings, vision screenings, cholesterol and lipid screenings, balance assessments, and several other screenings, all free of charge.
Over 50 vendors and service organizations will be in attendance this year, including Saint Mary's Medical Center, Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group, San Bernardino County's Department of Aging & Adult Services, the County Assessor's Office, and many more agencies and services that support seniors. "This is a wonderful opportunity for High Desert seniors to meet and become aware of the area's healthcare providers and other vital services," noted Steve Lowrance, the PPHCSD's Parks Supervisor and Health Fair organizer.
The event is presented by the Phelan Piñon Hills Community Services District, Snowline Joint Unified School District, Inland Valley Hospice Care, and First District County Supervisor Robert Lovingood's office. Additionally, the event is sponsored by Heritage Medical Group, the Medicine Shoppe, and the Sterling Inn.
Phelan Piñon Hills Community Services District 2019/2020 Budget Process & Schedule
Each year, staff is tasked with preparing a budget for consideration at an annual Public Hearing in June. The process leading up to the hearing includes several public meetings to provide the Board and the public with information for consideration and opportunities for input into the budget process. These public meetings include workshops, committee, and Board meetings. Beginning in January, committees review and update their respective Long Range Plans including the 10-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) and Maintenance plans.
District promotes Recycling and Water Conservation by Inviting Mr. Eco to Perform at Local Schools
This February, PPHCSD will be promoting recycling and water conservation by sponsoring Mr. Eco, a popular YouTube conservationist, to visit local schools including Phelan Elementary and The Heritage School. Mr. Eco has made a number of popular YouTube videos promoting recycling and conservation and has created a school outreach program that visits hundreds of schools all over the country promoting his program. Some of his YouTube videos include "Save Some for the Fishes", "Recycle Robot", and "Litterbug". Mr. Eco has visited our local schools for the past two years and is always well received by students and teachers alike. The kids say he is funny and that they really like his music.
To learn more about Mr. Eco and his program, visit his website at www.mreco.org.
General Manager Gives Presentation On Newest Report Regarding Sheep Creek Mutual Water Company's Water Supply Capacity
For Immediate Release
Don Bartz, General Manager
Phelan Piñon Hills Community Services District's Newly Elected board Members to Be Sworn in on December 19, 2018
Phelan, Calif. (December 10, 2018) - The San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters issued its Statement of Certification of Election Results for the 2018 Statewide General Election on December 6, 2018, which certified the election of three new Board Members for the Phelan Piñon Hills Community Services District (PPHCSD).
The new Board Members are Kathleen Hoffman, Charlie Johnson, and Deborah Philips, who will be sworn in by Supervisor Robert Lovingood at a regular meeting of the PPHCSD's Board of Directors on December 19, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. in the Phelan Community Center located at 4128 Warbler Road, Phelan, CA 92371.
Biographies of the new Board Members will be available soon on the PPHCSD's newly revamped website at www.pphcsd.org.
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For further information regarding this matter, please contact District staff at (760) 868-1212.