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SKYPARK AT SANTA’S VILLAGE TO OPEN!
SkyPark at Santa’s Village has been issued a Temporary Use Permit (TUP) by the County of San Bernardino that will allow the park to open December 2, 2016. County documents allow for anyone to file an appeal to the Planning Commission prior to the opening date. Also, approval is subject to final inspection approvals from county fire, building and safety, planning and solid waste. The TUP runs until April 1, 2018, and can be extended upon request.The permit allows the re-opening of the original 18 Santa’s Village structures, but not the larger vision of outdoor-oriented activities that will turn the park into a year-around destination for locals and tourists. The park will operate from 9:00 a.m. until 10 p.m. seven days a week. Santa’s Village features a log cabin community with two restaurants and a pub. The county temporary permit restricts all parking to the approximately 300 spaces adjacent to the amusement attractions, while excluding for now SkyPark’s 300 space parking area south of Highway 18. The TUP halts the use of trails outside the “amusement zone” of the original 72 acres of Santa’s Village.SkyPark’s management plans include the use of 153 acres of property including a fly-fishing stream and pond along with mountain biking, hiking trails and archery.SkyPark at Santa’s Village construction crews have been non-stop to open the 1955-era park by Thanksgiving weekend. A great deal of thanks goes to Project Manager, Bill Johnson for bringing this project to where it is today. Santa’s Village has been closed for 18 years.
THE “NEW ALA” BOARD ELECTS OFFICERS
At the Saturday, October 22, 2016 Arrowhead Lake Associaton Board Meeting, newly elected Board Member Jack Tingley was seated filling the seat vacated by Director Brian Hall. Hall who ran in West District was seated replacing Board Member Jane St. John. Following the seating of the new Board, elections were held for President, Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer. ELECTED Roberta Rindenow - President Brian Hall - Vice President Jack Tingley - Secretary/TreasurerFollowing the election of officers, via telephone newly elected ALA President Roberta Rindenow said “ Your new ALA Board has new leadership and new energy. Rindenow went on to say “we will strive to earn your trust and confidence by demonstrating good stewardship over our resources, to insure a greater degree of transparency and accountablility in our decision making. We will be reaching out to members to join us in planning the future of “our” beautiful and glorious Lake Arrowhead, so our members will continue to enjoy our lake and facilities and be proud once again to say, I am a member of the “New ALA!” Roberta Rindenow also invited all ALA Members to the next Board Meeting at the Burnt Mill Beach Club, Saturday, November 19, 2016 to meet the new ALA leadership.
LACSD: IRRIGATION SEASON IS NOW OVER!
The Lake Arrowhead Community Services District (our water company) reminds us that irrigation season is now over. If you have been running your irrigation system this year, the last day of the irrigation season was October 14, 2016. Please turn off your automatic timers and begin making plans to protect your system for the winter. Irrigation season will start again in the beginning of May 2017.If you are a part-time home owner or are planning to be gone during the colder months, remember to winterize your home when you are not occupying the property. Here are some tips to remember; 1) Leaving your heater on to prevent frozen pipes might be a good secondary measure but shutting the water off is the best practice. 2) Just because your pipes didn’t freeze last year, you are not exempt this year. Keep in mind your pipes are now one year older. 3) Don’t forget to protect your hose bibs. These can freeze and crack causing large water loss. 4) Download Dropcountr.com and manage your water use from the comfort of your home, office or while on vacation.
LANDSLIDE VICTORY IN ALA ELECTION
At the Arrowhead Lake Association Board of Directors election ballot count on Friday morning, September 23, ALA members' voices were heard as the Inspector of Elections from Accurate Voting Inc., read the results. It was a landslide victory for both Candidates who campaigned for increased fiscal responsibility and transparency from August 1 through September 22, 2016. Jack Tingley decisively won the At Large “A” seat receiving 776 votes, Bob Donaldson received 380 votes and Gene Jennings rounded out with 360 votes. Combining both opponents totals still wouldn't have been enough to over-take Tingley's overwhelming 51% victory.In the West District, Board member Brian Hall chose to run in this district rather than in his incumbent seat At Large “A,” in order to challenge Jane St. John, an incumbent in the West for 6 years. Neither candidates have ever won a contested election in this District. Hall received a whopping271 votesor 75% of the of the total, compared to St. John's 90 votes total or 25% of the vote, giving Hall a 3 to 1 victory over St. John. The ALA Election Committee initially didn't recognize Hall as a qualified Candidate in the West, but ultimately Hall was declared qualified, and in doing so initiated a contested election against St. John. Had Hall not been able to run in the West District as a Candidate, St. John would have won by acclimation as she had done in the last 2 West District elections over the past 6 years.
ALA DEMONSTRATION GARDEN RE-DEDICATED
Saturday, June 11th, 2016 a rededication ceremony was held at the Arrowhead Lake Association’s Demonstration Garden in honor of the late Lori Pearson, who designed and helped maintain the garden. Now known as the Lori Pearson Memorial D e m o n s t r a t i o n Garden, a large crowd of friends, family, the Soroptimists and members of the community gathered to honor Lori. In attendance was Lori’s son Brian, sister Elaine and life partner Jack Cooperman who spoke about Lori’s dedication to this garden. Located at ALA’s Tavern Bay Beach Club, the garden is open to everyone. Lori’s knowledge andexpertise in creating a beautiful garden, provides visitors with a setting of available native and adaptive trees, shrubs and ground covers for planting in our area. The garden also has a holding/nursery area for native trees to be used for reforestation on ALA property.
Lake Arrowhead Municipal Advisory Council The next meeting of the Lake Arrowhead Municipal Advisory Council, (MAC) will take place on Thursday, December 1, 2016at 6:00 pm. It will be held at Fire Station 91 in the Community Room. The MAC, is our local community forum created to provide a monthly meeting for our residents to hear about and comment on a number of local and countrywide topics. County officials, staff and other non-county agency staff utilize MAC meetings as an opportunity to provide the community with information or updates.Matters of public health, safety, welfare, public works, planning or issues that may affect the community are among the concerns for the MAC. Everyone is invited to attend and encouraged to get involved.