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Lake Arrowhead’s New High Tech Fire Boat
On Saturday October 7th, The San Bernardino County Fire Department launched its brand new state of the art, high tech Fire Boat on Lake Arrowhead with the assistance of the Arrowhead Lake Association. This new $245,000 boat replaces an older less effective boat with new advanced life and property saving equipment on board. According to Captain Carlos Corletto, this boat is capable of pumping a stream of water at 1,500 gallons per minute to effectively fight fires on the lake and stream well onto lake front homes when needed. At speeds up to 55 miles per hour, sonar, GPS, night-vision and underwater mapping, the new Fire Boat can quickly assist in any type of emergency situation that comes up. Designed to be beached, this boat has a drop down bow ramp allowing for fast easy loading on and off. The Fire Boat is powered by twin 300 horsepower Mercury engines and was custom built in Wisconsin by Lake Assault Boats. A formal inaugural event on the Lake is being planned and Lake Arrowhead News will let you know when.
ALL ALA INCUMBENTS WIN UNOPPOSED!
The Arrowhead Lake Association Board of Directors Election 2017 ended early with all three incumbents who were up for re-election running unopposed. The two week open period to file Candidate papers which began August 1st and ended August 15th. There were no challengers to President Roberta Rindenow from the North District, Board Members Ralph Wagner, At Large B and Eran Heissler from the Grass Valley District. All three incumbents will remain in their Board seats and assume their new three year term at the October 28, 2017 Board meeting. President Roberta Rindenow stated "I appreciate the support and encouragement of the Membership and will continue to do everything I can to move our Association forward with increased communications, improved business practices and better member service."This was to be the first “Online Voting” election for the Association. Written ballots were no longer going to be mailed, saving the ALA around $25,000.00 for this election cycle alone. The next ALA Board meeting is scheduled for August 26 at 9:00 AM at the Burnt Mill Beach Club.
ALA NAMES WAYNE AUSTIN TO BE NEW GM
In a press release from the Arrowhead Lake Association, it was officially announced that Wayne Austin has been hired as Associate General Manager. Following the retirement of current GM Jim Grant, Austin will take the helm as the new ALA General Manager on October 25, 2017. Mr. Austin was selected after reviewing close to 40 candidates who had submitted resumes and applications for the position.Austin is a familiar face in the Lake Arrowhead community. Having been General Manager of the Lake Arrowhead Resort for 7 years, General Manager of the Arrowhead Country Club, President and CEO of the San Bernardino Convention and Visitors Bureau, Wayne has a strong background in management, finance, customer service, employee relations and business growth, which he brings to the ALA. According to the press release, “The ALA Board of Directors believe his experience, energy and passion for the lake, members and community makes him the perfect fit to provide a new member experience and lead the Arrowhead Lake Association into the future.”Wayne Austin received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He currently serves as Chairman of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association, Treasurer of the Cedar House Board of Directors, Treasurer of the Inland Empire Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors, Board Member of Business Alliance, CSUSB and a member of the San Bernardino Rotary. Wayne is a past member of Lake Arrowhead Rotary and served on the Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce Board for many years
SKYPARK’S EXPANSION APPROVED!
On Tuesday, July 11, 2017 S. B. County supervisors unanimously approved the Skypark at Santa’s Village expansion plan which the developer says is critical to transform the C h r i s t m a s - t h e m e d amusement park into a year-long attraction. A key element of the project’s approval was the parks addition of a traffic signal across Highway 18 and a 30-acre conservation area on the park’s north side.This significant approval by the County will pave the way for other remaining approvals, said Bill Johnson, Skypark general manager. Prior to the vote, Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford said, “I am really excited about the next phase and thank you for caring enough about the community to cut through these hoops and deal with the red tape.”LACSD ISSUES IMPORTANT WARNING ABOUT LEAD AND YOUR DRINKING WATERThe State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water (SWRCB-DDW), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Lake Arrowhead Community Services District are concerned about lead in your drinking water. Although most homes have very low levels of lead in their drinking water, some homes in the community have lead levels above the state and federal action level of 15 parts per billion (ppb), or 0.015 milligrams of lead per liter of water (mg/L). Older homes that have had their water shut off for the Winter or for long periods of time, are at the greatest risk for high lead levels in the tap water.HEALTH EFFECTS OF LEADLead is a common metal found throughout the environment in lead-based paint, air, soil, household dust, food, certain types of pottery porcelain and pewter, and water. Lead can pose a significant risk to your health if too much of it enters your body. Lead builds up in the body over many years and can cause damage to the brain, red blood cells and kidneys. The greatest risk is to young children and pregnant women.LEAD IN DRINKING WATER1. Lead in drinking water, although rarely the sole cause of lead poisoning, can significantly increase a person’s total lead exposure, particularly the exposure of infants who drink baby formulas andconcentrated juices that are mixed with water.2. Lead is unusual among drinking water contaminants in that it seldom occurs naturally in water supplies like rivers and lakes. Leadenters drinking water primarily as a result of the corrosion, or wearing away, of materials containing lead in the water distribution systemand household plumbing.3. When water stands in lead pipes or plumbing systems containing lead for several hours or more, the lead may dissolve into your drinking water. This means the first water drawn from the tap in the morning, or later in the afternoon after returning from work or school, can contain fairly high levels of lead.STEPS YOU CAN TAKE IN THE HOME TO REDUCE EXPOSURE TO LEAD IN DRINKING WATERTo find out whether you need to take action in your own home, have your drinking water tested to determine if it contains excessive concentrations of lead. Testing the water is essential because you cannot see, taste, or smell lead in drinking water. For more information on having your water tested, please call (909) 336-7100.If a water test indicates that the drinking water drawn from a tap in your home contains lead above 15 ppb, then you should take the following precautions:A. Let the water run from the tap before using it for drinking or cooking any time the water in a faucet has gone unused for more than six hours. The longer water resides in your home’s plumbing the more lead it may contain. Flushing the tap means running the cold water faucet until the water gets noticeably colder, usually about 15 to 30 seconds.B. Try not to cook with, or drink water from the hot water tap. Hot water can dissolve more lead more quickly than cold water. If you need hot water, draw water from the cold tap and heat it on the stove.C. Remove loose lead solder and debris from the plumbing materials installed in newly constructed homes, or homes in which the plumbing has recently been replaced, by removing the faucet strainers from all taps and running the water from 3 to 5 minutes. Thereafter, periodically remove the strainers and flush out any debris that has accumulated over time.D. If your copper pipes are joined with lead solder that has been installed illegally since it was banned in 1986, notify the plumber who did the work and request that he or she replace the lead solder with lead-free solder.E. Determine whether or not the service line that connects your home or apartment to the water main is made of lead. The best way to determine if your service line is made of lead is by either hiring a licensed plumber to inspect the line or by contacting the plumbing contractor who installed the line.F. Have an electrician check your wiring. If grounding wires from the electrical system are attached to your pipes, corrosion may be greater. Check with a licensed electrician or your local electrical code to determine if your wiring can be grounded elsewhere. DO NOT attempt to change the wiring yourself because improper grounding can cause electrical shock and fire hazards.The steps described above will reduce the lead concentrations in your drinking water. Lake Arrowhead Community Services District at (909) 336-7100 can provide you with information about your community’s water supply, and a list of local laboratories that have been certified by the California Department of Health Services for testing water quality.San Bernardino County Building and Safety at (909) 387-8311 can provide you with information about building permit records that should contain the names of plumbing contractors that plumbed your home.California Department of Health Services, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch at (510) 620-5600 or the San Bernardino County Public Health at (909) 387-9146 can provide you with information about the health effects of lead and how you can have your child’s blood tested.The following is a list of some state approved laboratories in your area that you can call to have your water tested for lead.• Clinical Laboratory of San Bernardino (909) 825-7693• ES Babcock Laboratories (951) 653-3351For more information, contact State Water Resources Control Board Division of Drinking Water San Bernardino office (909) 383-4328.
Lake Arrowhead Municipal Advisory Council
The next meeting of the Lake Arrowhead Municipal Advisory Council, (MAC) will take place on Thursday, November 2 , 2017at 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.