Elevation 6752'
The Official Newsletter of the City of Big Bear Lake, CA
Elevation 6752', composed monthly by City staff is presented to keep our residents, property owners, investors, businesses, and visitors well-informed about the City of Big Bear Lake's issues, projects, and initiatives.
Issue #22-4 - Published April 25, 2022
Decrease continues in New COVID Cases
The decrease in the number of new cases of COVID-19 reported in the Big Bear Valley is becoming ever more pronounced with only 3 new cases reported between March 27 and April 2. There have only been 18 new cases reported in more than a month.

Since the COVID-19 cases began appearing in the Big Bear Valley there have been a total of 2,640 cases among residents. Sadly, the deaths of 56 Big Bear Valley residents have been attributed to COVID.
Current Projects
On April 18, the City Council conducted a daytime budget workshop session in lieu of the regular business meeting. During this meeting, they received updates on several budget- related items including an overview of current and proposed Capital Improvements Projects.

For Fiscal Year 2021-2022, the Project efforts included 30 initiatives with a budget of a little more than $20 Million. Many of these projects have been completed and the remaining efforts will be completed during this upcoming construction season. The highlights of the FY 2021-22 project efforts includes:

  • Moonridge Corridor Improvements Project – Work resumed on the Moonridge Corridor Improvements Project during the week of April 18 and work is anticipated to be completed by October 2022.
  • Annual Street Rehabilitation – This project was completed in October 2021 and came in under the adopted budget. The project improved more than 4 miles of City streets.
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Stations - This project is a coordinated effort between the City and Bear Valley Electric Service, Inc. It is anticipated that the stations will be up and running in May 2022.
  • Stanfield Cutoff Restroom – A public restroom facility is on order and will be installed at Stanfield Cutoff, in the parking lot, this August. Site improvements will commence in July so that the restroom can be installed directly from the delivery.
  • Annual Citywide Line Striping - A contract has been awarded for street striping activities and the work will be completed by the end of June. 

Staff also presented an overview of the proposed projects for the next five-year capital improvement project listing. An overview of the proposed future projects includes:

  • Completion of the remaining phases of the Rathbun Creek Trail and related amenities
  • Improvements to Boulder Bay Park
  • Citywide sidewalk repairs and improvements
  • A number of improvements to the Stanfield Marsh area, including the boardwalks and trails

and more...

The City will continue to explore assets and make improvements to enhance the quality of life for residents of the City of Big Bear Lake.
Rotary Pine Knot Park to close for improvements
Beginning on Monday, April 25th, Rotary Pine Knot Park will close to accommodate much needed updates and improvements. The scheduled work includes the construction of new park fencing, the installation of park lighting, and the replacement of park amenities including benches, picnic tables, and waste receptacles.

The closure is anticipated to last until early June but will allow the improvement of the atmosphere and the experience for residents and visitors, alike, at this key park.

Please visit the City website for more information on this and all other ongoing improvement projects.

Iris Dr. properties demolished for future opportunities
Efforts are nearly completed on demolishing six (6) structures located on Iris Drive, adjacent to the Big Bear Lake Civic Center Property. The properties were previously occupied by Milton Hoffert, who donated the property that the Civic Center sits on, but overtime, the structures had fallen into disrepair and became unusable.

Due to safety issues related to the condition of the building, and concerns of trespassing, the buildings were demolished as there was no use for them in the existing state.

While no future use has been determined for the sites, the City Council has discussed the area on multiple occasions. Some of the ideas considered for the sites include workforce housing initiatives, a potential expansion of governmental or community facilities, or leaving it available as open space. Additional discussion on these properties is expected to continue in the coming months. 

Moonridge Corridor Improvements Project construction is underway
The construction of the Moonridge Corridor Improvements Project has resumed as of the week of April 18. Work began on this effort in the summer of 2021 and focused on the necessary underground utility adjustments. As work resumes for the 2022 construction, the focus will be on the overall corridor improvements, which entails a complete streetscape transformation.

In order to allow for safe and efficient construction activity, Moonridge is closed to through traffic between Elm Street and Clubview Drive. Elm Street, Rathbun Drive, Peregrine Avenue, and Clubview Drive are all accessible for detours during this activity. Additionally, all Moonridge Road businesses and residences remain accessible and folks are being asked to park along Rathbun Drive to access the area. Signs have been deployed throughout this area to provide for the detours as well as to indicate the temporary parking and access locations to the corridor.

City staff, aided by the team from Granite Construction Co, will be working to minimize the impacts and disruption during this construction period. Knowing that construction, by its nature, is disruptive and impactful, we thank you for your patience during this period. City staff will be available during the construction season to provide assistance with any construction related impacts.

To learn more about the project and to stay informed as the construction season progresses, please visit the City website, sign up for the project email list, follow us on social media, and be sure to listen to the Mountain Minute podcast. 

The City is excited to complete this long-awaited, transformational project this year. For more information visit the project webpage.
Former City Manager Frank Rush recognized by County Supervisor
Former City of Big Bear Lake City Manager Frank Rush was presented with a certificate of recognition from San Bernardino County 3rd District Supervisor Dawn Rowe for his work at the City.

In a Twitter post, Rowe said it was a pleasure getting to know Frank and thanked him for all he's done for the City of Big Bear Lake.

Rush was named Best Public Official two years running in the Best of Big Bear Readers Choice Awards. He left the City of Big Bear Lake in March.

Arctic Circle will experience hard closure for CalTrans work
CalTrans crews will be closing the Article Circle, which is Highway 18 from the Dam to Snow Valley, during the weeks of April 25 and May 2.

Crews will be removing rocks to mitigate potential landslides amongst other maintenance activities and the work should take two weeks.

The hard closures will be daily, Monday, April 25 through Friday, April 29 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and will impact travel in both directions. Additionally, there will be a hard closure from 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday April 27 though 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 28. Work will resume the week of May 2 with daily closures continuing from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. through Friday, May 6.

Travelers will need to plan ahead and use alternate routes. Stay on top of roadwork in the Inland Empire and San Bernardino Mountains by visiting Caltrans District 8 and signing up for commuter alters. The City will provide updates through their social media channels and website.

Meet the staff
Meet George Harrison, Parks/facilities maintenance worker for the City of Big Bear Lake. Hired in September, Harrison admits that his parents aren't even fans of The Beatles.

A lifelong Big Bear Valley resident, Harrison, 27, says he loves working for the City and is one of the best concrete finishers in Big Bear.

An avid fisherman, Harrison has been featured in Western Outdoor Times on multiple occasions and recently pulled the second largest catfish ever out of Big Bear Lake, narrowly missing the record. He also enjoys dirt biking. "I'm proud to be able to maintain the city," Harrison said.
Senator Rosalicie Ochoa Bogh announces Big Bear office hours
California 23rd District Senator Rosalicie Ochoa Bogh has announced that she will hold office hours in Big Bear.

Bogh's field representatives will be available from 10 a.m. to noon on the fourth Tuesday of every month beginning on April 26 in the Chalet building on City Hall campus. This is to ensure that residents who need to reach the senator's office with concerns or issues have the opportunity to do so without leaving the Big Bear Valley.

This is the second elected state official holding hours on Big Bear Lake Civic Center's campus as representatives of 33rd District Assemblyman Thurston "Smitty" Smith holds office hours in the Chalet Building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month.

We appreciate our elected representatives recognizing the need for a local presence to best serve our Big Bear Valley residents.

Replenish Big Bear integral to Valley's future
Water is our most precious resource in the Big Bear Valley and throughout the State of California, which is in the midst of a severe and prolonged drought.

After our communities use groundwater for our potable water needs, the wastewater is treated at our local treatment facility and pumped out of the valley to irrigate fodder crops in Lucerne Valley. We are losing millions of gallons of local water each day under these current practices.

Replenish Big Bear captures and purifies our lost water and uses it to enhance water levels throughout the Valley.

This new supplemental water source could help restore lake levels, recharge local groundwater aquifers and keep our precious natural resources in the Valley, where they originated.

Project partners include: The Big Bear Area Regional Wastewater Agency, The Big Bear City Community Services District, City of Big Bear Lake Department of Water and Power and the Big Bear Municipal Water District.

This project is critical to the future of the Big Bear Valley. For more information on the project, how it works and project updates, visit www.replenishbigbear.com/news.

Did You Know?
Did you know that the original Big Bear dam, when completed in 1884, created the biggest man-made lake in the world at the time? The dam itself was also considered the eighth wonder of the world and a marvel of engineering. When the lake is low, the original dam is still visible. For more check out the Big Bear Valley Historical Society.
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