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open 9 AM to 6 PM daily, serving
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinne

15565 Black Angus Lane
Hat Creek

all rooms
43288 Hwy 299E
Fall River Mills, CA 96028
(530) 336-5678
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organization of
burney-fall river
Meets Every Wednesday
at Noon at Gepettos





June 30, 2015

Two Districts Try to Comply with Law without Brutalizing Users
A. Mandatory Restriction on Outdoor Irrigation of Ornamental Landscapes or Turf with Potable Water. The District limits outdoor irrigation of ornamental landscapes or turf with potable water by the persons it serves to no more than two days per week.
1. For BWD customer properties north of Highway 299E, Outdoor Irrigation is limited to Mondays and Thursdays.
2. For BWD customer properties south of Highway 299E and east of Hudson Street, Outdoor Irrigation is limited to Tuesdays and Saturdays.
3. For BWD customer properties south of Highway 299E and west of Hudson Street, Outdoor Irrigation is limited to Wednesdays and Sundays.

B. Exceptions. The mandatory restriction on outdoor irrigation of ornamental landscapes or turf do not apply when such irrigation is necessary
(1) to address an immediate health and safety need; or
(2) to comply with a term or condition in a permit issued by a state or federal agency.

C. Enforcement
1. Written Notice. If the District believes that water has been or is being used in violation of the mandatory restriction on outdoor irrigation of ornamental landscapes or turf with potable water, the District will send a written notice to the customer specifying the nature of the violation and the date and time of occurrence, and will request that the customer cease the violation and take remedial action. The District will provide the customer with a copy of this Ordinance and inform the customer that failure to comply may result in temporary termination of water service.
2. On-Site Notification. In the event that a further violation(s) is observed by the District, after the original written notice, the District will make reasonable efforts to notify the customer of the violation and post a notice on the front door or other point of entry onto the property requiring the customer to cease the violation and take remedial action within 48 hours of the on-site notification. Failure to comply after the on-site notification may result in temporary termination of water service.
3. Termination of Water Service. In the event that a further violation(s) is observed by District personnel 48 or more hours after the on-site notification, it will be deemed a willful violation of the mandatory restrictions on water use and the District may proceed to temporarily terminate water service.
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Without Funds to Enforce Regulations, It Isn’t Going to Happen
By Walt Caldwell
Mountain Echo editor
The drought has, is, and will continue to seriously impact the state, its economy and ability for its citizens to survive.

Like it or not the districts have been ordered to comply or face fines for non-compliance in the future.

Local customers are already facing major rate increases because of the cost of pumping and providing water as well as repairing and replacing aging pipe, pumps and other equipment. Any fines levied against the districts would only force further increases to the customers.

Both Burney Water District Manager Willy Rodriguez and Fall River Valley Community Service District Manager Bill Johnson point out they feel their district’s approach to the state edicts meet the letter of the law, that the law does not give the districts money for the additional personnel necessary to enforce the regulations they had to pass to meet the letter of the state’s mandate and thus, in reality, enforcement of the regulations will be minimal at best.
How the Regulations Say the SRA Funds are to be Spent
The State Responsibility Area (SRA) is the land where the State of California is financially responsible for the prevention and suppression of wildfires.

Comprising just over 31 million acres across the entire State, SRA does not include lands within city boundaries or in federal ownership.

The SRA Fire Prevention Fee was enacted by Assembly Bill X1 29 in July 2011, to pay for fire prevention activities across the State on lands designated as SRA. The fee is applied to all habitable residential structures within the SRA.

Effective July 1, 2014, the fee is levied at the rate of $152.33 per habitable structure, which is defined as a building that can be occupied for residential use. Owners of habitable structures who are also within the boundaries of a local fire protection agency receive a reduction of $35 per habitable structure.

On average, the total fee collection is approximately $74 million per year.

The fee funds a variety of fire prevention services in the SRA. Such activities include fuel reduction projects that lessen the risk of wildfire to communities, evacuation routes, and infrastructure.

Other Activities include defensible space inspections, fire prevention engineering, land use planning, emergency evacuation planning, fire prevention education, fire hazard severity mapping, implementation of the State and local Fire Plans, and fire related law enforcement activities such as arson investigation.

The SRA website claims that in Fiscal Year 2014-15, the fee will have funded over $77 million of fire prevention activities across the State.

They say that as of June 17, 2015 activities include Prevention Projects and Activities in CAL FIRE Units and Contract Counties: Fire Prevention Bureaus – Funding allows for additional coordination with Fire Safe Councils to create or improve Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs), and also provides support for CAL FIRE stations and personnel to engage in prevention activities. CAL FIRE law enforcement activities focused on fire prevention, investigations, civil and criminal case management, and prosecution associated with fires caused by negligence or arson.
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Glenburn Community Church Celebration

The Glenburn Community Church invites everyone to Come Help Celebrate 130 Years!
Saturday, July 11th
11 am to 3 pm
Free Hamburgers & Hotdogs Chips and Lemonade
Hope to see you there!

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