Stallion Springs General Manager Mary Beth Garrison opened the Dec. 18 meeting of the Community Services District's Board of Directors by swearing in recently elected board members Dave Burt, Irene Gunshinan, and Clydell Lamkin.
Garrison announced that the new RV garage at the fire station to house the engine on site is about completed and she hopes to hold a ribbon cutting on Jan. 30. She also noted that at the Christmas Holiday weekend on Dec. 6 and 7 hundreds of residents came out to sing Christmas carols on the decorated wagon and gather around for the tree lighting as well as the very successful Breakfast with Santa on Saturday morning.
Sgt. Mike Grant presented the monthly police report. Grant reported that based on information they had obtained, the department conducted surveillance at Tehachapi Hospital and was successful in arresting Mark Swisher. Swisher was wanted for allegedly attempting to strangle the mother of his children and had fled the area. A felony warrant had been issued and when he showed up at the hospital the arrest was made. He has pled guilty to the crime.
Grant jokingly noted that the Stallion Springs Police department has set a record for Tehachapi for bringing the allegedly most drunk person into the Tehachapi Hospital that they have ever seen. Her blood alcohol level was .546 which is almost six times the legal limit. She was semi-conscious lethargic and incomprehensible, he said, noting that hopefully she will pull her self together. Grant also noted the department had experienced a number of reckless driving incidents over the last month.
In committee reports, the Sewer Committee noted that the additional testing requirements and more stringent discharge obligations being placed on the district were adding thousands of dollars to the cost of operation each year. The committee recommends a rate increases over the next three years to cover these costs. The increases would be $5, $4 and $3 per month increase. The increases will still keep Stallion well below the rates in Bear Valley and Golden Hills. This will require a Prop. 218 Majority Protest Hearing which will be started at the January board meeting.
The Police Department Committee would like to hire two additional officers due to the crime increase. This will allow for more reasonable work loads, help with the staff overtime and additional coverage in light of AB109. This would require a Prop. 218 vote with a two thirds majority to pass. The measure would have to be placed with the county by March 8 and the election would take place on June 4, 2013.
Both committee issues will be further discuss at the next regular board meeting on Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Stallion CSD offices. Tehachapi News photo by Ed Gordon
Stallion Springs General Manager Mary Beth Garrison swearing in recently elected board members Dave Burt, Irene Gunshinan, and Clydell Lamkin.