Property Owners Association Takes a Stand
January 20, 2018 - Our association is in favor of a lot of things, but in order to get and preserve the good things, you’ve got to oppose the bad ones. At the January Property Owners meeting it was decided to take opposing positions in three areas and a supporting position on the elimination or alleviation of sewage sludge landspreading.
The NHPOA has written letters of support to County Supervisors expressing support for a proposed change in county landspreading provisions that will substantially limit landspreading of sewage sludge in our area.
There is currently an open request with County Planning for a permit to build massive solar photovoltaic installations in both Daggett and Newberry. Most of the installations are in the area West of Minneola beginning about one half mile east of Daggett all the way to Minneola Road, perhaps completely surrounding Barstow-Daggett airport. These installations, although always objectionable in some fashion are, in a way, only replacing previous solar installations that were sited there, one central receiver facility and one parabolic trough facility, both of which have long since been abandoned.
NSHPOA Supports Draft Land-spreading Ordinance
January 8, 2018 - The Association has submitted a letter to all County Supervisors citing its support for a draft ordinance proposed to replace the existing landspreading provisions of the San Bernardino County Code.
Landspreading is a common term used to describe the spreading of sewage sludge, an acknowledged toxic material, on agricultural properties as opposed to less dangerous materials such as animal manure and chemical fertilzers such as ammonium nitrate.
Existing county code mandates landspreading separation from lactating cattle, a public water supply well, any live stream, lake or surface impoundments (uncovered settling ponds, etc,) of one-half mile, and 500 feet from residences, institutions, and farms producing crops for human consumption.
December 17, 2017 - American Legion Post 751 held their annual Childrens Christmas Party fun for dozens of valley kids. Festivities started with fascinating performances by Jim and Alicia Deal including face-painting, balloon twisting, games, and feats of legerdemain, enthusiastic participation by the youngsters, and generous applause from friends and family.
After the “Dealightful” entertainment Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived in the Newberry Fire Departments shiny white fire truck to distribute the many Christmas presents generously donated by many local contributors.
December Meeting Focuses on Issues and Bylaws
At the December 9 meeting nomination for offices continued and committees were formed to address the major challenges confronting Newberry-Harvard including the landspreading of sludge, billboards along interstate 40, water, and blight. Solar issues were discussed but formation of a committee to address those issues was postponed to the next meeting. Seeing that there is currently a rumor? circulating that a major central solar photovoltaic facility has been approved just West of Minneola in Daggett, the discussion at the next meeting may involve more solar than much of anything else.
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