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 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.
November 11, 2017 Meeting a Success
Our Association met at 10 a.m. last Saturday at the Newberry Senior/Family Center, there being a lively discussion about the attempted dissolution of our Association early this year, followed by information regarding our current status, the need to conscientiously fulfill all the requirements of a non-profit, to get back to the basics of our Association, that is to support issues that can have a positive benefit for our members, to oppose those are perceived to have a detrimental effect, while ignoring those special interests that promise material support of our Association in exchange for less opposition to questionable projects that hurt our community, realizing of course that support for any Association position is dependent on the approval of at least a majority of meeting attendees, members in good standing.
Community Services District Wants to Increase Property Taxes?
July 25, 2017 - At the last Community Service District (CSD) meeting, Directors Vickie Paulsen and Paula Deel proposed an increase in Newberry Springs property assessments to support District "improvements" which would ostensibly include creating a more or less professional fire department headed by the existing Fire Chief, Steve Miller, who is known to enthusiastically support such a move.
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