SERVICES, CONCERNS, MISCELLANEOUS
Q. Is there a community bulletin board for selling/giving away items and for seeking services such as babysitting, dog walking, or dog sitting?
A. There is a bulletin board in the entry to the arcade by the pizza parlor. This board has printed and handwritten notes. some with pictures. Don't forget to provide clear contact information. Additionally, the Cub Reporter runs free classified ads for items for sale or for give-away.
Q. Are there people in the community available to shovel snow for homeowners in the winter (walkways, stairs, decks, roofs)?
A. Mark Silverstone (768-1234) officially advertises himself for snow shoveling and house openings and closings. Joe Zibley is an experienced resident snow shoveler (753-2492) and he does yard clearing in summer. Ask in the Real Estate Office or the grocery store for other possibilities. Local entrepreneurs come and go, so there is not a continuing permanent list.
Q. What should I do if I'm worried about a tree on another owner's lot that might fall onto my house?
A. The first thing you should do is write a letter to the lot owner expressing your concerns, and provide a copy to the Sheriff's Office so that a recipient can't claim ignorance (for long, that is). The Real Estate Office will be happy to help you locate the property owner. As a reminder the CC&Rs require the removal of dead trees, but there is really no way to predict what will happen with healthy trees. The reality is that insurance companies will have to fight it out in the end, but you will strengthen your case if you send a letter warning a lot owner of your concerns about a potentially hazardous tree. In the end, remember that we do live in a forest, and most of us value the forested character of Bear Valley, so we need to work together to find a workable solution.
Q. When all else fails, whom should I ask about various services in Bear Valley?
A. Remember, this is a mountain community with its inherent volatility
of situations and conditions (for example, compare Winter 10/11 to Winter
11/12). That means possible (even probably) unreliability in schedules, snow
grooming, trash/recycling pickups, the shuttle buses to the Mountain, the
restaurant hours, etc. Think "mountain time", think patience.
There are some good sources for getting answers: the General Store (753-2842), the Lodge (753-2327), the Gas Station (753-2834), Sheriff's Office (753-2321), and Real Estate Office (753-2334). They might not know all the answers to your questions, but among the five businesses they have a lot of collective knowledge they are happy to share.
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