Free Phelan Fire Works Show For July 4th – New Library and Fire Station Coming on Line
(Best Syndication News) There are two major construction projects happening right now: the Phelan Library and the Pinon Hills / Phelan San Bernardino County Fire station. There will also be a free fireworks display on the Fourth of July at Serrano High School.
Phelan and Pinon Hills New Fire Station
The fire station is nearly completed and the county held their grand opening on Tuesday. Although the station sits on the Phelan side of Beekley, it is actually in Pinon Hills. The county originally put a temporary fire station in on Beekley Road near Phelan Road. At that time the residents were told that a new building would be built shortly. On Tuesday First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt gave former supervisor Bill Postmus credit for getting the ball rolling after two decades.
Various dignitaries were present for the grand opening including Honorary Mayors Nancy Consgrove of Pinon Hills and Joanne Tidwell of Phelan. CSD Board Members Al Morrissette, Charlie Johnson and Joe Fahrlender were also on hand. Various fire personnel from Cal Fire and the National Forest Service were there too. Cal Fire shared their building with S.B. County Fire while the new structure was built.
Fire Station #10 is approximately 7,000 square feet and cost over $2 million to build. Battalion Chief Rick McClintock was the county point-person on this and other Fire Dept. construction projects around the county. McClintock and other personnel were there to unveil the plaque that will be mounted inside the entryway of the building.
The fire station is nearly completed with just a few minor things to be done. Some of the sleeping quarters do not have desks yet. There is a weight room, several bathrooms with showers and a kitchen. The station is designed to house seven fulltime firemen at one time. Captain Bob Kittleman was on vacation and was unable to attend the ceremony.
Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt spoke about the special relationship between Cal Fire and the county department. Cal Fire is funded by the state and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is committed to keeping Cal Fire “whole”. Mitzelfelt said we need more fire stations like this.
The new library is close to completion. John Richardson with the county supervisor’s office tells Best Syndication that the grand opening will be on August 22nd. The building is huge compared to the current location inside Serrano High School.
Elizabeth Briggs, Assistant Librarian, tells Best Syndication that the Serrano branch will close on July 27th, nearly one month before the new library opens. Many of the books at the high school will remain there.
Friends of the Library has raised funds to stock the new facility, and only some of the books from the old one will show up on the shelves of the new one. The new library will hold a new bigger computer lab.
There will be more DVDs too. Briggs says they will hopefully keep up with new releases like Blockbuster. She will be moving to the new branch once it opens.
Fireworks At Serrano High School
The local Kiwanis Club is hosting this year’s 4th of July fireworks show. Most of the money is coming from the Phelan Pinon Hills Community Service District (pphcsd). They are the major sponsor of the event.
Local businesses and the CSD have been handing out free tickets to the event. The CSD has run out of tickets but they tell us that McDonalds still has some. Many of the fireworks will be displayed at ground level so the grandstands at Serrano High School are the best place for viewing.
Many cities are cutting back on their display this year. Despite the sagging economy, our local water and parks district has set aside funds for our event. Kiwanis members may be handing out free tickets at the event too. The gates open at 6 pm.
By Dan Wilson