The Spring Valley and Long Valley areas of Lake County are unincorporated property governed by the codes of Lake County. Policing is done by the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, and occasionally by the California Highway Patrol. The residents of the area are mainly responsible for caring for themselves and their neighbors. To accomplish this, there are committees covering local activities, and the Lake County Special Districts Department governs the use of the property taxes and water fees from the Spring Valley Subdivision. While these groups – Special Districts CSA#2 Advisory Board, Campground Committee, and Spring Valley Lakes Property Owners Association (SVLPOA) – all serve the community, they are totally independent of one another. Each has a goal of improving life in Spring Valley.
SPECIAL DISTRICTS AND CSA #2 (County Service Area #2) ADVISORY BOARD
Lake County Special Districts provides the management and operation of water supplies and other governmental services with 15 designated County Service Areas (CSAs). The Spring Valley Subdivision is known as CSA #2, meaning that all monies generated within the area may only be used within that area. The source of all monies for this CSA are property taxes and water fees. There are no funds received from the Lake County General Fund. CSA#2 has its own annual budget that determines what operations and maintenance services will be undertaken during the year. Services to CSA #2 (Spring Valley Subdivision) include the water system, roads, bridges, campground/park area – including the Community Center – and the dam at Spring Valley Lake. The current Special Districts Administrator reports directly to the Lake County Board of Supervisors.
CSA#2 Advisory Board is a volunteer group of Spring Valley property owners acting on behalf of residents as a liaison group with Special Districts. The Advisory Board analyzes the budget, solicits input from property owners as to priority needs, and submits recommendation to the Special Districts Administrator regarding which services and/or improvements should be undertaken. These recommendations are considered when the Administrator submits the budget to the Board of Supervisors for approval. The Advisory Board provides information to property owners on actions proposed and pending. Any property owner wishing to volunteer for the Advisory Board submits an application to the current Lake County Supervisor for approval. All Advisory Board meetings are open to the public, and usually held at the Community Center.
When the Lake County Board of Supervisors accepted the campground property from T.A. McChristy in October, 1996, it became part of CSA #2. The committee consists of from five to seven resident property owners recommended to and appointed by the Special Districts Administrator. The committee oversees the operation, maintenance, budgeting, and planning of the park area including the Community Center. Each parcel owner within the subdivision pays $18 annually for the use of the 203-acre park area. These fees are paid to Special Districts in the Spring of each year and are held in a separate account that can only be used for the park. A separate annual budget is prepared for the park. A report by the committee chairperson accompanies the annual bill detailing expenditures, completed and planned projects, and asks for input for future projects.
The Campground Committee oversees the campground reservation process and distributes keys to property owners.
SPRING VALLEY CAMPGROUND RULES
- Lot owners are responsible for the family and guests when they use the campground and park area.
- The gate must remain locked at all times except on those days when major community events are in progress.
- Motorcycles and ATV’s may be ridden only to and from campsites.
- Campfires are only allowed in fire rings
- No wood gathering is permitted. A valid CDF-issued campfire permit must be on site at all times.
- Loaded firearms and fireworks are prohibited.
- No generators will be operated between 10:00 pm and 7:00 am.
- No radios or TV’s will be played outside of RV’s or campers between 10:00 pm and 7:00 am.
- No camper may remain longer than 14 consecutive days.
- No dumping of black water is allowed.
- Property owners and their guests pay no daily use fee.
- Registration is required for all overnight camping. Call 998-9194 to reserve a campsite.
- Non-property owners will be charged $10/day per site to use the campground plus a $15 key deposit.
- Check-out time is 12 noon.
- Campsites not reserved are available for day use between dawn and dusk only.
- The speed limit for ALL vehicles in the park is 5 MPH. This applies to all areas of the park.
SPRING VALLEY LAKES PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION (SVLPOA)
The Spring Valley Lakes Property Owners Association was incorporated on July 3, 1978 as a non-profit organization. The purpose of the Association is to carry on programs to serve and preserve the mutual interests of the subdivision property owners and residents of the area. The Association is by volunteer membership, and you need not be a property owner to be a member. Organizing and sponsoring social events (like the monthly breakfast), activities, and fund raisers to promote a friendly, close-knit neighborhood are the goals of this organization. The funds raised pay for utilities and equipment at the Community Center and pay to prepare and distribute a monthly newsletter to all residents receiving mail in the area, and to dues-paying members receiving mail elsewhere. Annual volunteer membership dues are $10 per person. Five officers of the board are elected for a one-year term at the March meeting. Association meetings are held at the Community Center on the third Thursday of the month. We urge all of you to become members so we can work together to retain the way of life that brought us to this friendly place called Spring Valley!
The SVLPOA Board members are residents who volunteer to provide breakfasts and activities for the community. They have no authority to act as a policing agent in the event of neighborhood disputes or illegal activities. If you have a problem, or witness illegal activities, call 911 or the Sheriff Dispatch at 263-2690 for assistance.
Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.)
The C.E.R.T. group are volunteers working for the safety of the community in the event of an emergency or catastrophe. They hold monthly training and information meetings at the Community Center. All residents are invited to attend these meetings.
Members of the C.E.R.T. group also attend county and state meetings to keep the group informed of actions and plans of the Office of Emergency Services, Cal Fire, and Lake County Fire.
Members have passed C.E.R.T. training classes to learn how to work with various agencies during an emergency.