SAN BERNARDINO – The County Board of Supervisors on Monday scheduled a hearing for 2 p.m. Oct. 1 on the question of developing a public water system for Pioneertown. The county’s Special District Department is recommending

The county’s Special District Department is recommending formation of an improvement zone for the small community north of Yucca Valley but is suggesting an advisory election prior to a proposed one-year $122 fee on the 300 properties in the area to finance design of a system.

Development engineer Ed Houston said the private system now serving about 50 homes and businesses in the community is undersized and “very marginal,” and ownership of the well supplying it is uncertain. He said about two-thirds of the communities voters have indicated support for a new system, but strong opposition has come from others.