2019-2020 FISCAL YEAR

*BPSD is required by North Carolina State Law to have 1 regular meeting a quarter open to BPSD members per year and to operate under the sunshine laws of the state.

Bear Paw Service District

Calendar of Meetings

           Saturday July 6, 2019                 Organizational Meeting

Saturday Oct. 19, 2019              Regular Meeting 
Saturday March 28, 2020          Regular Meeting 
Saturday May 9, 2020                Budget Hearing
Saturday May 23, 2020             Regular Meeting
FRIDAY July 3, 2020                    BPSD Regular Meeting

 All Meetings will be held at 9 am at the Bear Paw Clubhouse located at 60 Village Rd. Murphy NC, 28906, unless otherwise posted.

 *Saturday May 23, 2020 BPPOA Annual Meeting will be at 1 pm at the BP Clubhouse. Bear Paw Service District

BPSD is your Bear Paw Service District

This is a special tax district that was created to maintain and manage all of Bear Paws assets. You pay your Bear Paw tax every year and those funds are sent to BPSD. The BPSD has a 7 person board you elect.

The board is required by law to budget and account for all expenditures under strict state guidelines. 

                         Bear Paw Service District and Bear Paw Property Owners Association
            BOARD OF DIRECTORS  

                         effective 07/01/2019       Term

David Marion                                                BPSD, Chairman                               2019-2021
575 Lonesome Pine Rd                               BPPOA, President                              
Murphy, NC 28906  
(770) 378-9886                                                     

Alan Snaider                                                BPSD, Vice-Chairman                            2018-2020
95 Pinecrest Drive                                       BPPOA, Vice-President
Murphy, NC 28906
(828) 644-0987

Gary Holmes                                            BPSD, Asst.Treasurer                            2019-2021   

84 Beach Road                                        BPPOA, Asst.Treasurer 

Murphy, NC 28906

(706) 694-7953                                      

Lydia Kennedy                                            BPSD, Secretary                                    2018-2020
117 Pike Trail.                                             BPPOA, Secretary
Murphy, NC                                                 
(828) 644-1090

Jerry Pezzella                                            BPPOA, Director                                      2018-2020
1240 Village Road                                     
Murphy, NC 28906                                    
(828) 644-5084


 John Steensma                                         BPSD, Finance Officer                          2019-2021

120 Cherrywood Dr                                    BPPOA, Treasurer 

Murphy, NC 28906

(407) 414-8707                                       


David Black                                           BPSD, Asst.Secretary                                     2018-2020         30 Island Drive                                      BPPOA, Asst. Secretary                  
Murphy, NC 28906
(828) 644-5434

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What is the relationship of Bear Paw Property Ownership Association (BPPOA)

and Bear Paw Service District (BPSD)?

     The BPPOA whose members are made up of lot owners in the Bear Paw Service District have an annual election for the board members for the BPSD and BPPOA. One vote per lot. The elected board members become the board for both the BPSD and the BPPOA but their functions are different.    There are seven board members each serving a 2 year term and may be elected for another 2 year term.  The election of each year alternates in electing 4 new members one year and 3 new members the next year.    Each year at the July meeting  the elections are held and open to all members in good standing (your taxes are current).   

     The BPSD has no members, only your elected board members can vote.  Their purpose is to manage the Bear Paw Service District. As a "Service District" they are in fact a local government and must adhere to the North Carolina state 159 statue and Cherokee County governing laws. The BPSD board by law it is authorized to set and oversee the budget for the purpose of  maintaining and managing BPSD assets: common areas, roads, pool, tennis courts, playground, clubhouse and provide security, administer the business affairs of the Service District, establish Zoning Ordinanes and provide other services required and/or allowed by the County and State.  The funds to accomplish these tasks come from your Bear Paw taxes.   The BPSD also may implement special assessments, user fees and other contract fees.  The Bear Paw Service District Board are your elected officials authorized to run the District and are approved by the County, to do so. The Bear Paw office personnel work for the BPSD only.

The BPPOA is more what you may understand to be an "HOA". Like a "Home owners association" your BPPOA members may vote on changing bylaws, vote on social guidelines, how they want the BPPOA funds spent and if there are any dues. Currently, there are no dues.  Through the efforts of many via donations, fundraisers and volunteers your BPPOA has had several social events and added great value to our community. The board members are your contact for the BPPOA issues.

This is meant to be an overview to assist you in understanding how things work here in Bear Paw.  you may want to refer to "Local government rules in North Carolina" to understand the Service district and/or read the By-laws of the BPPOA for further information. 



 2019-2020 Board Members

​Our Mission

At Bear Paw Service District, our mission is to serve the collective interests of all Bear Paw Property Owners through the best use of our resources, both funds and assets.

Our Priorities

  • We here at Bear Paw Service District pledge to preserve the security and,to the extent our limited resources permit, maintain and upgrade the infrastructure, all the while fostering the nature of our community --- a Mountain & Lake Retreat ...a wonderful place to visit or live!