The Bethel Island Municipal Improvement District, through the elected Board of Directors and Staff, will serve the people of Bethel Island by responding to the needs and concerns of the public by allocating the available resources to maintain a safe and secure levee system, by maintaining a free flowing drainage system and by creating and maintaining a park and recreation facility.


In December 2014, the District will have one vacancy on the Board of Directors. Only one qualified candidate signed up for the two seats that are up for re-election in November. That qualified candidate will automatically be appointed to one of the seats by the Board of Supervisors.

Contra Costa County is asking the current Board of Directors for a recommendation to fill the other open seat. If the Board cannot make a recommendation, the Board of Supervisors will be left to find a qualified candidate on their own.

It is the intent of the BIMID Board of Directors and District Staff to find a qualified candidate without the help of the Board of Supervisors; and the District is therefore looking towards the residents of Bethel Island to step up and volunteer to play a pivotal role in future of this District and Bethel Island as a whole.

The District will be accepting applications through noon (12:00 p.m.) on October 10th, 2014. The appointee will hold the office until the District elections in November 2018. If you are interested in being considered for appointment please send a letter of interest to the District with:

  • Name, Address, Phone Number, email address (if available)
  • Short description regarding what you consider important for the Board to know about you and your interest in being appointed.

Your letter may be emailed, faxed or dropped off at the District office.

  • Email to bimid@sbcglobal.net
  • Fax to 925-684-0724
  • District Address: 3085 Stone Road, Bethel Island

                     Office Hours: Mon – Thurs, 10am – 2pm, Fri 8am – noon


The Board will consider any person who is 18 years or older, a citizen, a resident of the District, a registered voter, and who is not disqualified by the Constitution or laws of the state from holding a civil office.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a General Election will be held in the Bethel Island Municipal Improvement District, County of Contra Costa, State of California, on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 for the election of: two (2) Directors.

The qualifications of a nominee and of an elective officer of the above district are as follows:

Any person who is 18 years or older, a citizen, a resident of the district, a registered voter, and who is not disqualified by the Constitution or laws of the state from holding a civil office is eligible to be elected or appointed.

Nomination petitions may be obtained from the County Clerk, Elections Division, 555 Escobar Street, Martinez, California commencing on July 14, 2014 and shall be filed with the Elections Division not later than 5:00 P.M., August 8, 2014.

Appointment to each elective office will be made as prescribed by section 10515 of the Elections Code in the event there are no nominees for such office, and a petition for an election is not filed within the time period prescribed in the Elections Code.

Polls will be open Election Day between 7:00 A.M. and 8:00 P.M.



Newly appointed member of the Board of Directors of Bethel Island Municipal Improvement District, Dann Myers (appointed by the Board of Supervisors) and elected was Robert Amrine in December 2012.

At the February 21, 2013 Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors of Bethel Island Municipal Improvement District, Election of Officers was conducted and the following Directors’ assignments are now effective:

President Anthony Berzinas Term Expires 2016
Vice President Dennis Eisenbeis Term Expires 2016
Secretary Robert Amrine Term Expires 2016
Treasurer Torena Quinn Term Expires 2014
Director Bruce Smith Term Expires 2014

Regular Board of Directors meetings are held at 3085 Stone Road, Bethel Island, CA unless otherwise noted.  The meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month, except in December hich is held the second week of the month.

Contact for Directors:  Denece Bixby, Secretary


Please help minimize the need for spraying by properly maintaining the vegetation along the water front of your property. No spray will be applied to those properties where property owners have maintained the levee top and water side vegetations.

Spread the word, tell your neighbors!!! “Do the deed and remove the weeds!”

Unfortunately, BIMID is no longer able to accept vegetation, wood or other material that has been removed from the levee. 
 The Pittsburg Transfer Station located at 1300 Loveridge Road in Pittsburg accepts vegetation, wood and many other items.  They are open 7 days a week, from 7am to 6 pm.  They charge $40.50 per ton and the minimum charge is $22.50. Prices are subject to change, please contact the station for updates. They accept cash, visa and mastercard.  For more information regarding the Pittsburg Transfer Station please call (925) 473-0180.
 We apologize for any inconvenience.


The Bethel Island Municipal Improvement District (BIMID) was formed in the early 1960’s by the California State Legislature. The Island is not a city and thus has to rely on a combination of private and county public services.  BIMID is a special act district that has powers similar to a city.  BIMID currently provides levee maintenance and repairs, habitat mitigation, park services, as well as storm drain maintenance and repair.

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  • The Bethel Island Municipal Improvement District was created by the California State Legislature in 1960 and absorbed Reclamation District 1619.
  • The acreage was described as 3516.54 acres in the unincorporated territory of Contra Costa County.
  • It is an island below sea level of 7 to 15 feet surrounded by 11.5 miles of earthen levee that keeps the Taylor, Piper, Dutch and Sandmound Slough waters out.
  • Access to Bethel Island is by boat or the new bridge on the south side that connects Bethel Island Road to Cypress Road to Highway 4 in Oakley.
  • Funding for the District is ad valoreum tax collected by the County that is used to compete for State funding from the Dept. of Water Resources.
  • Work is handled by one full time equipment operator and two (2) secretaries, one full time and one part time, plus the 5 elected directors.
  • The main function is to improve and maintain the levee system and then to keep the drainage system adequate to remove seepage and rain water.