The Orchard City trustees have decided to decline an offer from residents of the Meadow View neighborhood to trade water shares.
According to discussion at a recent town board work session and at the town board's regular May 9 meeting, the proposed exchange of Meadow View's Leon Lake shares for the town's Surface Creek shares offers some real benefit for the town.
The Leon Lake shares are adjudicated for municipal use and would not have to suffer "shrink," or reduction in amount, to use in the town's domestic system. Trustees saw that point as a big plus in the offer to Orchard City. The town-owned shares in Surface Creek are adjudicated for agricultural use and so would be reduced in amount if put to municipal use.
Mayor Don Suppes described the proposal as a "one-for-one, or better" trade for Meadow View.
Trustees were concerned about the apparently higher relative cost of the Leon Lake water share assessments. The biggest concern presently is the over 100-year-old tunnel that carries Leon Lake water from the Plateau Creek drainage to the Surface Creek drainage.
Orchard City trustees noted the concern over cost of repairing any future tunnel failure. That, they believed, was a driving factor in the trade offer being made in the first place, and it was a major concern to the town board as well.
The expensive, 2011 collapse of the North Delta Canal tunnel under Cory Bench was still fresh in everyone's mind.
The trustees voted to decline the Meadow View offer. But they left the door open to an agreement at some future time. The town's letter to Meadow View stated that the proposed trade "Is not in the best interests of the town." Just before adoption of the language, Trustee Gale Doudy suggested that the words "at this time" be added and other board members agreed.blog comments powered by Disqus