Weed, Roseburg come to agreement over water

Posted by Kassy Perry

News Headline: Weed, Roseburg come to agreement over water
Date: 3/3/2016
Outlet Full Name: KRCR
Author: Maghan Hunt

WEED, Calif. – The city of Weed and Roseburg Forest Products Company announced Thursday that they have come to a 10 year lease extension agreement for the city’s water supply to residents.

City officials explained that the lease agreement gives them time to find a long term alternative and develop it, while still providing residents with a secure water source.

“After more than five years of protracted negotiations and nearly a year of mediation, we are pleased to announce that we can keep the water flowing to the City for 10 more years,” said Weed Mayor Ken Palfini in a statement.

“We are hopeful that the signatures on this agreement herald a new cooperative working relationship with Roseburg’s senior management for the benefit of the entire community,” he added.

On Feb. 24, the Weed City Council voted 3-2 to approve the Memorandum of Agreement proposed by Roseburg to extend the lease for the city’s water supply from Beaughan Springs for 10 years with a five year option. Roseburg signed and returned the agreement to the city this week.

Officials explained the agreement states the city will pay $97,500 per year for 1.5 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water. The new agreement of 1.5 cfs is lower than the 2 cfs in the current contract.

To supplement the lower water delivery to the city outlined in the agreement, it will be necessary for the city to seek $1.5 million in Proposition 1 funding from the state for construction of a pipeline interconnection with an additional water source, and to impose significant conservation measures.

According to officials, the city will be moving forward with a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) analysis to determine the best course of action.

“Although this agreement gives us up to 10 years, the city must immediately begin to either develop or acquire a 2 cfs permanent source of water to meet the future needs of our community,” Mayor Palfini said. “While we will be exploring options, we do recognize that an alternative source to the water from Beaughan Springs may simply not be available.”

The council continued an Emergency Declaration until March 10 which would have expedited funding for an alternative water solution. With the agreement signed, the Emergency Declaration will not be considered, officials said.

The current 50 year contract ends in June. If the agreement had not been reached, the city of Weed would have had no viable, cost-effective water source available for immediate use.

City officials said they had plans in place to deliver potable water to residents had an agreement not been reached this week.