Tuesday AM news 9.17.13
The Ukiah Valley Sanitation District is demanding the City of Ukiah pay it
back nearly $16 million for violating a financial agreement for the past 44
The city owns and operates the Ukiah Waste Water Treatment Plant, but
shares operating costs with the UVSD. The two agencies also joined to
upgrade the plant in 1995, and are still paying back bonds for the $75
According to the UVSD, since Dec. 14, 1966, the city has been:
Failing to apportion correctly the installment payments , Charging the
district for its share at the rate of 65 percent rather than on the basis of the actual proportion of new connections and Overcharging the district for its
share of the installment payments.
The total is $15.991 million, plus prejudgment interest, exclusive of damages " the claim, submitted by attorney Duncan James, states.
The suit lists City Manager Jane Chambers, Public Works Director Tim
Eriksen, plus eighteen others as being witnesses to the breach.
Despite discussing alternatives, City of Ukiah officials intend to have the
former landfill on Vichy Springs Drive capped, possibly next spring.
Last week, Public Works Director Tim Eriksen gave a progress report on the landfill because the council talked about the possibility of not capping it at a meeting in July.
In response to allegations that perhaps the city no longer had the money set aside for capping the landfill, Eriksen presented the city's audit report from 2012 that showed "$8.8 million cash sitting in the bank."
When asked what the latest estimate of the cost to cap would be, Eriksen
said the 2005 estimate was "just over $5 million."
However, as he explained later, "the nearly $9 million set aside is not to cap the landfill. The first $5- to $6 million is; the other part of that is for
corrective action, because that's how often things go bad after you cap
After major portions of Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area were shut for lack of state funding, a unique
publicprivate partnership has reopened its 162 campsites, old growth
redwoods, nature trails and swimming areas along the South Fork of the Eel River.
Mendocino Area Parks Association (MAPA), along with Team Standish
(a local group of volunteers), and the California Department of Parks and
Recreation (DPR) negotiated for more than thirteen months on a three-year agreement for MAPA to reopen the park for public recreation. Standish-Hickey is located 1.5 miles from Leggett on Highway 101.
“It was made possible by Team Standish, with assistance from California
State Parks and a $30,000 grant from the California State Parks Foundation.”
Property owners in the north Lakeport subdivision where a landslide has
destroyed several homes are suing Lake county after their tort claims that
blame the public water system for the damage were rejected.
In July, 45 separate tort claims seeking damages were filed against the
county of Lake by property owners in the Lakeside Heights subdivision.
According to County Counsel Anita Grant“That starts the six-month clock for the claimants to initiate litigation,” .
Attorney Michael Green of the Santa Rosa law firm Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery – which is representing all of the subdivision's property owners – said his clients will be moving forward with a single lawsuit as opposed to
numerous individual suits.
Heritage House reopened for business today AFTER being closed for five years.
Heritage House will first open with 30 of its 70 guest rooms. All rooms
feature views of the Pacific.
"Future chapters of the resort will include a wellness center, full-service spa and fitness center.