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IN THE NEWS
August 26, 2014
Schools’ Trees Gone
|The Raymond Berry Intermountain
Community Pool lost the backdrop of majestic pine trees as the
Fall River Joint Unified School district began logging the area
last week in preparation of installing a solar farm to provide
electricity to East Burney Elementary School and Burney Jr/Sr
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The 96th Annual Inter-Mountain Fair is
Thurs. - Mon.
|McARTHUR — This year’s Inter-Mountain
Fair promises to be bigger and better than ever.
Fair Queen Taylor Corder and her princesses Rachel Wellemyer and
Erica Stevenson will preside over a flowerfilled fairgrounds
with a multitude of events - See enclosed OFFICIAL INTER-
MOUNTAINFAIR PROGRAM for times and details.
The 96th Annual County Fair will feature free concerts,
carnival, sheep, swine and beef competitions, horse events, the
Intermountain Junior Rodeo, the Kid’s and Pet Show, the Golden
Wedding Anniversary dinner, branding competition, commercial,
flower, quilt and more beautiful exhibits, the Destruction
Derby, hot rod pulls and motocross, the Stockyard, lots of good
eats, a clown, the train and dozens of other specific features,
not to mention quality time to visit with friends and neighbors,
The traditional American Legion Breakfast on Sunday followed by
The Junior Livestock auction is a lively and entertaining way to
support the FFA and 4-H members and close out the fair Monday.
Word of Life, Assembly of God Church
Aids Fire Victims
|Katie Small is
going to give the guys a run for their money. The former
Honorary Mayor of Burney came in second last year - this year
she plans on making it to First in Sunday night’s Lions
Destruction Derby. This is also the second year of the Dylan
Matwijiw Memorial Scholarship Fund which she started in Dylan’s
memory. The money goes to a scholarship each year for graduating
Burney High School Seniors.
||The Word of Life,
Assembly of God Church on Main Street in Burney conducted a huge
yard sale and car wash Saturday which was well stocked with
saleable goods and eager customers. All proceeds from the sale
and car wash will be given to the victims of the Eiler Fire.
Former Echo Employee Weather’s Napa Quake
Sewer Rates are Expected to rise
— As the Sunday progressed, her emotions were razor thin with
comments ranging from “Everything was destroyed” to “We need a
dumpster and shovels,” she “it scared the sh__ out of me.
Glenda and her Mom were lucky. At the Napa Valley Mobile Home
Park six homes burned. Reports still conflicted Sunday night -
different reports showed that 33 to 100 buildings were red
tagged, upwards to 70,000 PG&E customers lost power, all but
7,000 got it back by nightfall.
The largest, a 6.0 magnitude Quake hit 3:20 a.m. Sunday, 9 miles
south of the Wine Country. A hundred aftershocks followed over
the day. It is the largest to hit the Bay Area since the 1989
Loma Prieta quake.
Authorities from the Green Valley Medical Center reported
treating a 13-year-old boy and having him air lifted to U.C.
Davis in critical condition after he was hit by falling bricks.
That facility reported treating 172.
Reports indicate that the historic downtown of the wine
country’s premier town was seriously damaged.
|By Walt Caldwell
Mountain Echo editor
BURNEY — The people who served as members of the board of
directors of the Burney Water District over the years have
repeatedly done everything they can to keep the customers sewer
bills as low as possible, opting to forgo putting enough in
reserves to pay for all of the replacements needed. They also
opted to patch and sparingly replace or upgrade parts of the
The state requires that the sludge in the ponds be dried and
transported by licensed haulers to special sites.
There is some growth of the town projected which will add to
revenue for the district, but little is projected for the near
As an example, sewer connections increased from 1,306 in 2009 to
1,337 at the end of 2013. Full build out of the plans on the
drawing board and the static economy it is anticipated that a .1
percent annual growth is reasonable for projecting future
wastewater flows over the next five years.
The state, on the other hand, hasn’t hesitated to tighten ways
that sewage sludge is handled and disposed of raising and
creating costs that in many cases weren’t anticipated. Add those
items to inflation, and the rising cost of fuel and power and
the district has little choice but to bite the bullet and do
what has to be done.
The state of the infrastructure in both the water and sewage
operation has reached a point where the district will need to
District Manager Willie Rodriguez quickly found that lenders
treated governmental districts such as his just like they would
a business. The district had to, among other things have an
engineering firm produce master plans and a rate study spelling
out what had to be done to keep the system in operation, up to
code, and in what time frame.
Thus it was not a great surprise when Pace Engineering handed
them a 43 page rate study, 13 pages plus tables and diagrams
devoted to the Sewage side of the operation.
The Engineers pointed out that as of the end of September 2013,
the district has a sewer reserve account with $122,800 in it.
That, they say equates to approximately 20% of the annual sewer
operating costs. Additionally at the end of September 2013 there
was approximately $108,600 in the sewer capital improvement
reserve account and $111,500 in an unspecified reserve account
for a total of $342,900.
A m o n g other factors, the medium household income is $44,632
a year or 71% of the state’s m e d i u m . The current m o n t h
l y sewer bill is $23.78 or .6% of the average monthly income.
Addi t i ona l ly there is no documented Health or sanitation
problem in the district which, since the district is not
charging enough, means they aren’t eligible for grant funding
for capital improvements.
Pace Engineering is recommending that the district apply to the
US Department of Agriculture for a $2,590,000 rural development
loan for the Waste Water Treatment Plant and collection system
improvements needed. That would mean a $134,400 annual loan
payment. The district will have to contribute $599,000 as their
part of the agreement, for a total cost for the improvements of
$3,189,000. The district appears to be $464,000 short of their
required contribution. That doesn’t count the debt service
reserve, inflation or current maintenance.
Pace Engineering is recommending that the district raise the
customer sewer charges annually.
Sewer rate increases (next 5 years) ~ *average dollar amt.
• Year one - 25% ($5.94)
• Year two - 20% ($5.94)
• Year three - 10% ($3.57)
• Year four - 8% ($3.14)
• Year five - 3% ($1.27)