The City of Claremont's contractor, American Asphalt South, will continue the slurry seal placement that began on Wednesday, August 6th. After the conclusion of this week there will be two days of slurry placement remaining, scheduled for Monday, August 18th, and Tuesday August 19th. The slurry seal paving on Woodbend Drive (north of Alma Court) and on Iowa Court will be delayed in order to allow the Safe Routes to School Project to complete the sidewalk construction in that area.
On August 4, 2014 the City signed an agreement with Golden State Water to release the financial feasibility study and amend ballot language in exchange for the stopping of a petition drive for a counter initiative and dropping of legal claims and lawsuits.
The financial feasibility study is a 110 page computer financial model of the Claremont Water System owned by Golden State Water. The financial feasibility study was prepared by a team of experts with over 30 years of experience in utility rates, financial analysis, and valuation. The study was designed to be an objective tool to evaluate, analyze, and compare rates between municipal ownership and private investor ownership at different purchase prices of the Claremont Water System.
In a victory for Claremont residents, Golden State Water Company has agreed to drop a number of costly lawsuits against the City as a result of diligent negotiations by city leaders. Though the litigation was without merit, this agreement will save city taxpayers millions of dollars in potential legal fees. City Councilmembers exercised their fiduciary responsibility and acted prudently to save taxpayers millions of dollars in legal costs needed to defend the frivolous lawsuits. In exchange, the City has agreed to change its existing water acquisition label on the November 2014 ballot to authorize up to $135 million in water revenue bonds to ensure the City's vital water system is in public hands. However, only up to $55 million in water revenue bonds would be funded through new revenue, while up to the first $80 million will be paid with existing water revenue from rate payers.
Due to the extreme drought California is experiencing, wild animals are approaching more neighborhoods near the foothills. Over the past few weeks, there have been various wild animal sightings in neighborhoods along the San Gabriel Mountain Range. Animals such as bears, deer, bobcat, coyotes, and mountain lions are becoming more desperate for food and water due to the drought conditions higher in the mountain range. If you see a bear, bobcat, mountain lion or a pack of coyotes, do not approach and contact the Hughes Center at (909) 399-5490 to report the sighting.
The City has received several calls from residents inquiring about how to remove their name from a petition for a ballot initiative. Section 104 of the Voting Code requires voters to submit a written request to the appropriate elections official prior to the day the petition is filed. Claremont voters that want their name removed from a petition should send a written document with their name, address, and SIGNATURE to the Claremont City Clerk at 207 Harvard Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711. The written document may also be dropped off at City Hall. For more information, please contact the City Clerk's Office at (909) 399-5460.
The City of Claremont App is now available for iphones and android phones! Help the City test out its new app and give us your feedback. The City of Claremont app is available on Itunes and Android App markets. The new app offers residents information on City facilities, news, calandar listings, and an easy way to service request. If you have any questions, please contact the City Manager's Office at (909) 399-5441.
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