On November 4, Claremont voters approved Measure W by over 71%.
The City Council will hold a public hearing on November 25, 2014 to consider a "Resolution of Necessity" - a resolution determining the necessity of the acquisition and whether it is in the best public interest. During that hearing, the community and GSW will have an opportunity to address the City Council and learn important information on the potential acquisition.
Three City Council members will be elected at the upcoming March 3, 2015 General Municipal Election, each to a full four-year term of office. Eligible candidates shall be residents and registered voters of the City.
The nomination period for candidates will begin on Monday, November 10, 2014 at 7:00 a.m., and will close on Monday, December 8, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. In the event an incumbent does not file nomination papers by the December 8 deadline, the nomination period for any candidate other than the incumbent is extended to Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Claremont voters have approved Measure W by a significant margin, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder preliminary General Election results. The unofficial results show the measure winning 71.38% of the vote. The County will certify official results by the end of the month.
The passage of Measure W authorizes the City to borrow up to $135 million in bonds for the purpose of purchasing Claremont's water system, currently owned by Golden State Water Company (GSW). The Claremont City Council voted unanimously in July of this year to place the local bond measure on the ballot due to rising water rates and citizen complaints about lack of local control.
City Seeks Proposals for Irrigation Design Services
The Community Services Department is seeking a qualified Landscape Architect/Irrigation Designer to assist with developing plans and specifications for the College and Higginbotham Park Irrigation Improvement Project. The project will include updating the antiquated irrigation systems with new turf irrigation, a drip system for planter beds, and a smart controller. The project is intended to provide updated irrigation technology, increase efficiency, and decrease water consumption. Proposals are due to the City on Thursday, November 13, 2014 by 5:00 p.m. A complete scope of work is available on the City website. For more information please contact Kristin Mikula, Community Services Manager at (909) 399-5433.
As hot temperatures stretch into the early fall, please remember that City trees require supplemental water. Per Claremont's Municipal Code, property owners are responsible for watering City-owned street trees located on their property. Given the current drought conditions impacting California, it is important that City trees are watered properly to provide adequate water while still conserving precious water resources.
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