Board to consider 20% water rate increase.

At its next meeting, the Board will consider a consultant’s report stating that water rates need to go up 20% to balance the expense budget adopted in November.  The report proposes increasing the Service Availability Charge (payable even when no water is used) 43% from $9.00 per share per month Continue reading Board to consider 20% water rate increase.

Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be April 2.

The process of electing Directors at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders is underway.  The room at Spanish Hills Club has been booked for April 2, and Director Nomination Forms were mailed to shareholders this week. The same Election Inspector who served last year is available and will be hired. Any shareholder Continue reading Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be April 2.

Well #4 “getting a rest” to ameliorate manganese problem.

Well #4 is offline and will remain so until demand gets so high that Well #6 can no longer supply the whole system.  Well #4 generally produces water containing 50 ppm of manganese, which equals the secondary standard for that contaminant.  High manganese concentrations tend to give the water a Continue reading Well #4 “getting a rest” to ameliorate manganese problem.

Board schedules Annual Meeting and election of Directors.

In its December 19 meeting, the Board directed Staff to arrange for the 2024 Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held between March 15 and April 15.  The exact date will depend on the availability of a venue and critical people, allowing sufficient time for Shareholders to self-nominate, and to Continue reading Board schedules Annual Meeting and election of Directors.

Mezzatesta evaluates own performance in first year as President.

At the November 28 Board meeting, Frank Mezzatesta was asked what he is most proud of in his first year as President.  This was followed by, “What was most challenging?” and “What are you least proud of.”  After taking a few moments to think, this is what he said:  In Continue reading Mezzatesta evaluates own performance in first year as President.

Engineering firm hired to review alternative sites for Well #7.

MKN, an engineering firm, has been selected to evaluate potential sites for Well #7. By February, MKN will do an independent evaluation of sites previously reviewed by the Board and deliver a ranked-order report focusing on feasibility and hydrogeology. To make this a “blind study,” MKN will not receive site-specific Continue reading Engineering firm hired to review alternative sites for Well #7.

Record low water sales in 2023 drives cautious spending budget for 2024.

In the last 47 years, only in 1991 did Crestview sell less water than it did in the fiscal year ending November 30, 2023.  Unit sales were 32 percent, and revenues were 43 percent, under budget because of the extraordinary amount of rainfall.  Aware that FY2024 could also be very Continue reading Record low water sales in 2023 drives cautious spending budget for 2024.

Ann DeMartini retained as business consultant; Durrell McAdoo promoted to Water System Superintendent.

Ann DeMartini has been retained as a business consultant.  Crestview will benefit from her 16 years of experience running three local water companies from 1995 to 2010.  She has represented mutual water companies on the board of the Association of Water Agencies and was president of AWA in 2010.  She Continue reading Ann DeMartini retained as business consultant; Durrell McAdoo promoted to Water System Superintendent.

City asks Crestview for more information about Well #8, and Planning Commission hearing will be delayed.

The City has asked Crestview to provide responses to 18 of the 39 comments filed by Well #8 Neighbors Group.  The City needs this information to fulfill its duty to respond to all comments received on its draft Mitigated Negative Declaration.  Crestview has requested that the December 5 Planning Commission Continue reading City asks Crestview for more information about Well #8, and Planning Commission hearing will be delayed.

Shareholders cite 39 failures to make complete disclosures about the Well #8 project. Part 3.

This is Part 3 of our 3-part series on the Well #8 Neighbors Group filing describing 39 deficiencies in City’s Initial Study and draft Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Well #8 permit application.  A permit may not be granted until the disclosure defects are remedied. Part 1 is here. Part Continue reading Shareholders cite 39 failures to make complete disclosures about the Well #8 project. Part 3.