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Madera County takes next steps to privatize water district
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: July 10, 2018
Ahmad Alkhayyat, P.E., MBA, Director, Public Works
MADERA COUNTY takes next steps to privatize water district
Madera, Calif. – On Tuesday, July 10, 2018 the Madera County Board of Supervisors approved an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement with Bakman Water Company for the potential sale of County Service Area 19 (Rolling Hills) water system. The water system provides service to approximately 335 customers in Rolling Hills, located in District 1 in Madera County.
In May of 2017, the Rolling Hills Homeowners Association unanimously requested that the water system for Rolling Hills be privatized and no longer be operated and maintained by Madera County. On July 18, 2017, the Madera County Board of Supervisors directed county staff to move forward with the privatization. The County solicited a Request for Information (RFI) and received three responses from California Water Service, California American Water and Bakman Water Company. On March 13, 2018, the Board of Supervisors directed staff, based on the vote of the residents (139 in favor of Bakman Water Company, 76 in favor of California Water Service, 7 in favor of the County continuing services, and 2 in favor of California American Water), to enter into negotiations with Bakman Water Company.
The Exclusive Negotiation Agreement was requested by Bakman Water as a means to facilitate negotiations between parties from the time the agreement is signed through 120 days, or upon the closing of escrow, whichever is first. The County will not negotiate with, solicit offers or proposals from other parties, or respond to any entity or person about the negotiations while the agreement is in effect, except when legally bound. The exclusive negotiations should produce a Purchase Agreement that both parties agree upon. If no agreement can be reached and a Purchase Agreement is not signed, then Madera County Public Works staff will come back to the Board of Supervisors for further direction.
“The residents of Rolling Hills requested that their water system be privatized and we are hopeful the process will move swiftly. If successful, this will be the first special district water system in Madera County to move towards privatization”, says District 1 Supervisor Brett Frazier.