Need - 1962
the winter of 1962-63 the Health Officer of Placer County advised the
property owners in the Bear Creek Valley that the County would not
approve additional subdivisions (Alpine Meadows Estates Subdivision
Units 1 and 2 were then existing) in the Valley until a central sewer
and water system was established. County tests had indicated that the
soil slope conditions in all areas not then developed were not suitable
for septic tanks. In addition, a central water system to serve the
entire Valley was necessary because of the lack of sources of water and
the need for a water storage large enough to satisfy the requirements
for favorable fire insurance ratings. A Mutual Water Company had been
formed to serve Alpine Meadows Estates Subdivision Units 1 and 2, but
its water source was inadequate.
William D. Evers, San Francisco
attorney, assumed the job of finding a solution to the problem of
apparent stagnation of development in the area. A central water and
sewer system was required if the Bear Creek Valley was to be developed
in accordance with the established Master Plan.
Financial Study - 1962
& Youngberg, consultants on financing municipal improvements, were
retained to make a preliminary study as to the type o entity to be used
to construct, own and operate the water and sewer systems. Funds for
the study and for preliminary engineering were obtained by borrowing
from a bank on the personal guarantees of the developers of Units 1 and
2. Stone & Youngberg recommended the formation of a County Water
District. Since the complete formation of the District (elections,
meetings, publications of notice, etc.) could not be accomplished in
less than six months, all necessary steps were commenced immediately.
Engineering - 1962-63
of the short construction period in the Sierra, engineering design work
had to be started even before the District was formed, if the system
was to be operating by the fall of 1963. Charles O. Greenwood and
Associates, of Sacramento, were retained as engineers to coordinate and
to supervise the engineering surveying and construction of the project.
Roy E. Ramseier and Byron L. Nishkian, both engineers of considerable
experience, were retained to design the water system and the sewer
system, respectively. Work proceeded apace and preliminary estimates of
costs were prepared.
Parenthetically, it may be noted that soil
tests indicated that the only area in the Valley suitable for the
leaching ponds was opposite the Powder Bowl on Forest Service land. Due
to the cooperation of the local Forest Service staff, the sewer plant
and leaching ponds were permitted to be located in this area. Absent
this cooperation, they system could not have been built.
Formation - 1963
law firms of Allan, Miller, Groezinger, Keesling and Martin (of which
Mr. Evers is a partner) adn Orrick, Dahlquist, Herrington and
Sutcliffe, municipal bond specialists, expedited the formation of the
District which officially came into being on March 25, 1963.
Financing - Bonds - Other Assessments - 1963
on the estimates of costs and on Stone & Youngberg's further study
of the bonding capacity of the District, the voters of the District
authorized $850,000 worth of general obligations bonds. Of this amount
it was anticipated that $700,000 would be sold in 1963 and the
remainder in 1964.
Stone & Youngberg recommended that some cash
money, other than bond money , be invested in order to "support the
bonds". The Bear Creek Association was asked to contribute $161,000
cash (approximately $1,400 per Association member) as its share of the
cost, over and above the continuing tax burden. The Association
responded and thereby made the entire project feasible.
Meadows Estates Subdivision Units 1 and 2 had a special assessment tax
proceeding to finance its local sewer collection system (those
homeowners who already had septic tanks were not included and therefore
did not have to pay twice for sewer service). Other assessments were
mad "in lieu" of the statutory special assessment tax proceedings.
Sufficient funds for the necessary construction then appeared to be on
hand or authorized.
Construction - 1963-64
bids for construction were opened in Sacramento, they were considerably
in excess of estimates. After a frantic week of negotiation, cutting of
the systems and modifications, Valley Engineers, Inc. was awarded the
major construction contract on July 10, 1963. Construction started
Winter was early in 1963 and, as a consequence,
construction was not completed prior to first snow. This caused and
enormous number of problems and sharply increased construction costs.
Nevertheless, the systems had to be completed because houses had
already been constructed in reliance upon representations that adequate
water and sewer service would be available. Only superhuman efforts
permitted the systems to be operating in early 1964. And, by the summer
of 1964, the initial construction was completed and the systems were
adjusted and checked out.
Financing - Bonds - 1964
& Youngberg then advised the District that recent building and
development in the Valley had progressed sufficiently that they
believed addition general obligation bonds could be sold in 1964. The
Board of Directors of the District determined that the remaining 1963
bonds should be sold and sufficient additional bonds should be sold to
finance the completion of the entire system.
Therefore, on June 30,
1964, the voters approved a further bond issue of $350,000. These bonds
were sold on August 11, 1964. The proceeds were or will be used to
construct more water storage facilities, to develop more wells, to
complete a "loop" of the water system, to acquire the Alpine Meadows
water and sewer systems, to acquire the Alpine Center water system and
to connect the Alpine Meadows system to the valley-wide system.