Reclamation District 2140 Announces Notice of Proceedings for Hamilton City Levee Proposed Operations and Maintenance Assessment

Reclamation District 2140 Announces Notice of Proceedings for Hamilton City Levee Proposed Operations and Maintenance Assessment

Voting period runs through November 17, 2016

Hamilton City, Calif. – October 4, 2016 – Reclamation District 2140 (RD 2140) – the non-federal sponsor to own, operate and maintain the new Hamilton City Levee – announced today the opening of the balloting period for the proposed assessment to maintain and operate the new Hamilton City Levee. RD 2140 is proposing a new Operations and Maintenance Assessment (O&M Assessment) be levied on all benefiting properties within the RD 2140 boundaries.

A public hearing about the O&M Assessment will be held on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hamilton City Fire Station, located at 420 1st Street, Hamilton City, California. All interested members of the public are encouraged to attend.

Results from the ballot tabulation, which will take place immediately following the public hearing, will determine if the assessment can be levied. If approved by property owners, the assessment will provide funds to operate and maintain the new Hamilton City Levee, once construction is complete. The first phase of levee construction is underway and anticipated to be completed in Spring 2017 at which time the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the agency building the new levee, will turn over the completed Phase 1 portion to RD 2140 to own, operate and maintain.

First phase levee construction includes building a significant portion of a new setback levee that extends from the southern side of Dunning Slough and progresses south three miles. The second phase, anticipated to start in fall 2017, will begin two miles north of Hamilton City and eventually connect with the completed Phase 1 levee at Dunning Slough. The complete new levee will be 6.8 miles long and will provide much needed flood protection to properties in and around Hamilton City.

In February 2016, RD 2140 hired Larsen Wurzel & Associates to prepare an Engineer’s Report that describes the operations and maintenance services, their costs and how each benefiting parcel is proposed to be assessed in accordance with the requirements of Proposition 218. On September 23rd, the RD 2140 Board of Trustees preliminarily approved the Engineer’s Report and commenced the balloting process. The public may read the report by either reviewing the copy on file at the Hamilton City Community Services District office, located at 211 Main Street in Hamilton City during business hours or online at RD2140.org.

Ballots were mailed to each affected property owner and each property owner will have until the close of the Public Hearing on November 17th to return their ballot. Property owners may provide written and/or verbal testimony regarding the proposed O&M Assessment to the RD 2140 Board of Trustees at the Public Hearing.

For more information about the new levee, the proposed O&M Assessment or ballot proceeding, visit RD2140.org.

Reclamation District 2140, formed in 2005, is the non-federal sponsor of the new Hamilton City Levee currently under construction by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). RD 2140 is responsible for paying a portion of construction costs, in addition to owning, operating and maintaining the new levee, once completed. The RD 2140 Board of Trustees consists of three members who own property within the RD 2140 boundaries.

MEDIA CONTACT – Schaelene Rollins for RD2140, (916) 397-1915