BROOKTRAILS TOWNSHIP NEWS
What You Need to Know about the Willits Wastewater Treatment Plant Dispute
The Brooktrails Township and the City of Willits, since 2005, have been involved in a dispute over the allocation of costs for the new
Wastewater Treatment Plant and, since 1997, over the allocation of operating costs for the treatment plant. The City
of Willits is demanding that Brooktrails Township Community Services District ratepayers pay to treat sewage produced
by City ratepayers.
The dispute involves $2,000,000+ in project costs for the new Wastewater Treatment Plant and $150+ per
Brooktrails residence in operating
costs over the past eight years. To make matters worse, after subtracting the Township's exclusive flow
capacity rights the new Wastewater Treatment Plant capacity is not large enough to handle sewage flows
from the City and may be
discharging millions of gallons of wastewater annually into the Little Lake Valley groundwater table.
In October 2013, the Township Board made another attempt to initiate settlement negotiations. The
City responded by demanding preconditions.
You can read the letters here.
Also in October 2013 the Township General Counsel responded to new extensive interrogatories from the City's outside litigation attorney. The
response can be read here.
Every Brooktrails Township ratepayer should become informed about this dispute.
Read a complete explanation of the Brooktrails viewpoint here
Review a 1997-2013 timeline of the dispute with documentation links here
BROOKTRAILS 2012 CONSUMER CONFIDENCE REPORT ON DRINKING WATER QUALITY
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