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Tesoro Viejo – "San Jaquan River Water to be used for Housing"

Board of Supervisors - December 12, 2017

Revised Memorandum of Understandings between - County Service Area 16-Sumner Hill and Tesoro Viejo Master Mutual Water Company for Common Diversion Facilities and Wheeling Agreement.

1. Consideration of entering into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between County Service Area 16 (CSA-16) and Tesoro Viejo Master Mutual Water Company (TVMMWC) for Common Diversion Facilities.

2. Consideration of entering into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between County Service Area 16 (CSA-16) and Tesoro Viejo Master Mutual Water Company (TVMMWC) for a Wheeling Agreement
On October 10, 2017 your Board approved the Memorandum of Understandings (MOU) between County Service Area 16 (CSA-16) and Tesoro Viejo Master Mutual Water Company (TVMMWC) for Common Diversion Facilities and Wheeling Agreement.

Tesoro Viejo Master Mutual Water Company (TVMMWC) plans to construct new water and wastewater treatment facilities and combine this with the Rio Mesa Facilities, which they intend to acquire from its current owner, Rio Mesa Holdings, LLC.

The resultant TMMWC facilities will divert, transport, treat, and deliver water, waste water and reclaimed water for municipal, industrial, and agricultural purposes to and from the Tesoro Viejo project.

The Division of Drinking Water (DDW) has recognized the possible connection of CSA-16 to TVMMWC as a solution to the compliance order and supports the possible consolidation of CSA-16 Facilities with the TVMMWC Facilities such that the TVMMWC facilities will serve both the Tesoro Viejo project and the Sumner Hills Subdivision.

The intent of this amendment is to include the Rio Mesa Holdings, LLC as additional signatory for Common Diversion Facilities and Wheeling Agreement. The Department recommends approval of these amended MOU’s to move forward with the process of negotiating a possible agreement between CSA-16 and TVMMWC as outlined in the MOU’s.

Madera Oversight Coalition Reaches Lawsuit Settlement with
Vulcan Materials Company on Austin Quarry Project

Contact: Bruce Gray    Email:

Madera County, CA, November 7, 2017 - Madera Oversight Coalition, CalMat Co. dba Vulcan Materials Company Western Division, and property owner Michael William Urrutia have reached a settlement agreement regarding the Austin Quarry project located in Madera County.

Since 2006, Madera Oversight Coalition (MOC) has been an advocate for Madera County citizens in matters regarding development in the county. MOC’s primary objective is to encourage responsible growth through adherence to California Land Use Law and the Madera County General Plan, and to promote the health, safety and welfare of the public within Madera County.

The organization’s role in monitoring the transparency of the approval process for proposed projects often entails taking legal action against the county—and the developer—when the project or the process itself violates local and/or state laws, or has a substantial negative impact on the surrounding community.

In the case of the Austin Quarry, Madera County approved the project in spite of MOC’s position, supported by state-certified hydrologists and geohydrologists, that the quarry could cause significant impacts to the wells of the nearby Madera Ranchos community. As a result, MOC filed a lawsuit against both the county and the developer.

MOC was represented by attorneys David Hale, Lee Smith, and David Doyle.

After months of negotiations between the involved parties, a settlement agreement was reached that will aid in relieving potential impacts to the local community. The settlement establishes the following:

WATER FUND: Payment to a third party administrator of $3.1 million to assist homeowners in the five-mile study area of the project to remedy potential future problems with groundwater wells. Monies to be put into an account at the rate of $103,333.00 per year for 30 years for a total of $3,099,990.

TRAFFIC CAPS: To ease traffic impacts, maximum aggregate tonnages shipped from the project are as follows:
a. 1.5 million tons per year until July 1, 2023, as stated in the Madera County Condition of Approval.
b. 2.0 million tons per year until July 1, 2023 to July 1, 2029. For this six year period, traffic cap exceptions shall include projects involving State Highway 41, State Highway 145, and/or High Speed Rail.
c. After July 1, 2029 the cap expires and reverts to the Conditional Use Permit limit of 2.5 million tons per year.

AIR QUALITY: Vulcan agrees to work with MOC to negotiate a proposal with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District in which the funds for the Voluntary Emission Reduction Agreement (VERA), approximately $650,000, envisioned for the project’s EIR mitigation measures be spent within Madera County east of Highway 99.

On June 27, 2017

The Board of Supervisors votes to Cancel Lease Agreement on Black Hawk Off Highway Vehicle Park Property which in turn Kills the project. All Grants were predicated upon the purchase of the property owned by Margaret Jamison. The only no vote was from Supervisor Wheeler as expected. Like Supervisor Roger’s Coffee Kiosk the County has spent in excess of $100,000 with nothing to show for it. MOC has been asking for a Feasibility study at every HOV meeting for the past 2 years only to be told by the Supervisors there was no money for the study. Now maybe the County can concentrate on what is important - Fire Protections!!


We need residents of Oakhurst, Ahwahnee, North Fork and other areas of Madera County to help identify and maintain community bulletin boards with Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission agendas. To help out, contact Helen Brohm at

We need each member to identify and sponsor a new member from their neighborhood or anywhere else in Madera County.


Madera Oversight Coalition meets on the second Monday of the month.
Meetings are currently held at the Oakhurst Public Library - 49044 Civic Circle Drive, Oakhurst
Time of meeting is 6:00 P.M.
(559) 868-4400

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