The City of Weed issued a Press Release, apparently written before the City had received a copy of the lawsuit.
Spurious Complaint Filed Against City of Weed
Appropriate legal exemptions followed
For Immediate Release Contact: Kassy Perry June 28, 2016 Perry Communications Group (916) 658-0144 Kassy@perrycom.com
Weed, CA –
The City of Weed was notified that a Bay Area law firm filed a lawsuit against the city on behalf of the Weed Area Water Alliance, alleging violations of unidentified provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and Weed’s Municipal Code relating to the recent decision by Weed’s City Council to enter into contracts to lease water from Roseburg Forest Products, rather than allowing the City’s residents to be without a source of reliable water.
“During our good-faith negotiations with Roseburg throughout the past 5 years, the City of Weed thoroughly explored all potential CEQA review issues and fully complied with the law,” said Ron Stock, Weed City Administrator. “I am confident this suit will be rejected by the court due to lack of merit.”
In April, 2016, the Weed City Council approved a new lease agreement between the City of Weed and Roseburg Forest Products establishing a set annual fee paid by the city for the rights to continue leasing a municipal water supply from Beaughan Springs, the same source of water for the city for the past 100 years. Prior to this agreement, Roseburg provided the water to the city at no-cost due to an existing 50-year agreement.