Monday Mar 08 2010
New Placer County Water Agency link to bring treated water to residents near Black Oak Golf Course
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
The Placer County Water Agency is completing a new treated water link in North Auburn. The directors of the water agency have awarded a $515,000 construction contract for the Bella Tuscany pipeline and tank site project near the Black Oak Golf Course in North Auburn. The project includes about 2,600 feet of 12-inch diameter pipeline to connect the recently constructed Bella Tuscany storage tank to the agency’s water system. Doug Veerkamp General Engineering of El Dorado Hills was awarded the bid from 20 received by the agency. Directors approved the contract last week. The project is the final portion of water-system infrastructure needed to allow water service to properties in the area. Although residential development of the 57.9-acre Bella Tuscany property has stalled, agency officials said the public water project will benefit many other properties in the area right away, including some that have had well problems. Brian Martin, agency director of technical services, said plans call for construction to start in April, with completion this fall. Bella Tuscany was developed by Black Oak Ventures LLC of Roseville as an 11-lot subdivision east of the Black Oak Golf Course. The lot sizes range from 3.61 acres to 8.9 acres. At a previous meeting of the board, Bella Tuscany developer Brad Beer said the project had financing with Placer Sierra Bank, but when it was taken over by Wells Fargo, the new owner wasn’t interested in financing the project. Under terms of agreement with the agency, Black Oak built a water tank but was unable to move forward with further improvements. At Thursday’s meeting, Martin reported work in the contract would also include water-tank-site improvements such as fencing, paving and electrical installation. The work is necessary to allow the storage tank to be filled, tested and placed in service. Funding from the project, which will total $2.19 million, is coming from water connection charges.