The very first line of this Probe ties right into issues of responsibility now being negotiated and talked about between the Heber Public Utility District and the county, but we’re working on an update of that by one of our reporters.
There is a shared division of responsibility as it pertains to the subdivision. The county has stepped in to make sure the retention basin gets finished and that roads get fixed in the Heber Meadows subdivision. However, the administration of the community facilities district tied to the subdivision is the responsibility of the utility district.
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Let us back up a bit.
Right now there is little that can be done about the retention basin. We could tell you contact the county or the utility district. But right now, either would do no good.
The builder of the Heber Meadows subdivision, Pacific Century Development, filed for bankruptcy and left the retention basin unfinished and streets in the subdivision unfinished, according to the county.
The county Public Works Department has stepped in and is negotiating with the insurance bonding company to get money released by the bonds so the city can finish off the basin and the streets. Public Works Director Bill Brunet said this takes some time, as it is easier to get a developer to fix his end of the improvements than it is to get the bonding company to cough up cash after a bankruptcy.
So, it is being worked on.
As for the taxes, there are some CFDs being collected for the subdivision. John Jordan, general manager of the Heber Public Utility District, said CFDs are being collected for the things that were finished in the subdivision, such as water and sewer infrastructure and for park maintenance. However, the fees tied to the retention basin are not being collected because it’s not finished. Once it is, then that portion of the CFDs will pick up.
We’re sure this answer won’t make the letter writer happy, but it’s the state of affairs at present.