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Drought spawns concerns of wells running dry

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Drought conditions have prompted Ramona Municipal Water District to revise the use of excess groundwater at the district’s Well Field Park, also known as Ramona Community Park.

Board president Darrell Beck said he is concerned that by August a lot of wells in Ramona will be running dry.

About four wells of varying age and depth, dating back to RMWD’s precursor, the Ramona Irrigation District, are at Well Field Park, said David Barnum, the district’s general manager. The district leases the park to the Ramona Parks and Recreation Association, which uses the untreated well water, stored in a tank, for irrigation.

Water district plans evening budget presentation

To give residents who cannot attend an afternoon meeting an opportunity to learn more about Ramona Municipal Water District’s 2014-15 budget, a public presentation will be held Monday evening, June 23, the night before the water board is scheduled to adopt new rates.

The budget presentation by staff will be held at 7 p.m. in Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane. A public hearing on the proposed water and sewer rates will be held at the board meeting the next day, June 24, at 2 p.m. in the community center.

Planners recommend roads for county maintenance work

As requested by the county, the Ramona Community Planning Group has submitted a priority list of road maintenance projects.

The county provided a lengthy list of county-maintained roads in the community and indexed each by its condition. Transportation and Trails Subcommittee members Jim Cooper, Scotty Ensign and Dawn Perfect drove around the community to inspect roads on the list and presented their recommendations to the planning group. Safety and extent of deterioration were factors when considering the roads for the list, said Cooper.

Republican women to hear from candidates and about smart growth and national politics on Monday

Intermountain Republican Women Federated will hold its meeting on Monday, April 28, at Ramona Valley Grill at 5:45 p.m.

Speakers include:

•Ken Gosselin, is a candidate for San Diego County Superior Court Judge in June 2014. For nearly seven years, he has been a volunteer Judge “Pro Tem” in thousands of criminal and civil cases assigned by the San Diego County Superior Court. He received his legal education from the University of La Verne College of Law and he is a Harvard Law School trained mediator.

District breaks ground on backup power project

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Directors of the Ramona Municipal Water District ceremoniously broke ground Tuesday to mark start of construction on a secondary power source for the district’s main pump station.

RMWD General Manager David Barnum called the project “a more reliable way to provide service to this community.”

“This is a project that is borne out of the 2007 fires and the 2011 power outage,” Barnum told the board when seeking authorization to award the $240,398 construction contract to Atom Engineering Construction Inc.

Water board directors approve financing for pipeline relocation

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Ramona Municipal Water District directors authorized a debt service agreement to finance an approximately $4.8 million pipeline relocation project at its April 8 meeting.

The relocation is required for the county’s San Vicente Road Improvement Project that will widen and realign the road from Warnock Drive to east of Wildcat Canyon Road. The district has 19,000 feet of waterline within the right of way for the county’s road project.

Water district to hold groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for pump station project

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Following its 2 p.m. meeting on Tuesday, April 22, the Ramona Municipal Water District Board of Directors will mark the construction start of the district’s Poway Pump Station Secondary Power Source Project with a groundbreaking ceremony.

The ceremony, open to the public, will be held at the district’s easement road just south of the Blue Sky Preserve public parking lot on Espola Road in Poway.

Fewer claims net insurance refund for water district

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A check for $239,791 was presented to the Ramona Municipal Water District by representatives of the Association of California Water Agencies Joint Powers Insurance Authority (ACWA/JPIA) as a refund on the district’s insurance premium.

“This is our biggest one,” Melody McDonald, ACWA/JPIA executive committee member, said of the amount on April 8. “It’s a pleasure when you invest in your staff.”

District ponders rate hike

Water and sewer rates will not increase by more than 6 percent beginning July 1, Ramona Municipal Water District directors determined by a 3-0 vote.

Directors Rex Schildhouse and Kit Kesinger were absent.

The district plans to mail its notice to customers with the not-to-exceed 6 percent rate hikes the week of May 5 to allow the state-required 45 days before its public hearing, scheduled for June 24 at 2 p.m. The board has

Planners keep two sections of bypass on priority lists

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Two of the three phases of the proposed South Bypass remain on Ramona’s recommended road priority lists.

The Dye Road Extension, also known as Phase 2 of the South Bypass, was included in a Top 14 list of capital improvement project priorities by a majority of the Ramona Community Planning Group at its April 3 meeting.

Phase 1 of the South Bypass, extending Dye Street from state Route 67 and Mussey Grade Road to Dye Road, didn’t make the Top 14 but was added to a list of road projects that the planning group is recommending the county pursue with Caltrans.

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