Clovis Votes For Eminent Domain

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In a unanimous vote, the Clovis City Council chose to use eminent domain to move forward with the project of using the San Joaquin River as the second place to discharge treated sewer water. The water will pass by homes near the Appaloosa Acres Neighborhood. 

 
This affects 49 homes. As of earlier Monday afternoon, 31 agreed to this. The city paid them a $1,500 convenience fee.
 
But 18 homeowners did not, some of which spoke out at the meeting.
 
“I have a well within 20 to 30 feet of that channel, a shallow water well, it’s what I drink, it’s what I bath in”, said one resident.
 

“What is the stupid $1,500 for, I can’t even by a coffin with $1,500”, said Cassie Santellan. She was extremely disappointed with the cities decision.

 
“We’re supposed to be a republic and in this government, each individuals rights matter and they seem to think that it doesn’t matter to injure us and pollute our properties”, said Santellan. 
 
Others voiced their concerns about drinking or bathing using that water because of their wells being close to where it will be discharged.
 
“I’m in a flood plain that they want to flood with toxic waste water”, says Patty McGee. 
 
However city officials reassured enough research had been conducted and that the water was deemed safe and highly treated.
 
“This direction, is one that is going to have the least impact on the private property owners, but will also have a great public benefit”, says Mayor Pro Tem Bob Whalen.
 
Whalen says that times like right now, when the city is getting more rain, it needs to use the excess water and that when the current Fancher Creek site is under maintenance, they need to have a backup option. 
 
“It’s specially treated water, it’s pretty high quality, it can be used for irrigation purposes and is used for irrigation purposes”, says Whalen. 
 
City officials say that they now will have to start the legal process of exercising that eminent domain.
 

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