CITY OF PLYMOUTH
REASON FOR REVIEW
The Grand Jury received a citizen's complaint against the City of
Plymouth covering a wide range of issues including
misappropriation of funds, misrepresentation concerning the
Arroyo Ditch, and other water related problems. Additionally, the
alleged there was "a lack of water in Arroyo Ditch was is in
violation of the Controlling Agreement between the City of
Plymouth, Amador County, and the Amador Water Agency."
After reviewing the numerous issues presented by the complainant,
it was determined all but one had previously been investigated by
the 1997-1998 Amador County Grand Jury. Therefore, only the
complaint of the City of Plymouth "violating the Controlling A
greement with Amador County and Amador Water Agency" was
In 1987 the City of Plymouth purchased the Arroyo Ditch from
Amador County and the Amador County Water Agency. Arroyo Ditch is
an I 8-mile, open-water conveyance system starting at the
Cosumnes River and ending in the City of Plymouth. Arroyo Ditch
was acquired to serve as one of the principal water supplies for the
City of Plymouth.
Members of the 1999-2000 Grand Jury conducted interviews with the
City Clerk, City of Plymouth
- Contract Grant Administrator,
- Public Works Director, City of Plymouth
- Consulting City Engineer, City of Plymouth
Additionally, Grand Jury members toured the Arroyo Ditch with the
City of Plymouth Public Works Director and reviewed the Contract
for Conveyance of Arroyo Ditch.
Arroyo Ditch sustained significant damage to the Middle Fork
flume from heavy rains in 1997 and 1998.
- In 1997, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
approved a $22,000 grant to rebuild that portion of the flume
that was totally washed away. However, to date, the City of
Plymouth has not received the money.
- Even under deteriorating conditions, Arroyo Ditch
provided water to the City of Plymouth in 1998 by utilizing water
from the South Fork of the Cosumnes River.
- When Arroyo Ditch is dry, the City of Plymouth obtains
its water from two wells owned and operated by the city.
- A $500,000 Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant was
awarded Amador County to install a lift station on the Cosumnes
River. This grant required a feasibility study to be completed
prior to commencing the project. The study concluded that
construction of a lift station was not feasible for economic reasons.
- As an alternative to the lift station, the State
approved the use of the grant money to replace the entire flume
with a 36-inch diameter pipe.
- Additional State grant monies were applied for in 1999
to construct a reservoir to service the City of Plymouth. The
application was denied; however, the City was encouraged to
reapply in the year 2000.
- The "Controlling Agreement" referred to in this
complaint is actually the Contract of Conveyance between the
three agencies defining the terms of sale of Arroyo Ditch to the
City of Plymouth.
After receiving a $500,000 HUD grant, the City of Plymouth was
able to replace the flume with a 36-inch diameter pipe allowing
the City to obtain water from the Cosumnes River provided water
- The City of Plymouth was able to complete the work on
the replacement of the flume by November 30, 1999.
- In 2000, the City of Plymouth will re-apply for
$4,000,000 in State grant monies to construct a reservoir which
will store water on a year-round basis.
- Upon reviewing the Contract for Conveyance, no
violations of the agreement between the City of Plymouth, Amador
County and the Amador Water Agency were found.
- The City of Plymouth, with assistance from Amador
County, is working to resolve its water problems.
None. No response is necessary.
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