The meeting will be located at the Knightsen School starting at 7:30 p.m.
Recently, community members found through a local newspaper article that the Knightsen Community Well service area was given to Diablo Water by Contra Costa County in 2003. Several community members expressed concern as to how this could have happened without them knowing.
State Government Code provides for certain steps to be followed when districts are transferred or expanded. According to the government code used by LAFCO to transfer the district (section 56663), all registered voters, districts and landowners within the affected area must be notified.
According to LAFCO documents, when the M25 Knightsen CSA (County Service Area) was formed in the 1980s, all landowners were notified. However, in 2003 all landowners within the M25 area might not have been notified that the district would be transferred away to Diablo Water in Oakley.
While county officials in Martinez and Diablo Water officials in Oakley were kept informed, the majority of landowners within the district boundary claim they were not notified. In addition, established districts such as the East Contra Costa Irrigation and Knightsen School districts within the area also claim they were not notified.
Concerned members of the community recently contacted landowners within the Knightsen M25 CSA area. A petition of over 90 percent of the affected landowners was gathered. The petition contends that all landowners were not notified and asks for the water system to be returned to Knightsen as soon as possible. The petition was presented a couple weeks ago to Supervisor Piepho, who is also a member of LAFCO.
The Knightsen School District, KCSD, and KTAC will decide what action is to be taken after public imput from the Jan. 23 town meeting.