Pine Water Hearing Comes To Residents

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The Arizona Corporation Commission will bring the Pine water hearing to the residents of the community on Dec. 4. It will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Pine School.

The hearing is for public comment on the Pine Water Company's request to encumber part of its plant and system and issue evidence to indebtedness as part of its K2 Well agreement with the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District.

Chairman Mike Gleason and Commissioner William Mundell attended the Oct. 26 encumbrance hearing before Administrative Law Judge Dwight Nodes and explained at length the ACC has no jurisdiction over the PSWID and the issue at hand was very narrow in scope.

Essentially the men and women from the Pine and Strawberry area who came to the Friday hearing with objections to the K2 Well agreement were told what they had to say was not to the point of the hearing.

Gleason told Dina Galassini her comments were out of order.

Also present at the hearing were Fred Krafczyk and Michael Greer, who sought and were given status as formal interveners.

Following the public comment hearing in Pine at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 4, the ACC will have another hearing on the encumbrance request from Pine Water Company. It has been scheduled for 9 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12.

The water company, the interveners and ACC staff have all been directed to file written testimony in advance of the hearing.

The other hearing on allowing a group of property owners to separate from the Pine Water Company's area of service is on Friday, Nov. 9.

This hearing is a continuance of proceedings that began in August.

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