By Joe Naiman
Writer 

County approves sale of San Jacinto parcels to EMWD

 

Last updated 3/7/2019 at 11:58pm



Riverside County approved the sale of three San Jacinto parcels to the Eastern Municipal Water District.

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0, Feb. 26, to authorize the conveyance of fee simple interests for the three parcels totaling 4.48 acres through a grant deed to the Eastern Municipal Water District for the appraised value of $310,000, to approve the agreement of purchase and sale and the joint escrow instructions between the county and EMWD and to authorize the execution of the agreement, to authorize designated county staff to execute any other documents or to administer the necessary actions to complete the transaction, to find the sale categorically exempt from California Environmental Quality Act review and to utilize $32,000 from the sale proceeds to reimburse the real estate division of the county’s Economic Development Agency for the costs incurred.

The county acquired the property for the construction of Ramona Expressway, and the parcels are adjacent to that road. They are vacant and considered unusable remnant parcels by the county; however, the Eastern Municipal Water District will be constructing a sewer line to the Soboba Hotel and the land is useful for the sewer line. The conveyance of fee simple interest gives EMWD actual ownership of the land rather than an easement.


A 5-0 Riverside County Board of Supervisors vote Feb. 5 adopted a resolution to convey fee simple interests for the three parcels and set the Feb. 26 hearing to complete the transaction approval. The $310,000 EMWD will pay the county is the value of the property according to an independent appraiser.

EMWD may also use the land to develop groundwater resources through new infrastructure which conveys and recharges imported water for use and for water rights banking, and EMWD may also be able to build facilities to capture and recharge stormwater from the nearby Meridian Channel. The EMWD plans include additional groundwater production wells to recover the recharged water.

The $32,000 for county transaction costs covers $25,000 for Economic Development Agency staff and labor, $4,000 for county counsel review and $3,000 for escrow and title charges.

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