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Notice To Landowners Of Proposed Land Acquisition Program Reverse Auction And Invitation To Submit Offers
As part of an ongoing effort to conserve water, balance demand for irrigation water with supply, and to reduce reliance on groundwater, Westlands Water District staff is soliciting offers from District landowners to sell their land to the District. All lands in the District are eligible to be purchased; however, priority will be given to land located in or adjacent to the Subsidence Prone Areas, as designated in the Regulations for the Groundwater Allocation Program and Use of Groundwater within the Westside Subbasin. A map depicting the location of these Subsidence Prone Areas is attached hereto. Landowners are asked to submit sealed proposals to the District. If accepted by the District Board of Directors, the offers will constitute a contract to sell the specified land at the asking price.
Landowners willing to sell land to the District are invited to submit offers to the District, by delivering the offers to the District’s office located at 3130 N. Fresno Street, P.O. Box 6056, Fresno, California, 93703, until 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time), August 31, 2022. Staff anticipates that offers will be reviewed and may be acted upon by the Board of Directors at its September 20, 2022 Board of Directors meeting, or at a subsequent Board of Directors meeting.
The District reserves the right after opening offers to: (1) reject any and all offers, including but not limited to, those offers which are not responsive to or do not comply with the Offer Documents (defined below), (2) waive any irregularity in any and all Offer Documents, (3) accept offers as to some parcels described therein but reject such offers with respect to other parcels described therein unless the offer specifically provides that it must be accepted or rejected in its entirety, or (4) cancel the auction.
Offers must be submitted in a sealed envelope clearly marked “Land Acquisition Program” on or before the due date specified above.
The Offer Documents shall consist of 1) this Invitation to Submit Offers, 2) General Information, 3) Terms and Conditions, 4) Offer Instructions, 5) Offer Submittal Form and Cover Sheet, 6) Real Estate Purchase and Sale Agreement and Escrow instructions, as applicable, and any addenda that may be issued by the District prior to the date and time set for receipt of offers. All documents are on file in the District’s Fresno Office and are incorporated herein by reference and made a part of this Notice.
Offer Documents may be obtained at the office of Westlands Water District, 3130 N. Fresno Street, Fresno, California 93703.
Dated: July 15, 2022