Farmersville wins statewide award for work with Cameron Creek Colony


SACRAMENTO — Cities do not always get the credit they deserve for all of the things they do. Most of the time citizens complain about the rivet or pothole in the road but don’t thank the city for maintaining the street they drive on. But at the League of California Cities conference two weeks ago, one nearby community got the recognition they deserved.

The League of California Cities selected the City of Farmersville as a 2017 Helen Putnam Award winner. The 2017 award winners were honored two weeks ago during the Opening General Session of the League’s Annual Conference & Expo at the Sacramento Convention Center.

The city of Farmersville won the Planning and Environmental Quality award for its Cameron Creek Colony Emergency Water Supply Project. Farmersville quickly mitigated a human health and environmental crisis to provide permanent water delivery services to Cameron Creek Colony, an adjacent unincorporated community. Residents in Cameron Creek relied on individual private wells for water, but they faced shortages and well failures during California’s drought. The city installed 7,262 linear feet of 8‐inch water main to connect 106 drought‐stricken households to clean, fresh water from the city’s municipal water supply.

Established in 1982, the Helen Putnam Award for Excellence program recognizes outstanding cities that deliver the highest quality and level of service in the most effective manner possible. Particular attention and credit is given to applications specifically advancing the League’s strategic priorities (, which are determined each year by the board of directors.

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