Midway City Sanitary District Timeline 1934-2015

  • 1934-1949
  • 1950-1959
  • 1960-1969
  • 1970-1979
  • 1980-1989
  • 1990-1999
  • 2000-2009
  • 2010-Present
June 7, 1934 Midway City to vote on Sewer Project at a meeting of the Midway City sewer committee on June 6, 1934 - it was decided to present to the voters a proposal to form a sanitary district.


February 7, 1935 Sewer Project at Midway City Still Live Issue; under important matters of business of the Midway City Chamber of Commerce, Engineer George L. Bates of Santa Ana regarding the possibility of the much needed municipal sewer system. Although the project for installing such a system has been approved by the SERA and it is believed that funds may be obtained from that source to aid in the work, rigid state laws have thus far made it impossible to attempt forming a district.
May 16, 1935 Bill Making Sewer District Possible Passes in Senate. The bill being considered in the state legislature that will amend the present act which stands in the way of formation of a sewer district in Midway City is well on its way to passage according to Ray H. Overacker, who was in Sacramento last week in the interests of various legislation, including this bill. The Bill, known as No. 634, was brought out of committee with a “do pass” label and was passed by the Senate on May 7, 1935. It now is in the Assembly committee on governmental efficiency and economy and is expected out with a “do pass” recommendation. If the bill passes all that remains before local action can be taken in the formation of a sewer district is the signature of Governor Merriam.
June 10, 1937 Formation of Sanitary District is underway - at a meeting of property owners of Midway City last night at Ed Hensley’s office it was decided to take the first steps toward forming a Sanitary District. John Mitchell, Supervisor for the District was there and outlined the steps necessary. After the District is formed, then the various types of sewer systems will be discussed from the standpoint of cost, etc. Another election will then be held and the people will actually vote for or against the proposed sewer system. Supervisor Mitchell feels confident that it would be possible to secure an outright grant of 80 percent of the cost through the Federal Government.
July 22, 1937 Petitions are out for Sanitary District - a petition was prepared and is now being signed by property owners in Midway City. This is just a preliminary step toward establishing a District.
July 14, 1938 Formation of Sanitary District being discussed as a result of a mass meeting held at the Woman’s club house on July 11, 1938 under the sponsorship of the Midway City American Legion Post 555. Papers will be circulated shortly in the community to sound out voters in regard to their convictions as to the establishment of the sanitary district to take care of the aggravating sewerage disposal problem and the more ambitious proposal of incorporation.
November 9, 1938 Approval by the Board of Supervisors to hold an election calling to order to said election to be held to determine whether the said territory hereinafter more particularly described, be formed into a Sanitary District, and for the organization of said district under the name “The Midway City Sanitary District” of Orange County, California, and for the election of five members of a Sanitary Board to govern said district.
January 3, 1939 Election results were read and Resolution was adopted by Supervisors. Returns of said election have been made to the Board of Supervisors and have this day, which is the first Monday following the day of said election, been duly opened and canvassed and it appearing the canvassing of said returns that at said election 188 votes were cast, and the total number of votes cast on the proposition whether the Midway City Sanitary District be organized or not, was One Hundred Eighty-Six (186), and that the number of votes cast for the Sanitary District was One Hundred Seventy-Seven (177) and that the total number of votes cast against a Sanitary District was Nine (9) and that of the votes, O.M Hood received 138 votes, Armand Heil received 137 votes, Hugh Marshall received 127 votes, J.E. Mixer received 126 votes, Harry Hall received 101 votes and Charles A. Whittet received 88 votes.
Service Territory The newly formed Midway City Sanitary District originally had a service territory between Hazard to the north, Newland to the east, Sugar (McFadden) to the south and Eucalyptus (Hoover Street) to the west. Currently, the service area covers 10.4 square miles and provides service to all Westminster and Midway City residents and businesses.
January 13, 1939 At 7pm the first meeting of the Board of Directors was held at the fire hall in Midway City.
February 13, 1939 First talk about a trickling plant.
July 18, 1939 Reports to the Board were received of unsanitary condition existing during the rainy season - impossible to use toilets. (Houses were on septic tanks)
December 13, 1940 Ordinance 1 was passed. The ordinance was on the inspection of installation of sewer system. Trash collection was contracted to J.B. Cail at $50.00 per month for three years.
June 12, 1945 District was reorganized as a District under the Sanitary District Act of 1923
September 20, 1950 First meeting held at 14842 Monroe Street.  
September 18, 1951 Midway City Sanitary District incurs a bonded indebtedness in the principal sum of $850,000 for the purpose of raising money for the acquisition and construction of a system of trunk and lateral sewers and appurtenances thereto, including the acquisition of all easements and other property necessary therefore.  
November 1, 1951 Barber City annexed to the Midway City Sanitary District.  
March 6, 1952 Boyle Engineering Company hired to layout District boundaries and get proper annexations.  
November 20, 1952 Notice inviting bids for the construction of a sanitary sewer system is approved.  
January 29, 1953 $1,141,976 awarded to Chas. F. Dorfman to construct 170,000 lineal feet of sewer main. (Original District)  
April 2, 1953 Pump stations and force mains design approved by Boyle Engineering Company.  
May 28, 1953 Pump stations and force mains project awarded to J.S. Barrett for $146,635.50  
January 7, 1954 District sets policy, Prescribing Rules and Regulations for the Annexation of Territory to the Midway City Sanitary District  
May 6, 1954 First meeting held at 7826 Westminster Blvd.  
October 7, 1954 Ordinance No. 3 was adopted for the installation and inspection of connections to main sewer line and permitting process.  
August 23, 1955 Discussion on GGSD Encroachment into the Territory allocated to Midway City Sanitary District to the extent of 160 acres.  
February 2, 1956 First discussion about the collection of User Fees using the county unsecured personal property tax rolls.  
August 1, 1957 The District approves using a transite force main and installing 3,600 feet for $22,000.00.  
October 2, 1958 The first meeting held at 7631 13th Street.  
December 4, 1958 The fee for plan checking and design for sewer work was $8.00 per lateral.  
July 2, 1959 District takes over the trash and garbage pick-up from Haywood Allen, Garbage & Trash Collector for $12,000.00 for his equipment.  
September 3, 1959 For commercial pick-ups where there are eight to ten barrels to pick up, the recommendation was to construct or have constructed six feet long, four feet wide and four feet high bins.  
November 19, 1959 Manager Boyle reports that an additional 500 solid waste pick-ups each month were added.  

September 15, 1960 Collection fee of $1.25 per month added for solid waste service until the lot was placed on the tax roll.  
November 17, 1960 It was reported that the State Sewer Capacity was 4.5 million gallons per day. Currently Midway City Sanitary District alone is 18 million gallons per day.
April 20, 1961 Monthly wage range for trash collection labor $360.00 to $425.00 and sewer maintenance labor $350.00 to $480.00.
July 20, 1961 Plan check and inspection fee established at $160.00 plus a $3.00 fee for each house connection.
May 17, 1962 Trash collection report - 12,339 stops including 392 commercial stops per week. In 2013 -19,875 residential stops not including commercial.
November 15, 1962 Plans for the San Diego Freeway (405) presented to the Board for signature.
May 2, 1963 District makes the change to charge against the parcel based upon the number of units and placed on the secured tax rolls for collection.
January 16, 1964 Discussions on purchasing the Manuel Alarcon Property on Hazard & Cedarwood for $50,000.00.
June 4, 1964 Board approves the purchase of the Alarcon Property on Hazard and Cedarwood (current location) for $31,500.00
March 18, 1965 Agreement with Brame Construction Company, for the three buildings is signed. The bid for the construction was $73,300.00 - these buildings are still used today.
April 1, 1965 First meeting held at 14451 Cedarwood Avenue.  This address is the current meeting location.
September 16, 1965 Pumping stations warning system approved - the cost  is $5,000.00 for installation plus a $68.00 monthly telephone service fee.
September 15, 1966 Discussion on the types of transite forcemain, epoxy lining used due to sewer gases.  Today transite pipe of any type is not legal to use for sewers.
January 19, 1967 The cost for a 3 cubic yard bin is $20.00 per month with weekly pick up.
February 2, 1967 5-ton hoist installed in the shop for $4,100.00.
April 25, 1967 Employee uniforms  approved for the trash crew.
April 25, 1967 First on-call personnel approved.  Extra compensation is $15.00 per week.
July 24, 1968 Budget for the year $932,850.00.
February 5, 1969 Program planned to replace all steel sewer lines now in use in the District.
 April 1, 1970 Discussion on Director McWhinney’s expenditures to protect his seat on the Westminster City Council.  
 April 1, 1970 First discussion to change trash pick-up to once per week instead of twice.
 July 1, 1970 District has an actuarial study to evaluate and determine the cost to participate in the Public Employees Retirement System.
 September 1, 1971 District compares cost of franchising the trash pick-up compared with District cost.
 April 5, 1972 District agrees to install the offsite sewer to serve the Sears property.
 July 23, 1973 Discussion on Orange County Sanitation District trunk line through the City of Westminster and the lawsuit between the two agencies - Orange County Sanitation District wins the case.
 May 1, 1974 Discussion on large trash bins.  It is recommended that bin deposit fee be increased to $200.00 each, with refund of $125.00 when bin is returned.
 March 19, 1975 First discussion on dropping Social Security Program and continue with State Retirement Program.
 December 15, 1976 California Special District Association (CSDA) membership dues  -$50.00.
 February 2, 1977 District tests new balanced lid system for large bins.
 February 2, 1977 Saddle connection fee reduced from $150.00 to $50.00.
 May 10, 1978 Residential bins delivered by Midway City Sanitary District at a charge of $10.00 per dumping.
 August 2, 1978 First alarm system installed at District main office.
 March 7, 1979 District installs 10,000 gallon diesel tank storage at a cost of $9,974.00.
 July 5, 1979 User fees increased to $0.25 per unit per month for sewer and $0.85 per unit per month for trash collection.
November 19, 1980 First discussion of Directors belonging to PERS Retirement System. Contract would need to be amended to include Directors.  
November 18, 1981 Official action taken reaffirming to guarantee the refuse crew 40 hours per week.
October 20, 1982 Cost of a 3 cubic yard bin is $225.00.
December 1, 1982 First vacation pay in-lieu of time off  granted - a total of 80 hours.
January 19, 1983 California Association of Sanitation Agencies (CASA) membership dues - $258.77 and Independent Special Districts of Orange County (ISDOC) - $25.00.
January 19, 1983 Map presented showing the City of Westminster’s proposed redevelopment area.
June 1, 1983 Rainbow Disposal proposes a dumping fee at their transfer station between $15.80 - $16.00 per ton.
June 6, 1984 District discusses the idea of a mini-transfer station at the District Yard instead of paying higher dumping fees at Rainbow Disposal.
October 16, 1985 Plans for a 312 unit senior citizens' housing development submitted for approval.  The project is located on the corner of Hoover & Westminster.
December 2, 1986 Orange County Board of Supervisors request the District hold its elections in the even year rather than the odd year.
March 3, 1987 District started employee drug testing policy.
May 31, 1988 Feasibility study on transfer station in District yard  placed on the 88/89 Budget.
December 6, 1988 District establishes a Deferred Compensation Plan.
February 7, 1989 All structures in the District yard are painted at a bid price of $14,500.00.
February 7, 1989 Cost for a new 3 cubic yard bin is $273.00.
July 18, 1989 Emergency generators purchased for the pump stations.
January 16, 1990 Discussion on tentative design for the District office and agreement with the architect.  
May 15, 1990 Consultant Robert Rauch hired to assist the District in defense against the City of Westminster’s takeover attempt.
June 18, 1991 Bin fees increased from $55.00 one-time per week to $165.00 five times per week.
October 29, 1991 Discussion on source reduction and recycling element for AB939 between Midway City Sanitary District and City of Westminster.
November 15, 1991 Discussion on possible savings for the District utilizing local transfer stations.
 November 15, 1991 First discussion of Barrel-System Program and use of automated refuse trucks.
 December 6, 1991 Cost analysis report to award an exclusive franchise and defining commercial bin service.
 January 17, 1992 Discussion on the proposed State budget which would divert special district funds to school districts.
 October 6, 1992 Award of Exclusive Franchise Agreement to CR&R Incorporated and Rainbow Disposal Company effective November 1, 1992.
 January 19, 1993 Discussion of cost comparison between taking refuse to the local transfer stations or local landfill.
 January 26, 1993 Full recycling program discussed - all recyclables must be tracked for credit due to amendment of AB939.
 September 7, 1993 Green Waste Program was discussed.
 October 5, 1993 District hires consultant for an automation collection system.
 February 15, 1994 Request bids for barrels for an automated collection system approved.
 February 15, 1994 Request bids for automated collection vehicles approved.
 July 5, 1994 Discussion on reorganization/dissolution/detachment/annexation of Garden Grove and Midway City Sanitary District.
 November 15, 1994 Additional container rental fee: rate was set at $7.00 per month, with a $1.25 per month administrative fee.
 January 3, 1995 Discussion on the Orange County Investment Pool Bankruptcy.
 January 3, 1995 Discussion on provision of special collection service for handicapped or frail persons.
 February 21, 1995 Discussion on District Office restoration.
 September 19, 1995 Westminster Village questionnaires showed that some wanted to use the 35 gallon containers.
 September 17, 1996 Clarification of Midway City Sanitary District Franchisee contract.  The commercial accounts serviced by the three licensed haulers will be transferred to Rainbow Disposal.
 March 3, 1997 Discussion on Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) condition number 2 within the Garden Grove Reorganization.  District will be required to transfer $415,000.00 of District funds to Garden Grove.
 April 1, 1997 District accepts the agreement for joint use of sewage facilities with Garden Grove.
 February 3, 1998 Bid award for construction and improvement of Administrative offices - cost $332,285.00
 December 15, 1998 New agreement with franchisees - Rainbow Disposal and CR&R - adopted.
 January 21, 1999 Consideration to implement a program for collection of separated green waste.
 March 2, 1999 District buys portable video inspection system for District sewer lines - cost $45,000.00.
May 15, 2000 Discussion on City of Westminster infrastructure revitalization plan.  The City’s proposed plan would freeze the tax rate with a base year of 1999.  
July 3, 2001 Discussion on District’s willingness to work with Code Enforcement on cleanup of alleys.
December 18, 2001 District acquires a Geographical Information System (GIS).
November 5, 2002 District participates in the Phase 1 FOG (fats, oils, grease) Control Plan Study.
February 4, 2003 District awards contract to ADS to monitor the flow in the District Sewer System - cost $182,250.00.
May 6, 2003 District participation in the Phase II FOG (fats, oils, grease) Control Plan Study was approved.
January 6, 2004 District requests bids to replace 4,600 linear feet of the sewer lines on 13th, 14th, & Pacific Streets. (Pipe bursting project)
June 1, 2004 District approves of Sewer System Master Plan.
April 5, 2005 District retains consultant to perform a Reserve Analysis and User Fee Study.
July 5, 2005 District receives estimate of $8,100,565.00 for rehabilitation on all 4 pump stations.
January 9, 2006 District approves FOG Agreement with Orange County Sanitation District and Orange County Health Care Agency.
June 6, 2006 District awards design services on all 4 lift stations to PRP Engineering.
October 17, 2006 District approves plans and specifications on Force Main Replacement.
March 10, 2007 First discussion on developing a District calendar in place of the annual newsletter.
June 5, 2007 Sealed bids for the Westminster, Hammon, Willow and Brookhurst Lift Station Facility Improvements were opened - Olssen Construction was the low bid at $4,776.002.00
November 4, 2008 District approves the refurbishment of solid waste truck T-51.
July 21, 2009 District opens 15 sealed bids for the Bushard/McFadden Sewer Project - lowest bidder was Mike Bubalo Construction at $2,249,378.
August 2, 2011 The District approves an Emergency Action Plan for the District with an Emergency Support Function.  
September 6, 2011 The District approves “Pushing the Blues” Waste Recycling Program.
September 20, 2011 The District approves reorganization, saving $300,000.00.
October 4, 2011 The District approves Electronic Data Management System (EDMS).
May 1, 2012 The District approves Vision Statement and Core Values.
August 3, 2012 The District changes the way solid waste customers are serviced by picking up blue carts first.
October 16, 2012 The District approves Strategic Plan.
 November 20, 2012 The District moves forward on the 2013 Facility Improvement Project at a cost of $409,000.
August 22, 2013 The District receives Exceptional Organization award from the California Association of Sanitation Agency for Raising Reserves without Raising Rates.
October 15, 2013 The District approves Greenberg Farrow to design and manage the construction of the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling facility at a cost of $74,500.
November 5, 2013 The District approves Performance Pipeline Technologies to clean and Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) 174 miles of gravity sewer mains at a cost of $639,975.70.
December 17, 2013 The District opens four sealed bids for new Compressed Natural Gas solid waste trucks. Bids ranged from $297,000 to $317,000.
January 21, 2014 The District approves the purchase of two new 30-yard automated side loader, cab-over Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) solid waste trucks at a cost of $623,794.18
September 16, 2014 The District approves solicitation of bids to construct CNG Fueling Station at 14451 Cedarwood Avenue.
November 18, 2014 The District approves the purchase of 8 new 26-yard automated side loader, cab-over Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) solid waste collection trucks for the Midway City Sanitary District fleet for $2,527,739.80.
December 2, 2014 The District approves award of bid for the 2014 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Station Construction and Building Renovations Project to Diversified Project Services International (DPSI) in the amount of $2,711,716.63.
January 6, 2015 The District approves paying $1.7 million dollars towards the District's pension plans' unfunded accrued liability, saving $4.9 million over 15 years.
May 5, 2015 The District approves prepayment of the 2005 Certificates of Participation, saving the District $806,000 in interest. The funds for prepayment of the 2005 certificates was derived from cash from the District's reserves - $4,533,912 (LAIF), as well as available funds held in reserve at the Bank of New York - $979,204, and leaving the District officially debt free.
August 4, 2015 The District approves the purchase of 3 side-by-side Big Belly solar powered receptacles to be donated to the City of Westminster's Civic Center.
August 27, 2015 The District dedicates its new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station.
July 5, 2016 The District approves the purchase of a new 18-foot stakebed CNG bulky truck in the amount of $76,607.22.
November 1, 2016 The District approves the purchase of a new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) combination sewer vactor truck in the amount of $442,366.92. 
November 15, 2016 The District approves OpTerra Energy Services to do a Solar Program Development for the District headquarters.
November 15, 2016 The District approves the purchase of new CNG F-250 utility trucks in the amount of $145,791.00.
December 8, 2016 The District approves paying $786,923.00 towards the District's Pension Plans' Unfunded Accrued Liability to save $2.2 million over 15 years.
January 25, 2017 The District completed the rehabilitation of 18 sewer main line segments.
May 5, 2017 The District completed the LED lighting retro fits upgrades in-house for less than $2,500, saving the District $74,221.
June 20, 2017 The District negotiated a fourth amendment with its Exclusive Franchise Haulers, removing Rainbow's name from the partnership this day going forward, making CR&R Environmental the District's sole hauler.
June 26, 2017 The District approves paying $1,111,949.00 towards the District's Pension Plans' Unfunded Accrued Liability to cover the CalPERS change in assumptions, saving the District $500,000 or more in interest payments.
July 11, 2017 The District approves moving forward with the curbside organics recycling program in 2018.
October 3, 2017 The District approves the purchase of 3 new Chevrolet trucks due to the State not certifying the CNG trucks ordered in 2016, saving the District $55,000.
January 16, 2018 The District approves the purchase of 2 MACK solid waste trucks with Heil bodies in the amount of $650,156.16 for the new organics recycling program coming in the fall of 2018. 
January 16, 2018 The District approves the purchase of a new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) combination sewer vactor truck in the amount of $484,588.91.
March 6, 2018 The District approves paying $1,406,087.00 towards the District's Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) liabilities to cover the CalPERS change in assumptions, saving $1,600,000.00 or more in interest payments.