Water Utility Acquisition

In his third term, Mayor John Engen has worked diligently to ensure the security of the citizens of Missoula's water supply and distribution system.  In doing so, he and his leadership team have pursued ownership of the privately held Mountain Water Company.  When the company's international owners declined the City's offers of purchase, the acquisition attempt became the subject of a court case.

Eminent Domain Trial

On June 15, 2015, District Court Judge Karen Townsend issued the findings of fact, conclusions of law, and preliminary order of condemnation.  The trial began on March 18 and concluded on April 6.  

Trial Videos
All videos from the trial are available for viewing on our website.  Make sure to click the minutes tab to be able to see the bookmarks in the videos.  You can select the date of the trial below.
March 18, 2015 Morning Afternoon
March 19, 2015 Morning Afternoon
March 20, 2015 Morning Afternoon
March 23, 2015 Morning  
March 25, 2015 Morning Afternoon
March 26, 2015 Morning Afternoon
March 27, 2015 Morning Afternoon
March 30, 2015 Morning Afternoon
April 1, 2015 Morning Afternoon
April 2, 2015 Morning Afternoon
April 3, 2015 Morning  
April 6, 2015   Afternoon
Valuation Court Proceedings
Valuation proceedings began on November 2, 2015, in front of a three-member commission that was charged with setting the value of the company.  The water commission members agreed unanimously on a value of $88.6 million on November 17.

Videos
All videos from the valuation are available on our website.  Make sure to click the minutes tab to be able to see the bookmarks in the videos.  You can select the date of the trial below. 
November 2, 2015
November 3, 2015
November 4, 2015
November 5, 2015
November 6, 2015
November 9, 2015

Supreme Court Hearing


The Montana Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the City of Missoula v. Mountain Water Company and Carlyle Infrastructure Partners at the University of Montana on April 22, 2016.  The Supreme Court limited the oral argument to whether the Fourth Judicial District Court, through Judge Karen Townsend, correctly applied the state law governing condemnation when it ruled that municipal ownership of the water system is a “more necessary public use” than private ownership and granted a preliminary order of condemnation.
April 22, 2016