Nursery Products' Hinkley Proposal
Operating on Financial Fumes

Company seeks temporary relief from judgment.

Nursery Products logo.

Released: November 13, 2011

      Nursery Products, the company attempting to build a sludge composting plant near Hinkley, California, has filed for legal relief from an attorney fee judgment, accepted earlier by settlement agreement, in which Nursery Products had agreed to pay for costs stemming from California Environmental Quality Act litigation.

      In a declaration to the court by the president of Nursery Products, Jeff Meberg, Meberg states, "Under the terms of the settlement, Nursery Products agreed to pay the $265,715.55 in trial fees and $14,440.58 in costs awarded by the Court by July 29, 2011.  Interest accrued at 7% starting June 4, 2009.  Additionally, Nursery Products was required to pay $195,000 for the appellate fees and costs incurred by Petitioners.  An initial payment of $100,000 was due by December 31, 2010, with the remaining $95,000 due by July 29, 2011.  Interest accrued at 7% beginning July 1, 2011.  Nursery Products paid $100,000 to Petitioners by the deadline of December 31, 2010, in partial satisfaction of the appellate court fees and costs."

      Meberg's declaration dated October 18, 2011, goes on to state, "Until the writ of mandate is discharged and the permits for grading and building are issued by the County of San Bernardino, Nursery Products is unable to access its Small Business Association loan.  Once the project is open and operating, there will be an immediate income stream available to Nursery Products.  These funds then can be used to pay the settlement amount to Petitioners."

      The declaration further states, " extension of the payment deadline until February 28, 2012 is needed to avoid hardship to Nursery Products.  The hardship stems from the delayed opening of Nursery Products' facility in Hinkley and as a result, no income stream is being generated that can be used to pay Petitioners."

      The indication of the declaration is that Nursery Products is not currently solvent to meet its immediate obligations.  What is expected to make it viable by the stated February 28, 2012 date isn't stated; however, a financial shell game based upon uncertain future revenues appears to be playing-out on the start-up expenses.