Cambria services district directors to re-tackle issues on Jan. 17

Working on using saved water for new connections

ktanner@thetribunenews.comJanuary 10, 2013 

Yes, there were some decisions made at the Dec. 20 Cambria Community Services District Board of Directors meeting, but ratepayers could get a sense of déjà vu from the board’s January agenda.

Based on a preliminary draft agenda for the Jan. 17 board meeting, a lot of issues are expected to resurface.

There are also expected to be some different items up for consideration, including a presentation on a long-anticipated draft of a water-conservation program formulated by consultants Bill and Lisa Maddaus.

The $69,000 study could include ways to “upgrade, refine and expand” the district’s current conservation efforts, while also developing and evaluating data to “document the CCSD’s ability to use water conservation as a means to offset demand from proposed water connections, thus allowing for a limited number of (new) connections to occur each year while the CCSD completes its long-term water supply project,” according to a staff report General Manager Jerry Gruber gave his board in June.

There’s also to be:

• A public hearing on rate increases for Mission Country Disposal, which collects Cambria’s trash and recycling, which was considered in a first reading Nov. 15. Rates are to increase 2.2 percent, based on the firm’s assertion that its fuel and vehicle repair costs have risen. For instance, residential rates would increase by 55 cents a month.

• The district’s draft audit for fiscal year 2011/2012.

Returning issues from Dec. 20 could include:

• Revised comments to the county’s biennial Resource Management System Report, which sets growth rates for various communities, including Cambria.

• Continued discussion on the status of the district’s intent-to-serve letters for new water connections, wait list, and approval of an update of the current list of commitments for active and non-active service accounts.

• A revised event policy for the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, along with changes in the CCSD’s fee schedule for events, to include charges for district staff time.

• Additional discussion on the district’s affordable-housing program and on Self-Help Housing’s request for 16 intent-to-serve letters for affordable housing at 2845 Schoolhouse Lane. Also, a payment plan for water- and sewer-connection fees for the project (the applicant is requesting a waiver of half those fees, equal to $108,500).

• Further discussion and consideration of the district’s goals and objectives and a review of those from last year.

The board meeting is set for 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St., following a special closed session on retiree benefits at the district office. For details, call 927-6223 or go to www.cambriacsd.org.

The meeting is a week earlier in the month than usual, so it won’t conflict with the Art & Wine Festival Jan. 25 to 27.

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