Board members of the South San Luis Obispo Sanitation District will discuss concerns later this month raised by members of the local chapter of the Surfrider Foundation over water-quality monitoring and reporting at the plant.
The district has come under scrutiny lately after it was sued by two former employees who have alleged wrongdoing at the wastewater treatment plant. District officials have said they cannot comment on pending litigation, however, they have said that one of the employee’s positions, a lab technician, was eliminated to save money.
Board member Jim Hill, also the Oceano Community Services District board chair, had asked the item be placed on the sanitation district’s March 16 meeting agenda for discussion, said Arroyo Grande Mayor Tony Ferrara, who also sits on the sanitation district board.
The board is comprised of representatives from the three communities it serves: Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach and Oceano. Grover Beach Councilman Bill Nicolls is also on the board.
Surfrider members have also accepted an invitation from district administrator John Wallace to tour the plant. They plan to reach out to members of the regional water-quality control board and other public officials, including county Supervisors Paul Teixeira and Adam Hill, and invite them on the tour as well.
The San Luis Obispo-based Wallace Group also provides engineering services to the district. The board’s next meeting is March 16. The board meets at the Oceano Community Services District, 1655 Front St., at 6 p.m.
— Cynthia Lambert
A recent “grandparent scam” attempted on a 74-year-old Templeton woman serves as a reminder that county residents should be wary of fraudulent activity, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department. Silvia Edelman said that she recently received a call from a young man she thought was her grandson who needed $3,000 to get out of jail in the Dominican Republic.
She called the Sheriff’s Department, Edelman said, and they informed her it was a scam — one of a few thousand each month that the department is notified of.
Sheriff’s spokesman Rob Bryn said that scams may come in numerous forms and those who are wary of someone demanding money or financial information by phone, e-mail or by letter should call the department at 781-4550 or the local police.
— Nick Wilson
Willow Road will be closed between Misty Glen Place and Pomeroy Road from March 14 through March 28.
County public works officials say the detour will be via Concha Road to Dawn Road to Calle Fresa to Pomeroy Road.
The closure will not block primary access to any residences or businesses.
The county is asking those who have questions about the closure to call Dale Ramey, project manager, at 788-2931.
— Bob Cuddy