Among actions taken by directors at May meetings of the Cambria Community Services District:
• Heard that repairs and upgrades of the sewage-treatment plant will cost more than $7 million, but that grants may be available to help offset that cost. Those upgrades would allow the plant to produce lower nitrate levels in the water being sent to the San Simeon Creek Road percolation ponds and ultimately to the district’s emergency water supply project (advanced water treatment process that reclaims a brackish blend of salty, waste and fresh water). The upgrades would help the plant meet requirements set by state water officials.
• Heard about and discussed the district’s more than $9.3 million in expenditures tentatively budgeted for 2015-2016 fiscal year, with more than $8.7 million in revenues, leaving a $644,603 deficit in the water and wastewater funds. The directors are to approve the final budget at their June 25 meeting, which starts at 12:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St.
• Approved nearly $473,000 in contract revisions, amendments and change orders on the district’s emergency water supply (or advanced water supply) project, actions toward the project’s permanent permit and environmental impact report.
• Opted not to change the district’s enhanced water-conservation measures, such as restrictions on water use and bans on using water from the tap for outdoor uses, especially landscape irrigation.
• Provided workers’ compensation insurance to volunteer members of the Community Emergency Response Team.
• Increased the hourly cost of legal services provided by Carmel & Naccasha to $185, from $165, with a monthly retainer of $11,400 for 60 hours of service. Representing the district in court or administrative agencies, or any other unusual, extraordinary or complicated matters, will be billed at $200 an hour.
• Sent responses essentially agreeing with the county grand jury’s recommendations about emergency services and fire danger in Cambria.
• Awarded the 2015 Fire Hazard Fuel Reduction Program (weed abatement) contract to Bushwacker 1.