The Cayucos Sanitary District’s stated decision to investigate building its own wastewater treatment facility looks more like attempted manipulation and coercion than a sincere statement of intent. Does the district really want to build its own plant?
According to minutes of the May 15, 2014, sanitary district meeting, “Manager (Rick) Koon said being a customer is the easiest route. The decision would then just be who’s going to give us the best rates. Monies saved by not being an owner can be reinvested in the community.” And “Director (Michael) Foster stated that neither Morro Bay nor the CSD (Cayucos Sanitary District) have the ability to handle a $67 million-plus construction project. ”
Now, Koon says Cayucos should build its own facility, even if it costs more, and Foster seems to support Cayucos going its own way. I wish they would. The district has already cost Morro Bay taxpayers a bundle and delayed the project significantly.
I hope Morro Bay moves forward alone. We’re better off without the Cayucos Sanitary District and its games.
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However, the district’s resolution states, “Cayucos hereby declares its intention to suspend consideration of participation in the Morro Bay WRF (water reclamation facility) Project. ” Note the word, “suspend.”
Could the district’s motives and intent be any more obvious?