SLO County Roundup

San Luis Obispo

The City Council is in the final stages of vetting a candidate for city manager, with an announcement expected as early as next week.

There were more than 100 initial applications, and the council has settled on one candidate who was the favorite after interviews with the council and some staff members.

City sources are not releasing the person’s name or work history because a final decision has not been made.

The council is expected to discuss the matter again in the closed session scheduled for 5:45 p.m. in the council hearing room at 990 Palm St. An announcement may be made at the completion of that meeting, officials report.

— Sally Connell

Paso Robles

San Luis Obispo County’s official election results released earlier this month confirm that Paso Robles voters firmly rejected raising their water rates.

The preliminary election results for Measure A-09 indicated about 37 percent of the city’s 14,562 registered voters cast ballots.

The finalized report increased that number to about 40 percent, according to the Clerk-Recorder’s Web site at www.slocounty.ca.gov/clerk/elections.htm.

Among those voters, about 54 percent voted against the rates while 46 percent voted for them.

The rate increases were designed to pay for the city’s share of the Nacimiento Water Project.

Paso Robles is now working to find a new rate plan to pay for the water it’s already signed up to receive. Until a new rate plan is set in place, the city will have to tap into its water fund reserves when the pipeline bills start arriving in 2010.

The newest rate proposal is scheduled to go before the City Council in mid-December.

— Tonya Strickland

North County

Work to spruce up Highway 41 near Homestead Road in Templeton will begin for three days beginning Monday.

Homestead Road will be closed at Highway 41 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Motorists may detour the closure by using Templeton Road and South El Pomar Road, according to Caltrans. Detour signs and electronic message boards will also be posted.

The roadwork includes grinding, where shabby asphalt is removed and replaced with a fresh base.

— Tonya Strickland