The Cambrian

District faces budget, contract decisions

A $7.5 million budget for 2010-2011, employee retirement plans, a yearlong contract for a federal lobbyist and a hefty report on vacant properties in Cambria are all among the topics on the services district’s plate today, June 24.

The Cambria Community Services District Board of Directors’ meeting is to start at 12:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St.

The budget includes $1.78 million for water service and nearly $2 million for treating sewage, just about the same as for the current fiscal year.

However, funding for fire department operations would drop by 8.3 percent, parks and recreation by nearly 45 percent, the resource conservation fund by 17 percent and administration by 1.6 percent.

The board will consider approving a year-long, $74,000 contract with the

Washington, D.C., lobbyist firm, Van Scoyoc and Assoc., which has been helping the district get federal funding for a desalination project.

The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo is to present its assessment of vacant lots within district boundaries, with an eye toward identifying the best lots to conserve in the future.

Conservancy analysts considered six criteria when calculating a lot’s conservation value: connectivity to other lots, habitat, viewshed, size, high fire hazard and substandard streets.

According to the report, Cambria has 2,291 vacant lots that could conceivably be acquired. Of those, the conservancy examined 1,887 and determined that 207 are a high priority for conservation purchase, 1,418 are medium priority and 262 are low priority.

The report lists all vacant lots by assessor’s parcel number, along with their priority ratings.

Directors are also expected to hear their usual Sheriff’s Department report, though it was unknown at presstime if Cmdr. Ben Hall’s successor will be present to deliver it. Hall was recently transferred to the North Station in Templeton. Cmdr. Jason Nefores took his place at the Los Osos station, where North Coast deputies are based.

For other items on the CCSD agenda, go to