After years of discussions about the concept, Cambria Community Services District could assume administrative and management responsibilities for the Cambria Community Healthcare District, if a pending agreement is approved today, June 28, in a meeting beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St.
Directors of the healthcare district unanimously approved the agreement at a special meeting June 11. It calls for services district General Manager Jerry Gruber and Fire Chief Mark Miller to provide administrative and management services to the healthcare district at a fee of $50 an hour.
They are to try to limit their combined time for that work to 16 hours a week, the hours currently being filled by CCHD Administrator Don Melendy, who is due to retire June 30. The healthcare district covers an 810-square-mile area from north of Cayucos to the Monterey/San Luis Obispo County line (and beyond, on a contract basis).
Services district directors are also to consider their district-wide 2012- 2013 operating budget, with revenue of $7.6 million and expenditures of $7.6 million, almost identical to the current fiscal year, which ends June 30.
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The new budget includes a $74,000 increase in the rebate and retrofit program, intended to facilitate water conservation. Consultant Bill Maddaus would be hired to “help upgrade, refine and expand the CCSD’s existing water conservation program…to also develop and evaluate hard data and, on a technically sound basis, document the CCSD’s ability to use water conservation as a means to offset demand from proposed water connections, thus allowing for a limited number of connections to occur each year while the CCSD completes its long-term water supply project.”