The Cambria Community Services District (CCSD) will soon consider issuing 10 water and sewer will-serve letters. The Cambria Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors discussed the issuance of the will-serve letters at their July board meeting and determined that if the CCSD board finds there is sufficient water available, the chamber board supports their proposal, which positively would affect every business in Cambria which we are elected to support and help thrive and be successful.
Issuance of the will-serve letters, and the guaranteed water hookups, would start with helping our contractors and sub-contractors obtain work in Cambria and support their families.
They would have work, stay in Cambria, and their children go to the Cambria schools, which keeps our schools strong in education, and helps employ excellent teachers and staff.
The contractors employ Cambria residents; they also purchase materials from our local merchants.
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Finished homes provide work for our local Realtors and sales agents and other Cambria businesses.
Cambria has too many businesses shutting down, too many vacant storefronts and there have recently been more announcements of more businesses that are planning on shutting down. The businesses that remain and continue operating are struggling.
The issuance of 10 willserve letters each year will be based on the annual evaluation of the current status of the aquifers and the water demands each year until we have a new, permanent, dependable water supply which will continue to help stimulate the economy in Cambria.
The issuance of the water and sewer will-serve letters and subsequent opening up of the water wait list will serve as an economic stimulus for the local economy, local retail businesses, charities and nonprofit organizations. When businesses flourish, they are able to support the many nonprofit organizations in Cambria, which in turn benefits our local charities and fund raisers.
These organized activities further help our local lodging businesses by drawing visitors to Cambria to enjoy the various events, which further stimulates the Cambria economy. The decision on a new supplemental, dependable water supply and then completing a project is, of course, the final solution.
The issuance of the willserve letters by the CCSD also has an ef fect on all Cambria residents as well. The water and sewer infrastructures are in dire need of maintenance and repairs, which must be done soon. Without the income from the issuance of will-serve letters, the CCSD board will be forced to increase every resident’s water and sewer bills to do the maintenance and repair work that has to be done so the CCSD can continue to deliver water and dispose of sewage.
The future residents of Cambria who are on the water and sewer CCSD wait list have property rights, and the right to be able to build on their lots. This issue has not been resolved in the past because of the difficulty in Cambrians agreeing on and completing a supplemental water supply project for the community. It has been over 35 years since the CCSD started working on a new, dependable water supply for Cambria. Each water project the CCSD board, at the time, proposes and worked on to complete has been opposed and goes nowhere.
The lot owners have paid their property taxes, done annual weed abatement for fire protection of the houses owned by those of us who reside in Cambria, as well as paying the annual fee required to be on the wait list.
The moratorium on building in Cambria has been in effect for 10 years. The issuance of 10 will-serve letters will finally allow some of the vacant-lot owners on the list to start building their home.
The Board of Directors of the Cambria Chamber of Commerce, in support of and representing their 350- some members, voted unanimously to support the CCSD directors in their effort to obtain the necessary approvals to issue the willserve letters as soon as possible.
We suggest that our businesses and residents in Cambria support the CCSD board by speaking at the CCSD meetings, writing letters and/ or sending emails to the CCSD, The Cambrian, our county supervisor, and the California Coastal Commission indicating their support for the issuance of the will-serve letters.
We are all in this together to help stimulate our economy, and we need to show our support for the CCSD board.
Mel McColloch is president of the Cambria Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.