The Cambrian

New GM contract proposal on agenda for Cambria directors

Jerry Gruber
Jerry Gruber

There’s just about something for everybody on the June 23 agenda for the Cambria Community Services District Board of Directors meeting.

From a revised proposed contract for General Manager Jerry Gruber to the possibility of the district allowing one or more long-delayed “pipeline” projects to build, from water-related issues to the 2016-17 budget to extending a lobbyist’s contract … all that and more will be discussed, and perhaps approved, at the meeting that begins Thursday at 12:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St.

Gruber’s new, one-year contract proposal would give him a 6 percent raise, increasing his salary to $170,456.48 starting July 1. That increase affects and/or increases related fiscal benefits, such as his deferred compensation plan, Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) account contributions made by the district, workers’ compensation payments and Medicare contributions.

Gruber would continue to receive a $450 monthly car allowance and a $45 monthly cellphone allowance. He would continue to pay his entire employee-designated share of the contribution to PERS.

The GM’s previous contract proposal triggered considerable public comment, most of it opposed to the six-year agreement, which included some retroactive and future increases that would have resulted in a salary of more than $221,000 per year by July 2020.

Other items on the board’s June 23 agenda include having the board review suspensions on outstanding intent-to-serve letters and consider allowing one ready-to-proceed project to connect to the water system, bringing back other parcels on the list on a case-by-case basis.

New Fire Chief William Hollingsworth will be officially sworn in. Among other items, the board will consider:

▪  Continuing to suspend surcharges/penalties related to water-conservation measures, potable-water use restrictions and maximum water-use allotments.

▪  New time(s) for regular board meetings.

▪  Extending for one year the consultant-services agreement with Balance Public Relations/Dean Florez, for an additional $102,000 plus expenses.

▪  Approving the district’s 2016-17 budget of more than $11 million.

▪  Developing a cash-reserve policy.

▪  Increasing the Build-Out Reduction Program Citizens’ Committee to 10 members.

▪  Approving fire hazard/fuel reduction contract to Bushwacker 1, and (separately) confirming the report on $12,000 worth of work Bushwacker will do to clear fire fuels from 35 lots that owners hadn’t cleared by the deadline.

▪  Approving a new telephone-system lease.

▪  Putting delinquent solid-waste collection/disposal charges on county tax rolls.

▪  Approving agreement with Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve regarding donation tubes at the preserve.

▪  Authorizing a 1.1 percent CPI adjustment to the Fire Suppression Benefit Assessment rates as of July 1.

▪  Approving Carollo Engineers’ $54,000 contract to design and provide engineering support services during construction of influent-screen project at wastewater treatment plant.

Those who can’t attend the meeting can watch it later on Charter Cable Channel 21, at 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday, 6 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. Thursday. The video also will be available at