Morro Bay sewage facility may move to site of power plant
November 12, 2013
The Morro Bay Public Works Department has issued a report recommending moving the city’s sewage treatment facility to the location of the closing Morro Bay Power Plant.
The report examines seven possible locations for the new sewage plant ranging in cost from $90 million to $160 million. Morro Bay jointly operates the sewage plant with the Cayucos Sanitation District.
The plant is currently located near the beach at the end of Atascadero Road. In 2003, the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board ordered Morro Bay and Cayucos to upgrade the plant. Last year, the California Coastal Commission said it wanted to move the plant one mile from the coastline.
The location proposed by public works staff is a 12-acre site at the south end of Morro Bay Power Plant by Highway 1. The power plant will close in February after 50 years of operation.
Building the sewage facility at the power plant will cost an estimated $90 million, which is the cheapest of the seven options considered.
The previous Morro Bay City Council did not support moving the plant due to the cost and suggested doing so might double sewer rates. It would have cost an estimated $60 million to upgrade the plant at its current location.
Following the November 2012 election, the board majority flipped from one that opposed moving the sewage plant to one that supported the move.
After the election, the majority also swung in opposition to City Attorney Rob Scultz and City Manager Andrea Lueker. The council is currently in the process of firing Schultz and considering firing Lueker.
A review of the employment status of both Schultz and Lueker is on the closed session agenda for Tuesday’s council meeting. A discussion of the sewage plant location will follow during the regularly scheduled meeting.