Los Osos wastewater project overruns lead to disagreements
January 2, 2014
San Luis Obispo County Supervisors voted 3-2 on Dec. 17 to pull the vote for an additional $4.3 million in overruns for the Los Osos sewer project from the consent agenda so that the public can participate in the decision.
The increases are because of pay raises, extended contracts and under estimated workloads.
After members of the public questioned why the overruns were on the consent agenda, Supervisors Debbie Arnold and Frank Mecham asked that the item be pulled.
Supervisor Adam Hill became agitated and began demeaning Mecham claiming he panders to people who regularly speak out during public comment. Mecham argued back saying he was not pandering to anyone.
Hill continued to chastise the North County supervisor while Supervisor Bruce Gibson attempted to quiet Hill.
In the end, Supervisor Caren Ray voted to continue the item because there was no rush to push funding overruns through on the consent agenda.