The sanitation district should finish what it started
August 28, 2015
OPINION by MARK LONDON and PATRICIA PRICE
We served on the nine member citizen committee selected by the board of the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District to select a contractor to review past management practices and develop a report for the district.
We chose an independent firm that we considered to be one of the best in the country. Our choice was unanimously supported by the board.
At the Aug. 19 meeting, the board was provided with a progress report and was asked for funding to allow for additional hours to complete the investigation, $22,500. The investigation is spanning over a decade, and has proved to be more complex and involved than anticipated.
The extension would allow the contractor to complete interviews with The Wallace Group and the Regional Water Quality Control Board and review plant reports and findings. It was understood when the contractor was retained that an extension of the review might be necessary.
We were disappointed at the board’s two to one vote to table the decision until the Sept. 2 meeting.
The contractor’s progress report indicates they are proceeding in a diligent manner and are doing an excellent job on the work assigned by the board. They should be allowed to complete the task they began.
We respectfully request that the board approve and fund the completion of the investigation at their Sept. 2nd meeting. We fear that to fail to do so will lead to further public concern and result in difficulty raising critical funds for the update of the facility.