Hill, Lucey seek to censure one another at sanitation meeting
September 19, 2016
By JOSH FRIEDMAN
(Editor’s Note: Oceano CSD Director Mary Lucey’s Facebook comment attacking Arroyo Grande Mayor Jim Hill is posted in entirety below.)
Arroyo Grande Mayor Jim Hill and Oceano CSD Director Mary Lucey will make separate requests to censure one another at the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District board meeting on Wednesday. The district board consists only of Hill, Lucey and Grover Beach Mayor John Shoals.
The agenda for Wednesday’s meeting lists Hill and Lucey’s requests as individual items. However, the district did not produce staff reports explaining the censure requests.
Hill’s request to censure Lucey reportedly came in response to a Sept. 10 Facebook comment in which the Oceano board member attacked the Arroyo Grande Mayor and called for a change in leadership in the South County city. Lucey posted the lengthy remark on the Facebook page of Arroyo Grande mayoral candidate Richard Waller, who is running against Hill in the November election.
The post, which is rife with spacing errors, criticizes the city of Arroyo Grande’s management of its water supply, while praising Oceano’s handling of water issues. Lucey then goes on to accuse Hill of creating chaos at the South County sewage plant.
“AG Mayor has created so much chaos at the sewer plant, it is polarized and continues to spend millions on poorly maintained plant,” Lucey’s Facebook post states. “With Mayor Hill’s adviser, Tacker who friend is the field supervisor is running the plant into the ground,it has only created more harm to us and polluted our ocean past repair.”
However, under former plant administrator John Wallace chemical costs ran about $600,000 a year and the plant had multiple violations for releasing contaminated water into the ocean. In 2013, Wallace stepped down amid allegation of mismanagement lodged by Hill and several others. Since then, the cost of running the plant was reduced by almost half and the plant discharges have been cleaner.
“The city of AG deserve to know what is the status of this plant? AG needs to replace your member on that board,” Lucey said in her post. “Most of the mayor’s dirty tricks are hidden at the sewer plant. This started in 2010 when he first was on the board for the San.district.When the flood hit in 2010 Mr. Hill left his post and turned his back on the south county. Everyone pays for that plant and everyone needs that water. You need a leader.”
Lucey reportedly made her request to censure Hill after being informed he was seeking to censure her. A majority vote is presumably required for the board to censure one of its members.