VIDEO and PRESS RELEASE. Formation of the local Montara Sanitary and Water District district occurred in 1958.
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Review and Possible Action Concerning Draft Board of Directors Letter to the Editor on Local Leadership and Community Representation.
Following public comment over the past several months, the Board has requested a statement addressing the importance of the District and locally elected leadership in representing Montara and Moss Beach’s community interests.
The attached draft letter for submission to local publications (Half Moon Bay Review and Coastside Buzz) addresses the community’s intent and action over the years in first forming the Montara Sanitary District in 1958, with the addition of water and garbage services in more recent years. The letter outlines the Board of Directors’ obligation and mutual intent to proactively represent the local community on local issues, as well as review of neighboring municipal actions with potential to impact our community.
This letter continues the Board’s commitment to providing timely information to customers and stakeholders within the MWSD service area and coastside community RECOMMENDATION: Approve letter and submission to local publications.
MWSD Board Letter to the Editor
For immediate release
As our community and nation continue to struggle with COVID-19, we see how local leadership is critical to the safety and well-being of our community. Leadership keeps us well informed, on track and focused on the tasks needed to maintain our livelihoods. As elected representatives for our community, we thank you for your support and confidence in what we do. We’re committed to keeping watch for you and our beautiful coastside.
Our agency – Montara Water and Sanitary District – was formed by community members in 1958* to provide solutions that were better tailored to local needs, and more cost effective than the suggestions by the existing larger jurisdictions in place. We continue to serve you and those local needs today.
We carefully spend your bill dollars to ensure vital, reliable water, garbage and sewer services right here in Montara and Moss Beach. We do this because we live here and have spent the time to understand what is needed.
We have secured an independent water supply for our community. The water you need comes directly from sources developed, owned and operated here by this District. The beaches, creeks, ocean and environment we live in and near are protected from sewage by the system we built, operate and maintain. The money you pay is spent here on these systems.
We continue to hold Half Moon Bay accountable for their role in disrupting the Sewer Authority Mid-Coastside partnership. This critical sewage treatment system and facility is in need of investment and repair – not Half Moon Bay’s lawsuit, delays and cost-shifting. We watch for efforts – like the update of Half Moon Bay’s Local Coastal Program – which aggressively pushes Half Moon Bay’s influence north towards our community. We won’t let the needs of our community be ignored or let your dollars be spent outside our area.
Having leaders who are locally elected means we can keep our focus where it needs to be – here in Montara and Moss Beach. We focus on reliability, sustainability, and resource protection to safeguard us now and into the future.
If you have any questions or concerns about our work or budget, ask us! Via email at Info@mwsd.net.
*MWSD was formed in 1958 to address sewer and garbage services, with water service added in 2003.
Kathryn Slater-Carter, President
Scott Boyd, Board Member
Peter Dekker, Board Member
Jim Harvey, Board Member
Ric Lohman, Board Member
Montara Water and Sanitary District