HMB balks as sewer budget battle continues | Local News Stories – California News

HMB balks as sewer budget battle continues | Local News Stories – California News

A special Sewer Authority Mid-Coastside board meeting was called off on Thursday when both of the board’s Half Moon Bay representatives decided not to attend. That did nothing to resolve a simmering feud over the budget for one of the coast’s most essential services.

The city of Half Moon Bay has made it clear that it does not wish to put money toward a $4.4 million “intertie pipeline system” that transports wastewater for Montara Water and Sanitary District and Granada Community Services District ratepayers to the sewer plant.

Earlier this month, the city filed a lawsuit against the two agencies and SAM, asking the court to take a closer look at the JPA agreement to determine whether Half Moon Bay was legally obligated to fund half of the repair.

The aging pipeline is responsible for several spills this past winter, including a 746,000-gallon spill of raw sewage on Miramar Beach on March 2. All parties appear to agree that the pipeline needs to be replaced and the city of Half Moon Bay has offered a loan to cover its portion of the project until the court rules on whether it must pay half of the price tag.

Representatives of the city of Half Moon Bay met to discuss the lawsuit in a special closed-session meeting on July 26. City Council members who were reached for comment wouldn’t speak about the meeting’s subject matter, but Mayor Debbie Ruddock has said that there would likely be something to report from the meeting at the next City Council meeting scheduled for Aug. 15.

Half Moon Bay City Attorney Catherine Engberg…

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