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Templeton approves 5-year sewer rate increases 

On Tuesday night, the Templeton Community Services District Board of Directors unanimously adopted the proposed wastewater sewer rate increases.

The new rates will be effective November 22 and include adjustments to cover daily operational costs, fully fund savings over a 5-year period for repair and replacement of aging infrastructure, address additional input to the system for every 100 cubic feet that exceeds the base flow of 300 cubic feet, and cover the debt service on Templeton’s share of the Paso Robles Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade.

The rates will go up annually for 5 years.

For more detail, see Templeton sewer rate increase explained

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Also on the agenda was a short presentation by David Church, Executive Director of the Local Agency Formation Commission or LAFCO.

Church gave a short overview of LAFCO’s current draft of TCSD’s Sphere of Influence and Municipal Services Review. The only addition LAFCO is recommending to TCSD’s sphere of influence is the district’s Creekside property.

The public comment period for the draft review ends on Nov. 4.

District Engineer Betina Mayer reported on the status of the Eastside Force Main Project, a series of studies to determine if Templeton should cut ties with Paso Robles and treat all wastewater flows internally – what infrastructure would have to be built to accommodate the change over and how much it would cost.

Staff asked for direction on whether or not to include some additional studies that would complete the entire picture for a more accurate assessment.

After a significant amount of time and discussion, the Board put off any decision until after their strategic planning and team building session in November.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of TCSD Board of Directors is scheduled for Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. in the TCSD board room located at 5th & Crocker next to the Fire Station. The agenda may include the Fire Service Study Report on Templeton Fire – how it’s currently doing, what needs to be improved, and recommendations for the future.

By Nanette Fisher, Soaring Eagle Press

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