[The following letter, from MWSD president Jim Harvey, was sent yesterday to approximately seventy coastside residents.]
Statement from Jim Harvey to the Moss Beach Park Email Group
Many individuals have donated personal time and effort to the operation, and continued access to the Moss Beach Park. It is an important Community resource that needs to be maintained and protected.
I would like to correct some misstatements and misconceptions about the involvement of Montara Water and Sanitary District, MWSD, in regards to Moss Beach Park. MWSD fully supports Supervisor Horsley’s plan for San Mateo County to operate the Moss Beach Park. The Board of MWSD is committed to working with the Community to protect the park as a valued resource, even if Supervisor Horsley’s plan is unsuccessful for some reason.
Following is a brief history of MWSD’s dealings with the Moss Beach Park.
On May 5, 1988, Citizens Utilities purchased a drinking fountain for the park. No charges were made for the water use.
In 2003 MWSD took over the water system from Cal-AM Water Company. The policy of no charge for water use was continued.
During the construction of the park the water fountain was dismantled and converted to a hose bib.
On October 21, 2005, a leak was detected at the water fountain and the hose bib was tightened and leak stopped. The Park Committee was notified.
On December 9, 2005, the leak was observed by MWSD staff to still be present. It could not be fixed by tightening the hose bib, so the water service was turned off to prevent wasting water. The Park Committee was notified again. MWSD received no response from the Park Committee.
On the May 2009 MWSD agenda the Park Committee asked for water and sewer connection for flush toilets.
On June 2009 MWSD Meeting, the MWSD Board passed Resolution Number 1450 (See wording below) giving the Moss Beach Park both water and Sewer connections at zero charge.
This offer was made as a variance to our then existing water moratorium because MWSD recognized the Moss Beach Park both value to the local Community. The charge for both water and sewer connections would normally have been $20,000 each for an approximate total of $40,000. MWSD waived these connection fees.
MWSD did not receive a response from the Moss Beach Park Committee after the variance they requested was granted. We would welcome the Committee’s response so that connections can be made.
RESOLUTION NO. 1450
RESOLUTION OF THE MONTARA WATER AND SANITARY DISTRICT FINDING SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES AND GRANTING VARIANCE FOR SEWERAGE SERVICE FOR PROPERTY COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS “MOSS BEACH COMMUNITY PARK” AND MAKING FINDINGS AND CONCLUSIONS REGARDING SEWERAGE AND WATER SERVICE FOR SAID PROPERTY.