Come to the Next Garberville Water Service Meeting, Urges Letter to the Editor
[To the community,]
If you have concerns about the direction of the Garberville Water District it would be good for you to attend the monthly Board Meeting that will take place on the 27th at 5:00pm, at the Water/Sanitary District office, 919 Redwood Drive, in Garberville.
It is almost a sure thing that the General Manager will get into how they can raise rates on the small amount (around 450) ratepayers that make up the district. During the last meeting in May when a request was made to strike certain language in the local Special District Ordinance that is in conflict with a new state law, Assembly Bill No. 2299, that came into effect on January 1st. 2017 the General Manager said that he could write any rule into the District Ordinance that he wanted to and it would trump the state law. When it was pointed out that the state law was specifically crafted to not allow that to happen his answer was “sue me”. Of course it wouldn’t be him that was sued but rather the ratepayers of the Water District which doesn’t really have a lot of money.
Bill # 2299, known as the “Granny Flat” bill is crafted to allow for more affordable housing, called accessory dwelling units (ADUs). It allows new units to be attached or separated from the main house or even carved out of a space inside the principal residence. These ADUs will not be required to have utility hookups separate from the main house. If space allows other units on the same lot are covered under this new law. Many building rules, setbacks etc. still apply, but the new law is written in such a way that area jurisdictions (GSD) force homeowners to have separate utilities, place restrictions etc. that prohibit or make more difficult the permitting of ADUs. A good, much needed law!!
The GSD decided, during the last meeting, that they did not need a third party bookkeeping service anymore and would do it them selves. Possible conflict of interest here, maybe? Maybe the recent, not so laudable audit report,, had something to do with this ?
Come to the meeting andc about the direction that the district has taken recently!