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Planners review evacuation road

“We are here tonight seeking your support and approval of the General
Plan Amendment and vacation of Montecito Road,” said Michael Robinson,
deputy director of the Transportation Division of the San Diego County
Department of Public Land Use (DPLU).
Robinson, with other county representatives, attended the April 2
Ramona Community Planning Group (RCPG) meeting to discuss plans for an
emergency access road north of Ramona Airport. At the center of the
issue is the community of Ramona’s need for an emergency evacuation
route versus Ramona Airport’s need for expansion and future growth.

Jacque Beck restores a forgotten identity

On the manicured grounds of Nuevo Memory Gardens rests a
12-inch-by-6-inch temporary grave marker. A single last name is stamped
into the weather-worn concrete: Tritthart.
Ramona resident Jacque Beck stood above the marker and thought, “What is your first name?” She decided to find out.
At a recent meeting of the San Diego County Genealogical Association,
Beck, who is the association president, told how she was able to find
the identity and give back the first name to this individual.

RMWD considers sewer plant improvements

With future growth potentially affecting the Santa Maria Sewer Service
Area (SMSSA), members of the Ramona Municipal Water District (RMWD)
listened to a March 10 presentation on possible improvements to the
sewer plant.
“In 2005, there were roughly 4,087 equipment dwelling units (EDUs)
using the system,” said District Engineer Tim Stanton. “With possible
new areas being established, specific plans must be made in terms of
expanding the plant to provide for additional needs.”

A bump in the road for planners’ Top 10

A Top 10 road list for capital improvement projects was the main topic
during the Ramona Community Planning Group (RCPG) meeting last week.
“It is our job to tell the county that these are the 10 roads we would
like to have improved,” said RCPG member Dennis Sprong at the March 5
session. “It is the county’s job to tell us which ones they can or
cannot do.”

Budget meetings begin with basics

“Changes in the economy have an impact on the water district,” David
Barnum, chief financial officer for the Ramona Municipal Water District
(RMWD), said at the first in a series of budget workshops. “We
anticipate this year and possibly next year to be a difficult time in
terms of water for Ramona.”   
During the Feb. 24 workshop, Barnum reviewed how money is generated by
the district and distributed to the various funds established. Barnum’s
role, and that of the RMWD staff, is to provide the board with factual
and up-to-date information.

Crowd protests placement here

“This body wants to hear facts,” said Ramona Community Planning Group
(RCPG) Chair Chris Anderson to a standing-room-only crowd during the
group’s Feb. 19 meeting.

Board OKs $350,000 to design Bargar face-lift

Ramona Municipal Water District (RMWD) directors approved $350,000 for
a firm to design Bargar Water Treatment Plant improvements.
The Bargar plant became operational in 1974 with several major
improvements following. Those improvements included an Inline Static
Mixer in 1978, a 1982 Splitter Box addition and a Chlorine Scrubber
added in 1998.
The plant was designed to process 4 million gallons per day (mgd) but
during a 2006 test run, the plant could only treat 2 mgd to 3mgd. At
higher levels the flocculation blanket rose and overtopped the
clarifiers.

Boggs replaces Wilsman

Three applicants were interviewed during the Feb. 10 meeting of the
Ramona Municipal Water District (RMWD) to fill the Division 2 seat
vacated by Doug  Wilsman, who resigned his seat in December due to
health reasons.

Public to pay $13,943 of $16,943 weed clearing bill

“This is a good example of how we should learn to do something right
that was done wrong,” Ramona Municipal Water District (RMWD) Board
member Darrell Beck said during the Jan. 27 board meeting.
Beck was referring to an issue that had been presented to the board in
November 2008 by Kevin and Carolina Leap, who had a $16,943 tax lien
placed on their Ramona property for not paying for weed abatement
preformed by Fire Prevention Services (FPS), a firm contracted by RMWD
for weed and brush abatement.

RMWD changes its meeting time

Members of the Ramona Municipal Water District (RMWD) Board have passed
an ordinance changing their meeting time from 7:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on
the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.
“This issue seems to be presented as a convenience to the RMWD staff,
but nowhere in this agenda item does it address the impact to the
public,” said former RMWD Director Kit Kesinger, whose term on the
board ended Dec. 31.

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