Los Osos elected officials are set to break ground for the heavily debated sewer project that is estimated to cost $150 million. The event, described by Los Osos CSD General Manager Bruce Buel as a "very short and sweet ceremony," is scheduled for July 7 at 11 a.m. at the tri-W site.
Buel said the actual construction of the sewer project is set for July 20, but he added this is not guaranteed.
Gail McPherson, spokeswoman for the Coalition for Voice, Vision & Choice (CVVC), described Thursday's ceremony as a "PR campaign to give the impression that they're ready to go."
The CVVC is planning a peaceful protest to coincide with the 11 a.m. ceremony, as well as a tailgate party to precede Thursday night's CSD meeting.
"This is more about broken promises than broken ground," McPherson said.
Even after elected officials and workers break ground, the sewer project still has two hurdles to clear. One is the recall initiative of the three CSD board members who favor the current plan, and the other is an initiative to change the location of the sewer. Both votes are set for Sept. 27.
"Voters are going to do what the voters are going to do," Buel said, when asked how the two future initiatives would play into the construction of the current project. My "direction from the board is to proceed as fastly as possible to solve the groundwater issue," he said.
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