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Scott Wilk, Steve Fox join for town hall meeting

Two local assemblymen use Skype to attend chloride meeting virtually

Posted: June 16, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 16, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

About 50 people packed into a meeting room at the Santa Clarita Activities Center Saturday for a town hall meeting on the ongoing chloride compliance issue held by Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita.

As it turned out, the town hall was a virtual affair, as Wilk and Assemblyman Steve Fox, D-Palmdale, were unable to attend in person due to ongoing legislative matters in Sacramento and had to video conference with attendees.

“The way we change government policies is for people like you to get involved,” Wilk told those in attendance.

Much of Saturday’s event was a retread of the issue of chloride compliance, which has already been the subject of six publicly announced meetings over the last month.

The Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District recently released a report detailing options for reducing chloride levels in the Santa Clara River to comply with state and federal mandates.

The Sanitation District has been fined for failing to meet those mandates, but harsher fines are on the horizon if the district does not bring itself into compliance.

The alternatives outlined by the Sanitation District to reduce those chloride levels carry price tags in the millions of dollars.

Wilk said he is in the process of examining ways to help address the issue on an Assembly level, but that he needs to do more research before determining if there is a viable way to address the issue.

“There is a list of things we might be able to do to help the situation and help the ratepayers in the Santa Clarita Valley,” Wilk said.

Fox, whose district includes portions of the Santa Clarita Valley, said he is committed to working with Wilk to find a solution to the chloride problem.

The period open for public comment on chloride-reduction plans ends June 24. After that, a plan would have to be selected and submitted by the end of October.

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