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UPDATE: Extension request on chloride plan to be considered this week

ADDS that meetings have been held with community groups that requested them

Posted: June 17, 2013 10:37 a.m.
Updated: June 17, 2013 4:16 p.m.
 

Santa Clarita Valley residents could win an extra 30 days to debate their chloride options this week when the local sanitation district meets to discuss the extension Wednesday.

Officials at the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District announced Friday they will hold a board meeting June 19 at 6 p.m. at Santa Clarita City Hall.

“One of the items to be discussed at this meeting is the extension of the public comment period for the draft chloride compliance facilities plan and EIR (environmental impact report),” said district spokesman Basil A. Hewitt.

Earlier this month, the Santa Clarita City Council voted in favor of asking the sanitation district for an extended deadline on a plan to reduce chloride in the Santa Clara River.

Two of the council members who voted to ask for the extension — Mayor Bob Keller and Laurene Weste — are on the sanitation district board and are expected to grant the request, since they make up two-thirds of board.

The third member of the board is Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.

Since April, when sanitation district officials released four proposals on reducing the amount of salt discharged into the Santa Clara River, they’ve been holding public meetings in an effort to gauge which plan they should pursue.

In the meantime, however, sanitation district officials have also been listening to special interest groups in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Last week, they met with local business leaders who attended a special meeting on chloride hosted by the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation and two other business organizations.

They also met with local realtors recently, said Esther Feldman, who heads the public relations firm Community Conservation Solutions, contracted by the sanitation district.

“Some of these groups have very specific concerns,” she said Monday.

“This gives them a chance to pull their membership together so that their concerns can be voiced.”

Sanitation officials continue to collect as much public input as they can before choosing a chloride-reducing plan in time for their own deadline of Oct. 31.

“We are gathering input from all interested stakeholders,” Hewitt said Monday.

“The info meetings and public hearings are geared to everyone, and district staff has met with any community group that has requested a chloride presentation,” he said.

jholt@signalscv.com
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