Welcoming 2019 by President Linda M. Austin
As I journey into the third year of my term as a Director on the Oceano Community Services District Board of Directors I am proud to be serving as your President for 2019. Looking back over the past few years, I am filled with pride at the many accomplishments and achievements of the OCSD. I now look forward to rising to the challenges the District is facing.
At the top of the list is the future of the Five Cities Fire Authority (FCFA). The FCFA was created in 2010 by banding together the Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach and Oceano Fire Departments to help ensure the best and most cost-effective services for residents, and owners of property and businesses. Recently the FCFA adopted a Strategic Plan identifying future needs and services that are important for each of these communities. Currently the communities are facing a crossroads on the future of the FCFA and the District is committed to working with the community residents, owners, businesses and organizations to ensure that Oceano continues to have the best level of fire and emergency services available.
In addition, several community infrastructure work is moving forward. The County of San Luis Obispo, in conjunction with CalTrans, is scheduled to construct drainage improvements to help reduce flooding issues that occur on Highway 1 and 13th Street. Project completion is expected this year.
The District’s multiyear capital improvements program remains a priority goal as we look at funding alternatives to fix and upgrade our water line system. The District currently has two waterline projects underway and will soon begin replacing substandard and leaky pipes in the community.
Oceano CSD also continues to be an active partner with the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District and is working with Central Coast Blue’s Water reclamation project. Central Coast Blue in important to help ensure we have sustainable groundwater supplies.
Other goals for 2019 include the establishment of a community garden at 19th Street & Wilmar Avenue, implementation of a successful Clean & Green program, and continuing to utilize the Ready311 mobile app to help minimize illegal dumping in Oceano. Recreational services will be researched and considered for the Oceano Community. In an effort to provide stronger community outreach and continue to promote transparency in government, the District is currently reviewing policies on the use of social media as well as the need for technology to assist the hearing impaired and provide bilingual translation. Lastly, the District will continue to partner with other agencies and communities to ensure that Oceano is represented in all regional efforts.
I am extremely proud to call Oceano my hometown and I know I share the pride with all the citizens who live in our little community. Oceano has the potential to become the best little beach town on the west coast!