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Posted: Monday, December 2, 2019 12:06 pm

Both Luan Troxel (Nov 13) and Daron Case (Nov 20) opinions about the Golf Course sewer plant were interesting and truthful. Yes, it is going to be very expensive to build and maintain. Yes, we did sue the Navy on a trumped up charge that they owe us the sewage because they are on the Coronado side of a property boundary. In reality, the City needs their portion of waste to meet the goal of 1 million gallons of sewage to make 750,000 gallons of purple pipe water. I find that John Moutes article (Nov 20) recaps what had been stated in both Council meetings, public meetings and the “studies” by Atkins (Mar. 2014) and the Coronado Golf Course Modernization Project -2018/2019 Final Feasibility Study Report. However. I disagree with the comment that this is wastewater when in reality it is a commodity that all parcel owners can market to the City of Coronado who will absolutely need it.

All parcel owners have a lien against their property put there by the City. Sometimes it is called an assessment which you pay on your Secured Tax Bill. You did not get to vote on it nor a vote to increase the bill every year since 2014. So how do we own the commodity? We first buy our water from a private firm, CalAm Water, who owns all of the water supply lines. The City does not even own the fire hydrants. We bring our water into the house and enhance it in multiple ways. Then we flush it out into the sewer lines, pump stations and structures without thinking that you’re actually flushing a valuable commodity over to Point Loma. How much value,is it worth to the parcel owners? $7,200,000 is what we pay to maintain our pipes, structures, pumps, transportation. It’s the Wastewater Enterprise Fund which was set up to recover all cost through user fees and charges. Look at Fund 510 and see what is passed on to us. It generally is not comingled with the General Fund, which is paid for by property tax, but runs parallel to it paying even the wastewater personnel their salary and pensions. Not to mention benefits and supplies. We, the parcel owners own the entire infrastructure of the wastewater system, not the city.

Do not forget that there is the Storm Drain Enterprise Fund which has been loaned $3,000,000 over the past three years and the City wants it back. But what about the loans from the General Fund to the golf course which is also an Enterprise Fund? So is this really the reason for the sewer plant? Making us pay for the entire system from our Wastewater Enterprise fund while the city charges CalAm at a greatly reduced rate for 250000 gallons per day of recycled water. Then CalAm charges us again for water we owned already to water some parks. But note, nothing for us.

We have been told by the City that we can not use the waste water from North Island because it is highly contaminated with sodium, magnesium and chloride (total dissolved solids). So do we have a problem at First Street and Alameda where 1.2 million gallons of Navy waste water per day combines with this section of the villages 600,000 gpd? What about the chemical plumes from the past? What about the decrease in cost to transport our waste to Point Loma after the city confiscates (taking doctrine ?) 1,000,000 gpd out of a total 1,200,000 gallons of daily waste that we own. We should receive a large refund. There certainly nothing that can go wrong here

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