Solano County

3 sewer board members to attend state conference

By From page A3 | January 15, 2013

FAIRFIELD — Three Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District board members are signed up to attend the California Association of Sanitation Agencies conference from Wednesday through Friday.

Fairfield Mayor Harry Price, Suisun City Mayor Pete Sanchez and Suisun City Councilman Mike Hudson are to attend. Price is also on the CASA executive board.

The cost will likely come to about $2,000 to $2,500 per person for those who attend, sewer district General Manager Gregory Baatrup said Monday.

Sessions at the conference will tackle such topics as energy management plans, the Westlake composting facility, recycled water, CASA’s strategic plan, regulatory issues and California’s bioenergy policy.

The conference will take place at the Renaissance Esmeralda in Indian Wells. Indian Wells is near Palm Springs in Southern California and on its website describes itself as a “California’s premier desert resort city.”

Fairfield City Council members John Mraz and Catherine Moy have criticized the district’s policies for sending members to the four annual CASA conferences. Mraz has called the trips junkets at taxpayers’ expense. Other board members have said the trips yield valuable information.

The Solano County grand jury is apparently looking at the issue. Baatrup confirmed that the grand jury has requested information about the board’s travel and other expenses.

The Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District is a joint power agency between Fairfield and Suisun City to provide sewer service. Its board of directors is made up of the Suisun City and Fairfield city councils. The district’s wastewater plant on Chadbourne Road cleans up sewage and releases the treated water into Suisun Marsh.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • rich giddensJanuary 14, 2013 - 3:32 pm

    A government run sewer plant with huge bloated top heavy staff and salaries. A governing board that just rubber stamps their disloyal practices and sticks us with higher rates. A dumbed down tv wathing video game playing public that likes fraud, waste and abuse and votes for more. Yes, send all of them on junkets. Stick the public with higher rates. This is what you voted for.

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