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Urgent Petition: Morro Bay Residents

Jet Fuel Tank Removal Performance Bond

Dear Morro Bay Resident

I the undersigned hereby petition the City of Morro Bay to require a performance bond from the applicant associated with project Case No. CPO-500, UPO-440 - Demolish & Removal of 2 Fuel Tanks & 1 Water Tank at 3300 Panorama Drive, Morro Bay, CA. Provisions of the bond are to be fully commensurate with the full term, scope, cost and schedule for this project. This project presents a liability to the citizens and City of Morro Bay that far exceeds the fiscal capabilities of both, should this project be abandoned or rendered incomplete by the applicant.

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Are you a Morro Bay resident? Please sign the above petition to protect your property, safety and health during the proposed redevelopment of a toxic jet fuel site in our city.

An out of town developer has petitioned the City of Morro Bay to approve the first stage of development of a formerly toxic Superfund site in Morro Bay. The developer is proposing to remove the large jet fuel tanks located at 3300 Panorama.

While most residents support the removal of these tanks, we want to make sure that the project is completed in a safe and timely manner, and at no cost to the City of Morro Bay or its residents.

Because this project poses health/safety as well as fiscal dangers to Morro Bay residents, the Morro Bay Stakeholders are petitioning the City of Morro Bay to require that the developer obtain a performance bond. We feel that this is the only way to insure that the project is completed in a safe and timely manner.

Without a performance bond a failed or bankrupt developer can leave a project incomplete, and Morro Bay taxpayers would be stuck with cleaning up and paying the bill. Clearly, the City of Morro Bay cannot afford to fix a failed project of this size and scope. What exactly is a performance bond? Read about it here.

Please sign this petition and share it with your neighbors. Ask your City officials to do their job and protect our health, property and future prosperity. Thank You!

Holy *&#t! Take a Closer Look at Morro Bay’s Sewer System

Is proposed development in North Morro Bay a possible threat to streets and sewers? Will 80,000 lb truck loads on already crumbling streets cause damage to underlying sewers? The facts are clear: our beleaguered sewers are barely hanging on. Will they collapse completely under the demands of added waste from dozens of new homes? Read these reports and decide for yourself.

“Both Morro Bay and Cayucos have had numerous video inspections of their lines over the years, going back as far as 1995. The inspections show numerous breaches in the sewer lines all over the City. Cracks, holes, and openings between pipe sections are common. Little, if anything, was done to address the serious public health issues associated with the damage the inspections revealed, and City records do not indicate that City staff ever raised the issue with the City Council.”

Morro Bay Sewer System Overview of Condition

Video review and analysis of Morro Bay sewers.

Heavy Trucks and Roads: Not a Good Combination

Today, I heard a City of Morro Bay official describe the approval process for allowing huge (40 ton) construction trucks to utilize a badly deteriorating Morro Bay residential street for purposes of a private developer.
Basically, there is no approval process. It’s just a rubber-stamp. As long as the vehicle meets weight standards for highways (80,000 lbs), it’s A-OK to make several trips a day on an already broken city street. The only caveat was that the City would make a video tape before and after the project to document any visible damage and the developer would be responsible to fix it.

But Mr. City Engineer, it’s not that simple! Damage to our streets is cumulative and it may not show up until after the developer is long gone, leaving the taxpayer to foot the bill.

It quite obvious how much damage heavy trucks cause to our major highways, let alone a tiny Morro Bay street. But a bit of research turns up some staggering facts:

A study by the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) determined that the road damage caused by a single 18-wheeler was equivalent to the damage caused by 9,600 cars. (GAO: Excessive Truck Weight: An Expensive Burden We Can No Longer Afford) The study seems to have based its calculations around the number of axles per vehicle. The study found that essentially, road damage was related to the 4th power of the relative loads. That means that if one vehicle carries a load of 1,500 pounds per axle and another carries a load of 3,000 pounds on each axle, the road damage caused by the heavier vehicle is not twice as much, but 2 to the 4th power as much (2x2x2x2 = 16 times as much road damage as the lighter vehicle).

This writer’s opinion: If we are to allow private developers to use and/or abuse our infrastructure, those developers should assume the risk and foot the bill. The City of Morro Bay can’t afford to fix its streets under normal conditions, let alone with the burden of 80,000 lb loads. Furthermore, road damage is just one of many other possible infrastructure risks that we are taking on. It is my understanding that the developers are taking the position that once they receive the “OK” from the City, they aren’t responsible for anything beyond the obvious/superficial damage as documented by the before and after video.

Yes, City officials are likely excited about possible future development revenues from the jet fuel tank site, but they also have a responsibly to protect citizens from a possible fiscal disaster if this project goes wrong.

Morro Bay Stakeholders aren’t against development. But we do want City Hall to exercise utmost caution and professionalism. Because we simply can’t afford errors of this scale.

Notice to Morro Bay Residents

There is an application before the Morro Bay Planning Commission to remove the former jet fuel tanks at 3300 Panorama. Though we agree that the tanks need to go, they must be removed with due consideration of public safety, environmental issues and our crumbling streets and sewers. Join the Morro Bay Stakeholders to learn more and help keep Morro Bay a great place to live at www.morrobaystakeholders.com.

  • Public Safety- The site is contaminated from jet fuel leakage, lead paint, asbestos.
  • Environmental issues- The biological assessment is minimal, incomplete, deceiving.
  • Infrastructure- North Morro Bay roads and sewage drains old and deteriorating.
  • Mitigated Declaration- Why no Environmental Impact Report?
  • The Applicant- Has a controversial reputation on the Fresno City City Council and our neighborhood.

Public Safety The tank farm is a former military facility, and as such, had lower standards in the use of contaminants than a comparable private industry facility. The Defense Fuel Support Point (DFSP) Estero Bay was no exception: jet fuel was stored at the site and leaked into the soil: lead based paint was used to paint the tanks; asbestos was used on the site.

Environmental Issues We do not trust the applicant to protect sensitive species over the course of the project. We are pressing for a full time biologist to monitor the applicant and contractors.

Infrastructure  North Morro Bay roads and sewers are the worst in Morro Bay, they will use heavy trucks, The applicant has proposed using Sicily Street, the worst of the worst. The main sew lines on Main Street is in horrible condition, the trunk lines running up all the streets are bad, as are the laterals.

Mitigated Declaration The City of Morro Bay Community Development Department has decided to prepare a Mitigated Negative Declaration instead of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). We believe that a EIR should be prepared for the project and that the California Coastal Commission should oversee the project.

The Applicant Our health, safety and infrastructure are being played fast and loose by a Fresno developer with a controversial record on the Fresno City Council, bad relations with our neighborhood, and vague plans for the site. At the same time, the City of Morro Bay Community Development Dept. is actively pushing this project forward by advocating on behalf of the applicant with little or no regard for our concerns and welfare.

The Morro Bay Stakeholders invite all Morro Bay residents to join us at our informative and proactive meetings: 7pm, October 24, 331 Kodiak Street, Morro Bay..