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About Montecito Sanitary District

Mission Statement
A community service commitment to protect public health and safety and to preserve the natural environment through the collection, treatment and disposal of wastewater in the most cost-effective way possible.

The Montecito Sanitary District is located in coastal Santa Barbara County, California, approximately 95 miles northwest of the City of Los Angeles on U.S. Highway 101, just south of the City of Santa Barbara.

The District was organized in 1947 pursuant to the Sanitary District Act of 1923 (Division 6 of the California Health and Safety Code) to provide for the collection, treatment and disposal of wastewater to residents within its service area.  The District has a service area of approximately 8.9 square miles and an estimated population of approximnately 9,000 people.  The District currently serves 3,109 properties.

The wastewater collection system includes approximately 61 miles of VCP gravity pipeline of which approximately 26 miles have been rehabilitated, 12 miles of PVC gravity pipeline, 2.2 miles of sewer force mains, and 5 pump stations.  The collection system's underground network of pipes range in size from 6 to 21 inches in diameter.  The majority of the facilities were installed between 1961 and 1969.

Wastewater is piped to the District's Wastwater Treatment Plant for treatment.  The Treatment Plant, which has a capacity to treat an average of 1.5 million gallons per day, provides full secondary treatment that includes comminution, aerated activated sludge tanks, secondary clarification, chlorination and dechlorination.  In 2016 the amount of wastewater that was treated at the Treatment Plant was approximately 650,000 gallons per day.

Management and Governance
The District is governed by a five-member Board of Directors.  The Directors are elected on an at-large basis for four-year terms.  In 2001, the Board voted to align its elections with the Statewide General Elections to increase voter turnout and achieve a substantial cost savings.  At the Board's discretion an organizational meeting is held at least every other year to assign officers' duties and to appoint the standing Committee representatives.  This process generally results in a rotation of duties among the Board members.  The established Committees meet on an as-needed basis.  If necessary, Ad Hoc Committees are formed for special projects.  The Board of Directors approves the annual operating and capital budgets and authorizes expenditures of the District's funds.

The District employs a General Manager as the chief executive.  The General Manager reports directly to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the overall operation and administration of the District.  The District's management staff also includes a District Administrator, an Operations Manager, an Engineering Manager, and a Laboratory/Pretreatment Manager.  The District currently has 17 full time employees.

The current members of the Board of Directors and terms of office are listed below:

Member Expiration of Term
Thomas Kern December 2020
Jeff Kerns December 2020
Thomas Bollay December 2020
Ellwood "Woody" Barrett II  2022
Dana Newquist 2022

The Standing Committees and representatives are listed below:

Committee Representatives
Finance; Directors Kern and Barrett
Administration and Operations; Directors Bollay and Kerns
Personnel: Directors Kern and Barrett
Public Information; Directors Bollay and Newquist