July 11, 2001


President Robert Oliver called a workshop meeting of the Board of Directors of the Stinson Beach County Water District to order at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11, 2001, at the District Office located at 3785 Shoreline Highway in Stinson Beach, California.

Directors present:
Robert Oliver, President
Charles Dutkin, Vice President
Elizabeth Sapanai, Director
Jim Zell, Director

Directors absent:
Joe Veit, Director

Staff present:
Richard Dinges, General Manager
Raven Schauf, Recording Secretary


Marion Weber, of 7250 Panoramic, had questions regarding the 2000 Water Quality Report. Coon Fontaine, of Bolinas, outlined circumstances regarding a leak located at 172 Seadrift that would be considered at a future Board meeting. Mr. Coon stated that a power washing company had worked at the property and had broken the faucet when turning it off, prior to vacating the premises on Friday, causing a leak which Mr. Fontaine noticed on the following Monday. Mr. Fontaine contacted a maintenance contractor to repair the leak on Monday but when he returned to the property on the following Friday the leak had not been repaired. Mr. Fontaine then contacted the maintenance contractor a second time and was assured that the leak would be fixed that day. The following week Mr. Fontaine discovered that the leak once again had not been repaired. At this point Mr. Fontaine contacted an alternative maintenance contractor who repaired the leak immediately. Mr. Fontaine further explained that he did not turn the main water valve off himself because the property was for sale at that time and an open house was being held. Secondarily, Mr. Fontaine explained that the water system was further tampered with on a more recent Friday night, apparently by saboteurs, who left the water running. This leak was discovered the following day and was reported to Seadrift Security. Mr. Fontaine asked that the Board consider both leaks which occurred in two different billing periods.


The agenda was adopted as presented.


  1. Adoption of Resolution WW-2001-05, Directing the Abatement of a Nuisance at 101 Calle del Mar, AP# 195-191-16, Henry Airey, owner, Lance Becker, tenant: Mr. Richard Dinges summarized the Manager's Report. Director Sapanai stated that the District's responsibility was to identify whether this situation required a variance, a waiver or neither. She further stated that there were problems associated with Wastewater Code interpretation when defining a fence and electrical boxes as new construction when conversely these structures would be within the setback from a component of a wastewater system and the possible infringement on the requirement of needed space for system improvement if they were installed. Ms. Sapanai further stated that a requirement could be stipulated that these items would have to be moved if there was a need for the proposed installation locations to be utilized for Wastewater System purposes. Motion to adopt Resolution WW-2002-05 made by Charles Dutkin, seconded by Jim Zell, adopted by unanimous vote.
  2. Adoption of Resolution GB-2001-08 Authorizing the General Manager to Execute and Sign a Contract with the Department of Heath Services for Drinking Water Facility Funding: Richard Dinges summarized the Manager's Report. Motion to adopt Resolution GB-2002-08 made by Charles Dutkin, seconded by Elizabeth Sapanai, approved by unanimous vote.
  3. Review of Fiscal 2001-2002 Draft Budget: Members of the Board and the General Manager extensively discussed the proposed Budget, proposed rate and fee increase and proposed Wage and Salary increases. Items discussed included the faulty cost of living standards utilized by the State, the diversity of District employee job descriptions and required skills, employee step increases and the correlation between water conservation and budget figures.


Richard Dinges advised that another fish kill (two fish) occurred but that the District was not drawing water at the time. The District is considering hiring a biology student intern to input data regarding habitat issues.


"Gail Bennett" motion to adjourn made by Director Zell, seconded by Director Dutkin, meeting adjourned at 5:35 p.m. by unanimous vote.

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