SBCWD BOARD MEETING MINUTES


REGULAR MEETING
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2003

A.    CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL

President Elizabeth Sapanai called a regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Stinson Beach County Water District to order at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 15, 2003, at the District Office located at 3785 Shoreline Highway in Stinson Beach, California.

Directors present:
Elizabeth Sapanai, President
Joe Veit, Vice President
Charles Dutkin, Director
Scott Tye, Director (arrived at 9:40 a.m.)
Jim Zell, Director

Treasurer Present:
Barbara Boucke

Staff present:
Richard Dinges, General Manager/Secretary to the Board
Raven Schauf, Recording Secretary

B.    PUBLIC EXPRESSION

None.

C.    SETTING OF AGENDA

Motion to adopt the agenda as presented made by Director Veit, seconded by Director Dutkin, agenda adopted by unanimous vote.

D.    APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion to approve October 18, 2003 minutes made by Director Veit, seconded by Director Dutkin, approved by unanimous vote.

E.    APPROVAL OF DISBURSEMENTS

Motion to approve October, 2003 disbursements made by Director Veit, seconded by Director Dutkin, approved by unanimous vote.

F.    PUBLIC HEARING

  1. Review of Water Use Rate Fees for the Village Green I & II: Mr. Richard Dinges summarized the Manager's Report recommending establishment of a water use rate and installation of a digital flow control monitoring device. The Board discussed past misuse of water at VGI, improvements in lowering water use, establishing use standards and fees, flow regulator options, etc.
    Mr. Lance Meade of 7 Joaquin Patio, clarified that there was currently a flow regulator "meter" and that previous water loss at VGI had been caused by damaged sprinkler pop-ups. Mr. Meade stated that the County takes half of all revenues generated for the VGI and II and that imposition of a water use fee would only further burden the rate payers which are already subsidizing the cost of water. Mr. Meade also stated that he had sole control over the shut off/on of the irrigation system and that the current irrigation timing device restricted water use to under one hour.
    Mr. Richard Dinges suggested that a "pilot program", to be subsidized by the District, be initiated for installation of a digital flow control monitoring device at VGII. The Board directed the General Manager to make it so.

G.    GENERAL BUSINESS

  1. Discussion/Review of Mosquito Abatement Policy: Mr. Dinges summarized the Manager's Report recommending that requirements for sealing septic tank lids and plumbing vents be added to the Wastewater Policy.
    Mr. Bruce Wachtell, of 30 Embarcadero, presented information regarding screening options.
    Mr. John Washington, of 155 Belvedere, stated that the spread of West Nile disease was rapid and would drastically affect the local bird population, that mosquito "dunks" were available and were effective for a six month period and that various mosquito abatement measures, varying widely in cost, were available.
    The Board discussed various aspects of mosquito abatement including controls which the District could implement, consumer informational campaigns, precautionary measures which could be implemented within local septic systems, the prohibitive expense and the ballot procedure which would be required for the District to become part of the County mosquito abatement District, screening "kits", stagnant water issues, and website information. Director Sapanai stated that she would draft consumer informational cards, that Title IV would be revised to include requirements to screen and to maintain seals on risers for new construction and as a septic system inspection item and that mosquito abatement information would be distributed to the District customers.
    Mr. Chris Harrington, of Oceanic Realty, stated that he would help to facilitate these measures in the rental community.
    The Board directed the General Manager to contact Dr. Tchoblanoglous and the State Regional Water Board regarding possible hazards to septic systems caused by "dunks".

H.    COMMITTEE REPORTS

Ms. Boucke and Mr. Veit, of the Financial Committee, reviewed the Fiscal 2003 tax appropriation limit issue and clarified that the auditor had submitted the final draft of the internal control report and that it was acceptable to the District.

I.    MANAGER'S REPORT

Mr. Dinges summarize items which would be reviewed at the December meetings, reviewed the process for treatment plant selection, and stated that the District would be reviewing the final agreement with SDWSRF for Alder Grove Well funding of $211,000 at 2.3% interest.

J.    ADJOURNMENT

"Gail Bennett" motion to adjourn made by Director Veit, seconded by Director Tye, meeting adjourned at 10:45 p.m. by unanimous vote.




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