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.
Elizabeth Sapanai, President
Joe Veit, Vice President
Charles Dutkin, Director
Scott Tye, Director (arrived at 9:40 a.m.)
Jim Zell, Director
Richard Dinges, General Manager/Secretary to the Board
Raven Schauf, Recording Secretary
B. PUBLIC EXPRESSION
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
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
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
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
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.
"Gail Bennett" motion to adjourn made by Director Veit, seconded by Director Tye, meeting adjourned at
10:45 p.m. by unanimous vote.