Vice President Scott Tye called a Workshop meeting of the Board of Directors of the Stinson Beach County Water District to order at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 12, 2005, at the District Office located at 3785 Shoreline Highway in Stinson Beach, California.

Directors present:
Jim Zell, President (arrived at 5:17)
Scott Tye, Vice President
Elizabeth Sapanai, Director
Joe Veit, Director

Directors absent:
John Gilbert, Director

Treasurer Present:
Barbara Boucke

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


Mr. Kenny Stevens, of the Stinson Beach Fire Department, stated that the Fire Department has received a $270,000. grant for a new water tender which will need housing. Mr. Stevens clarified that there are no bathrooms on Fire Station #2 property. The Board directed staff to include an item on a future agenda to vote on drafting of a project approval letter.


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


  1. Administration of Oath of Office: Mr. Dinges administered the Oath of Office to Director Sapanai.
  2. Review of Consent to Assign the Shoreline Disposal Contract to USA Waste of California: Mr. Dinges summarized the Manager's Report recommending approval of the assignment with amendments. Director Veit stated that it was important to recognize that the dump is privately owned by Waste Management, is importing waste, and has a foreseeable closure date. Director Veit suggested that a clause be included which would state that the District's waste be accepted at the dump in perpetuity. Director Tye suggested that County waste issues be considered as well. The Board directed the General Manager to further explore the contract and amendments with the Garbage Committee and District counsel.
  3. Review of the Wastewater Telemetry Program: Mr. Dinges summarized the Manager's Report. Ms. Sarah Folsom, of 107 Buena Vista, summarized the performance of the alarm on her system and stated that an unknown person had tampered with her panel. Mr. Dinges stated that a paging system may be implemented to relay information to the off-site owner, and that the District may take the responsibility to change the protocol. Director Zell expressed his frustration regarding absentee neighbors who do not turn off their alarms. Director Veit suggested that alarms be installed in areas of the property, such as the garage or inside the house that would not disturb the neighbor. Director Sapanai stated that District Policy should be amended to include penalties for failure to silence alarms and for tampering with telemetry components. Mr. Dinges suggested that the District take responsibility for response to telemetry panel information. Director Sapanai stated that policy should be reviewed in consideration of health and safety issues. Mr. Dinges stated that a $1,000.00 discount would be allotted to the three Buena Vista holding tank panels and the SBCC panel.


Director Tye stated that he had inquired about rates at the Marconi conference center located in Marshall for a one-day retreat Workshop meeting. Director Sapanai stated that the Marconi was nice but somewhat expensive and that alternatively a location could be investigated in town or a less expensive option at the Headlands. The Board directed staff to schedule a date that would work for everyone, to research a cost effective facility, and to finalize a list of topics.
Director Sapanai, of the Wastewater Committee, stated that she had reviewed the preliminary report submitted by the GGNRA regarding the proposed bathroom renovation and that the District would comment on the project.
Director Tye recommended that the District draft a letter supporting the expansion of the Gulf of Farralones Sanctuary.


Mr. Dinges commented on the January 7, 2005 report submitted by Stetson Engineers.


Motion to adjourn made by Director Veit, seconded by Director Tye, meeting adjourned at 6:30 p.m. by unanimous vote.

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