SBCWD BOARD MEETING MINUTES


REGULAR MEETING
SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 2005

A.    CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL

President Jim Zell 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, January 22, 2005, at the District Office located at 3785 Shoreline Highway in Stinson Beach, California.

Directors present:
Jim Zell, President
Scott Tye, Vice President
John Gilbert, Director
Elizabeth Sapanai, Director
Joe Veit, Director

Treasurer Present:
Barbara Boucke

Staff present:
Richard Dinges, General Manager/Secretary to the Board
Troy Pearce, Wastewater Engineer
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 Sapanai, adopted by unanimous vote.

D.    APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion to approve December 2, 2004 minutes made by Director Sapanai, seconded by Director Veit, approved by unanimous vote.
Motion to approve December 18, 2004 minutes with amendment made by Director Tye, seconded by Director Sapanai, approved by unanimous vote.

E.    APPROVAL OF DISBURSEMENTS

Motion to approve December, 2004 disbursements made by Director Veit, seconded by Director Sapanai, approved by unanimous vote.

F.    PUBLIC HEARING

  1. Continuation of Variance Request for Property Located at 19 Calle del Occidente, AP # 195-132-22, Emily and Stuart Dvorin, Owners: Mr. Dinges summarized the Manager's Report recommending approval of the Variance Resolution. Motion to approve the Variance request made by Director Veit, seconded by Director Tye. Director Sapanai stated that this Variance was problematic as experimental systems are not allowed for any new construction, Title IV is stalled at counsel's office for review, and Findings Two is still an obstacle. Director Tye stated that it was important to collect data sets for the FAST experimental system. Director Veit asked Staff if there was a possibility that this Variance request could be reduced to a Waiver request. Mr. Pearce responded that the application would remain a Variance because District Code states that the applicant must first prove that a standard system could be used in order to allow for consideration of use of experimental technology. Mr. Pearce clarified that a standard system could not be used in this situation and also stated that the proposed system is a substantial improvement over the existing system. Mr. Dinges clarified that the proposed reduction of the setback to the property line would still have to be heard as a Variance request. Mr. Dvorin, applicant, requested that the hearing be continued. Motion died due to requested continuance. The Board directed staff to verify with counsel when the review of Title IV will be complete.
  2. Continuation of Variance Request for Property Located at 144 Seadrift Road, AP # 195-041-15, Richard Volk, Owner: Mr. Dinges summarized the Manager's Report recommending approval of the Variance Resolution. The Board discussed the square footage, conditioned space, gpd, and problems in making findings number two. Mr. Volk, applicant, stated that the procedure for calculating the square footage had changed during the application process, that the County had rescheduled his hearing four times, during which the County planner had miscalculated the square footage, and that the District had approved the original application (in April of 2003 for a sandfilter system). Director Tye stated that the proposed system is an improved design. Mr. Pearce clarified that original 2,800 square feet on the preliminary plans increased to 3,000 on subsequent plans that were submitted to the County and the District. The Board suggested that the applicant may try to reduce the conditioned square footage and may work with District staff to do so. Mr. Volk, applicant, requested that the hearing be continued.
  3. Continuation of Variance Request for Property Located at 25 Lincoln Avenue, AP # 195-174-06, Lisa Gansky, Owner: Mr. Pearce summarized the history of the property and application. Director Sapanai stated that there were a lot of unanswered questions regarding permit issues and that a minimum square footage was required due to the constrained nature of the property. Director Veit suggested that the system be approved for the demonstrated original footprint. Mr. Dinges stated that the County Assessor records showed the assessed square footage at 1,955 and that unpermitted additions had been added. Mr. Ruderman, system designer, clarified issues regarding the downhill slope setback reduction and stated that he did not feel the system would be improved by moving it uphill, as the State had suggested, and that the applicant had an approved lot line adjustment to increase the property buffer and asked if the Board would consider a revised waiver based on 1,955 square feet instead of the current request for 2,150 square feet. Margaux Kirsch, of 15 Lincoln Avenue, stated on behalf of the applicant, that there had been many frustrating obstacles during the process which Ms. Gansky had tried her best to deal with. Ms. Gansky stated that she had gained permits for the foundation and the retaining walls. Mr. Fisher, of 41 Lincoln Avenue, stated that he supported Ms. Gansky's application. The Board discussed the classification of this situation as new construction. Mr. Pearce stated that the County currently considered this application new construction. Motion to deny the Variance request made by Director Veit, seconded by Director Tye. Ms. Gansky, applicant, requested that the hearing be continued. The Board suspended the vote on the motion to allow for the applicant's request for continuance.

G.    GENERAL BUSINESS

  1. Granting of Water Use Charge Reduction for Property Located at 7560 Panoramic Highway, AP# 195-211- 17, Lewis and Lois Lancaster, Owners: Mr. Dinges summarized the Manager's Report stating that he was amending his recommendation to grant a fifty percent reduction due to the recent submittal of additional information. Mr. Lancaster summarized circumstances regarding the leak. The Board suggested that a remote meter reading device be installed at the property. Motion to approve the amended Manager's Report recommendation to grant a fifty percent reduction and to allow for a payment plan made by Director Tye, seconded by Director Veit, granted by unanimous vote.

H.    COMMITTEE REPORTS

Director Tye requested that staff draft a letter to Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey in support of the Farallones Sanctuary boundaries modification.
Director Veit, of the Financial Committee, stated that members of the Financial Committee would be meeting with a representative from CalPERS to review the retirement plan.
Treasurer Boucke, of the Financial Committee, stated that rate amendments would be considered during the budget process.

I.    MANAGER'S REPORT

Mr. Dinges stated that he had met with Richard Condit from Regional to discuss the wastewater monitoring program and the telemetry program. Mr. Dinges stated that the start up for Alder Grove Well was scheduled for January 27, 2005.

J.    ADJOURNMENT

Motion to adjourn made by Director Veit, seconded by Director Tye, meeting adjourned at 11:05 a.m. by unanimous vote.




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