SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2006
A. CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL
President Scott Tye 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, March 18, 2006, at the District Office located at 3785 Shoreline
Highway in Stinson Beach, California.
Scott Tye, President
Elizabeth Sapanai, Vice President
Joe Veit, Director
Jim Zell, Director
John Gilbert, Director
Richard Dinges, General Manager/Secretary to the Board
Raven Schauf, Recording Secretary
Richard Souza, District Engineer
B. PUBLIC EXPRESSION
Mr. Scott Tye, as a member of the public, stated that the World Water Forum is currently being held in Mexico
City, and informed the Board that a representative from Japan had stated that water is an endangered species,
and that a person living in the third world uses an average of 4 gallons of water per day.
C. MANAGER'S REPORT
Mr. Dinges stated that the District is still currently applying for a grant and would be receiving further application
D. SETTING OF AGENDA
Motion to adopt the agenda as presented made by Director Sapanai, seconded by Director Veit, agenda adopted
by unanimous vote.
E. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Motion to approve the February 8, 2006 minutes with amendment made by Director Sapanai, seconded by
Director Veit, approved by unanimous vote.
Motion to approve the February 25, 2006 minutes, made by Director Veit, seconded by Director Sapanai,
approved by unanimous vote.
F. APPROVAL OF DISBURSEMENTS
The Board requested that vehicle expenses be closely monitored for possible cost reductions and that
comparison shopping be conducted to reduce those costs. Motion to approve the February, 2006 disbursements
made by Director Veit, seconded by Director Sapanai, approved by unanimous vote.
G. PUBLIC HEARING
Adoption of Resolution WW-2006-01 Granting a Variance Request for Property Located at 18 Avenida
Farralone, AP#1 195-111-05, Dennis Fitzpatrick, Owner: Mr. Dinges summarized the Manager's Report
recommending adoption of the Variance Resolution. Director Sapanai stated that there is apparently a
misconception regarding the District's role in restricting water use versus restricting square footage. Ms. Sapanai
clarified that the District's role is to review variance applications if the applicant is requesting water use outside
the Code limit. Director Sapanai stated that she did not feel the requirement to have the square footage verified
by a licensed architect was necessary and suggested that less costly entities, such as a building designer or
appraiser, could be used for verification purposes. Mr. Dennis Fitzpatrick stated that the application had been
originally submitted under the previous Title IV Code. Mr. Paul Pospisil, engineer for the applicant, stated that the
trench parameters had changed under the new Code. Mr. Souza stated that the plans would have to be
redesigned under the new Code but that there was no significant difference in the application under the new or
old Code. Mr. Fitzpatrick asked the Board if all applicants were required to limit square footage and to install low-
flow plumbing fixtures. Director Tye replied that there were currently no septic system as-built plans on file for the
existing dwelling and that was why the District was asking for verification of square footage and that all applicants
were required to install low-flow plumbing fixtures. Motion to adopt Variance Resolution WW-2006-01, allowing a
400/600 gpd system and eliminating the General Manager's Report requirement #2, made by Director Sapanai,
seconded by Director Veit, adopted by unanimous vote.
Adoption of Resolution WW-2006-02 Granting a Variance Request for Property Located at 7105 Panoramic
Highway, AP# 195-231-10, Michael Korchinsky and Linda Hanson, Owners: Director Sapanai recused herself
due to the fact that her property is within 500 feet of the applicant's property. Mr. Dinges summarized the
Manager's Report recommending adoption of the Variance Resolution and stated that a water main line extension
agreement was also a proponent of this application. Mr. Veit stated that he took issue with the fact that the
applicant was threatening legal action as indicated in his letter dated March 1, 2006. Director Zell agreed that if
the applicant chose a litigious route, that the District would be willing to reciprocate. Mr. Dinges stated that the
applicant had originally designed a system for a much larger house and that the current Title IV Code required a
variance. Director Zell questioned if the applicant was willing to continue with the variance application at this time.
Mr. Korchinsky, applicant, stated that the process had been frustrating because at one point the system had been
approved, that construction had started, that the permit expired in March of 2005, and that he had not been
notified when the new Code had been adopted in July of 2005. Mr. Korchinsky further stated that he did not
appose the conditions set forth by the District and expressed concerns regarding the Black Rock fire-flow loop
costs being charged to him. Mr. Dinges clarified that Mr. Korchinsky would only be paying fees for the waterline
extension to his property. Director Tye clarified that no construction had begun at the property that no District
construction permit was ever issued for that property, and that there had been some inappropriate ground
preparation only. Mr. Korchinsky responded that a septic system intercept trench had been installed and that the
V ditch had been badly done. Mr. Korchinsky suggested that the section of the Code regarding design flow be
reworded for clarification. Mr. Dinges stated that the variance resolution conditions included installation of low-flow
plumbing fixtures, a backflow prevention device, a monitoring well, a telemetry system, and a water line
extension. Motion to adopt Variance Resolution WW-2006-02, made by Director Veit, seconded by Director Zell,
adopted by unanimous vote.
H. GENERAL BUSINESS
Denial of a Water Use Reduction Request for Property Located at 232 Seadrift Road, AP# 195-331-14,
Seadrift LLC, Lewis Finn, Owners: Mr. Dinges summarized the Manager's Report recommending that the request
be denied. Director Tye stated that there was very little investigation on the part of the owner. Director Sapanai
stated that the owner did inspect the lines and installed filters. Motion to deny the request made by Director
Sapanai, seconded by Director Veit, denied by unanimous vote.
Review of Resolution WW-2005-03 Item "i" and Portable Toilet Permit Request for Property Located at 15 Calle
del Mar, AP# 195-192-07, George and Joanne Hasler, Owners, Jeffrey Trotter, Agent: Mr. Dinges stated that he
requested that the designated agent for the property, Mr. Trotter, update the Board on item "i" of Resolution WW-
2005-03 stating "Owner/applicant must submit plans to bring the system to District Code standards to include
conditional use prior to April 30, 2006". Mr. Jeffrey Trotter, designated agent, stated that he had attended the
June, 2005 Board meeting and had asked if the current Code would allow for application for five or six portable
toilets during a performance season. Mr. Trotter stated that at that meeting Mr. Dinges had said that the fee had
not been set and that the Code section would probably apply to Shakespeare at Stinson. Mr. Trotter stated that
he had reviewed the temporary toilet application and that he had received District correspondence stating that,
after ten years, SAS would no longer be considered temporary use. Mr. Trotter stated that SAS is not allowed to
put any permanent structures within 100 feet of the riparian habitat, although that is where the permanent toilets
are located. Mr. Trotter stated that he assumed that the SBCWD was aware that the County and the
environmentalists had agreed that SAS should utilize temporary toilets. Mr. Trotter stated that he had paid various
County permit fees.
Director Sapanai clarified that the temporary toilet fees paid in October of 2005 were for last seasons permitting
and not for future permitting. Director Sapanai further stated that there had been several un-permitted uses at the
SAS facility within the last year. Director Sapanai clarified that temporary toilets are not a good solution for what
has become a permanent business. Director Sapanai also stated that technology currently existed which would
allow for changes to the septic system. Director Sapanai stated that it was disingenuous for Mr. Trotter to state
that this was "new" information considering that the Board had been discussing the septic system issues and time
limits for a very long time.
Director Tye stated that Mr. Trotter had also requested that this issue be reviewed at this meeting. Director Tye
stated that a letter had been received from SAS dated February 16, 2005 requesting a three year extension
through October, 2008, and at that time the District had conducted a thorough historical review.
Director Zell stated that the property owner had failed to come forward with a proposal to conform with District
Policy in order to accommodate SAS and that continually permitting temporary toilets does not put any pressure
on the owner to comply. Director Zell stated that Mr. Trotter should carry the message to Mr. Hasler that he is up
against deadlines and should hire someone to investigate how the system will be upgraded. The Board directed
Mr. Trotter to carry the message to Mr. Hasler and Mr. Trotter confirmed that he would.
Director Veit stated that he had reviewed minutes in which Mr. Hasler was concerned about SAS going out of
business but that it did not appear that was going to happen, and that use of temporary toilets in perpetuity is not
allowed under District Code.
Mr. Dinges stated that the septic system had recently failed and although repairs had been made, the system may
be due for replacement or modification in the near future. Mr. Dinges stated that he had hoped Mr. Trotter would
have come to the Board to confirm that investigations were beginning to upgrade the septic system but that in fact
the opposite was true.
Mr. Trotter stated that there had been a past conflict between the District and the County regarding whether or not
SAS was in compliance.
Mr. Dinges clarified that the only compliance issue with the County that he was aware of was traffic control and
that the County had confirmed that SAS had paid the fees but could not explain why there was no actual traffic
The Board discussed un-permitted use at the SAS facility such as the "Beach Blast". Mr. Trotter stated that SAS
was permitted for one day of community use per week and that he had authorized Ms. Scott to make a request to
the Board but that she did not represent SAS.
Director Sapanai stated that the Board had authorized that use on the condition that the County was informed and
that the County had not been informed and that Mr. Trotter was ultimately the responsible party. Director Sapanai
stated that she agreed with Director Zell's comments and that Mr. Hasler should respond to the District with a firm
date as to when an engineer will be consulted to upgrade the system.
Mr. Trotter stated that he did not think Mr. Hasler would have any difficulty coming up with septic system plans
and requested that the record reflect that the permanent bathrooms had been removed from the riparian habitat
one year in advance of the deadline and that SAS had come close to meeting other County deadlines.
Director Zell stated that the past is the past and that the Board must move forward to come to resolution and that
it was Mr. Hasler's responsibility to comply with District Code. Director Sapanai stated that it is the property owner
who is required to provide an adequate septic system. Director Sapanai further stated that failure to act on the
part of Shakespeare at Stinson and Mr. Hasler does not become the District's emergency.
Continuation of the Draft Urban Water Management Plan: The Board continued this item by consensus.
Review of Employee Matters: The Board agreed by consensus that this item should be heard under General
Business Open Session. Treasurer Boucke asked for clarification regarding her role as a member of the
Personnel Committee. The Board directed staff to notify Ms. Boucke of all Personnel Committee Meetings.
Director Zell stated that the Personnel Committee had discussed job descriptions, job classifications, and
District-comparative employee data. Director Zell stated that the Committee discussed the need for employees to
remain local and the increasing costs of benefits. The Board discussed the importance of keeping Meet and
Confer issues as transparent as possible and to have as much Board input as possible. Director Veit stated that
there would be more information submitted from PERS regarding the retirement plan, and that the District has to
remain fiscally responsible to ensure a sustainable program. The Board discussed benefit options including the
pros and cons of cafeteria plans. The Board directed staff to generate reports capsulizing wage and benefit
I. COMMITTEE REPORTS
The Board directed all Committees to meet in April. The Board scheduled the April Workshop meeting on April 5th
at 5:00 p.m. and the Regular Meeting on April 15th at 9:30 a.m.
Motion to adjourn made by Director Zell, seconded by Director Veit, meeting adjourned at 11:50 a.m. by