SBCWD BOARD MEETING MINUTES


SPECIAL MEETING
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2007

A.    CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL

Director Sapanai called a special meeting of the Board of Directors of the Stinson Beach County Water District to order on Wednesday, January 3, 2007 at 5:00pm, at the District Office located at 3785 Shoreline Highway in Stinson Beach, California.

Directors present:
Elizabeth Sapanai, President
Jim Zell, Vice President
Barbara Boucke, Director
Scott Tye, Director

Treasurer/Secretary present:
Lawrence Baskin

Staff present:
Toby Bisson
Christine Casper

B.    PUBLIC EXPRESSION

None.

C.    SETTING OF AGENDA

The agenda was adopted as presented.

D.    GENERAL BUSINESS

  1. Negotiations with Nelson Personnel for the Permanent Hire of Christine Casper: Director Zell declared the board's interest in hiring Christine; Christine affirmed her desire to become a permanent employee with the District. A compensation package for Christine was discussed. The board reviewed the contract printed on the back of Nelson's invoices and discussed the District's contractual obligations with Nelson. Director Zell reported that Nelson has asked for twenty-five percent of Christine's annual salary for the first year, minus a credit for hours Christine has worked. Christine stated that agencies typically command closer to ten percent of the first year's salary. Lawrence Baskin offered to conduct negotiations with Nelson. Director Sapanai added that she recently received a mailer from Nelson offering a $750 rebate for any temporary employee that is converted to permanent hire.
  2. Hiring of a Temporary Full-Time Utility Worker: Director Zell stated that Toby Bisson has asked for a new full- time utility worker to help with construction of the new water treatment plant and the Seadrift mainline location project. Mr. Bisson said that he would like the new hire to be a permanent, full-time, entry-level utility worker whose initial status is probationary; Mr. Bisson added that the utility worker is necessary for completion of the capital improvements planned for the year. The board members questioned whether the utility worker would be needed beyond the completion of those projects, and discussed whether the position would be temporary or permanent. The board decided to defer to legal counsel regarding the utility worker's title and entitlement to benefits. The hiring of a utility worker was continued until the general manager position is filled and a utility worker budget is determined.
  3. Review Board Compensation Requests for November and December Special Meetings and Committee Meetings: Director Boucke presented board member compensation requests and corresponding checks for November and December (and a few for September and October) for board approval. Director Boucke stated that in the future, board compensation requests will be included in the board meeting packets for approval by the board before checks are cut. Director Boucke reiterated that board members must submit completed compensation request forms to Christine for inclusion in board meeting packets. Motion to approve board compensation requests made by Director Tye, seconded by Director Boucke and approved by unanimous vote.
  4. Review of Terry Krieg Audit for 2005-2006 Fiscal Year: Director Boucke made a motion to approve the audit, seconded by Director Zell and approved by unanimous vote.

E.    CLOSED SESSION/RETURN TO OPEN SESSION

  1. Review of the General Manager Position: The Board met in closed session pursuant to Government Code section 54957. Board entered closed session at 5:30pm and returned to open session at 6:10pm. The board decided to interview two more candidates at the next board meeting on Saturday, January 20th, 2007.

F.    COMMITTEE REPORTS

The board confirmed that January 15th is the deadline for applications for the board vacancy; a new board member will be appointed to fill that vacancy on January 20th, 2007.

Director Zell asked the board to consider offering bonuses to employees. The board discussed severance packages and bonuses. Director Boucke reported that district counsel, Ray McDevitt, has advised the board in the past that the district must have a policy in place if bonuses are to be given. The board decided to address employee bonuses at a board meeting in mid 2007.

The board discussed hours remaining on Raven Shauf's contract; Director Boucke asked the board's permission to have Raven spend some of her contractual hours training Janice to reconcile November and December financials.

G.    ADJOURNMENT




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