MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2009
A. CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL
President Boucke called the Special Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Stinson Beach
County Water District to order on Monday, January 19, 2008 at 6:00p.m., at the Stinson Beach
Community Center, located at 30 Belvedere, Stinson Beach, California
Barbara Boucke, President
Lawrence Baskin, Vice President
Elizabeth Sapanai, Director
Scott Tye, Director
Jim Zell, Director
General Manager present:
B. PUBLIC EXPRESSION
C. PUBLIC HEARING
The Board of Directors will consider a proposal from Peter
Hilliard of On Air, LLC/Verizon Wireless, for the construction of
a wireless communications antenna at the Districts Steep
Ravine Tank site on Panoramic Highway.
President Boucke opened the meeting at 6:00 p.m. and asked Vice President Baskin to lead
Director Baskin opened the Public Hearing. He thanked everyone for attending the meeting.
He stated that the Board wants to hear from the members of the Community. Director Baskin
stated that the primary function of the Board is to oversee the operations of collecting and
distributing safe and good quality drinking water to the community. The Board also has to deal
with the financial aspects of running the operation. Director Baskin reminded the audience
that the Board is here to listen to comments and to hear input. It is not the Board's intent to
decide the issue right away. The plan is to have another meeting on March 4th.
Director Baskin asked speakers to limit their comments to 2-3 minutes.
Director Baskin introduced Peter Hilliard and Aaron Salar's from Verizon, who made a brief
presentation regarding Cell Towers.
Mr. Hilliard stated that he brought more information and enhanced coverage maps showing the
decibel level from both sites combined and individually. He stated that Mr. Bill Hammett will
explain the science of the project. The project itself is still the same regarding the site, the
dimension, the height of the tree, and there has been no design change. Mr. Hilliard discussed
the World Health Organization publication regarding telecommunications, base stations and
wireless technology. Mr. Hilliard distributed and explained colored maps indicating signal
strength and coverage in Stinson Beach. Director Baskin began introducing members of the
audience to speak to the issue.
Marion Weber spoke regarding her concerns about water safety. She stated that she was
worried about the water if the tower goes up. Her research involves a Scientist in England, Dr.
Andrew Goldsworthy, who has thirty years of research on the effect of electro magnetic fields
on water. He has advised her to focus on the 8" cement asbestos pipes. Ms. Weber
discussed the theory of Dr. Goldsworthy. Ms. Weber passed around some handouts from Dr.
Mary Belle O'Brian addressed the Board regarding a memo from the District defining Section
31041 of the California Water Code. Ms. O'Brian stated that she thinks the District is
misinterpreting the code with regard to its meaning to lease property. Ms. O'Brian stated there
is nothing in the code that seems to indicate that the Water District has the authority to legally
lease to a telecommunication industry. She said that the main purpose of the Water District is
to provide water and the District should not lease property to a telecommunication industry
until the Federal Government enacts more stringent industrial standards on low level radio
Guy Grover introduced himself to the Board as a homeowner, resident, a member and
representative of the Fire Fighters Association. He reviewed three points of concern; the
argument on esthetics, fact vs. fiction, and the benefits of the project moving forward.
In conclusion, Mr. Grover stated he believed that the Cell Tower will provide one very
important benefit, a dependable second layer of mobile telecommunication for emergency
services. The members of the Fire Commission and the Fire Fighters Association agree that
the installation would be a valuable additional safety tool for our Community.
Tara Evans explained to the Board that her attention to the issue started with a flier posted on
the Community bulletin board by the Post office. Ms. Evans stated in her opinion, first
response emergency services are the most important aspect to building the tower.
Chris Harrington stated he had objections to the Cell Tower. Mr. Harrington stated there is
adequate cell phone coverage in the town. He stated there is an unregulated health risk
involved in electromagnetic fields. Mr. Harrington stated this project should be stopped until a
more complete analysis of the benefits and the risks have been disclosed.
Sam Temer stated he was 100% in favor of the Cell Tower, it will increase public safety and
wireless is important to business. Mr. Temer stated that considering the facts we have nothing
to loose but everything to gain by having a Cell Tower.
Sandy Cross spoke regarding the Bio-Initiative Study and the conclusions of the EPA.
Phil O'Brian spoke as President of the Stinson Beach Fire Protection District in favor of the
Cell Tower and at their Nov. 24, meeting asked for a vote. The vote was in favor of supporting
the installation of the Cell Tower.
Judith Elliott lives in Bolinas. She was concerned about EMF exposure, and she believes there
are other ways of communication which do not undermine the health of people. She attended
the meeting in support of Marion Weber and Chris Harrington.
Other members of the audience speaking for and against the installation of the Cell Tower
were Sherry Penzias (in favor), Ralph Robinson (in favor), Pamela Lichtenwaller (against), Ed
Marshall (in favor), Bruce Wachtell (in favor), Jeffrey Trotter (against), and Bill Hammit (On
Vice President Baskin called for a motion to adjourn the meeting. Director Zell made the
motion to adjourn the meeting. President Boucke seconded the motion. The motion was
approved by unanimous vote. The meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m.