SATURDAY, JULY 17, 2010
A. CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL
President Lawrence A. Baskin called the Regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the
Stinson Beach County Water District to order on Saturday, July 17, 2010 at 9:30 a.m., at the
Stinson Beach County Water District office, located at 3785 Shoreline Highway, Stinson
Beach, CA 94970.
Lawrence Baskin, President
Scott Tye, Vice President
Barbara Boucke, Director
Elizabeth Sapanai, Director
Jim Zell, Director
General Manager present:
Helma Schwendig - Administrative Assistant
B. PUBLIC EXPRESSION
C. SETTING OF AGENDA
The agenda was unanimously adopted as set.
D. GENERAL BUSINESS
Discussion and possible direction to staff regarding a District-wide election on
November 2, 2010 to seek approval from the voters to increase the District's Property
Tax Appropriations Limit.
The Directors unanimously approved draft Resolution No. G.B.-2010-00 [subsequently
numbered G.B.-2010-08], a resolution calling an election for the purpose of submitting to the
qualified electors of the District the question of establishing the District's Appropriations Limit
under Article XIIB of the California Constitution, fixing the date of said election, requesting the
consolidation of said election, and requesting the services of the County Clerk. The Directors
also approved the Argument in Favor of the Measure to be shown on the November ballot.
Director Sapanai suggested bolding the second sentence of the Argument:
"The measure Will Not Increase Your Taxes."
Discussion and possible direction to staff re: "Changes of Draft LCP Policies:
Community Development, Housing, Design and Visual Resources, Commercial and
Visitor Serving Uses, and Public Facilities and Services Carryover Policies."
The Marin County Planning Commission is updating Unit I and Unit II of the County's Local
Coastal Plan (LCP). The draft policies will be discussed at the Planning Commission
Workshop on July 29, 2010. The Stinson Beach County Water District is located within the
jurisdiction of Unit I. Director Sapanai noted that on page 14, the Stinson Beach County Water
Board should be changed to the "Stinson Beach County Water District."
Discussion and possible direction to staff re: Stinson Beach County Water District
Resolution No. G.B. 2010-00, Adopting an Amended Conflict of Interest Code.
Director Sapanai moved to approve draft Resolution G.B. 2010-00 [subsequently numbered
G.B.-2010-09], which states that the Board of Directors has undertaken its biennial review of
the District's Conflict of Interest Code and confirms that no amendments to this Code are
currently required. Director Boucke seconded the motion, and the resolution was passed
The General Manager passed along some comments from Julie Sherman of Hanson Bridgett
concerning the current Conflict of Interest Code. Within the next two years, the Board should
decide if it wants to fill the vacant Treasurer position as well as add Consultant to the
designated list of positions. She also suggested deleting the reference to disclosure
categories for members of the Board [1, 2, 3], as these are already set by State law. President
Baskin suggested that Rozlyn Marnell, a member of the audience, may be interested in the
Treasurer position at a later date.
Discussion of Marin County Title 22 (Development Code) Amendments - revisions to
Chapter 22.27 "Native Tree Protection."
The proposed ordinance expands to protect woody vegetation within 35 feet of water courses
in the San Geronimo Valley. Other areas will probably be affected in a year or two.
E. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Director Sapanai moved to approve the Board of Directors minutes of June 19, 2010. Director
Boucke seconded the motion. The minutes were approved except by Vice President Tye,
who was absent at the June 19 meeting.
Vice President Tye requested that the wording of the Wastewater Committee Meeting Minutes
of April 19, 2010, on page 4, line 13, be changed to read: "...porta potties may be a temporary
solution to the pollution problem."
The Directors expressed their concerns about recording official minutes of future Wastewater
Committee Meetings. While formal minutes are helpful, no final decisions are made at these
meetings, and the Board wants to be able to have a free exchange of information on the
various projects. Therefore, it was decided that only notes would be taken at future meetings
and e-mailed to committee members.
F. APPROVAL OF DISBURSEMENTS
The General Manager will investigate Director Sapanai's query regarding the $740 payment to
Good & Clean Co. for May 2010 office cleaning. Did this payment include cobwebs and the
quarterly deep cleaning? The $798 paid to Clancy's Home & Yard Care also needs
clarification. President Baskin appointed Director Sapanai and Rozlyn Marnell, as an ad hoc
committee, to work with the General Manager and meet with Mike Clancy to revitalize the
plantings around the District office. A xeriscape landscaping design was suggested as well as
putting identifying tags on the new plantings to assist members of the public who wish to
create drought tolerant gardens. The disbursements for June 10 and June 29, 2010 were
approved by unanimous vote.
G. MANAGER'S REPORT
The General Manager discussed his monthly report. The cost proposal from groSolar is not
accurate in that the PG&E rate shown in the model is too high, and the District is not eligible
for the Federal tax credit. Thus, the cash flow in the quote is misleading. The Water
Operations Committee has requested groSolar to prepare a revised report. Director Tye
noted that a solar system on the District office roof could turn into a source of income
generation for the District when the excess energy produced is sold back to PG&E
The General Manager has not yet received a response to his letter dated July 12, 2010 to the
Robinsons regarding their fence encroachment upon the District's water meter. A copy of the
letter has been sent to the Seadrift Association.
President Baskin doubted that an approval would be obtained from the County Fire Marshal for
Mr. Bill Falik to reduce the size of his water meter from 1" diameter to 3/4" diameter. Mr. Falik
has a sprinkler system.
In accordance with a recorded 1982 Maintenance Agreement, the District will pay its 25%
portion of the culvert repair work being done on the private road used by the District to access
its Black Rock Water Tanks. The District's share is estimated to be $2,500.
The National Park Service has requested that alternative cell tower sites with a lower height as
well as sites with co-location potential be considered. Therefore, Aaron Salars of On Air
LLC/Verizon will bring a design review team to the District's Highland Tanks in order to answer
question No. 6 on the e-mail dated June 8, 2010 from the Park Service.
H. COMMITTEE REPORTS
The Board did not comment regarding the e-mail dated June 28, 2010, from Karl Drexel,
Administrator, Tomales Village Community Services District, addressed to Supervisor Steve
Kinsey and others, attaching a copy of "What's So Special About Special Districts? A Citizen's
Guide to Special Districts in California (Third Edition)."
The motion to adjourn the meeting was approved by unanimous vote. The Board expressed
sincere condolences to General Manager Schmidt in the passing of his wife's uncle. The
meeting was adjourned at 10:45 a.m.