Monday, October 27, 2014
A. CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL
Barbara Boucke, President
Lawrence Baskin, Vice President
Sandra Cross, Director
Morey Nelsen, Director
Jim Zell, Director
General Manager present:
Toby Bisson - Water Supervisor
Helma Schwendig - Office Supervisor
B. SETTING OF AGENDA
The agenda was unanimously adopted as set.
C. PUBLIC EXPRESSION
Director Nelsen inquired as to the location of the District's
backup generators in case of a prolonged power outage. Toby gave a brief history and
inventory of the District's generators. Fire Chief Kenny Stevens suggested that, in addition,
the District install a 3,500 watt stationary emergency standby propane generator. The
generator would have an automatic transfer switch and could be placed on a cement slab at
the side of the District office. Several Board members expressed interest in viewing the
generator at Fire House #2. The Board directed staff to obtain specifications and a cost
D. GENERAL BUSINESS
After a brief discussion on the District's Emergency Response Plan, the meeting will
adjourn, then reconvene at the Laurel Water Treatment Plant, at the top of Laurel
Avenue, to review emergency practices and procedures.
The purpose of this Special Board meeting was to update the Board with the District's water
distribution system and disaster emergency response teams and locations. The General
Manager discussed the "Lessons Learned" report from the City of Napa for earthquake
preparation. Toby reminded everyone to first ensure the safety of their families before
responding to their designated team location. All sites have the necessary tools and
equipment to perform communication and monitoring tasks.
The General Manager distributed revised pages from the SBCWD Emergency Response Plan
binder, listing the following Disaster Emergency Response Teams and Locations:
The Emergency Operations Center Team, to be located at Fire House #1, 30 Belvedere
Avenue. Team #1, the District Office and Auxiliary Emergency Operations Center, at 3785
Shoreline Highway; Team #2, the Laurel Treatment Plant and Tank, at the top of Laurel
Avenue; Team #3, Highlands Tanks #1 and #2, at the top of Avenida Farralone. Team #4,
the Steep Ravine Tank off Panoramic Highway and the two Black Rock Tanks at the end of
Black Rock Road; Team #5, the Ranch Tank, the Bennett Pumping Station and Alder Grove
Well #3, at Stinson Gulch.
The tour of the District's facilities began at the Laurel Treatment Plant where Toby opened the
housing of the large Kohler generator which runs the entire Treatment Plant. Large maps on
the walls showing the location of the town's water meters, pressure regulators and fire
hydrants are being updated as part of District Engineer Richard Souza's mapping project.
Toby emphasized that no valves are to be turned off unless instructed to do so, as Chief
Stevens may be fighting a fire. The General Manager stated that he is so proud of the staff
building the Treatment Plant.
The next visit was to the two Highlands Tanks at the top of Avenida Farralone. It was noted
that several pine trees needed to be pruned to remove overhanging branches. There is
corrosion on Tank #1 and it is scheduled for recoating next spring.
Then on to the Steep Ravine Tank, located on Panoramic Highway near mile marker 7.76 in
back of a grove of eucalyptus trees. Chief Stevens suggested that FIRESafe MARIN (Marin's
Fire Safe Council) can be contacted to cut down any eucalyptus tree that is under 18" in
diameter. However, a few should be retained for cover. The shed covering the new well is
located in close proximity. Water samples of the well, which is not connected to the District's
water supply, have revealed high levels of arsenic and antimony. The well may be retained for fire
The two Black Rock Poly Tanks are located at the end of Black Rock Road, the turnoff being
from Panoramic Highway at the traffic mirror. Each tank has only a capacity of 15,000
gallons, but they are a necessary part of the District's water system.
The Bennett Pumping Station and Alder Grove Well #3 are located in Stinson Gulch off
Shoreline Highway. Director Nelsen expressed his concern of fire danger in the surrounding
area. Since the pumping station and well are integral parts of the District's water system, he
suggested that noncombustible steel panels be placed around the wooden buildings. The
last site of the tour was the Ranch Tank, which contains 410,000 gallons of untreated water
that is pumped to the Laurel Avenue Treatment Plant.
The Board thanked Toby, Buck and Donny for an excellent tour of the District's facilities.
The motion to adjourn the meeting was approved by unanimous vote. The meeting was
adjourned at 12:10 p.m.