Saturday, November 15, 2014
A. CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL
President Boucke called the Regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Stinson Beach
County Water District to order on Saturday, November 15, 2014, at 9:30 a.m., at the Stinson
Beach County Water District office, located at 3785 Shoreline Highway, Stinson Beach, CA
Barbara Boucke, President
Lawrence Baskin, Vice President
Sandra Cross, Director
Morey Nelsen, Director
Jim Zell, Director
General Manager present:
Helma Schwendig - Office Supervisor
B. SETTING OF AGENDA
The agenda was unanimously adopted as set.
C. PUBLIC EXPRESSION
Director Nelsen reiterated his concern that the wooden
buildings at the Bennett Pumping Station and Alder Grove Well be fireproofed as these areas
are significant, key components of the District's water system. This will be discussed further
at the next Water Operations Committee meeting on November 20, 2014.
The General Manager introduced Doreen Rodriguez-Urfer as the District's new
Billing/Customer Service Representative, replacing Jackie Smale who retired on September
3, 2014. Doreen, who has resided in Stinson Beach for the past 16 years, stated she is
excited to join the District staff on December 8.
D. PUBLIC HEARING
Discussion on the status of a Compliance Program for a Change of Use Request;
necessary for modifications being made at the Bolinas-Stinson Beach School in
The Bolinas-Stinson School submitted a Septic System Evaluation Report which had been
previously reviewed by the Wastewater Committee as its November 12 meeting. The report,
prepared by Diversified Engineers, Inc., states that the total anticipated flow rate for the
existing School and the new Pre-School building is far less than the original design. In order
to accommodate classroom toilet and sink usage, a grinder pump will be installed. The next
step is to perform a hydraulic load and dye test on the School's septic system. In order to
save money for the school and speed up the process, the District's Wastewater Inspector,
Chris Kelley, will perform this test. If the test result is satisfactory, the School can proceed to
obtain a permit to connect the Pre-School to the School's existing septic system.
A second Public Hearing of an Ordinance (2014-04) that would amend Ordinance
2012-01, revising and updating Regulations related to the protection of ground and
surface water and the discharge of waste and wastewater within the District, and
revisions to the standards of design, construction, replacement, and repair of
individual sewage disposal systems and graywater systems and the administration of
said regulations and standards, (Title IV).
Ordinance No. 2014-04 was first introduced at the regular Board meeting on Saturday,
October 18, 2014. New findings listed in Section 3 of the Ordinance relate to new graywater
standards that are more restrictive in Stinson Beach than the minimum requirements of the
California Department of Housing and Community Development. These findings come about
as a result of Stinson Beach's unique sensitive habitat which include high groundwater,
special flood hazard areas, perennial and ephemeral creeks, Seadrift and Bolinas Lagoons,
salt marsh wetlands, legal, non-conforming small lots, and decentralized/on-site wastewater
Vice President Baskin moved to adopt Ordinance No. 2014-04 which would become effective
in 30 days. Director Cross seconded the motion. The motion passed 4 - 1. President
Boucke, Vice President Baskin, and Directors Cross and Zell voted "aye." Director Nelsen
voted "no," as he felt the District's new graywater provisions in Title IV are too onerous and
the permit fees are too expensive.
E. GENERAL BUSINESS
Possible discussion of a Grant Agreement with the State of California, if received by
the District this week.
As of November 15, 2014, the District has not received the grant award letter from the
Department of Water Resources.
Discussion and possible action regarding: SBCWD, Onsite Wastewater Management
Program Annual Report, to the Regional Water Quality Control Board, July 1, 2013
through June 30, 2014.
The Report contains the onsite wastewater system, design review program, enforcement
actions, water quality monitoring, inspection program, Board and staff actions, sampling
schedules, maps, variances, waivers, permits, laboratory reports and public outreach.
By consensus, the Board directed staff to electronically submit the Onsite Wastewater
Management Program Annual Report to the California Regional Water Quality Control Board.
F. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Vice President Baskin moved to approve the minutes of October 18, 2014. Director Zell
seconded the motion. Director Cross noted that, as a matter of record, it should be added to
the minutes that a second letter dated September 16, 2014 was written to Blair Allen,
Regional Water Quality Control Board, and again seeking approval of the proposed revisions
to Title IV. Included were regulations implementing a District Graywater Program and the
necessity for the District to proceed without Mr. Allen's comments. With this addition, the
motion was approved by President Boucke, Vice President Baskin and Directors Cross,
Nelsen and Zell.
Vice President Baskin moved to approve the minutes of the Special Board meeting of October
27, 2014. Director Zell seconded the motion. The motion was approved by President
Boucke, Vice President Baskin and Directors Nelsen and Zell. Director Cross had been
absent at the October 27 meeting.
G. APPROVAL OF DISBURSEMENTS
Director Nelsen moved to approve the disbursements of October 8 and October 22, 2014.
Director Cross seconded the motion. The motion was approved by President Boucke, Vice
President Baskin and Directors Cross, Nelsen and Zell.
H. MANAGER'S REPORT
The General Manager discussed his monthly report. The Draft Environmental Information
Forms and Draft Project Performance Monitoring Plans for the District's grant projects have
been completed. Three of the District's four projects (Water Meter Replacements, Patios
Pipelines Replacement, and Calles Pipelines Replacement) are exempt from California
Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance. However, the fourth project, a new
Supplemental Groundwater Well, requires a Mitigated Negative Declaration to be prepared.
Allan Richards of Stetson Engineers has been requested to prepare a preliminary evaluation
of the Leonard Well as an emergency source of water.
Director Nelsen attended the Stinson Beach Village Association meeting on November 1,
2014, where a design of the GGNRA's new proposed wastewater system was presented.
Director Zell will attend the next meeting of the Mosquito Council on November 17, 2014.
I. COMMITTEE REPORTS
The motion to adjourn the meeting was approved by unanimous vote. The meeting was
adjourned at 11:05 a.m.