Saturday, August 20, 2016


President Cross called the Regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Stinson Beach County Water District to order on Saturday, August 20, 2016, at 9:30 a.m., at the Stinson Beach County Water District office, located at 3785 Shoreline Highway, Stinson Beach, CA 94970.

Directors present:
Sandra Cross, President
Lawrence Baskin, Director
Barbara Boucke, Director
Jim Zell, Director

Morey Nelsen, Vice President
Directors absent:

General Manager present:
Ed Schmidt

Staff present:
Rich Souza - District Engineer
Helma Schwendig - Office Supervisor


Director Baskin requested that our field crew post notices on homeowner's front door a day or two before pending water shut off for new water meter installation.


The agenda was unanimously adopted as set.


  1. Discussion and possible direction to staff re: a Variance Application to install an onsite wastewater system at 21 Calle del Onda, Brian Johnson/Modestine Bagwill, Owners, APN 195-162-49.
    This project has been discussed at Wastewater Committee meetings on April 20 and July 6, 2016, where concerns regarding potential erosion and flooding from wave run-up during high tide and storm events were discussed.

    President Cross noted that Vice President Nelsen is out of the country, and Director Zell must abstain from voting as he resides within 500 feet from the project, leaving only three Board members to vote on the merits of the project. Ms. Cross offered the applicant Craig Nunes the opportunity to continue his variance request to the Saturday, September 17, 2016, Board meeting, so that the matter can be heard before four Board members (President Cross, Vice President Nelsen and Directors Baskin and Boucke).

    Mr. Nunes gave a short history of the property, his contingency to purchase the property based upon his ability to obtain the required permits, and his findings of fact pertaining to his Variance request. Mr. Nunes then requested a continuance of the hearing to September 17, 2016.

    The Board noted it is not part of the District's purview to comment on issues raised by the Coastal Commission and Planning Department. The District's jurisdiction is limited to septic system safety issues. The District has no authority regarding dune habitat, public easements or view sheds.

    The Board requested that the General Manager contact Blair Allen of the Regional Water Quality Control Board regarding Mr. Allen's comments, if any, on the applicant's Variance requests under Title IV Sec. 4.15.100 Site Criteria - Setbacks.

    A member of the public, Scott Tye, distributed to the Board copies of a letter dated August 24, 2015 from Stinson Beach Village Association President Mike Matthews regarding the August 25, 2015 Public Hearing to consider policy revisions to the LCP and a copy of a Memorandum dated February 17, 1983 from George Tchobanoglous, District Engineer, to Board of Directors re Action Plan for Mitigation of High Groundwater Effects on Onsite Wastewater Management Systems.


  1. Review the District's Financial Reports as of June 30, 2016.
    The General Manager complimented Robyn on the preparation of the District's financial reports as of June 30, 2016. The Board requested that Robyn also prepare a letter summarizing the major budget changes occurring from month to month. The District's anticipated $505,000 grant reimbursement must be included as part of the District's revenue. However, the District's pension liability must also be taken into account and will be reflected in the District's upcoming June 30, 2016 financial audit.

    The Board requested that the General Manager prepare a capital cash flow spreadsheet to determine if sufficient funds are available to undertake a feasibility study for desal. Some funds are needed, however, for the District's tanks rehabilitation.


Director Baskin moved to approve the minutes of July 16, 2016. Director Boucke seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously by President Cross and Directors Baskin and Boucke. Director Zell was absent at the July 16, 2016 meeting.


Director Baskin moved to approve the disbursements of July 19 and August 8, 2016. President Cross seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously by President Cross and Directors Baskin, Boucke and Zell.


The General Manager discussed his monthly report. Pacific Underground Services has been hired to replace the water meters on the Calles and Patios.

The General Manager and President Cross had a luncheon meeting with two Board members of the Muir Beach CSD.

The Board approved the $15 hourly rate increase to $165 per hour as requested by CSW/Stuber-Stroeh Engineering Group for Richard Souza, the District's Engineer.

By consensus, the Board decided to schedule Wastewater Committee meetings (after the August 25, 2016 meeting) to be held on the second Thursday of each month and to schedule a workshop meeting to revisit Title IV and make redline changes.

The Board requested that the General Manager invite Monica Stafford of ONE TAM to make her presentation at the October 15, 2016 Board meeting. The Board also requested that the General Manager contact the GGNRA to determine if the Park's old septic system has been disconnected and if their new system has been connected yet.






The meeting was adjourned at 10:36 a.m. The next regular meeting will be on Saturday, September 17, 2016, at 9:30 a.m.

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