Saturday, August 19, 2017


President Nelsen called the Regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Stinson Beach County Water District to order on Saturday, August 19, 2017, at 9:30 a.m., at the Stinson Beach County Water District office, located at 3785 Shoreline Highway, Stinson Beach, CA 94970.

Directors present:
Morey Nelsen, President
Jim Zell, Vice President
Lawrence Baskin, Director
Barbara Boucke, Director

Directors absent:
Sandra Cross, Director

General Manager present:
Ed Schmidt

Staff present:
Helma Schwendig - Office Supervisor


President Nelsen apprised the Board of a draft environmental impact assessment report for a wastewater collection, treatment and disposal project prepared by Brown and Caldwell in 1972. He received the report from Anne Rand, widow of the late Fire Chief Kendrick Rand. The report discusses State and Federal grant opportunities that would have been available for a Stinson Beach sewerage project at that time.

The report is timely in view of the Board's scheduled November 18, 2017 meeting with the National Park Service to begin a dialog to discuss the geography of the GGRNA's property in the hills above Stinson Beach for the purpose of building a sewage treatment plant and leach field. This topic is germane due to sea level rise. Copies of the report will be distributed to the Board.


The agenda was unanimously adopted as set.


  1. Discussion and possible direction to staff to grant a Water Use Charge Reduction Request for Joseph O. Tobin II, 268 Seadrift Road, Stinson Beach, Account #677001.
    The water use portion of Mr. Tobin's bill from May 30, 2017 to June 28, 2017 for 227,392 gallons was $7,772.94. Mr. Tobin is requesting a reduction of the water use portion of his bill.

    Mr. Tobin stated in his letter of July 19, 2017 that the leak, which was discovered by District staff on June 19, 2017, was the result of three leaking toilets. As Mr. Tobin's wife was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor on May 28, 2017 and subsequently had surgery to remove the tumor, he was unable to be at their Stinson Beach residence during the month of June. Mr. Tobin immediately took steps to try to find the cause of the leak which disappeared after he replaced all three toilets.

    The Board was troubled that a water leak of this magnitude could be attributed to three leaking toilets. Perhaps a hose was left on and unattended. The Board noted that special circumstances existed, and that Mr. Tobin had promptly sought to remedy the cause of the water leak.

    Director Boucke made a motion to grant Mr. Tobin a water usage charge reduction of 50 per cent, $3,886.47. President Nelsen seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously by President Nelsen, Vice President Zell and Directors Baskin and Boucke.


The Board reviewed the District's preliminary financials for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017. It was noted that if the grant revenue of $178,805 was subtracted from the Total Water Revenue, the Total Water Revenue would still be $17,875 over budget.


Due to the absence of a quorum, the vote for approval of the minutes of the July 15 meeting was deferred to the September 16 Board meeting. Vice President Zell and Director Boucke were absent at the July 15, 2017 meeting.


Director Baskin moved to approve the disbursements of June 27, July 13, and August 2, 2017. Director Boucke seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously by President Nelsen, Vice President Zell and Directors Baskin and Boucke.


The General Manager discussed his monthly report. A public hearing will be held on September 28, 2017, 9:00 a.m., by the Community Development Agency Planning Division, at the Marin Civic Center in San Rafael, on the District's application for a Coastal Permit for its new well at the Laurel Avenue Water Treatment Plant.

The District has now received $798,629 in grant reimbursements under Proposition 84 for Invoices #1 though #5. Reimbursement is pending for Invoices #6 and #7 which total $79,294. The final invoice to be submitted is estimated at $12,656. Also due the District is $46,872 for ABAG's 5% retention fee.

The General Manager distributed a schedule prepared by Euro Style Management, the painting contractor, for the Highlands #1 Water Tank Coating and Repairs Project. They anticipate completion by mid-October 2017.

The District's 2013 Water Revenue Refunding Bonds issued on June 12, 2013 in the original amount of $1,997,614 have been reduced to $1,490,349 principal amount outstanding as of June 30, 2017. The annual interest rate is a favorable 3.47%.

The General Manager congratulated Helma for completing the seminar "Making the Transition from Staff to Supervisor," held in San Francisco.


Vice President Zell attended a green waste committee meeting of the Bolinas-Stinson Resource Recovery Project. It appears that Stinson's green waste is not being transported by Redwood Empire Disposal to the project site at the Olema-Bolinas Road, but taken instead to Novato for disposal. The General Manager will contact Jennifer Blackman, Bolinas Community Public Utility District, for clarification of the drivers' preference as well as the capacity of the Bolinas site to handle all of Stinson's green waste.




The meeting was adjourned at 10:37 a.m. The next regular meeting will be on Saturday, September 16, 2017, at 9:30 a.m.

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