Report - WORKSHOP ON DROUGHT PLAN FOR DIVIDE
WORKSHOP ON DROUGHT PLAN FOR DIVIDE
This was a public meeting with staff, BOD, and over 50 members of the public. The agenda was a workshop on drought conditions. Discussion of the 2010 plan for the Divide and the 2007 State of California Drought Plan. The BOD voted to keep the less restricted 2010 Divide Plan with both plans being a blueprint for suggestions on curtailing or suspending service for different stages of drought plans. The public was very willing to give up some of their irrigation water as long as they retained service for next season. The community came together wanting to share the pain, if needed for the good of their neighbor. Staff and the BOD were open to suggestions, which there was valuable information given by the public. The decision on a plan of action would be decided at the next regular board meeting, April 8. (Unlike days of old were the district dictated and was hard and fast on authority, staff was open to suggestions from the public. Staff approached the discussion with a calm, business, seriousness that laid out the facts and was open to public discussion, a big change from the "dog and pony" shows of the past. The meeting was a commitment to the change of attitude that the BOD and staff were a partner with the community with everyone trying to solve problems and work towards a more collaborative district.)
Board Members Present: Director Bonnie McLane, Director Ray Griffiths, Director Norm Krizl, Director Maria Capraun and Director Kathy Otermat. GM Gary Hoffman, P.E., Barbara Brenner, Esq
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Motion Passed to approve the agenda,
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES
Motion passed to approve the minutes for February 4, March 11, and March 25, 2014.
Many comments were discussed, concerns from the March 25th workshop. The BOD discussed the runoff into Stumpy, the lack of snow, the thought of next year being a drought year. The BOD tried to meet the needs of the agriculture community, keeping their first priority the health and safety issues of adequate treated water for residence. Stumpy is presently at 15,600 acre feet, it must reach 20,000 acre feet to spill and 18,000 to be in a safe range. Not only is the concern to have adequate drinking water, but by declaring a Stage 2 Drought there is a possibility there would be grants available by declaring a Stage 2 and the district might be eligible for money to pipe some of the ditches (a considerable amount of water is lost via leakage and evaporation, piping should have been implemented years ago in a Capital Facility Plan, but there was no plan)
The BOD moved to curtail usage by 25%, delaying irrigation water "no later than June 1, 2014", with a plan to start earlier if there is a deluge of rain, also there is a possibility to terminate irrigation service at an earlier date. There will be a voluntary suspension of service to ag customers who would be willing to forego some or part of their water for this season, which would not affect their service for the next season. We should have a carryover of 12,000 acre feet going into next winter.
This will present a hardship to some growers, but a staff was directed to send a letter to customers and the audience all wanted to do their part to insure ample drinking water.
There is weekly monitoring being done at Stumpy, and the forecast is for more rain, the BOD remains optimistic and would be willing to convene to adjust the starting date if necessary.
FINANCIAL REPORT - Accounts payable were presented for approval.
Motion to approve, passed
GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT
A written report was submitted by Interim GM Gary Hoffman, the board accepted it as written. (This report is in the board packet and gives a report on monthly activities performed or overseen by the General Manager. A good way to keep aware of the happenings of the district, please refer to the district's web site for continued updates)
Director McLane spoke of seeing petitioners trying to get signatures to extend Measure Y, which purported to fix roads. She stated this was the initiative 10 years ago that implement punitive road fees on business in the county. Measure Y committee claims this will stop the influx of building in the county, it does by putting a heavy burden on economic growth and stopping business. Wal-Mart, Big 5, and Regal are all in the city of Placerville, you won't find any new business in the county and the general fund is suffering for services to law enforcement, fire, and health and human services. A county with no economic growth will wither and die. She informed people the school had just retired or laid off 11 teachers and after 27 years on the Divide, Headstart is leaving. (Cali is bad enough with its over reach of government regulations and fees, the county does not need to pile on, Measure Y needs to sunset)
CONNECTION & CAPACITY ORDINANCE 07-01
Discussion on the fire requirement of having a one inch connection for construction for sprinklers or fire safety. The GM would be drawing up an ordinance that would cover additional fees and methodology of setting up this type of service. To be brought back at a regular Board Meeting.
Directors requested various items for review for potential to be placed on the next agenda.
Conference with Legal Counsel - New Litigation matter, ADA Compliant
Conference with Legal Counsel to consider temporary Operations Manager Position
Conference with Legal Counsel to consider changes to Interim General Manager's contract
Next General Meeting May 13, 2014
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