GDPUD Hires George Sanders as Interim General Manager, Board Member Maria Capraun steps down
Georrgetown Divide Public Utility District (GDPUD) Special Meeting May 20, 2014, 6:00p.m.
Board Members Present: Director Bonnie McLane, Director Ray Griffiths, Director Maria Capraun and Director Kathy Otermat. Barbara Brenner, Esq
PLEDGE OF ALLIGIANCE
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Motion Passed to approve the agenda,
GENERAL MANAGER DUTIES
Interim General Manager, Treasurer, and Board Member Maria Capraun, resigned her position as Interim General Manager because of personal reason. She will retain her position as Board of Director.
APPOINTMENT OF NEW IGM
After brief discussion the board agreed to tap into the invaluable resources of CalPers by hiring another energetic, capable, retired public employee. George Sanders, P.E. came to GDPUD with a myriad of experience, degrees in engineering and a personable customer friendly attitude (Prince Charming). He worked for EDCty overseeing projects related to the Union Mine Landfill, Wastewater Treatment Plant, co-supervision with EID & PCWA on various projects throughout the county, until his recent retirement. He has done private consulting, surveying and engineering for GDPUD in the past.
Sanders lives on the Divide and has a vested interest in the community and desire to see GDPUD thrive. His forte is "large engineering projects" and he looks forward to overseeing portions of the ALTP. He joined the district previously as Operations Manager but has stepped up to the plate to fill the IGM position as the board fields applications for a permanent General Manager.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 6:00p.m
Board Members present: Directors Capraun, Griffiths, McLane, and Otermat, Krizl absent
ALT - Update on engineering from Psomas. Budget for project and other issues pertaining to After brief discussion Director Griffiths made a motion which passed with 3 votes, Capraun, Griffiths, and McLane to move forward with an application for a 20 year loan for 8 million with zero interest for ALTP. Director Otermat voted NO, opting to have a long term low interest loan to have money set aside for near future
Discussion regarding the budget. The wording for the prop 218 for the surcharge needed to be corrected and submitted to the people, the board also needs to look at operating costs with the everincreasing CalPers and Employee Medical Coverage. Ray Kringel, member of the Finance Committee and Dennis Goodenow and Jack Podsedly participated in the discussion of current and projected budgets. The district is currently operating at a deficit of 250k, this after several 6 figure salaried employees have retired.
Director McLane stated it was obvious the only place left to reduce costs were with employee expenditures. According to the present organizational chart she made a recommendation that the GM do a time study and consider work reductions of 1 Lead Maintenance, 3 Maintenance, either by attrition or consolidation of jobs. Jack spoke of the time when Bob Cooper was the only upcountry ditch worker, and McLane mentioned Kenny Jones supervising all the ditches with Ceta Workers and Growlersburg.
There will have to be increases in operating rates to cover past board decisions on generous benefits, it was a promise made, and the district can't run on check to check, Dennis said there should be funding for reserve funds and Capital Improvements, with a long range plan for the district (piping of ditches, replace aging pipes, look at funding more hydro, etc The district cannot just patch, there must be solid restructuring done on the 70 year old system).
(The BOD also needs to look at retiree Health Benefits co-pay, with ballooning costs and present and union workers making co-pays, and retirees earning a six figure retirement, they should at least make a co pay on premiums.)
Discussions would continue, no action taken
Next General Meeting June 10, 2014
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