Bolinas Community Public Utility District
A Regular Meeting  Of  The Board  Of  Directors
February 19, 2014    270 Elm Road, Bolinas


1.   Call to Order.


           7:32 p.m.


2.   Roll.


            Directors Amoroso, Comstock, Godino, Siedman and Smith present; director Siedman presiding.


3.   Manager’s Report.


Staff updated the Board on a project close-out letter and final release sent to the California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) concerning the Terrace Avenue Water Main Relocation project.  As detailed in the district’s letter to the CDPH, the final (retention) payment on the project ($21,850.39) was paid to the district’s contractor after the requisite period following the filing of the Notice of Completion.  The letter details the source and total amount of funds spent on the project: $485,000 in loan funds and $52,400.03 in water revenues to cover amounts exceeding the loan amount. 


-- Update on the Terrace Avenue Bluff Stabilization Project.


The Board reviewed a copy of an e-mail to Supervisor Kinsey from BCPUD staff stating that the district has identified a potential project manager to lead the permitting phase of this project: Larry Kennings of LAK Associates.  A statement of LAK Associates’qualifications was included with the e-mail and describes significant experience with projects in Bolinas (the drafting of the Gridded Mesa Plan in addition to several private projects), throughout Marin, and before the Coastal Commission.  David Kimball and staff met with Mr. Kennings for approximately two hours and were very impressed with his past experience, demeanor and keen understanding of the complex issues involved in permitting, constructing and financing the potential bluff stabilization project.  Larry is revising his proposal for the full scope of work necessary for Coastal Commission determination.  The next step will be to schedule a meeting at the County with Supervisor Kinsey, Department of Public Works and Planning staffs, as well as Bolinas Working Group representatives and Larry Kennings to regroup and plan for a meeting in Bolinas with private stakeholders and the general community.


-- Request for Board Approval to Attend Membrane Technology Conference and Exposition.


Lewie Likover has requested permission to attend a conference on membrane technology next month in Las Vegas because he believes it will be very helpful to his work on the chlorine disinfection byproduct study.  The topics to be addressed at the conference (in addition to membrane technology) include chlorine disinfection byproducts and nanofiltration (including membrane fouling), effectiveness of coagulents, dealing with algae blooms, and removing organics from the source water (via pretreatment to minimize organics and reduce disinfection byproduct formation), among other topics.  The total cost of sending Lewie to this conference, including hotel and transportation, is about $1000 and would be paid from the disinfection byproducts capital project budget. 


D. Smith/V. Amoroso                all in favor         to approve Lewie Likover’s request to attend the upcoming  membrane technology conference and exposition in Las Vegas.

Director Smith requested that Lewie prepare a written summary of the conference to highlight key concepts and share any written materials received with the rest of the staff.


-- Update on the Wastewater Treatment Plant Pump Station and Electrical Upgrade Project.


Staff directed the Board’s attention to letters that were sent to the two bidders on this project informing them that the Board rejected all bids and asked staff to evaluate the project for cost reduction opportunities.  Staff has begun that evaluation, including the option of installing one of the flow meters (to measure flows from downtown to the ponds) as this is a high priority flow meter.  Staff hopes to have a specific recommendation for the Board’s consideration at the March meeting.


-- Update on Removal of Obstructions in Zebra Right-of-Way.


Staff reported that a letter was sent to Lawrence Juniper per the Board’s direction at last month’s Board meeting.  Staff inspected Mr. Juniper’s studio and determined that the district’s water appears to have been connected in the past from the nearby property at 415 Yucca Road, but staff tested all spigots and they are no longer operational.  A hearing at the County Civic Center on the property owner’s application to legalize some of its unpermitted accessory structures was scheduled for February 27th but has been postponed.  There is still a significant amount of material in the Zebra right-of-way, although progress has been made on removing it.


-- Proposed Revisions to BCPUD Notification Procedures for Projects in the Public Rights-of-Way.


This agenda item was prompted by a troubling encounter with a customer who was extremely unhappy about the BCPUD’s removal of a eucalyptus tree in the public right-of-way.  The removal of this tree was requested by another resident who submitted an arborist report and the request was agendized for consideration and action at the Board’s regular meeting in December.  Staff followed the district’s historic notification procedure whereby agendas are sent to all residents within a reasonable distance of a proposed project in the public right-of-way to alert them to the item before the Board.  Unfortunately, that procedure did not alert the customer to the situation; had the customer known this item was on the Board agenda, she says she would have provided input for the Board to consider in opposition to the tree removal request.  The customer advised staff that she feels the district was misled into removing the tree because the district did not have full input from all affected neighbors about the tree removal request. 


Staff recommended that the district’s notification procedure be revised and improved to reduce the possibility of someone not receiving/being aware of a proposed project in their neighborhood.  Specifically, staff recommended the district send a letter to affected residents (a template of which is in the Board binders), along with the meeting agenda with the item of interest highlighted, to all residents within a reasonable area of a proposed project (not only projects proposed in the public rights-of-way).  Director Godino inquired how far the area of notification should extend; she suggested a 2 block radius might be appropriate.  Staff agreed that a specific distance from the project would be welcome.  Director Smith said the County uses a 300-foot distance.  Staff said a long block on the Gridded Mesa is 640 feet long; the short block distance is 240 feet.  After a brief discussion, the Board agreed on notification to all customers within a 600 foot distance from the proposed project.  Staff noted that the customer further suggested that if the BCPUD is requested to remove a tree from the right-of-way, if the tree removal is approved, the BCPUD should  take steps to ensure the contractor selected to remove the tree did not have any past involvement in assessing/recommending action on the tree in question.  Discussion ensued and Board members agreed that it is prudent for the district to ensure that there are no conflicts of interest, noting that the district requirement of an independent arborist report is intended to address this issue.


G. Godino/V. Amoroso              all in favor         to approve the staff recommendation to include a letter and highlighted agenda to all residents within a 600-foot radius of a potential project


-- Update on Shared Personnel Between BCPUD and Bolinas Fire Protection District.


As reported last month, staff met with the Fire Chief and the two districts are developing a training schedule for cross training of staffs on BCPUD and BFPD operations.


-- Update on BCPUD’s Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan.


Last month staff presented a first draft of the district’s “asset inventory”, which is a catalog of all district assets and an assessment of the condition and remaining useful life of each asset.  Staff devoted many hours to the development of the inventory and is now fine-tuning that inventory to develop a Prioritization Worksheet, which will specify each asset in highest need of replacement over the upcoming next five years.  In brief, those assets are:


Raw water transmission assets:  the top priority is the replacement of the intake pipes and valves at Woodrat Reservoirs #1 and #2.  Staff will develop cost estimates for each.  Although these assets are functioning without problems right now, the intake piping is steel and likely is corroding.  The next two assets prioritized for replacement are the overflow piping from the Woodrat #1 reservoir under Mesa Road and the 1600 linear feet of 6-inch steel pipe between the dams in the Arroyo Hondo Creek.  Again, staff will develop estimates of the replacement costs.  All other raw water transmission assets are in good condition.


Water treatment assets:  the Woodrat Water Treatment Plant is very well maintained by the operations staff and no major replacement projects are needed.  The top priority assets for replacement are the chlorine analyzer and turbidity meters (currently in progress) and the air compressors.  The next highest priority items for replacement are the steel doors and windows (in approximately 5 years).  All other water treatment assets are in good condition


Water distribution assets:  Staff has assessed the entirety of the district’s distribution system, which consists of 108,000 linear feet (or 20.5 miles) of piping; the piping material varies and includes asbestos/concrete, C900 PVC, PEP, ductal iron, and steel.  All of the distribution system other than the sections consisting of steel piping is in good condition.  As such, the top priority is the replacement of the following sections of steel distribution piping:

o   1,140 linear feet of 6-inch Sched. 40 PVC on Juniper and Canyon

o   7,380 linear feet of 2-inch steel pipe on the Big Mesa -- Birch, Cedar, Fern, Grove, Hawthrone, Juniper, Kale, Poplar, Ivy, Walnut and Ocean .  Birch, Cedar and Fern already are scheduled for replacement in 2014 and/or 2015.

o   4,170 linear feet of 4-inch steel (Birch, Fern, and Grove).


As such, staff has identified a total of 12,690 linear feet of distribution system piping to prioritize for replacement.


Sewer collection system assets:  Staff has assessed the condition of the district’s sewer collection system, which led to the upgrade of service laterals on Wharf Road in 2013.  The top priority asset for rehabilitation is the wetwell and the second priority asset for rehabilitation is the section of collection main under Wharf Road from the beach to the lift station.  Staff will work with the district’s outside wastewater engineers to develop estimates for these projects.  All other sewer collection system assets are in good condition.


Sewage treatment facility assets: as the Board is aware, the top priority asset for replacement is the electrical control panel for the irrigation pumps and the irrigation relief piping under the panel.  The second highest priority asset for rehabilitation is the lab building at 101 Mesa Road, which needs to be fumigated and re-sided; this project has been budgeted and planned for 2014.  All other sewage treatment facility assets are in good condition.


Sewage disposal assets:  the top priority for replacement is the fencing around the sprayfields; the second priority for replacement are the 4-inch valves at the treatment ponds; the third priority for replacement is the fencing around the treatment ponds and the fourth priority for improvement are the maintenance roads in the sprayfields.  Staff will develop estimates for the first two priorities to implement in the next five years.  All other sewage disposal assets are in good condition.


Corporation yard assets (consisting of vehicles, buildings and maintenance equipment):  Staff has identified the top asset for replacement as the 1993 Ford 250 (with Tommy lift) and has scheduled this for 2014.  The second highest priority is the replacement of the district’s backhoe and staff is developing an estimate for this item.  The final priority is the replacement of the shop buildings in the yard. 


On the water side of operations, consumption was higher on the mid Mesa through the end of January, which reflects the alarming rise in consumption we were seeing in December and January during the extended warm and dry stretch.  Staff predicts the consumption numbers will look very different for the end of February since the Heightened Voluntary Conservation Alert went into effect on January 17th.  As will be reported later on the agenda, the community responded well to the district’s Heightened Voluntary Conservation Alert and reduced consumption district-wide by 30% as compared to the consumption at this time last year. 


Staff reported that since the last Board meeting, in other words betweeh January 15, 2014 and February 19, 2014, the district received 9.2 inches of rain, bringing the rain total for the year (i.e., July 1, 2013 through February 19, 2014) to 14.8 inches.  In contrast, the rain total from the prior year for the same time period (i.e., July 1, 2012 through February 19, 2013), the district received 23.2 inches.  As such, the year is still far below normal in terms of precipitation.  As for the district’s emergency stored water supply, the Woodrat #1 reservoir is full at about 25 acre feet (or 8,146,000 gallons), but Woodrat #2 has only about 18 acre feet (or 5,865,000 gallons) in storage – as such, the district has approximately 14 million gallons of water in emergency storage.  Prior to the onset of the recent rains, the district had about 10 million gallons in storage.  Staff recommended that the Heightened Voluntary Conservation Alert remain in effect as streamflows in the Arroyo Hondo seem to be dropping back below normal and the upper dam currently is silted in.  The Board had no objection. 


Staff directed the Board’s attention to the binders, which include copies of the customer mailer announcing the Heightened Voluntary Conservation Alert on January 17th, as well as a template letter sent to all customers with high water consumption of at least twice the district average asking them to make even stronger efforts to conserve.  Staff complemented the entire district staff for their hard work to implement the heightened alert, as well as the district’s customers for their fantastic response.


Staff attended the January 29, 2014 Marin County Board of Supervisor’s meeting with the other Marin water district managers to present an update about the County’s water supply.  After the presentation, staff attended a lunch with the other managers, which was a great opportunity to network on the drought and many other issues of common concern.  Staff also attended a meeting of the Local Agency Formation Commission (“LAFCO”) on February 13th to hear the staff update and Commission discussion about LAFCO’s upcoming Countywide Water Municipal Service Review.  Staff reported that it is likely LAFCO will be requesting additional information from the water districts and may also seek to present its review findings at an upcoming Board meeting. 


Staff noted that the district sent out an updated TTHM/HAA5 notice to its customers at the end of January.  Lewie Likover continues to work with the district’s consultant, Jonathan Van Bourg, to evaluate and recommend best next steps for the district to reduce these chlorine disinfection products from its treated drinking water.


The district experienced a leak on its “booster pump line” from the storage tanks to Commonweal  after the recent rains when a fitting came apart near the diversion line from the Arroyo Hondo creek to Woodrat #2.  A dresser coupling failed, possibly due to erosion in the stream bed that diverts to Woodrat #2.  The district made an emergency call to Piazza Construction to come repair the leak as specialized equipment was necessary.  A temporary repair has been made using couplings, and Piazza will return in the next month to install flanged fittings with a ductal iron spool as a permanent repair.


Staff is making plans for an inspection of the district’s two treated water storage tanks on Mesa Road – interior and exterior – with a diving company to inspect and clean the interior of the tanks and a separate inspector to assess the outside of the tanks.  The cost of these inspections is likely to be $10,000 – 12,000, depending on the number of days needed and whether interior cleaning of the tanks is actually necessary; the cost will be reduced by about $5,000 if cleaning is not necessary.  


The Board reviewed correspondence sent and received since the last regular Board meeting, including e-mails from Gregg Welsh regarding the historic configuration of space and uses at 22 Brighton Avenue, and an affidavit from David Van Dusen regarding a specific agreement between the BCPUD and Mr. Welsh concerning his unused water meter after the laundromat no longer had a lease at 22 Brighton.  The Board directed staff to include an item on the Board’s March meeting agenda to consider the status of Mr. Welsh’s meeting. 


On the sewer side of operations, flows remain very low into the system, about 22,000 gallons per day.  Staff noted there was a spike in flows during the recent rains, which suggests possible gutter systems directing rain water into the collection system.  Staff will plan a smoke test to identify whether this is a likely cause behind the increase in flows.


-- Drainage Project Manager’s Report.


The Board received a written report from Drainage Project Manager Lewie Likover.


4.    Community Expression.


Meg Simonds reported that her 16,000 gallon water storage tanks filled up with rainwater during the recent rains, noting that it is possible to store quite a bit of water from relatively little rain.  The Board requested staff to consider including an article to inform customers about this in the next issue of the Pipeline. 


5.   Request for Financial Relief from Quarterly Water Bill pursuant to BCPUD Resolution 553 – 231 Alder Road  (N. Heiner).


Director Smith reported that as agreed at the January Board meeting, he spoke with the plumber who repaired the leak in the kitchen faucet that caused the water loss at issue in this case.  The plumber confirmed that the faucet was malfunctioning; in fact, it was turning on spontaneously in the middle of the night, unbeknownst to the customer.  Director Smith said he believes this customer was unaware of the faucet malfunction until the bill arrived and then immediately had it repaired; as such, he recommends the Board foregive the entire amount of the bill attributable to the leak.


D. Smith/L. Comsock                all in favor         to excuse the amount of the bill attributable to the leak as determined by evaluating the historical usage by this customer during the same billing quarter, as per the district’s established practice in such cases.


6.   Request for Finance Relief from Quarterly Water Bill pursuant to BCPUD Resolution 553 – 373 Ocean Parkway (J. Clements).


Joyce Clements was present to explain that the leak occurred at a property that she rents to a tenant.  The leak occurred underground on the customer side of a pressure reducing valve at the meter which had worked well for many years.  She called the BCPUD as soon as she found out about the leak (after receiving the bill as this was a blind leak) and had it repaired immediately.  Director Smith inquired whether the meter was checked again after the repair to the pressure reducing valve to ensure nothing else was leaking at the house.  Bill Pierce volunteered to check the property the following morning. 


D. Smith/L. Comstock               all in favor         to excuse the amount of the bill attributable to the leak as determined by evaluating the historical usage by this customer during the same billing quarter, as per the district’s established practice in such cases.

7.   Request to Exchange Real Property:  APN# 190-162-10 (on Hawthorne  near Alder) owned by T. Lovelace and L. Honma, proposed to be exchanged for APN# 190-041-20 (on Tulip near Poplar), owned by the BCPUD (T. Lovelace).


     Director Siedman noted that there is a request to exchange real property in the Board binders, along with parcel maps and a copy of BCPUD Resolution 482; this is a resolution passed on January 15, 2003 which states that it is the district policy to retain title to undeveloped parcels on the Gridded Mesa unless a resident with a failing septic system needs the land to repair the septic system.  Director Smith noted that the resolution also says nothing prevents the BCPUD from selling its property if it determines it is in the public interest to do so, and he inquired whether there is anything that would favor BCPUD agreeing to this property exchange?  Staff reported that Mr. Lovelace thought the BCPUD might want the parcel near Alder for drainage purposes, but staff confirmed with Drainage Project Manager Lewie Likover that the district does not need that parcel.


V. Amoroso/D. Smith            all in favor          to deny the request to exchange real property.       


8.    Coastal Permit Application (14-13) and Design Review (14-51) to Construct a New Barn/Storage Accessory Structure -- 480 Horseshoe Hill Road (L. Mornell).


Director Siedman noted that no one was present to discuss the application and directed staff to inform the County that the matter was included on our agenda but there was no public comment.


9.   Coastal Permit Application (14-14) to Obtain a Domestic Well Permit – 280 Mesa Road (B. Hunt).


Once again, director Siedman noted that no one was present to discuss the application and directed staff to inform the County that the matter was included on our agenda but there was no public comment.


10. Request for Clarification from the BCPUD:  Are Septic Systems Allowed in Downtown Bolinas? (L. Ferlinghetti).


Director Siedman referenced an e-mail from Lorenzo Ferlinghetti stating that he owns property downtown and also owns a sewer connection; he would like to drill a well and inquires whether septic systems are allowed downtown, as the answer to that questions affects the setbacks required for any proposed well.  Discussion ensued among Board members about the fact that the district’s sewer system is at capacity and cannot provide any additional connections and whether the district is in an appropriate position to deny a property owner the ability to install a septic system (which otherwise are regulated by the County of Marin’s Environmental Health Services Department).  The Board ultimately directed staff to inform Mr. Ferlinghetti that it is beyond the purview of the BCPUD to prohibit septic systems in downtown Bolinas as that is up to the County of Marin, not the BCPUD.


11. Proposal by the County of Marin’s Department of Public Works to Repaint the Red Curb in front of the Presbyterian Church on Brighton Avenue near Wharf Road at the Existing Stagecoach Bus Stop.


Director Comstock said that he understands that the fire hydrant zone should be red to prohibit parking that would block access to the hydrant, but he questioned whether the area behind the fire hydrant shouldn’t be an appropriate “loading zone” color for the Stagecoach bus.  After a brief discussion, staff was directed to contact the County of Marin’s Department of Public Works to request more information about the specifics of the repaining proposal.


12.  Appoint Ad Hoc Committee of the Board of Directors to Evaluate District Procedures Governing Amount of Water Use Allowed for Conditional Expanded Water Use Permits.


Director Amoroso recommended that the entire Board should work on this issue rather than an ad hoc committee of the Board because there are implications for Resolution 173, which is the resolution that established the moratorium and was successfully defended in court.  Director Smith said the Board discussed this at the last meeting (because director Smith said he would like to explore whether the allocation system could be more fair) and director Siedman had offered to help research the issue, so he thought the two of them would be the ad hoc committee.  After a brief discussion, it was agreed that rather than form an ad hoc committee, directors Smith and Amoroso would conduct preliminary research of the pertinent court decisions and report back to the full Board.


13. Water Supply Update; Greywater Systems for Outdoor Irrigation.


Staff noted that the main details of the water supply update were provided during the Manager’s Report.  Director Smith said that he is interested in publicizing for the community information about the County’s simple permit process for greywater systems and the availability of a brochure and design manual from the San Francisco Water Department.  Director Smith noted that many people are discouraged from installing greywater because of the need to do replumbing, install pressure tanks, and so forth, but perhaps outreach to local plumbers would be helpful.  Meg Simonds commented that it is much easier to collect rainwater than deal with the complexities of greywater irrigation.  Director Smith agreed, but said he ultimately decided against tanks at his house because of the huge tanks needed, which are made of petroleum so there are tradeoffs to consider with either approach.  After a brief discussion, it was agreed that staff will develop an article for the next issue of the Pipeline and a letter to be sent to plumbers in Bolinas and Stinson Beach about greywater irrigation systems.


14.  Volunteer Committee Reports


-- Bolinas Lagoon Advisory Committee:  A meeting of the committee has been scheduled for March 7, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. at the Firehouse Public Meeting room.


-- Downtown Parking & Traffic Committee:  The current volunteers for this committee are Michael Rafferty, Remick Hart, Chris Weare, Stacey Henderson and Eleanor Lyman.  Remick Hart inquired whether the committee can make recommendations about sidewalks in the downtown area.  Director Siedman suggested he raise this issue with the committee to determine if the committee wants to address it.


-- Resource Recovery:  Nothing to report.


-- Water Conservation Assistance Committee:  Staff noted that an ad was placed in the Hearsay News, but more outreach will be necessary to let interested people know about the formation of the committee.


-- West Marin Mosquito Control Coordinating Council:  Directors Amoroso and Godino have volunteered to jointly replace former director Kimball on the council and that process is underway.


-- Sewer Pond Land Management Committee: Receive Committee Recommendations for Lease Amendments.  Director Siedman reported that the committee has met at least six times, including several site visits to the property, to review and negotiate the lease terms with the Murches.  The committee ultimately developed proposed amendments to the lease which are in the Board binders.  The recommendations are not scheduled for action tonight; rather this is an opportunity for the public to comment and he noted that several members of the committee are present in the audience. 


Mickey Murch said that when the committee review of the lease began, he felt very threatened; however, as the meetings have progressed over time, he feels that the lease agreement is a better document.  He noted that he agreed to curtail some of the projects he would have liked to do, but he feels better about the lease now and hopes that the other committee members do, too.  Mickey noted that the committee has talked a lot about demonstration areas near the lease sites to plant natives now that the invasive non-natives have been removed and he is happy that will be the next part of the process.  He said he is honored to have one of the many leases the BCPUD has issued over the years at this property and noted that everything he grows is for sale only in the Bolinas community.


Tish Brown, one of the committee members, said she is very happy about the demonstration areas and the preservation of the wildlife cooridor from Mt. Tam to the Point Reyes National Seashore.  She said she supports the committee’s lease recommendations. 


Jody Angel, another member of the committee, said she used to live on Overlook Road and feels that Peter Warshall designed the wastewater treatment facility to serve as a bird refuge and that machinery used in farming will disturb the birds.  Jody said that the fencing on one of the leased parcels affects the former Sun Festival site and that many people she knows would like to see that festival return to this land.  She also alleged that there are legal prohibitions on growing food crops on this property and said all of the district’s prior leases were for grazing and non-food crops. 


Director Amoroso, who also served on the committee, noted that the area by the Resource Recovery Center was used as a community garden for edible crops many years ago, but then lay fallow for years until the Murches started farming it again about ten years ago, and another area was leased by Jimmy Friedrich for years to grow cucumbers.  He therefore does not agree that edible agriculture is new to the property, but said that he agrees with the concern about the loss of any of the the historic Sun Festival land. 


Janine Aroyan said that she feels it is very important to get the public’s input on this issue, not just the committee members’ input.  She particularly would like to solicit input on how to best improve the areas outside the fence lines on the leased parcels where the non-natives have been removed, as this is a great opportunity to make improvements there, as well as ensure that erosion will not occur. 


       Director Comstock asked Jody Angel if she has any evidence of legal prohibitions on farming this property.  Jody responded that it has never been allowed and that the state had wanted a 10-foot high fence around the entire property when the wastewater facility was installed.  Director Amoroso said that the district has an operating permit that governs this property and nothing in that permit prohibits any uses outside of the operational area.  Mickey noted that the BCPUD required a setback of at least 200 feet from all sprayheads, which has been honored, and that he has taken careful precautions to direct any surface water away from the leased parcels.


       Discussion turned to the proposed lease amendments and director Amoroso offered several clarifying revisions, including clarification that the farming permitted on Parcels B and C is dry farming only.  Janine Aroyan said she personally supports a provision allowing for the catchment of rainwater for the demonstration projects to be undertaken outside the leased parcels.  Director Godino expressed concern about prolonging the process of finalizing the lease revisions vs. obtaining public input and how to best balance those considerations.  Jody Angel said that no one in the community knows about these leases; she said the community loves the sewer pond land and does not want it taken over by the Murches with loud machines and fences.  Director Smith said that in his view, whenever something new happens in town, those who oppose it do so more loudly than those who support it; he said that he has heard a lot of support expressed in town for this lease and in favor of locally produced food.  He said that the community is in trouble because of an aging population and a very high cost of living for young people; many of his friends have had to move to Petaluma as it is too difficult to make a living in Bolinas.  He said he supports doing what the district can to encourage our young people to work and live here. 


Janine suggested that the committee write something for the Hearsay to inform the community about the leases and provide time for public comment.  Although she feels that there is a loss to the community as a result of the leases – at least for those who walk the land and prefer it as open space – the committee has worked hard to balance everyone’s considerations and reach a compromise.  Director Siedman concluded the discussion on this item by directing staff to post the lease revisions on the district’s website and down at the library; in addition, the committee will publish an article in the Hearsay News encouraging the public to comment on the lease.


15.          Other Business


a.       Board Committee Reports


-- Finance:  Second Quarter Financial Reports; Minutes of the February 4, 2014 Committee meeting.  The Board received the second quarter financial reports; staff said the minutes of the February 4, 2014 Finance Committee meeting will be approved at the next Finance Committee meeting.


-- Legal:  Request from Redwood Empire Disposal to Open Discussions Regarding Solid Waste and Recycling Services Franchise Agreement.  Director Siedman noted that the BCPUD is responsible for franchising the town’s solid waste disposal and the current franchise holder is seeking to start discussing a new contract.  The Legal Committee will meet with the franchisor and report back to the Board.


-- Mesa Septic, Flood Control and Roads:  Nothing to report.


-- Operations:  Director Siedman commented that there is an interesting article in the current San Francisco Chronicle about methods to prevent evaporation in reservoirs.


-- Park and Recreation:  Director Siedman reported that the County has determined that the Mesa Park’s coastal permit application to install the Irrigation and Public Restroom Project is complete and has been set for hearing on March 27th.  On a separate topic, he noted that the donor for the improvements at the Downtown Park is going to donate the funds for Mesa Park to purchase the easement next to the Bustamante dental office and behind it, so there soon will be walkable access from the garage and People’s store over to the Downtown Park.


-- Personnel:  Staff is planning to submit a proposal to negotiate certain terms of the Memorandum of Understanding re: Compensation and Benefits.


-- Sewer:  Nothing to report.


b.       Minutes of the January 15, 2014 Regular Meeting.


D. Smith/L. Comstock           all in favor         to approve the minutes of the January 15, 2014 regular meeting.


c.       Warrants


G. Godino/D. Smith               all in favor         to approve the warrant list.


d.       Scheduling of Next Meeting(s) 


March 19, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.


16.  Adjournment.


            10:49 p.m.