Bolinas Community Public Utility District
A Regular Meeting Of The Board Of Directors
July 16, 2003 270 Elm Road, Bolinas
1. Call to Order
Directors Amoroso, Bertsch, McClellan, Siedman present
Director Kayfetz absent
Director McClellan presiding
3. Manager’s Report
The pipeline replacement project on Iris Road between Elm and Ocean Parkway
on schedule with no unforeseen problems. The installation includes
500 feet of 2” schedule 80 pvc pipe, with six new 1” services. A tip
of the hat to Bill Pierce for planning the project, and the entire crew for
Director Kayfetz arrived at 8:10 p.m.
In response to calls from the National Park Service (NPS) real estate
section regarding the sale of the District’s Pine Gulch Creek property to
Point Reyes National Seashore, NPS was requested to make a purchase offer
for the property that could serve as a basis for further discussions.
NPS will complete its appraisal of the property in the near future and mail
a copy to the District. BCPUD may seek independent review of the appraisal
as a next step.
The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) has issued a call
for nominations for Board President and Vice-President. There were
no calls for either position by BCPUD Directors.
On the August 20, 2003 agenda, in response to a request from the Fire District’s
Capital Campaign Committee, there will be a Bolinas Community Firehouse &
Clinic (BCFC) Project presentation.
4. Community Expression
At the June 18, 2003 meeting, a motion carried to not adopt the proposed
ordinance changing the basis for Board of Directors compensation. Director
Amoroso suggested that it is inappropriate to make a motion in the negative
when dealing with proposed legislation. He indicated he was not interested
in rescinding the action, but pointed out that if a negative motion fails
to get a majority vote, it raises the question of whether the ordinance
is therefore adopted because the motion to not adopt failed. Amoroso
noted his main purpose in raising the issue was to do it right in the future.
In response to a question regarding the condition of community member Candido
Garcia, who sustained serious bodily injury around the 4th or July, it was
reported that he is still in a coma at John Muir Medical Center and the Marin
County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the incident as a possible assault.
5. Resolution 489, Adopting 2003-04 District Budget
Arguing that the proposal primarily benefits Mesa septic system owners, Director
Amoroso stated his opposition to the inclusion of $3,000 under Roads in the
Water budget for preliminary work by County of Marin on the Mesa Roads Survey
Project. Director McClellan said that any special benefit conferred
on Mesa property owners would be incidental to the general benefit to all
ratepayers. McClellan contended the survey will help BCPUD to protect
its property, determine responsibility for tree work and aid in the layout
of the water distribution system, as well as assisting the implementation
of the Mesa Drainage Plan. Amoroso agreed that there were multiple
benefits but contended that the driving force behind the road survey initiative
is the Mesa’s drainage. He suggested the $3,000 be split between Water
Siedman/Bertsch 4 ayes, Amoroso opposed
to approve Resolution 489, adopting the 2003-04 District budget.
6. Resolution 490, Stating The Current Rates And Charges For District
Services And Authorizing Placement Of Charges On The Marin County Property
Tax Bill Where Appropriate.
All rates are unchanged from Fiscal 2002-03.
Siedman/Bertsch all in favor
to approve Resolution 490, stating rates and charges.
7. Expanded Water Use Permit Application: Barry
project location: 38 Wharf
The applicant is converting an existing sunroom into two bedrooms and a bathroom.
Amoroso/Kayfetz all in favor
to grant a conditional expanded water use permit.
8. Expanded Water Use Permit Application: Crane
project location: 185 Kale
The applicant is replacing a primary residence with a new structure.
A new mounded septic system will be installed.
Siedman/Amoroso all in favor
to grant a conditional expanded water use permit.
9. Mesa Park: water reclamation project; 5/27/03 water
Director Siedman said he hopes the final draft of the project report,
with appendices, will be ready for board consideration at the August meeting.
Director Amoroso urged that work begin as soon as possible on a letter seeking
approval for the sewer connection from the Regional Water Quality Control
Board. Staff will begin work on the letter when the project report’s
appendix making the case for the connection is in hand.
Mesa Park plans to pay the outstanding water bill with money it will be receiving
soon from the West Marin Little League.
Director Kayfetz requested that Mesa Park adhere to the Joint Powers Agreement’s
requirement for annual financial audits. Staff suggested perhaps seeking
a proposal from Bunker & Company, the firm that conducts the audits of
the utility and fire districts.
10. Other Business
a. Committee Reports
-- Alternative Energy:
Bob Gold has reported that there is a possibility that used 250 kw wind turbines
may be available soon, a size much better suited to the District’s needs.
The Board received the financial report for the fiscal year ending June 30,
-- Mesa Septic, Roads and Drainage:
Ad Hoc Committee Chair Andrew Blake reported on the roads/drainage/survey
The committee has devoted considerable attention to the process of implementing
the drainage plan. Blake noted that it should start with survey work,
then go through the design submittal and permit approval stages.
He reported Don Murch’s concern that if the process gets too complicated,
he can’t keep doing the work.
The committee consensus is that the first priority should be installation
of culverts in the Larch swale between Aspen and Evergreen, with the next
phase being improvement of drainage in the section crossing private property
between Evergreen and Hawthorne.
Committee members Matt Lewis and Rob Rich will do the survey work for the
culverts. Blake noted that they will be paid for the work.
He emphasized that the elevation figures in the drainage plan must
be verified. Blake urged adherence to the plan, not accepting every
specification as verified, but essentially sticking to the basic concept,
which is that all drainage work must be seen within the context of the entire
Blake commented that the political crux of the initiative is how to deal
with needed improvements to drainage adjacent to unimproved properties.
And considerable discussion was devoted to facilitating drainage between
Aspen and Evergreen, and then dealing with the obstructions on private property
between Evergreen and Hawthorne, particularly at Fern and Grove.
Blake said there was nothing new to report on the proposed survey project
but that the Ad Hoc Committee feels its the key to success for the
drainage improvements project.
-- Sewer: Resource Recovery Project; Community Paths Group
There was no discussion of the Resource Recovery project. Regarding
the Community Paths Group, the Board received a letter from Don Smith stating
that reimbursement of contributions for the independent engineering opinion
obtained for the Olema-Bolinas Road path project is available, thanks to
a Neighborhood Achievement Grant from the Marin Community Foundation.
BCPUD had contributed $300.
Director Amoroso recommended accepting the reimbursement and making it available
for future projects of benefit to the community.
Bertsch/Siedman 4 ayes, Amoroso opposed
to decline the reimbursement, to note the committee offered to repay it,
and to remain open to similar participation in the future.
b. Minutes of June 18, 2003 Meeting
Kayfetz/Siedman all in favor
to approve the minutes of the June 18, 2003 meeting.
Kayfetz/Bertsch all in favor
to approve the warrants.
d. Scheduling of Next Meeting
August 20, 2003, at 8:00 p.m.