Bolinas Community Public Utility District
A Regular Meeting Of The Board
November 17th, 2004 270 Elm Road, Bolinas
1. Call to Order 7:32 pm
2. Roll Directors Amoroso, Siedman, Smith, Kimball
Board President Siedman announced a closed session had occurred at 7 pm to
discuss personnel matters and that no action was taken during this meeting.
Director McClellan arrived at 7:35 pm.
3. Manager’s Report
Board members received the financial report for the Terrace Avenue Pipeline
Replacement Project. The estimated final project costs are $36,700.
Board members received copies of Cela O’Connor’s letter to Marin County Senior
Planner Johanna Patri, pointing out possible non-permitted work occurring
on BCPUD’s Pine Gulch Creek.
Board members received a copy of a draft BCPUD letter to Mr. Moritz requesting
that he address the erosion occurring along the trenchline of the recently
installed pipeline and offering materials for his use to help prevent the
Smith/Kimball all in favor to send
the letter to Mr. Moritz
Director Kimball noted that the Marin County Planning Staff Report concerning
Mr. Moritz’s property is available for review in the BCPUD office.
Staff reported that the State of California tax shift will be $75,443. BCPUD
fees will generate $73,713 for a $1,730.00 difference.
Staff reported that BCPUD will be installing a new water line, serving the
McDaniel property on Horseshoe Hill, within the coming weeks if weather permits.
4. Community Expression
Jenny Pfeiffer suggested that since so many residents are installing drainage
culverts, if BCPUD coordinates the receiving of the culverts to the BCPUD
yard, everyone could benefit by the economies of scale.
Matt Lewis noted that his drainage report, occurring later in the agenda,
will address Ms. Pfeiffer’s suggestion.
Cela O’Conner requested that the Board hear her report regarding the Moritz
property. Director Siedman placed the item at item 11, later in the agenda.
5. Volunteer Committee Reports
Board President Jack Siedman asked that committees submit a monthly work
status report to be included in the Director’s meeting binders. Directors
can then brief themselves on the work of each committee prior to the Board
meetings. He further noted that each committee should give a succinct status
report at each Board meeting.
Nothing to report
Magi Barror reported a recommendation that BCPUD request the County to reinstate
the ban on camping at the downtown beach for a period of one year. The committee
further recommends that the ban include all weekends of the year. Considering
that the ban has sunsetted, a reinstatement would curb some of the problems
at the beach while allowing the committee the time it needs to concentrate
on developing workable solutions.
Amoroso/no second to write a letter to the County asking that
the ban on camping be reinstated and that camping is banned on all weekends
of the year. Motion failed.
The committee recommendation that BCPUD request re-instatement will be on
the December 15th, 2004 agenda as an action item to allow public discussion.
Mr. Barror also noted that the Rod and Boat Club may own as much as 40% of
the beach and that the committee wants to work collaboratively with the Rod
and Boat Club to develop consistent recommendations for the beach.
Mr. Barror is submitting a report to Liza Crosse, Aide to Steve Kinsey, informing
her of these recommendations and the general status of the committee’s work.
--Community Paths Group: CEQA: consideration of Notice of Intention
to seek exemption:
Director Smith presented a Path Committee work status report. He noted that
the project is likely exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act
(CEQA) and that he will prepare a draft Notice of Exemption for Board approval.
The committee requested the Board’s approval to file a Notice of Exemption.
Director McClellan noted that the Notice of Exemption should include some
additional provisions taken from the code.
McClellan/Kimball all in favor to file a Notice
of Exemption with the additional sections included.
Director Smith noted that after funding is secured, the committee will present
its proposal to the community in a town hall meeting. Additionally, a poll
will be conducted by BCPUD on the matter, perhaps combined on the ballot
with the Parking and Traffic Committee measure.
--Downtown Parking and Traffic: Parking Plan – March 8th, 2005 Ballot
Director Amoroso reported that a town hall meeting to receive community feedback
on the Draft Parking Plan was attended by ten residents and that the feedback
received was mostly favorable. The committee requested Board approval to
conduct a poll regarding the Draft Parking Plan to include all registered
voters within the Bolinas Fire Protection District mailing roster.
McClellan/Amoroso all in favor to conduct the election
Director Amoroso further noted that the committee requested funding from
Supervisor Steve Kinsey for the expense of conducting the election.
Kinsey pledged $1500.00 to help defray the expense of an advisory poll by
either mail or ballot.
Director Amoroso invited everyone to attend the next committee meeting to
be held Wednesday, December 1, 2004 at 8 pm.
From the audience, Pete Smith asked if a second town meeting might be held
about the draft parking plan. Director Amoroso responded that unless the
draft plan was substantively changed, there would be no further town meetings.
He noted that residents can always be heard at the committee meetings.
Matt Lewis noted the committee’s work, especially the clean up of Alder Creek,
which is nearing completion. He further noted that meetings with County
road crews and property owners along lower Alder Road have gone well and
that County will soon be repairing ditches and culverts in the area. He lastly
noted that he will work with Bobbi Kimball and Phil Buchanan to streamline
the Right-of-Way Maintenance/Repair/Improvement Permit process.
In response to Jenny Pfeiffer’s earlier suggestion that the delivery of culverts
be coordinated by BCPUD, Mr. Lewis noted the committee is currently exploring
Several audience members thanked the committee for its service to the Bolinas
First, the committee recommended that the Board accept the resignation of
Andrew Blake as the committee’s chairperson. Secondly, the committee further
recommended that the Board appoint Matt Lewis as the new committee chairperson.
Lastly the committee recommended that the Board appoint Alan Margolis as
a new committee member.
McClellan/Smith all in favor to
approve all three recommendations.
--Resource Recovery Project:
The Board received the RRP Financial Report for October, 2004.
--West Nile Virus Task Force:
Stacey Henderson reported that Task Force Meetings are suspended until March,
2005. However, Ms. Henderson will still provide information, dead bird transportation,
mosquito-eating fish and screens to cover septic tank vents. She further
noted that the 2005 National Conference on West Nile Virus is scheduled for
February 8th and 9th, 2004 in San Jose and that her attendance could assist
both the district and others attending the conference.
Smith/McClellan all in favor to fund
Ms. Henderson’s attendance to include the cost of registration plus a per
diem of $75.00, the total amount not to exceed $375.00.
6. Unauthorized Activity in Bluff Erosion Zone Near End of Kale and Laurel
The Board received a copy of a letter from Shannon Kilkenny to Debbi Poiani,
County of Marin, Senior Enforcement Officer noting that Jeremy Kidson ordered
work done on the southeast portion of Kale and Cherry Roads including scraping
the land and earth-boring to obtain dirt samples.
David Kimball reported that when he asked Mr. Kidson if he had permits for
the work being undertaken, Mr. Kidson stated he did not need a Coastal Permit
and then waved a sheet of paper proclaiming it was some other type of permit.
Board President Siedman pointed out this land is a fragile cliff and that
it was unlikely development would be allowed there.
Mr. Kimball pointed out the inconsistency if County actually issued a permit
to obtain core samples on land that could never be developed per the Gridded
Mesa Plan and other land use documents.
Staff noted that the ownership of the land is disputed and suggested a draft
letter to Brain Crawford, Deputy Director of Planning Services, Marin County
Community Development Agency, requesting them to seek a legal opinion determining
the exact owner of the parcels.
An additional letter will be drafted to the Coastal Commission requesting
that no actions, such drilling or scraping, be allowed on this type of land
and that they enforce this law.
7. Solid Waste: Waste Management rate adjustment request
James Landa, Area Manager for Waste Management, presented the rate adjustment
Amoroso/Smith all in favor to approve
a rate increase of 1.0392% for residential customers and commercial carts,
recycling and debris boxes. In addition, the Board approved a Waste Management
fee to commercial customers who overload containers plus a carry-in fee for
residential customers who arrange to have their containers carried to and
from the curb when the distance is over 50 feet.
8. Coastal Permit Application 05-13; Expanded
Water Use Permit Application 045- 069: Smith/O’Connor – 169 Elm Road
The owners wish to construct an unplumbed 625 square foot garage with attached
storage on a merged property divided by a 40 foot roadway. The garage would
be used in connection with an existing residence they own on the opposite
side of the roadway.
Amoroso/McClellan all in favor to issue
an unconditional Water Use Permit on the condition that the installation
of a hose bib at the garage be deleted from the plan.
9. Expanded Water Use Permit Application Salwen. 216 Ocean
Builder Roger Peacock noted that the owner is replacing two structures that
burned in a fire, with one structure that will contain two bedrooms and two
bathrooms. He pointed out that the total number of bedrooms and bathrooms
is remaining the same as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms that burned
Amoroso/ no second motion failed to grant a
conditional use permit
Smith/McClellan 3 in favor Amoroso opposed.
Kimball abstain. to grant an Unconditional Water Use Permit.
10. Resolution 515, Proposing An Election Be Held In Its
Jurisdiction; Requesting The Board Of Supervisors To Consolidate With Any
Other Election Conducted On Said Date; And Requesting Election Services By
The County Registrar of Voters
No action taken
11. Local Coastal Program: proposed Coastal Commission
resolution regarding periodic review
The Board received copies of a memo to the California Coastal Commission
from it’s Executive Director, Peter Douglas, regarding a proposed resolution
to review and update the previously certified Local Coastal Plans.
The Board also received copies of a letter to Director Kimball from Mark
Massara of the Sierra Club supporting the resolution to update Local Coastal
Director Kimball explained the importance of ensuring consistency between
the Local Coastal Plan and the Bolinas Community Plan.
11a. Addendum This matter was placed on the agenda during Item 4.,
Cela O’Conner reported her recent monitoring of the Moritz property. She
pointed out the critical importance of ensuring that overgrazing on the property
is not allowed to continue in keeping with habitat restoration and preservation.
12. Personnel Appointment: Administrative Assistant
Amoroso/Smith all in favor to appoint Julie
Beach to the permanent position of Administrative Assistant, to increase
the position’s hours to 26 hours per week and to increase the job’s wage
by $1.00 per hour.
13. Mesa Park: request for BCPUD to provide administrative
McClellan/Smith four in favor Siedman abstain
for BCPUD to perform Mesa Park administrative services, involving two hours
per month, and to be reimbursed for this work by Mesa Park at the rate of
125% of the Administrative Assistant’s wage.
14. Kaiser Permanente Group Agreement for 2005
Staff noted that the current employee health plan will increase by 26% in
2005 and presented an analysis of three different plans with progressively
higher co-payments and higher out of pocket caps. Staff further noted that
by changing coverage to a plan with a higher co-payment and a higher out
of pocket cap, BCPUD could save money overall by purchasing the less expensive
plan while still maintaining employee co-payment reimbursement at the current
Amoroso/Kimball all approve to
change the current employee health insurance benefit to the higher co-payment
and higher out of pocket cap plan, while maintaining the current level of
employee co-payment reimbursement
15. Call For Nominations: LAFCO Special District
No action taken.
16. Other Business
a. Board Committee Reports
--Finance: 2003-04 Audit; PERS 2005-06 employer contribution
Amoroso/Kimball all in favor
to approve the audit report.
The PERS employer contribution rate will increase from the current 4.647%
to 10.729%, effective July 1, 2005.
-- Legal: nothing to report
-- Mesa Septic, Flood Control and Roads: Nothing to report
-- Operations: Nothing to report
-- Park and Recreation: nothing to report
-- Personnel: nothing to report
-- Sewer: nothing to report
b. Minutes of October 20, 2004 Meeting
Smith/Amoroso all in favor to approve
Amoroso/Kimball all in favor to approve
d. Scheduling of Next Meeting(s)
December 15th, 2004, 7:30 pm
17. Adjournment 11:05 pm