Bolinas Community Public Utility District

Resolution No. 569

Declares An Emergency Exists and Authorizes the Installation of Security Measures to Protect the BCPUD’s Photovoltaic Generation Systems.

    WHEREAS, the Board of Directors of the Bolinas Community Public Utility District (“BCPUD”) previously approved the design and installation of photovoltaic generation systems at the BCPUD’s Woodrat Water Treatment Plant and its Wastewater Treatment Facility;

    WHEREAS, said photovoltaic generation systems currently are under construction at these sites;

WHEREAS, within the last two weeks prior to the adoption of this Resolution, burglary attempts have been made at two privately-owned, ground-mounted photovoltaic generation systems in the Bolinas community;

WHEREAS, one of the burglary attempts was successful, with the perpetrators stealing 26 of the 48 system’s panels, and one of the burglary attempts was not successful, but the perpetrators damaged the system in their attempt to remove its component parts;

WHEREAS, the successful burglary attempt was widely reported in the local newspapers (copies of the newspaper articles reporting this burglary are attached hereto);

    WHEREAS, such burglary attempts are unprecedented in the Bolinas community; and

WHEREAS, an assessment of reported events in the San Francisco Bay Area suggests that such burglary attempts are a very recent phenomenon, but an increasing problem at the present time.

NOW, THEREFORE, the BCPUD Board of Directors hereby finds:

1.    Based on the foregoing recitals, the Board finds that there is a sudden and unexpected but demonstrated need for the BCPUD to take immediate steps to protect its photovoltaic generation systems from theft and/or attempted theft.

2.    An emergency condition therefore exists and the BCPUD must take immediate  action to install appropriate security measures to protect its photovoltaic generation systems to prevent or mitigate an imminent loss of public property.

3.    It is not practicable to specify in this Resolution precisely the security measures that the BCPUD shall install to protect its property but the district finds that such security measures are necessary to protect the photovoltaic generation systems.

4.    The BCPUD photovoltaic generation systems represent a substantial investment of public funds by the Bolinas community

5.    The circumstances do not permit a competitive bid process due to the imminent need to protect valuable public property from a demonstrated and imminent risk of theft.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the BCPUD Board of Directors hereby authorizes the solicitation of informal bids from two or more qualified contractors and/or providers of services and directs the district to act as quickly as practicable to install and/or implement necessary and appropriate short-term and/or long-term security measures to protect the BCPUD’s photovoltaic generation systems.

    IT IS HEREBY CERTIFIED that this resolution was duly introduced and adopted by the Board of Directors of the Bolinas Community Public Utility District this 10th day of September, 2008, by the following vote:

AYES:    Amoroso, Kimball, McClellan, Siedman, Smith

NOES:  None


ABSENT:   None                                           

  ___Jack Siedman________
                            President, Board of Directors

_______Jennifer Blackman___