Special Meeting/Board Workshop
Board of Directors
Monterey Peninsula Water Management District
June 16, 2005
The meeting was called to order at 7 PM in the MPWMD Conference room.
Board members present:
Larry Foy, Chair – Division 5
Kristi Markey, Vice Chair – Division 3
Alvin Edwards – Division 1
Judi Lehman – Division 2
Michelle Knight – Division 4
David Pendergrass – Mayoral Representative
Board members absent:
David Potter – Monterey County Board of Supervisors
General Manager present: David A. Berger
District Counsel present: David C. Laredo
The Assembly recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
No comments were directed to the Board during Oral Communications.
The Board members agreed that it was not appropriate to conduct a Water Summit at this time. Instead, a Town Hall meeting should be conducted on August 25, 2005 to present information to the public on the various proposals for development of water supply projects to serve the Water Management District. At the summit, water project proponents could display exhibits describing their proposed projects from 5 PM to 6:30 PM. The Town Hall meeting would begin at 6:30 PM with 10-minute presentations from water supply project proponents, followed by a question and answer period. The focus would be on answering questions from the public about the various projects and hearing their concerns about the water supply project proposals.
The following comments were directed to the Board during the public comment period on this item. (1) John Fischer acknowledged that the Board must move quickly on a water supply solution, even though complete information on Aquifer Storage and Recovery is not available. He urged the Board to communicate with other local agencies working to develop water supply projects so they are aware of what progress the District is making. (2) David Dilworth stated that the District is exhibiting leadership by encouraging public participation at the Town Hall meeting.
The Board discussed the proposed agreement and requested that District staff contact California American Water about renegotiating the agreement to address the following issues: (1) clarify that the license is not assignable and would revert to the District; (2) specify a 15 year licensing period; (3) clarify the return on equity limitation; (4) identify ownership of ASR water rights; (5) present two options to the Board for settling disputes, litigation and arbitration; (6) specify the District’s intent to support future ASR projects that are jointly undertaken with Cal Am; (7) delete any reference that connects the District’s ASR project to the Coastal Water Project. A date for Board consideration of the renegotiated agreement was not specified.
David Dilworth addressed the Board during the public comment period on this item. According to Mr. Dilworth, an agreement with Cal Am is not necessary because the District could operate the ASR project as a water distribution system. He urged the Board to delete the requirement for arbitration because those sessions would be closed to the public. He also suggested that CEQA review should be completed on the proposed MOA.
The Board discussed various methods of determining who has the authority to place items on committee or Board meeting agendas. The consensus was that each month the Chair and Vice Chair will review proposed agenda items and assign them to a committee or place them on the Board meeting agenda for consideration. The Board would like to see a charge developed for each committee sometime in the future, but that is not a priority task.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:45 PM.
CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
1. Discuss and Provide Direction on District’s Proposed “Water Summit” Meeting
2. Discuss Proposed Agreement with California American Water Regarding Management and Operation of Seaside Basin Aquifer Storage and Recovery Facilities
3. Clarify Authority of Chairperson, Officers and Board Committees
David A. Berger, Secretary to the Board