Board of Directors
Monterey Peninsula Water Management District
April 17, 2006
The meeting was called to order at 7:05 PM in the Boardroom of the Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency offices.
Board members present:
Michelle Knight, Chair – Division 4
Larry Foy – Division 5
(Participated by telephone from Surprise,
David Potter –
Board members absent: None
General Manager present: David A. Berger
District Counsel present: David C. Laredo
The assembly recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
George Riley addressed the Board. He urged the Board to support SB1630 because it would allow public agencies to participate in a cooperative environment when negotiating for purchase of a private utility. He proposed that adoption of SB1630 would be advantageous to any public entity that bid for purchase of the local California American Water System.
On a motion by Director Pendergrass and second by Director Edwards, the Consent Calendar items were approved unanimously on a vote of 7 – 0.
Henrietta Stern, Project Manager, presented the report. A summary is on file at the District office. General Manager Berger advised the Board that Poseidon Resources, the consultant working with Pajaro/Sunny Mesa Community Services District on development of a desalination plant at Moss Landing, has not submitted project cost information requested by the District. Director Potter suggested that the Board should decide if the comparison of desalination project costs and timelines study could be completed without the requested information.
During the question and answer period on this item, Director Potter proposed that regulatory agencies, public-interest groups, and the District should work together to improve the survival rate of Carmel River Steelhead. He suggested that within six months such a group should develop a plan for managing the Carmel River Lagoon, and moving the steelhead upstream without capturing and trucking them. General Manager Berger announced that David Dettman will retire from the District in July 2006.
Joseph Oliver, Water
Resources Division Manager, presented the report. A summary is on file at the District
office. He stated that as of April 11,
2006, Cal-Am production from the
Larry Hampson, Water
Resources Engineer, presented the report which is on file at the District
office. He explained that the District
initiated a temporary Declaration of Emergency Status for the
Director Lehman commented
on a letter, from Hebard Olson suggesting changes to the format of PowerPoint
presentations so they would be easier to view by the television
audience. She suggested that graphs
prepared by staff use various patterns, instead of colors to differentiate
between fields. Director Markey
reminded the Board and viewers that all PowerPoint presentations are
available for view at the District’s website on the day following the Board
meeting. She suggested that the
televised broadcast would be improved if the bottom of the viewing screen
included text identifying the topic of discussion. General Manager Berger advised the Board
that the quality of the broadcast will improve when the Board meetings are
broadcast for the District conference room, because an updated method of
broadcasting the presentations will be implemented. Director Potter spoke on the May 10, 2006
meeting regarding formation of the Monterey Bay Regional Water
Authority. He stated that there was
consensus among the meeting participants that a new regional entity should
review regional water needs and solutions.
Director Pendergrass noted that the concern among the participants was
how to pay for the work of the Monterey Regional Water Authority and how to
pay for a new water supply project.
Chair Knight reported that the first meeting of the Seaside
Groundwater Basin Watermaster was conducted on April 5, 2006. Mr. Berger reported that the Watermaster
Technical Committee also met and developed a timeline and assigned tasks for
completion of the
District Counsel Laredo described the bill. Director Edwards stated that he added this item to the agenda so that the public would be aware of the proposed legislation. The Directors commented on the legislation. District Counsel Laredo reminded the Board that Meeting Rule 6 requires Directors to clarify that they are speaking as individuals and not on behalf of the Board when making oral or written comments.
The meeting was recessed from 8:40 PM to 8:45 PM. At the onset of the recess, Director Foy chose to end his participation in the meeting.
No action was taken by the
Board. Chair Knight noted that written
comments on the Draft EIR/EA will be received through May 8, 2006. The following oral comments on the Draft
EIR/EA were received. (1) Robert Greenwood read a letter on
file at the District office. He
requested that the Final EIR address the cost of installing a permanent
pipeline connection to the Cal-Am system, large enough to serve Phase 2 of
the project. (2) John Fischer, a resident of
Stephanie Pintar, Water Demand Manager reviewed Rules 11 through 24 of the proposed conceptual ordinance. During the presentation, Director Potter left the meeting at 9:20 PM and Director Edwards exited the meeting at 9:30 PM. Staff was directed to continue the review of proposed Rules 25 through 30 at the May 15, 2006 discussion of the conceptual ordinance. No public comment was received on this item.
Director Markey made a motion to adopt the proposed Board expense reimbursement policy, modify Meeting Rules 9 and 10, and require that specific staff members attend ethics training in accordance with AB1234. In addition, the Administrative Committee was directed to develop a procedure for reporting reimbursable expenses and to review the rules that allow annual cost-of-living increases on the $100 per day stipend received for attendance at meetings. The motion was seconded by Director Pendergrass and approved on a vote of 4 – 0. Directors Knight, Lehman, Markey and Pendergrass voted in favor of the motion. Directors Edwards, Foy and Potter were absent for the vote on this item.
There was no Board discussion of the Informational Items/Staff Reports.
The meeting was adjourned at 10:15 PM.
CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
1. Receive and File District-Wide Annual Water Distribution System Production Summary Report for Water Year 2005
2. Receive and File District-Wide Annual Water Production Summary Report for Water Year 2005
3. Consider Approval of Revised Text for Draft 2005 MPWMD Annual Report
4. Consider Adoption of Treasurer’s Report for February 2006
5. Water Supply Project Alternatives Update
6. 2005-06 Steelhead Rescue/Rearing Season Report
GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT
7. Status Report on California-American Water Compliance with State Water Resources Control Board Order 95-10
9. Report on 5:30 PM Closed Session of the Board
10. Oral Reports on Activities of County, Cities, Other Agencies/Committees/ Associations
11. Report from Director Edwards on SB1630 (Maldanado) re Investor Owned Utility First Right Buyout
12. Receive Oral Comment on Draft EIR/EA on Phase 1 Aquifer Storage and Recovery Project
13. Discuss Conceptual Ordinance Clarifying Rules Related to Water Permits and Credits
14. Consider Adoption of Board Expense Reimbursement Policy and Modification of the Meeting Rules to Comply with AB1234 and Designate Employees Required to Attend Ethics Training
INFORMATIONAL ITEMS/STAFF REPORTS
15. Letters Received
16. Committee Reports
17. Strategic Planning Initiatives Progress Report
19. Water Conservation Program Report
20. Monthly Allocation Report
22. Monthly Water Supply Status Report
23. Quarterly Water Supply Project Status Report
24. Quarterly Irrigation Program and Riparian Projects Report
26. Quarterly Water Use Credit Transfer Status Report
David A. Berger, Secretary to the Board