ITEM:            CONSENT CALENDAR

6.         AUTHORIZE PAYMENT FOR FORT ORD MONITOR WELL LICENSE RENEWAL

Meeting Date:           October 30, 2003                    Budgeted: N/A

Program/Line Item No.: N/A

Staff Contact: Joe Oliver                               Cost Estimate:  3,084 General Counsel Approval: N/A Committee Recommendation: The Administrative Committee reviewed this item on October 14, 2003 and recommended approval. CEQA Compliance: N/A SUMMARY: The District maintains monitor well facilities at 11 sites on former Fort Ord. The license for three of these sites, on properties slated to remain under U.S. Army jurisdiction upon completion of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process, is currently up for renewal. District staff has been working with the Army to renew the license, which will be for a period of 25 years. The Army now charges administration fees to process such licenses, and the total charge for this renewal is3,584, as shown on Exhibit 6-A.  Of this total, $500 was included as a line item in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2003-2004 District Budget, and has been paid. The remaining$3,084 was not known at the time of the FY 2003-2004 budget development process, and will need to come from the District’s budget contingency.

RECOMMENDATION:  It is recommended that the Board authorize a payment of $3,084 for Army administrative costs in processing the District’s monitor well license renewal. This payment will be made if this item is adopted along with the Consent Calendar. BACKGROUND: The District has maintained monitor well licenses with the Army since the first District-owned monitor wells were constructed on Fort Ord in 1986. The monitor well locations have been selected to fill in strategic data gaps in the District’s ground water monitoring network in and near the Seaside Basin, and the data collected from these sites provide valuable information regarding long-term water quality and quantity of the ground water resources of the area. The current monitor well license renewal (License No. DACA05-3-96-508) is for sites FO-09, FO-10, and FO-11, which are on lands that will remain in Army ownership after the base closure process is completed. Other District monitor and injection well facilities on former Fort Ord are located on properties that are intended to be, or have already been, transferred from Army ownership. Continued use of those facilities is covered by separate easement agreements. It should be noted that staff contacted Army representatives both locally and in Sacramento to inquire about a waiver of the license renewal costs, but was informed that there is no option available to waive such fees. The Administrative Committee considered this item on October 14, 2003, and recommended approval on a vote of 3 to 0. IMPACT ON STAFF/RESOURCES: Staff resources are not significantly affected by maintenance of the District’s license and easements on former Fort Ord lands. Funds for$3,084 of the license renewal costs are available from the \$12,400 Water Resources Division contingency in the FY 2003-2004 budget (Summary of Expenditures by Division, page 37, FY 2003-2004 District Budget).

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