8. RATIFY APPOINTMENTS TO PUBLIC OUTREACH/COMMUNICATIONS AND RULES AND REGULATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEES
Meeting Date: February 19, 2004 Budgeted: N/A
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SUMMARY: At the request of Chair Edwards, the Board will consider ratification of appointments to the Public Outreach/Communications and the Rules and Regulations Review committees.
At the January 29, 2004 Board meeting, the Directors ratified appointments to the Administrative and Water Demand committees. The Board deferred taking action on finalizing formation of the Project and Environmental Review, Public Outreach/Communications, and the Rules and Regulations Review committees until further discussion could be conducted on the role and responsibility of each committee, with the possibility of consolidating one or more of them. A complete discussion on the role and responsibility of each Board committee is schedule for April 19, 2004.
The purpose of appointing these committees now, is that District staff needs input from the committees in order to proceed with completion of current priorities. The Public Outreach/Communications Committee must review draft text of the FY 2003 MPWMD Annual Report before it is presented at a public hearing on March 15, 2004. The Rules and Regulations Review Committee should be prepared to take up any issue that could arise between now and April 19 that relates to changes in the District meeting rules, the MPWMD Rules and Regulations, or some administrative processes. For example, the Rules and Regulations Review Committee would have been the appropriate committee to review draft Ordinance No. 112 rescinding ex parte communication rules.
Attached as Exhibit 8-A is a description of the Public Outreach/Communications and the Rules and Regulations Review committees and names of proposed appointees to those committees. If the Board ratifies these committees, staff can begin working with them immediately on time sensitive issues. At the April 19, 2004 meeting, when a comprehensive discussion of the committees is conducted, the Board could dissolve, consolidate, or establish new committees.
RECOMMENDATION: Ratify appointments to the Public Outreach/Communications and Rules and Regulations Review committees.