ITEM:

ACTION ITEM

 

18.

CONSIDER CONDUCTING BOARD WORKSHOP ON AUGUST 30, 2007 REGARDING OPERATING FUNCTIONS AND SERVICE RESPONSIBILITIES OF CALIFORNIA AMERICAN WATER (CAW), AND OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE PUBLIC OUTREACH COMMITTEE REGARDING CAW/MPWMD RELATIONSHIP ENHANCEMENT

 

Meeting Date:

February 22, 2007

Budgeted:

N/A

 

From:

David A. Berger,

Program/

N/A

 

General Manager

Line Item No.:

 

Prepared By:

Arlene Tavani

Cost Estimate:

N/A

 

General Counsel Approval:N/A

Committee Recommendation: The Public Outreach Committee met on February 13, 2007 and recommended unanimously that the Board adopt the five suggestions for improving understanding and cooperation with CAW that are listed on Exhibit 18-A.The list includes a request that Mr. Leonard speak on how CAW is operated and funded at an August 30, 2007 Board workshop.††† The POC requested that Mr. Leonard submit an outline of his presentation to the committee for review prior to the workshop.

CEQA Compliance:N/A

 

SUMMARY:††† The Districtís current Strategic Plan contains several objectives aimed at fulfilling the Boardís three-year strategic goal of establishing respectful and effective relationships with the local water company, Seaside Basin Watermaster, and the land use jurisdictions within the District.On November 30, 2006 District Public Outreach Committee members Knight, Edwards and Markey met with Steve Leonard of California American Water (CAW), and held an in-depth discussion to identify potential ways and means to further strengthen the working relationship and communication method between the District and the Company.Committee members and Mr. Leonard discussed and concurred in several specific actions to recommend to the Board, which are summarized in the November 30 meeting minutes (Agenda Item 22, Exhibit 22-B).

 

RECOMMENDATION:†† The Public Outreach Committee recommended unanimously that the Board adopt the five suggestions for improving understanding and cooperation with CAW that are listed on Exhibit 18-A.The list includes a request that Mr. Leonard speak on how CAW is operated and funded at an August 30, 2007 Board workshop.††† The POC requested that Mr. Leonard submit an outline of his presentation to the committee for review prior to the workshop.

 

IMPACT TO STAFF/RESOURCES: The impact to staff should be minimal because Mr. Leonard will prepare and execute the presentation.The workshop will be conducted in the District conference room and televised at a cost of approximately $300.

 

EXHIBITS

18-A††† List of Suggestions for Improving Understanding and Cooperation with CAW

 

 

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