Sweetwater Springs Water District

Board of Directors Meeting

 

MINUTES*

(*In order discussed)

 

 

Board of Directors Meeting

Regular Meeting, held at the Guerneville Library

September 6, 2007

6:30 p.m.

 

 

Board Members Present:                                 Wanda Smith

                                                                        Victoria Wikle

                                                                        Gaylord Schaap

                                                                        Ken McLean

                                                                        Susan Keach

                                                                       

Board Members Absent:                                  None

                                                                       

Staff in Attendance:                                         Chuck Howell, General Manager

                                                                        Julie Kenny, Secretary to the Board

                                                                        Chris Hanley

                                                                       

Others in Attendance:                                     Mike Gogna, District counsel

 


George Klineman, RR Monthly

Lloyd Guccione

Quynh Nhu Le

John Bauer

Steve Echia

Suzanne Beer

John Uniack

Scott Kersnar

Cliff Eckert

Doreen Atkinson

Frank Robertson, Sonoma West Times

Johanna Lynch, RR Times

Lee Torr, IV

K.R. White

Rob Anderson

Dennis O’Rorke

Gary Getchell

Elise Sokolay

Scot Stegeman

Rue Furch


 

 

I.     CALL TO ORDER

 

The properly agendized meeting was called to Order by President Wanda Smith at 6:30 p.m.

 

 

II.    CHANGES TO AGENDA and DECLARATION OF CONFLICT (6:32 p.m.)

 

The GM requested that Item III-D, Approval of Resolution 07-16, Authorizing an Increase in the Hourly Wage of the Office Manager, Julie A. Kenny, be removed for discussion as Item V-H.  There were no objections.

 

 

III.   CONSENT CALENDAR (6:32 p.m.)

 

Director McLean moved to approve the items on the Consent Calendar (listed below).  Director Keach seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

A.         Approval of the Minutes of the August 2, 2007 Regular Meeting

 

B.         Approval of Operations Warrants/Online payments/EFT payments/Construction Warrants, and West America account activity 

 

C.         Receipt of Item(s) of Correspondence.  (None.  Please note: Correspondence received regarding an item on the Administrative Agenda is not itemized here, but will be attached as back-up to that item in the Board packet and addressed with that item in during the Board meeting.)

 

D.         (Moved for discussion as Administrative Item V-H.)

 

 

IV.   PUBLIC COMMENT (6:36 p.m.)

 

Public comment was made by Lloyd Guccione.  Brief discussion ensued.

 

 

V.    REGULAR ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS (6:37 p.m.)

A.         (6:37 p.m.)  Discussion/Action re Tan Oak disease (Presentation by Berry’s Sawmill).  A presentation was made by Loren Berry and Jim Berry.  Discussion ensued.  Public comment was made by Lloyd Guccione. Public comment was made by an unidentified person.  No action was taken.

B.         (7:16 p.m.)  Discussion/Action re District Rate Study, RRROC, and Other Sources of Funding for District Projects.  The GM provided an overview of this item.  Extensive discussion ensued.  Public comment was made by the following people in attendance and discussion continued throughout:

 

Ken Whyte

Robert Anderson

Jon Bauer (provided handout for the Board)

Gail Culverwell

Terry Getchell

Lloyd Guccione

Linda Homen

Lisa Amador

Mary Atkinson

Lee Torr IV

John Uniack

Quynh Nhu Le

 

Further discussion ensued.  On poll, the Board voted 4-1 not to agree to oral conditions proffered by Supervisor Mike Reilly in exchange for his support of the District’s request for RRROC funding.  The Board concluded that the request was too vague and could be misinterpreted in the future.  Direction was given to staff.

 

*** President Smith declared a brief recess at 8:47 p.m.  The meeting reconvened at 8:55 p.m. ***

C.         (8:55 p.m.)  Discussion re Sustainable Infrastructure Conference attended by President Smith.  Director Smith provided an overview of this item.  The GM provided further comments.  Discussion ensued.

D.         (9:02 p.m.)  Discussion/Action re District goals.  Director Keach provided an overview of this item.  Discussion ensued.  This item was continued to the October meeting.

E.         (9:21 p.m.)  Discussion/Action re Resolution 07-15, for the Election of Directors to the Special District Risk Management Authority Board of Directors.  The GM provided an overview of this item.  Discussion ensued.  Director Schaap moved to elect Antonio Sedano, John Woolley, and William R. Miller.  Director Keach seconded.  Motion carried 4-0, with Director Smith abstaining from the vote.

F.         (9:27 p.m.)  Discussion/Action re District Policy 4040.30, Basis for Authority (media contact).  District counsel Mike Gogna provided an overview of this item.  The GM provided further comment.  Discussion ensued.  Public comment was made by George Klineman, Lloyd Guccione, and John Uniack.  Further discussion ensued.  Further public comment was made by Lloyd Guccione.  Further discussion ensued.  Public comment was made by Elise Sokolay.  Further discussion ensued.  Comment was made Mike Gogna.  Further public comment was made by George Klineman.  Further discussion ensued.  Further public comment was made by Lloyd Guccione, Further public comment was made by George Klineman.  Further discussion ensued.

G.        (10 p.m.)  Discussion/Action re Ballot for California Special Districts Association (CSDA) Board Elections.  Discussion ensued.  Direction was given to staff to vote for Sherry Sterrett and submit ballot.

H.         (10:03 p.m.)  Discussion/Action re Approval of Resolution 07-16, Authorizing an increase in the Hourly Wage of the Office Manager, Julie A. Kenny.  The GM provided an overview of this item.  Discussion ensued.  Director Wikle moved to approve Resolution 07-16, replacing the words “effective as of August 9, 2007” with the words “effective as of the first pay period following performance evaluation.”  Director McLean seconded the motion.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

 

VI.   GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT (10:03 p.m.)

 

A.         Laboratory testing

B.         Hwy. 116 Cal Trans Project

C.         Upcoming Mainline replacement projects

D.         District office lease

E.         District staff

F.         Office phone system

G.         CSDA Annual Meeting

 

 

VII.  BOARD MEMBERS’ ANNOUNCEMENTS/COMMENTS

(10:07 p.m.)

 

(None.)

 

 

VIII. ITEMS FOR THE NEXT AGENDA (10:07 p.m.)

 

1.         RRROC funding/Board of Supervisors Meeting

2.         Resolution adopting District Goals

3.         District Certificate of Deposit


 

ADJOURN

 

The meeting adjourned at 10:15 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Julie A. Kenny

Clerk to the Board of Directors

APPROVED:    

 

Wanda Smith:               ______________           _          ______

Victoria Wikle:               ______________           _          ______

Gaylord Schaap:           ______________           _          ______

Ken McLean:                 ______________           _          ______

Susan Keach:               ______________           _          ______