VALLEY CENTER MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT
Regular Board Meeting
Monday, April 7, 2003
Place: Board Room
29300 Valley Center Rd.
The Valley Center Municipal Water District Board of Directors’ meeting was called to order by Vice President Polito at
members present were: Directors Polito, Aleshire, Stone and Haskell. Director Broomell arrived at
Staff members present were: General Manager Arant, General Counsel Cowett, District Engineer Jewell, Director of Operations Dacus, Director of Finance Jeffrey, and Board Secretary Stetson. Spectator present was Mr.
Ross, Valley Roadrunner Newspaper.
1. Upon motion by Aleshire, seconded by Stone and unanimously carried, the following consent calendar items were approved:
• Minutes of the Board meeting held March 17, 2003
• Resolution No. 2003-14 Adopting 2003 Revisions to the Local Guidelines for Implementing the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
• Notice of Completion filed for the Lilac Pump Station Reconstruction
• Audit demand check numbers 93255 through 93571 and wire disbursements
03-01 through 03-40
2. Resolution Requesting the San Diego County Water Authority and Metropolitan Water
District of Southern California Grant Formal Terms and Conditions Re: Podrasky/Ohlson
Board approval of Resolution No. 2003-13 was recommended to request the San Diego County Water Authority and Metropolitan Water District of Southern California grant formal terms and conditions for the concurrent annexation of 6.32 acres in the Paradise Mountain area to these agencies as well as to the District’s service area. The two properties (Podrasky/Ohlson) that have requested annexation to the District have experienced diminishing service from their respective wells. At this time, one property owner receives water service from the District on a temporary basis pending completion of the annexation procedures.
District Engineer Jewell explained that the 6.32 acres proposed to be annexed to the District is not contiguous to the District’s service area, but the properties are adjacent to a District water line. Property owners adjacent to the District’s service area near the Podrasky/Ohlson properties declined participation in the proposed annexation. Total annexation fees from the San Diego County Water Authority, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and the District were estimated in excess of $40,000. In addition, water meter services will be purchased and payment of capacity fees.
Upon motion by Aleshire, seconded by Stone and unanimously carried, the following resolution, entitled:
RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF
REQUESTING FORMAL TERMS AND CONDITONS
FROM THE SAN DIEGO COUNTY WATER AUTHORITY
AND THE METROPOLITAN WATER DISTRICT OF
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FOR THE CONCURRENT
ANNEXATION OF TERRITORY TO SAID AGENCIES
was adopted by the following vote, to wit:
AYES: Directors Polito, Aleshire, Stone and Haskell
ABSENT: Director Broomell
3. Lilac Mountain Ranch (TM #5014) Request for Concept Approval:
Concept approval of the Lilac Mountain Ranch water line extension project consisting of approximately 4,200 feet of 8-inch water main, ten 6” fire hydrants, twenty-two 1-inch water services and other required appurtenances was requested. The 109 acre property is located west of Lilac and North Berry Roads and is proposed to be developed into 22 large residential lots.
Staff recommended concept approval be granted for the Lilac Mountain Ranch water line extension project as it will allow for the orderly development of the property.
Upon motion by Aleshire, seconded by Stone and unanimously carried, concept approval was granted for the Lilac Mountain Ranch (TM #5014) water line extension project.
4. Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30,
General Manager Arant reported that the District received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2002, from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). The District had submitted its FY 2001-2002 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report to the GFOA for review. It is the eleventh consecutive year that the District has received this award which is considered the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting. Director of Finance Jeffrey and staff were commended for this accomplishment.
5. San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors’ Meeting:
The following action by the San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors at the March 27, 2003 meeting was reviewed.
▪ A position of “oppose” regarding AB 1385 was approved with opposing votes cast by member agencies of the Economic Study Group and the City of Del Mar’s representative.
▪ The SDCWA had entered into an agreement with Poseidon Resources Corporation regarding the Carlsbad Seawater Desalination Project. The City of Carlsbad had been working with Poseidon on development of the project. At issue is who will be the lead agency on the environmental documents.
Director Aleshire stated ACWA has been reluctant to become actively involved in desalination. As desalination is a major solution to California’s future water needs, ACWA’s inactivity in promoting this alternative water source was questioned. Director Aleshire reported he attended the American Membrane Technology Association Conference, “Emerging Trends in Membrane Technology Applications”, in which great strides in desalination processes were reviewed. A poll taken in Los Angeles’ eastern and western basins regarding acquiring future water needs indicated that the two top preferred methods to meet future water needs are recycled water for irrigation and industrial use and ocean desalination plants. General Manager Arant commented that ACWA’s efforts are concentrated on broader water policy issues rather than being technology oriented. Director Aleshire stated that ACWA could coordinate workshops or programs on desalination to bring a broader understanding on the improvements in desalination technology. Also, state and federal funds for research on desalination technology should be pursued more aggressively.
▪ Use of ozonation disinfection at Metropolitan’s Skinner Filtration Plant was supported. This action is in anticipation of completion of the water transfer with the Imperial Irrigation District and the reduction in Colorado River water and increase in water flows from the State Water Project which is higher in inorganic content.
· Government Code §54956.9(a), Conference with Legal Counsel - Existing Litigation.
Name of Case: Sweetwater Authority, et al. v. Dynegy, Inc., et al.
San Diego Superior Court Case GIC 760743
Name of Case: Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District, et al. vs. San Diego County Water Authority, et al.
San Diego County Superior Court Case No. GIC798230
Name of Case: Cougar Pass Coalition v. John Braman, et al.
San Diego County Superior Court Case No. GIN028464
· Government Code §54957.6(a), Conference with Labor Negotiations
Agency Representatives: Gary T. Arant, General Manager
William J. Jeffrey, Director of Finance
The Regular Board meeting was reconvened at 3:28 p.m. No action was reported.
7. AB 1385:
General Manager Arant reported that a hearing on AB 1385 before the Assembly Local Government Committee has been set for April 30th. If adopted, AB 1385 will provide a mechanism to allocate system capacity to an agency detaching from a county water authority. Language has been added to the legislation which would modify the voting governance at the water authority that would be similar to the voting structure at SANDAG (weighted vote and member agency vote). A lobbying firm, the Dolphin Group/Lang, Hansen, O’Malley & Miller, has been retained to pursue this legislation.
8. Upon motion by Aleshire, seconded by Polito and unanimously carried, the meeting was adjourned at 3:37 p.m.