MPRWA Minutes Thursday, January 31, 2013Monterey Peninsula Regional Water AuthoritySpecial Meeting Minutes - Thursday, January 31, 20132Steve Ecklund spoke in support of publicly owned water and against Cal Am's because they area for profit company.George Riley spoke representing Citizens for Public Water commending the Directors forputting together a package that might work and he hopes Cal Am will recognize and accept theproposal. He expressed concern that that Cal am has too many hurdles that are not addressedincluding litigation and water rights and the fact Cal am has not agreed to the conditions or thenumbers presented in the SPI report. He spoke to the fact he has and will continue to advocatefor public ownership and lowest cost therefore his efforts going forward will be to focus on analternative option and will work with the Water Management District to try to make thealternative project a viable project. With no further requests to speak President Della Salaclosed public comment.
1. Approve Budget Adjustment Necessary to Fund Separation Processes Inc. and Kris HelmConsulting to Prepare Testimony To Be Submitted To the California Public Utilities Commissionon February 22, 2013 and Appear at Subsequent Hearings in April. (CPUC A 12-04-019)Executive Director Reichmuth reported that staff has been compiling comments for thetestimony to be submitted to the CPUC by February 22, 2013. However
in order to facilitate thewritten comments for the testimony, staff is requesting the authority approve an additionalcontract with the Consultants for their expertise and experience. Staff recommends usingmoney from the contingency line item from the amended budgeted for FY12-13 therefore noadditional funds will be requested from the member cities. Member Reichmuth answeredquestions from the Directors. Mayor Burnett indicated that in addition to SPI Consultants andKris Helm Legal Counsel Russ McLaughlin and Ron Larkin will also be participating, and fundswill be used from the previously approved budget.Director Edelen questioned the testimony process to understand the need and the cost forstaffing. Russ McLaughlin clarified that no one is attending the testimony hearing on February22, 2013 but that comments submitted will be written testimony. Later in April, there will be anevidentially hearing before the CPUC where witnesses that provide written testimony will besubject to cross examination.President Della Sala opened the item for public comment and with no requests to speak closedpublic comment.Director Rubio spoke in support of sending the necessary professionals indicating the weight ofthe expertise will have an effect that will be evident to the hearing and does not think this is awaste of money. Director Pendergrass agreed with Director Rubio's comments.On a motion by Director Kampe seconded by Director Rubio and carried by the following vote,the Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority amended the FY 2012-13 approved budgetby a maximum of $15,000 as necessary to Fund Separation Processes Inc. and Kris HelmConsulting to Prepare Testimony To Be Submitted To the California Public Utilities Commissionon February 22, 2013 and Appear at Subsequent Hearings in April. (CPUC A 12-04-019):AYES: 6 DIRECTORS: Burnett, Edelen, Kampe, Pendergrass, Rubio, DellaSalaNOES: 0
NoneABSENT: 0 DIRECTORS: NoneABSTAIN: 0 DIRECTORS: None