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MPRWA Regular Meeting Draft Minutes 07-25-13

MPRWA Regular Meeting Draft Minutes 07-25-13

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Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority, California American Water Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project
Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority, California American Water Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project

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MINUTESMONTEREY PENINSULA REGIONAL WATER AUTHORITY (MPRWA)Regular Meeting7:00 PM, Thursday, July 25, 2013COUNCIL CHAMBER580 PACIFIC STREETMONTEREY, CALIFORNIADirectors Present:
Burnett, Edelen, Kampe, Pendergrass, Rubio
 Directors Absent:
Della Sala
Staff Present:
Legal Counsel, Executive Director, Clerk
 ROLL CALL
Vice President Burnett led the meeting in President Della Sala’s absence.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCEREPORTS FROM BOARD DIRECTORS AND STAFF
Vice President Burnett reported that the deadline for the settlement documents is unchangedand is still scheduled for on August 31, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. He explained that the pre-hearingconference has always been scheduled to be after the settlement concludes and if interveningparties are to resolve a substantial number of issues through the settlement process, theprehearing conference will be less intense.Executive Director Jim Cullem reported on a scheduled trip for August 7, 2013 to visit theGround Water Replenishment and Desalination Facilities in Southern California. They will bringback any information and lessons learned to the Authority.
PUBLIC COMMENTS
Vice President Burnett opened the floor to public comment. Tom Rowley spoke representingThe Monterey Peninsula Taxpayers Association regarding an article in the Carmel Pine Conestating that the adopted position statement was a final document, but recalled statements madeby Directors that it was a working document. He then spoke to the public confusion due toinaccurate information in local news publications and that he is disappointed that MontereyCounty is not represented on the Authority. He then requested that the Policy PositionStatement more clearly specify the EIR to be a project level review of the alternative desalprojects. Lastly, he spoke to the quoted baseline increase to ratepayer’s bills of $44 dollars andwished the Authority luck with their proposed outreach plan. Having no further requests tospeak, public comment was closed.Vice President Burnett requested to agendize discussion at a future meeting of ways theAuthority can assist the County to become a member of the Authority. He then spoke to Mr.Rowley’s comments about the baseline bill increase of $44 and requested to get clarificationfrom Cal Am representation.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
 
MPRWA Minutes Thursday, July 25, 2013Monterey Peninsula Regional Water AuthorityRegular Meeting Minutes - Thursday, July 25, 201321. July 11, 2013
Action: Approved 
On a motion by Director Pendergrass, seconded by Director Rubio, and carried by the followingvote, the Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority approved the minutes of July 11, 2013:AYES: 5 DIRECTORS: Burnett, Edelen, Kampe, Pendergrass, RubioNOES: 0 DIRECTORS: NoneABSENT: 1 DIRECTORS: Della SalaABSTAIN: 0 DIRECTORS: NoneRECUSED: 0 DIRECTORS: None
AGENDA ITEMS
2. Receive Presentation, Discuss and Provide Direction on Adopted Position Statement
Action: Discussed, Direction Provided and Approved Changes 
Executive Director Cullem gave a presentation on the adopted policy position statement with thepurpose to break down the elements of the currently adopted policy position statement in such amanner that the public could understand the details. He then answered questions from theDirectors.
Legal Counsel Freeman indicated that the presentation was for informationalpurposes only and was a general overview of the po
 
licy position statement adopted at aprevious meeting.Director Rubio spoke to the adopted criteria for support of the Cal Am project and requested thedevelopment of more generic criteria that could be applied to other projects as a morecomparable approach.Vice President Burnett opened the item to public comment. Tom Rowley suggested changes tothe presentation to clarify to the public who the Authority is, provide the status of Surcharge 2,questioned how many wells were needed for testing purposes for accurate results and lastly,questioned if the Authority had considered contracting with SPI Consultants to update theiranalysis to reflect relative costs. Nelson Vega spoke to the portfolio of water projects, andquestioned that they be listed in terms of the priority. He questioned the term competitiveeconomics" and suggested it be measured in dollars to the ratepayer. Lastly, he questionedwhy there was still discussion of other projects, as they are not demonstrating they can besuccessful at delivering water.Having no more requests to speak, Vice President Burnett closed public comment, respondedto questions and brought the item back to the Directors for discussion. The Director's receivedthe report and acknowledged that it is important that the public is informed of this document dueto the Settlement Agreement deadline. They agreed to a few minimal word changes so thepresentation could be used as an outreach document and a reference between the settlementagreement and the position statement.On a motion by Director Pendergrass, seconded by Director Rubio, and carried by the followingvote, the Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority approved changes to the receivedpresentation regarding the adopted position statement:AYES: 5 DIRECTORS: Burnett, Edelen, Kampe, Pendergrass, RubioNOES: 0 DIRECTORS: NoneABSENT: 1 DIRECTORS: Della Sala
 
MPRWA Minutes Thursday, July 25, 2013Monterey Peninsula Regional Water AuthorityRegular Meeting Minutes - Thursday, July 25, 20133ABSTAIN: 0 DIRECTORS: NoneRECUSED: 0 DIRECTORS: None3. Receive Report, Discuss and Provide Direction on Draft Scope of Services for Public OutreachConsultant
Action: Discussed and Approved Scope of Services 
 Executive Director Cullem spoke to the item and discussed the different options for publicoutreach without duplicating efforts of other public agencies, while keeping costs minimum. Herequested direction on the draft scope of services and permission to move forward securingconsultant services then answered questions from the Directors.Director Pendergrass expressed concern about the cost and spoke to opportunities foroutreach via editorials in the local newspaper. Director Rubio requested that a meetingsynopsis be provided to report at member city council meetings.Vice President Burnett opened the item to public comment. Nelson Vega suggested theAuthority communicate why they are different from the Monterey Peninsula Water ManagementDistrict and other water agencies and why this agency can deliver a successful project. Havingno additional requests to speak, public comment was closed.Director Edelen indicated it was not cost effective for a consultant to attend Authority meetings.The Authority Clerk agreed to have an action summary prepared in a timely manner after themeetings to distribute to the member cities.On a motion by Director Kampe, seconded by Director Rubio, and carried by the following vote,the Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority approved the presented draft scope ofservices, eliminating the need for the consultant to attend Authority meetings, and authorizedthe Executive Director to solicit for Public Outreach consultant services:AYES: 5 DIRECTORS: Burnett, Edelen, Kampe, Pendergrass, RubioNOES: 0 DIRECTORS: NoneABSENT: 1 DIRECTORS: Della SalaABSTAIN: 0 DIRECTORS: NoneRECUSED: 0 DIRECTORS: None4. Review, Discuss and Provide Direction on Draft Opinion Editorials for Future Publication
Action: Discussed and Provided Direction 
Director Burnett spoke to the item and to the intent of providing opinion editorials to theMonterey Herald for publication as a method of public outreach. Executive Director Cullemspoke to the four proposed opinion editorial topics and indicated additional future articles couldaddress items such as the cost of water, contingencies and risks.Director Burnett then spoke to the timing of the release of the articles and requested that theycoincide with the release of the pending settlement agreement. The Directors discussed timing,distributions that would be acceptable under the California Brown Act, as well as the namesthat should be listed as endorsing the article. The Directors agreed to have the AuthorityPresident endorse the message First.

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