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DRAFT MINUTES REGULAR MEETING MONTEREY PENINSULA REGIONAL WATER AUTHORITY (MPRWA) March 13, 2014

DRAFT MINUTES REGULAR MEETING MONTEREY PENINSULA REGIONAL WATER AUTHORITY (MPRWA) March 13, 2014

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Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority Minutes
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MINUTES MONTEREY PENINSULA REGIONAL WATER AUTHORITY (MPRWA) Regular Meeting 7:00 PM, Thursday, March 13, 2014 COUNCIL CHAMBER 580 PACIFIC STREET MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA Directors Present:
Burnett, Edelen, Kampe, Pendergrass, Della Sala, Rubio
Directors Absent:
None
Staff Present:
Executive Director, Legal Counsel, Authority Clerk
 ROLL CALL
The meeting was called to order at 7:01 p.m.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE REPORTS FROM BOARD DIRECTORS AND STAFF
There were no reports from Directors. Executive Director Cullem reported on changes to the printed packet materials and questioned direction on how to proceed with Cal Am’s request to reduce Surcharge 1 from 15% to 4.5% and extend the period of time it was charged. The Directors requested he handle it administratively.
PUBLIC COMMENTS
President Della Sala invited public comment for items not on the agenda.
 Tom Rowley spoke to the Government Affairs Committee meeting where Nichole Charles reported regarding SB 936. He requested re-ordering the agenda to take up Agenda Item 8 first.
 Doug Wilhelm questioned the proposed reduced surcharge asking if it would increase the total amount of money over the course of the loan. Executive Director Cullem responded that it would not.
 George Breammer advocated strongly for residents to take care of themselves and encouraged individuals to obtain personal rain water and grey water catchment, and other self sustaining water supply systems.
 Darby Mossworth spoke concerning future legislation that would allow unlimited amounts of money to be contributed to elections.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
On a motion by Director Pendergrass, seconded by Director Edelen, and carried by the following vote, the Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority approved the minutes for both January 30, 2014 and February 13, 2014.
AYES: 5 DIRECTORS: Burnett, Edelen, Kampe, Pendergrass, Rubio, Della Sala NOES: 0 DIRECTORS: None
 
MPRWA Minutes Thursday, March 13, 2014 Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority Regular Meeting Minutes - Thursday, March 13, 2014 2 ABSENT: 0 DIRECTORS: None ABSTAIN: 0 DIRECTORS: None RECUSED: 0 DIRECTORS: None 1. January 30, 2014 Special Meeting
Action: Approved
2. February 13 2014
Action: Approved
AGENDA ITEMS
3. Approve and File Checks for the Period of February 2014.
Action: Approved
Authority Clerk Milton reported regarding checks processed during February 2014. Under public comment David Lifland requested an update regarding reimbursement from the County of Monterey and the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District, both which are still pending.
On a motion by Director Rubio, seconded by Director Kampe, and carried by the following vote, the Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority approved to file the checks for the month of February 2014
AYES: 5 DIRECTORS: Burne
 
tt, Edelen, Kampe, Pendergrass, Rubio, Della Sala NOES: 0 DIRECTORS: None ABSENT: 0 DIRECTORS: None ABSTAIN: 0 DIRECTORS: None RECUSED: 0 DIRECTORS: None 4. Authorize Staff to Send Letter Nominating the Salinas and Carmel River Basins Study for Funding Under the Bureau of Reclamation's FY14 Basin Study Program Dave Stoldt, General Manager of the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District spoke to the item which would focus on assessing long term climate change on the local water supply from the Salinas and Carmel river basins. Mr. Stolt requested a letter of support nominating this study to the Bureau of Reclamation to accompany the application put forth by MRWPCA and MRWMD. In closing, he informed the Directors he would not stay for Agenda Item 8 to maintain the neutrality of the MPWMD. President Della Sala invited public comment on the item and had no requests to speak.
On a motion by Vice President Burnett, seconded by Director Rubio, and carried by the following vote, the Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority authorized staff to send a letter nominating the Salinas and Carmel River Basins study for funding under the Bureau of Reclamations’ FY 14 Basin Study Program.
AYES: 5 DIRECTORS: Burnett, Edelen, Kampe, Pendergrass, Rubio, Della Sala NOES: 0 DIRECTORS: None ABSENT: 0 DIRECTORS: None ABSTAIN: 0 DIRECTORS: None RECUSED: 0 DIRECTORS: None
 
MPRWA Minutes Thursday, March 13, 2014 Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority Regular Meeting Minutes - Thursday, March 13, 2014 3 5. Adopt Resolution Approving Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP (Brownstein) as Special Counsel for the period January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014, Authorize the Executive Director to sign a Consent and Waiver of Conflict of Interest, and Authorize the President to execute the agreement for legal services. Executive Director Cullem spoke to the item regarding extending the legal services contract through December 31, 2014 and authorize changing the firm from being the Authority’s Attorney of Record to being Special Legal Council. President Della Sala invited public comment on the item. Salfwat Malek questioned the total cost of the contract. Mr. Cullem indicated the budgeted amount is not to exceed $194,000 for 2014. Mayor Rubio questioned if there was any ability to align the contract with the fiscal year. Mr. Cullem spoke to the administrative effort required to process, renew and track all contracts at one time. Director Kampe spoke to the substantial costs for the legal services but defended the costs by saying that these are substantial projects which require a large level of collaboration, cooperation and perseverance and that this is a very modest budge considering the total cost of the project. The Directors spoke in support Mr. McGlothlin's efforts and experience noting that although expensive, his efforts saved rate payers over 120 million dollars between the Settlement Agreements and through Governance Committee structure and participation of the RFQ and RFP process.
On a motion by Director Edelen and seconded by Director Rubio, and carried by the following vote, the Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority approved the staff recommendation and adopted Resolution 14-02 Approving Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP (Brownstein) as Special Counsel for the period January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014, authorized the Executive Director to sign a Consent and Waiver of Conflict of Interest, and authorized the President to execute the agreement for legal services.
AYES: 5 DIRECTORS: Burnett, Edelen, Kampe, Pendergrass, Rubio, Della Sala NOES: 0 DIRECTORS: None ABSENT: 0 DIRECTORS: None ABSTAIN: 0 DIRECTORS: None RECUSED: 0 DIRECTORS: None 6. Authorize Extension of Contract with the City of Monterey For Executive Director Services
On a motion by Director Rubio and seconded by Director Edelen, and carried by the following vote, the Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority authorized extending the contract with the City of Monterey for Executive Director services.
AYES: 5 DIRECTORS: Burnett, Edelen, Kampe, Pendergrass, Rubio, Della Sala NOES: 0 DIRECTORS: None Authority Clerk Milton reported on the item requesting the Authority to authorize extension of the contract for Executive Director services with the City of Monterey. President Della Sala recused himself as mayor of the City of Monterey, the contracting agency. Vice President Burnett invited public comment on the item and had no requests to speak. The Directors spoke to the outstanding job Mr. Cullem has been doing.

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