MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
ALAMEDA COUNTY FLOOD CONTROL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT
December 21, 2016
The following were present:
DIRECTORS: SANDS FIGUERS
ANGELA RAMIREZ HOLMES
DIRECTORS ABSENT: NONE
ZONE 7 STAFF: JILL DUERIG, GENERAL MANAGER
KURT ARENDS, ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER, ENGINEERING
OSBORN SOLITEI, ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER, FINANCE
DONNA FABIAN, ACTING BOARD SECRETARY
COUNSEL: DAVID ALADJEM, DOWNEY BRAND
Item 1 -
CALL MEETING TO ORDER / PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
President Quigley called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. and the board went into Closed Session
Item 3 - Open Session and
REPORT OUT OF CLOSED SESSION
The Board came out of Closed Session at 7:15 p.m.
President Quigley asked the audience to join him in a moment of silence on behalf of Margaret
Tracy, a dear friend and a long time Zone 7 board member, who recently passed away.
Item 4 - Pledge of Allegiance
President Quigley led the Salute to the Flag.
Item 5 -
President Quigley stated that he had quite a few speaker cards and invited Rob Brent from the
audience. Mr. Brent, resident of Pleasanton, spoke about his dismay at the increase in water
rates while customers have done more conserving than they were asked. He said that Zone 7's
salaries are higher than other local water agencies and that the citizens are upset and feel they are
Julie Testa, also from Pleasanton, said that there would probably be a common theme at tonight's
meeting. She said the community is coming together and that they are outraged that after
reducing water consumption, they are being penalized with excessive rate increases. She said
she is a small business owner and when her revenues decrease she has to cut back on her
expenses. She said that Zone 7 needs to look at their expenses and share the burden of the
shortfall that the Zone is experiencing with the reduction of water use.
Paul Fagliano, a resident of Livermore, stated that he is concerned that there may be some
potential marijuana grow sites approved in eastern Alameda County and he wanted to bring it to
the board's attention. He is concerned that chemicals could potentially get into the groundwater.
John Bauer, resident of the City of Pleasanton, stated that last year he attended his first Zone 7
board meeting. The main topic of discussion was a rate increase that was to take place over three
years. He said staff stated there was no money in the reserves, and that a rate increase was
needed to rebuild the reserves so that Zone 7 could issue bonds to pay for the ozone treatment
project. He said that current water supply at the tap does not exceed 10 parts per billion of
chrome 6 and he feels an ozone plant is not required. He is requesting the board roll back the
rates to 2015 levels.
Vin Poh' Ray, resident of Pleasanton, stated that the board is causing citizens heartache with a
56% hike in rates. He said that Zone 7 spends more than 50% of the money that is collected
from customers on salaries. He asked that the board repeal the rate hike that is planned for
Purnam Sheth, also a resident of Pleasanton, thanked the Board for raising the rates on water
because it was a bad mistake. He said the board has not listened to what the citizens want. He
said that Zone 7 claimed to raise the rates because of the drought and low revenue, but he said
that that is not true. He said Zone 7's revenue went from $65 million in 2012 to $104 million in
Page 3 2016. He said that Zone 7 doesn't have a revenue problem, they have a spending problem. He
said the board has a choice to not increase the rates.
Kathy Narum, Pleasanton Councilmember, thanked Zone 7 for agreeing to a workshop to
educate and clarify the water rates for their residents, and share information about any rebate
programs that might be available. She said their staff is happy to arrange for a meeting room in
Pleasanton at no cost to Zone 7.
Lin Reedy, resident of Pleasanton, wanted to reiterate much of what has been said. She said a lot
of people have taken a lot of time to understand their bills. They're going up and they're going
up over 50% while they've reduced. She feels it is clearly an expense problem. She said a lot of
folks are in business, a lot of have small businesses, and they understand that you have to
manage expenses. She said Zone 7 is not managing expenses. She wants to see salaries down,
and that the whole issues with retirement is a mistake. She said that Zone 7 needs to address the
fact that they have a humongous expense issue.
There were no further public comments.
Item 6 -
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF NOVEMBER 16, 2016
Director Palmer moved that the minutes be approved, and Director Greci seconded the motion.
The minutes were approved by a voice vote of 7-0.
Item 7 -
a. Chain of Lakes Well Nos. 1 & 2 Ground Movement Investigation and Utility Relocation
b. Annual Report on Collection and Use of Development Fees
c. Amending Existing Security Services Contract
d. Authorization to Execute Contract with Agency Treasurer
e. Amendment to October Board Meeting Minutes
Director Greci moved to approve the consent items and Director Stevens seconded the motion.
The items were passed by a voice vote of 7-0.
Resolution No. 16-185 Authority to Conduct Chain of Lakes Well Nos. 1 & 2 Ground
Movement Investigation and Utility Relocation
Resolution No. 16-186 Accepting the Annual Report on Collection and Use of
Resolution No. 16-187 Authority to Amend Contract for Security Guard Services
Resolution No. 16-188 Authorization to Execute Treasurer Contract
Resolution No. 16-189 Correction of Minutes of October 19, 2016, meeting
Item 8 -
a. October Employee of the Month
Ms. Duerig announced that James Ballou, Water Plant Operator in the Operations Division, was
selected as October's Employee of the Month. Ms. Duerig stated that Mr. Ballou is one of the
Plant Operators currently working in the wellfield. She said that he is one of those wonderful
people who is very good at keeping his head in all kinds of situations. He locates pipelines for
future digging, and he monitors the water quality to make sure our wells are operating well. His
coworkers appreciate his willingness to step up, and his diligence in getting the job done. The
board joined Ms. Duerig in congratulating Mr. Ballou in absentia.
b. New Employee Introduction
Ms. Duerig announced a new employee. Jatinder Brar, Water Plant Operator III, started on
November 21st, reporting to Colter Andersen. Mr. Brar comes to Zone 7 with over 12 years of
operating experience, having worked for the Sonoma Developmental Center, Solano Irrigation
District and most recently the California State Prison in Solano. He holds Grade 4 water
treatment and Grade 3 water distribution certificates.
Item 9 -
DECISION TO BECOME THE GROUNDWATER SUSTAINABILITY AGENCY AND TO SUBMIT AN ALTERNATIVE GROUNDWATER SUSTAINABILITY PLAN
Matt Katen, Groundwater Section Manager, gave a brief presentation on the steps necessary for
Zone 7 to accept the role of Groundwater Sustainable Agency (GSA) and submit an Alternative
Plan for our Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP). Mr. Katen highlighted the requirements of
the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) and Zone 7's designated role as
the exclusive GSA for the Livermore Valley Groundwater Basin, which is a medium priority
basin requiring that a sustainability plan be created, as determined by the Department of Water
Resources (DWR). Basins with a history of sustainable management for 10 years or greater have
the option to file an Alternative GSP by January 1, 2017.
Because Zone 7 can show sustainable management of the Livermore Valley Groundwater Basin
for over 40 years, staff prepared an Alternative GSP with the assistance of Todd Groundwater,
which is due by January 1, 2017. Iris Priestaf, President of Todd Groundwater, was present in
Staff also asked the Board to accept the role, as designated in the SGMA
legislation, as the GSA for the Livermore Valley Groundwater Basin. Additionally, the Board
was asked to find that becoming a GSA was not a Project subject to CEQA and therefore direct
staff to file GSA notification with DWR and CEQA Notice of Exemptions in both Alameda and
Contra Costa counties.
Director Stevens commented on the complexity of explaining the nature of groundwater basin
functions to the public and stated his complete agreement with the proposed action for Zone 7 to
accept the GSA. He stated that the Alternative GSP was a great report and a summary of
everything Zone 7 is doing in the basin including the chapter on land surface subsidence
measuring, which can be a confusing topic to the public as has been the case with some local
Director Ramirez Holmes inquired as to the difference between elastic and inelastic subsidence
that was referenced. Mr. Katen explained that elastic deformation is cyclical and recoverable
and is related to numerous soil conditions including the amount of moisture and water elevations.
Inelastic deformation causes permanent change and down drop of land surface. Director Stevens
further clarified that elastic deformation is similar to what has been observed in the City of
Pleasanton where the soil acts like a sponge and compresses when dry, but expands again when
wet, and that inelastic is more like a crushing of soil particles that cannot be recovered.
Director Ramirez Holmes further inquired about the nature of the "public involvement" that was
referenced in the Board resolution. Ms. Duerig explained that this was in reference to not only
the meetings that have previously been held including two Water Resource Committee meetings
on the subject, but also the history that Zone 7 has had, such as the series of meetings held during
the adoptions of both the original Groundwater Management Plan and the most recent Nutrient
Management Plan. Zone 7 plans to continue this level of public engagement.
President Quigley commented that the report, although voluminous, was wonderful and serves as
a primer for conjunctive use. He commended staff for their hard work and noted the Agency's
efforts to keep the groundwater basin healthy and sustainable. He also noted that he was proud
that the Agency had been sustainably managing groundwater for over 40 years and that we are a
"poster child" for the State. He offered kudos to staff and Todd Groundwater for the report.
Lastly, President Quigley inquired about the specifics of the timeline for DWR's acceptance of
the report. Ms. Duerig explained that DWR is allowed to set their own timeframe and reminded
the Board of similar efforts that have taken upwards of two years.
Director Figuers echoed what had been said by other Board members regarding the quality of the
writing and the report and complemented staff and Todd Groundwater. He noted that the report
showed what a respectable job Zone 7 had done of managing our water supply.
Director Palmer noted that she ran into the consultant from Todd Groundwater working on the
report at the ACWA conference in Anaheim and that Phyllis Stanin had commented on how easy
her job had been to document Zone 7's groundwater management because the information was
already assembled so well, and that the work had already been done by staff through the years.
President Quigley opened the Public Hearing at 8:06 p.m. and asked for public comment. There
was none. President Quigley then closed the Public Hearing.
Director Stevens moved to approve Item 9 and Director Palmer seconded the motion. The item
was approved by a voice vote of 7-0.
Resolution No. 16-190 Resolution to Become the Groundwater Sustainability Agency and
to File an Alternative Groundwater Sustainability Plan
Item 10 -
SITES RESERVOIR - PHASE 1 RESERVOIR PROJECT FUNDING
Amparo Flores, Integrated Planning Manager, gave a brief presentation to update the Board on
Phase 1 and the proposed Scope of Work to initiate the studies needed for the application to the
California Water Commission for potential state cost share (through Proposition 1 funding) in
exchange for providing qualifying public benefits. Ms. Flores noted that a Public Draft
Environmental Impact Report/Statement is included in the Phase 1 scope.
Zone 7's cost share of the project would make up about 5% of the Phase 1 cost of about $17
million. This Phase 1 cost share is based on $48.50/AF for Class 1 water and $24.25/AF for
Class 2 water (consistent with previous estimates presented to the Board of up to $60/AF). Class
1 water is unencumbered with respect to its use and makes up roughly 50% of reservoir storage
(250 thousand acre-feet (TAF)). Class 2 water represents the remaining expected yield, which is
currently reserved for only Proposition 1 (Water Storage Investment Program) public benefit
environmental uses, but which might become available depending on later decisions by the CA
Water Commission, the Sites Project Authority, the Reservoir Project Agreement Committee,
and potentially the federal government.
Likewise, Class 2 water is projected up to 250 TAF of
reservoir storage. Zone 7's costs have been estimated at $761,000 based on the Sites Project
Authority's counter-offer. Staff requested a contingency of 10% for a total not-to-exceed of
$850,000. Funding for future water, water storage and Delta-related projects is from Fund 310
(Water Supply and Reliability Fund), which currently has $4.8 million available.
Staff recommended that the Board adopt the resolution authorizing the General Manager to
negotiate and execute the Phase 1 Reservoir Project Agreement to participate in Phase 1 of the
Sites Reservoir Project in an amount not-to-exceed $850,000, which includes a contingency of
about ten percent.
Director Stevens stated his surprise that there were only 28 interested parties and inquired why
more contractors were not exploring the reservoir. Ms. Duerig noted that north of Delta
contractors would likely not need the supplies, there is limited capacity in the reservoir, and that
the offer was opened exclusively to State Water Contractors and Central Valley Project
contractors. Zone 7's request for 20,000 AF was reduced to roughly 11,000 AF of Class 1 water.
Should contractors back out or the State choose not to participate in the Class 2 water, then more
water could become available and the offer might be extended to others to participate. Director
Stevens asked why Class 1 water was more expensive than Class 2. Ms. Flores explained that
Class 1 water has more certainty. Class 2 water is designated for public benefit, so its
availability for drinking water supply is dependent on how much is funded by grants for
President Quigley asked if consideration of splitting the water in Sites 50/50, similar to the
SWC/CVP split in San Luis Reservoir, was explored. Ms. Flores explained that Sites would not
be owned by the project, as San Luis is, so this was not one of the options explored.
Director Greci stated that one of the lessons from the drought was that we cannot make water
and that additional storage and water supply would be a positive step forward in improving
reliability and addressing drought problems in the future. With limited availability of water for
agricultural uses, he further stated that Zone 7's proactive decisions like this one that have wellserved
the people of the Valley.
Director McGrail agreed with Director Greci and stated that he was a proponent of storage,
saying it is a step in the right direction.
Director Palmer noted that this is the only source of new water this side of the Coastal Range that
is not dependent on the Sierra snowpack and captures excess flows above the Delta.
President Quigley noted that the cost of this option at $600/AF is low compared to other
Director Stevens pointed out that although Sites would also be impacted under drought
conditions where we would likely not receive the full 11,000 AF, we have the option to store this
water locally during non-drought years.
Director Greci asked if we could use this water locally and bank less expensive State Project
water offsite. Ms. Duerig stated that we could store it locally in our groundwater basin.
Director Palmer inquired about the oversight of the Class 2 environmental water and who would
be determining how much was used to improve Delta ecology. Ms. Duerig stated that the
amount of Class 2 water would be based on funding from Proposition 1 and could be up to 50%
of the total available, but that details still need to be worked out.
President Quigley asked for public comment.
Eric Elam, resident of Pleasanton, inquired about the cost per acre-foot. Director Stevens replied
that the current costs for SWP water is roughly $500/AF and this option is much less than other
alternatives being considered like potable reuse and desalinization. Mr. Elam also stated that it
was his understanding that this was the first reservoir to be constructed in northern California in
many years and Director Stevens replied in the affirmative.
Director McGrail moved for approval and Director Palmer seconded the motion. The item was
passed with a roll call vote of 7-0.
Resolution No. 16-191 Authorizing Sites Project Authority's Phase 1 Reservoir Project
Item 11 -
CONTRACT AMENDMENT FOR THE PPWTP NEW MEDIA FILTERS AND CLEARWELL PROJECT TO INCLUDE DESIGN OF PPWTP OZONATION
Mona Olmsted, Associate Engineer in the Facilities Engineering Section, gave a brief
presentation on the addition of the Patterson Pass Water Treatment Plant (PPWTP) Ozonation
Project to the PPWTP New Media Filter and Clearwell Project.
Ms. Olmstead stated that at the April 2016 Board meeting, the Board authorized a professional
services agreement with CDM Smith for planning and design engineering services for the
PPWTP New Media Filters and Clearwell Project (PPWTP Project). The PPWTP Project
includes construction of three new media filters with a combined capacity of 12 MGD and a new
clearwell with 5 MG of usable capacity to help meet peak hourly and maximum day demands.
At the May 2016 Board meeting, the Board authorized a professional services agreement with
CDM Smith for planning and design engineering services for the DVWTP Ozonation Project.
The current CIP has the ozone installation at the PPWTP in 2029 at a cost of $26.86 million.
With the design for the DVWTP Ozonation and the PPWTP Project in progress, accelerating the
PPWTP Ozonation Project and implementing it as part of the PPWTP Project provides potential
cost savings of approximately $3 million. Accelerating the PPWTP Ozonation Project will also
provide more comparable water quality to all Zone 7 treated water customers. Should the Board
approve proceeding with the PPWTP Ozonation Project, the combined PPWTP Project is
anticipated to be completed by Fall 2021.
Staff recommends that the Zone 7 Board authorize the General Manager to negotiate and execute
an amendment to the CDM Smith contract for the PPWTP Project to include the scope for
planning and design services for PPWTP Ozonation-related facilities and improvements,
increasing the authorized planning and design contract amount by $1,960,000, for a total not-toexceed
amount of $4,160,000, which includes a 10% contingency. This was discussed with the
Water Resources Committee on November 2 and December 13 and they concurred in expanding
the scope and extending the schedule.
Director Greci commented that it is Zone 7's mission to provide reliable and safe water to our
customers and he is very supportive of the project. Director Palmer commented that we are
going to see more and more algae blooms and cyanotoxins are going to be a major issue. Ozone
is also one of the best ways to address contaminants of emerging concern such as endocrine
disruptors. Director McGrail agreed with the comments made and was pleased to see the project
going forward. He then asked about the chances of getting debt financing to which Mr. Solitei
replied that the agency is pursuing two paths, looking at a loan from the State Drinking Water
Program, and looking at bond financing. Between the two approaches, Mr. Solitei feels we
should be able to obtain funding.
Director Ramirez-Holmes asked about the distribution of customers between the two drinking
water plants. She also asked about the funding sources and if this would add to the amount of
debt needed. Mr. Solitei replied that the current plan for $40 million in debt is sufficient to cover
the addition of ozone at PPWTP. She asked about the additional operating cost of ozone and if
the amount indicated was an additional cost, to which staff answered yes. Director RamirezHolmes
expressed concern with installing ozone at two treatment plants at once and not learning
from lessons learned and the possibility of ozone not working. Mr. Arends responded that the
lessons learned that were mentioned were related to functional issues such as layout and
instrumentation and not the ozone technology. He stated that ozone is a proven technology for
treating delta water and all the other South Bay Aqueduct contractors use ozone, as do EBMUD,
Contra Costa Water District and SFPUC.
Director Stevens commented that rates for borrowing money are still low and now is a good time
to borrow and we owe it to our customers to build this project. Ms. Duerig responded that
money is available and in addition, we have the same consultant, CDM Smith, working on both
President Quigley expressed his support for the project and asked for comments from the public.
Resident John Bauer spoke encouraging the Board to vote no on this item. Mr. Bauer references
a statement that the project was needed for a safe reliable water supply and questioned that
rationale since our current water supply is safe. Mr. Bower also stated that if these toxins are
going to be regulated in the future, how does the consultant know what to design for until there
are regulations, referencing what happened with chromium 6.
Mr. Eric Elam of Pleasanton also spoke asking what percentage of the rate increase is going to
the $24 million? Director Figuers responded that none of the rate increase was due to this
project. Mr. Solitei clarified that half of the $24 million would be funded from connection fees,
which are separate from water rates. For the remaining amount, which is to be debt financed, the
ongoing debt payment would be the amount funded through water rates.
Mr. Elam also asked how much revenue is being generated from the rate increase? Mr. Solitei
responded that the total water rate revenue last year was about $28 million, but he would have to
follow up to get the specific numbers.
Director Stevens moved to approve Item 11 and Director Palmer seconded. The item was
approved by a roll call vote of 7-0.
Resolution No. 16-192 Authorizing Contract Amendment for the PPWTP New Media
Filters and Clearwell Project to include design of PPWTP
President Quigley announced that he missed reporting out of Closed Session. David Aladjem,
General Counsel, reminded President Quigley that the board considered a COLA increase for the
General Manager. Mr. Aladjem stated that what the Board did for all unrepresented managers,
was to provide them a 3%/2%/2% over the next three years, a COLA increase that began on July
1st, and what the board could consider is the same increase for the General Manager. Director
Stevens moved to approve the COLA increase for the General Manager and Director Greci
seconded it. The item was approved by a roll call vote of 6-1 with Director Ramirez Holmes
Item 12 -
INDEPENDENT AUDITOR'S REPORT AND COMPREHENSIVE ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 2016
(CAFR) for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2016
Osborn Solitei, Assistant General Manager - Finance, stated that he had a two-part presentation.
In the first part, Mr. Solitei gave a presentation of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
and in the second part, David Alvey of Maze & Associates, Independent Auditor, presented the
Independent Auditor's Report. Mr. Solitei said the combined report was presented to the
Finance Committee, which in turn recommended the report be presented to the full board. He
further stated that the purpose of the audit was to ensure compliance with generally accepted
auditing standards and the standards for financial audits.
Mr. Solitei said that based on Finance Committee recommendation, staff have been directed to
evaluate Zone 7's ability to have an Actuarial Valuation and Review of the agency's pension
plan; review options for establishment of a trust fund to address the agency's Net Pension
Liability; and to confer with the County regarding the agency's ability to negotiate independently
with unions for benefits including pension-related benefits.
Mr. Solitei introduced David Alvey, Vice President/Partner of Maze & Associates. Mr. Alvey
gave a brief overview of the Independent Auditor's Report and opened it up for questions.
Director Figuers stated that he had several questions. He began with the actuary evaluations for
the pension funds. He said we are still listing an assumed investment rate of return or discount
rate of 7.6%. He asked for real numbers, stating you can't get 7% these days. Director Stevens
stated that Zone 7 does not set the numbers, ACERA actuary does.
Mr. Solitei said based on the requirements of Governmental Accounting Standards Board
("GASB") Statement No. 68, the discount rate used to measure the total pension liability was
7.6% for the Plan. The Net Pension Liability at June 30, 2016 was $24.9 million. Mr. Solitei
said he would be glad to talk with ACERA to find out the actual earning on investments for
2016, but for the purposes of satisfying the GASB No. 68, the discount rate used was 7.6%.
Director Figuers said he has been asking for years for this information. He is finding even at
their own assumption, a high rate of 7.6%, we're still $25 million short. If you dropped down, if
we went up to $36 million, we drop down to 6%, well we drop it down to 4%, we're up to $50,
$60, $70 million dollars and that's what we're going to be facing.
Ms. Duerig responded that we can't give you anything we don't have. We are a member of
ACERA and ACERA's actuary provides the discount rate whether we like the way they're
calculating it or not. She said Director Figuers' question about other post-employment benefits
(OPEB) has to do with retirement health care. The way our health care is set up, currently, it
isn't a guaranteed benefit. Therefore, when we ask ACERA they say there is no OPEB. We
cannot reinterpret what ACERA actuary is giving us and give the board something different.
That is why the Finance Committee suggested that we might want to look at getting our own
actuary to determine the liability.
Director Ramirez Holmes stated that we are lucky to have any information because last year's
audit was the first time we ever got information about our proportional share of the Alameda
County retirement liability. She continued that at the last audit, we did get some of this
information and we reported it out from the Finance Committee. We had a conversation about
trust funds but because it was a new GASB requirement, we didn't have the means to grapple at
that point with taking any concrete action. This year as we saw the number increase, we had a
long discussion at the Finance Committee and forwarded three recommendations to the full
board for considerations: get our own agency actuary separate from the County; review options
for establishment of a pension trust fund; and confer with the County regarding the Agency's
ability to negotiate with unions for benefits, including pension-related benefits. She clarified that
the Agency should have its own actuary report similar to the other agencies within ACERA
(LARPD, Housing Authority, etc.). She also stated that next year OPEB financial reporting will
be available through the CAFR, so we'll have a real number which the county has told us up
until now will be zero. She stated the California Public Employees' Pension Reform Act
("PEPRA") had some good things including a requirement by employee groups that had to start
contributing some and employers to pay their full share. We want to keep the promise we made
to our employees, but we don't even have anything to do with the promise. She stated she wants
the Board to understand the magnitude of the unfunded liability although it is just a snapshot in
time. We need to have some kind of a plan whether the liability is $10 million or $50 million.
Director Figuers said he appreciates what the Finance Committee has been doing. Yes, the
statistics of our employees' ages will have an effect on it and a lot of these will have an effect,
but the 600-pound gorilla is the interest rate.
Director Ramirez-Holmes said you can look on page 49, and also ACERA's website has a
number of information there. They also have an elected board so they run among the people who
have the ACERA benefits.
President Quigley said he'd like to focus on the Finance committee's recommendation to
approve the audit. He complimented Osborn for going out of his way on the CAFR and David
Alvey for the audit. He added that we are kind of held hostage on our pension liability by the
county and the committee made three suggestions for next year.
Director Palmer commended Osborn and his group, and also the Finance Committee in particular
for the three new recommendations.
Director Ramirez Holmes expressed her continued concern about the labor category being $2.7
million over budget. She feels like we have got to figure out how to improve the labor numbers.
Mr. Solitei reviewed labor costs. The $2.7 million in Fund 100 is from deferred projects. Fund
120, the Capital and Renewal and Replacement fund was under by approximately $2 million,
again because some projects were deferred labor charged to Fund 100. In the report, other funds
(130, 200 and 210) have less actual than the budget.
Director Stevens expressed concerns on the growing unfunded liability for pension (which was
approximately 11% from last year) and wanted the Agency to start tackling the issue. He
continued we need to start building a reserve for it and we have to come up with a plan and the
three recommendations from the Finance Committee are the beginnings of that plan.
President Quigley asked if there were any other questions or comments and seeing there were
none, Director Palmer moved to approve the item and Director Ramirez Holmes seconded it.
The motion was passed by a voice vote of 7-0.
Resolution No. 16-193 Accepted the Independent Auditor's Report and the
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year
Ended June 30, 2016.
Item 13 -
a. Water Resources Committee Meeting Notes - December 13, 2016
b. Finance Committee Meeting Notes - December 13, 2016
David Bauer, resident of Pleasanton, repeated concerns about rates.
Director Ramirez Holmes reminded him Zone 7 will have an informational meeting on rates.
Item 14 -
a. Verbal comments by President
b. Written report by Director Quigley
c. Verbal reports
Director Ramirez Holmes attended the swearing in of the new legislature in Sacramento on
December 5th which was a lot of pomp and circumstance and quite nice to see all of that. She
also attended the swearing in of the new Dublin City Council, the swearing in in Pleasanton, and
the elected women's lunch in San Ramon.
Director Palmer provided written notes from the ACWA Fall Conference.
Item 15 -
ITEMS FOR FUTURE AGENDA - DIRECTORS
Director Stevens would like to add the marijuana issue in east Livermore, and Director Ramirez
Holmes wishes to add an informational report on the potential fracking issue to a future meeting.
Item 16 -
(Information items. No action will be taken.)
a. General Manager's Report
b. Water Inventory and Demand Update (October 2016)
c. Water Inventory and Demand Update (November 2016)
d. Legislative Update
e. Outreach Activities
f. Update Related to the Cal WaterFix (former Bay Delta Conservation Plan)
g. Chain of Lakes Well No. 1 Ground Movement and Cope Lake Slope Repair
h. Verbal Reports
Ms. Duerig shared that we were notified from DWR today that they increased the 2017 estimated
allocation from 20% up to 45%, which was surprisingly early in the year. We also got
notification that the California WaterFix final supplemental EIR and EIS should be posted on the
Cal WaterFix website tomorrow.
Item 17 -
The meeting was adjourned at 10:02 p.m.