ZONE 7 Meeting
September 18, 2019
MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
ALAMEDA COUNTY FLOOD CONTROL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT
September 18, 2019
The following were present:
DIRECTORS: SANDS FIGUERS
MICHELLE SMITH MCDONALD
DIRECTORS ABSENT: ANGELA RAMIREZ HOLMES
ZONE 7 STAFF: VALERIE PRYOR, GENERAL MANAGER
OSBORN SOLITEI, TREASURER/ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER-FINANCE
COLTER ANDERSEN, PRODUCTION MANAGER
GURPAL DEOL, WATER QUALITY MANAGER
CAROL MAHONEY, INTEGRATED WATER RESOURCES MANAGER
MATT KATEN, PRINCIPAL GEOLOGIST, GROUNDWATER
RHETT ALZONA, PRINCIPAL ENGINEER
JOHN KOLTZ, SENIOR ENGINEER
TAMI CHURCH, ASSISTANT PLANNER, INTEGRATED PLANNING
DONNA FABIAN, EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE GENERAL MANAGER
ALEXANDRA BRADLEY, COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST
COUNSEL: DAVID ALADJEM, DOWNEY BRAND
Item 1 - Call Meeting to Order
President Figuers called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. and the Board immediately went into Closed Session.
Item 2 - Closed Session
a. Government Code section 54957(b); Public Employee Employment - Terms and Conditions of Employment. Title: General Counsel
b. Conference with Labor Negotiators pursuant to Government Code section 54954.5:
Agency Negotiator: Valerie Pryor/Osborn Solitei
Employee Organizations: Alameda County Management Employees Association; Alameda County Building and Construction Trades Council, Local 342, AFL-CIO; International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, Local 21, AFL-CIO; Local 1021 of the Service Employees International Union, CTW; Unrepresented Management
c. Conference with Legal Counsel - Existing litigation pursuant to Government Code §54956.9(d) (1): 3 cases. (1) Edwin Belshe and Ginger Belshe v. Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, Zone 7, et al., Alameda County Superior Court Case No. RG17868354; (2) City and County of San Francisco v. City of Dublin et al., Contra Costa County Superior Court Case No. CIV MSN18-0928; (3) County of Butte v. Department of Water Resources, Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District No. C071785 (on appeal from Yolo County Superior Court No. CVCV091258)
d. Conference with Legal Counsel - Potential initiation of litigation pursuant to Gov't Code section 54956.9(d) (4): 2 cases
e. Conference with Legal Counsel - Anticipated litigation pursuant to Gov't Code section 54956.9(d) (2): 2 cases
Item 3 -
Open Session and Pledge of Allegiance
President Figuers called the meeting back into session at 7:00 p.m. and led the pledge of allegiance.
Item 4 -
Report Out ot Closed Session
President Figuers reported that the Board discussed an Amendment to Appendix A, Footnotes to Salary Schedule 6.5. Director Quigley made a motion to approve the Amendment and Director Smith McDonald seconded the motion. The item was approved by a voice vote of 6-0 with Director Ramirez Holmes absent.
Resolution No. 19-76 Amendment to Appendix A, Footnotes to Salary Schedule 6.5
Item 5 -
Kelly Abreu of the Mission Peak Conservancy spoke regarding permits and fees for impervious services in unincorporated areas of Alameda County. He said there are areas that are being developed without permits, where Zone 7 is not benefitting from the fees.
Item 6 -
Minutes-Tri-Valley Water Liaison Committee Meeting of July 24, 2019 and Regular Board Meeting of August 21, 2019
Director Quigley made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting and Director Smith McDonald seconded the motion. The minutes were approved by a voice vote of 5-0, with Director Palmer abstaining and Director Ramirez Holmes absent.
Item 7 -
President Figuers pulled Item 7b and Director Palmer pulled Item 7d only to make comments. Director Palmer moved that items 7a, 7c and 7e through 7h be approved, and Director Quigley seconded it. The items were approved by a roll call vote of 6-0 with Director Ramirez Holmes absent.
Director Palmer commented on Item 7d stating she thought it was a brilliant idea to have a list of pre-approved engineering firms readily available for as-needed services. Director Palmer moved that the item be approved and Director Smith McDonald seconded it. The item was approved by a voice vote of 6-0 with Director Ramirez Holmes absent.
Matt Katen, Principal Geologist, presented a staff report on a request for authorization for a non-residential use of a commercial septic system on Morgan Territory Road in Livermore.
President Figuers asked that in the future the maps show where the leech fields will be located. Director Palmer moved that the item be approved and Director Gambs seconded it. Item 7b was approved by a voice vote of 6-0 with Director Ramirez Holmes absent.
Resolution No. 19-67 Development Impact Fee Deferral Agreement with East Bay Regional Park District for Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Park in Pleasanton, CA, APN 946-1350-7-8
Resolution No. 19-68 Authorization for Commercial Use of an Onsite Wastewater Treatment System for Oasis Venture, LLC, located at 7033 Morgan Territory Road, Livermore (APN 903-0007-001-01)
Resolution No. 19-69 Stetson Engineers Contract Amendment
Resolution No. 19-70 Authorization for As-Needed Professional Engineering Services (Water Supply System)
Resolution No. 19-71 Design Services Contract for North Canyons HVAC Replacement Project
Resolution No. 19-72 California Flood Preparedness Week: October 19-26, 2019
Resolution No. 19-73 Continued Participation in the Delta Conveyance Finance Authority
Resolution No. 19-74 Award of Construction Contract for the Dougherty Reservoir Recoating and Rehabilitation Project (Project No. 277-19)
Resolution No. 19-75 Authorization for Coating Inspection Services Contract for the Dougherty Reservoir Recoating Project
Item 8 -
Valerie Pryor, General Manager, announced that one new employee, Phillip Sipat, joined Zone 7 on September 9th as a Water Plant Operator II. The Board welcomed Mr. Sipat in absentia.
Item 9 -
Request Direction Related to the ACWA Region 5 Nominating Committee's Recommended Slate for 2020-2021 Term
Ms. Pryor stated that the Association of California Water Agency's Nominating Committee issued a call for nominations for Region 5 leadership. She added that the Board could either approve the recommended slate of candidates, or indicate individual candidates. Director Palmer moved that the Board concur with the Region 5 Nominating Committee's recommended slate and Director Quigley seconded it. Item 9 was approved by a voice vote of 6-0 with Director Ramirez Holmes absent.
Item 10 -
Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Update
Gurpal Deol, Water Quality Manager, presented an update of recent regulatory developments in California and Zone 7's monitoring efforts regarding PFAS. Director Smith McDonald requested there be a place on the website for the public if they have questions or concerns where they will get an answer. Ms. Pryor reiterated that while we are finding these numbers in our wells, the water is being treated so that the contaminates are not being passed to our customers. Director Quigley asked that the presentation and map be posted on our website.
Item 11 -
Implementation of InSAR Monitoring for Land Subsidence
Matt Katen, Principal Geologist, gave a presentation on Ground Surface Elevation Monitoring with Synthetic Aperture Radar Interferometry (InSAR). InSAR measures ground movement using data from orbiting radar satellites. This provides data every 12 days as opposed to every 6 months using the old method. It also covers the entire groundwater basin whereas the old method only covered the City of Pleasanton. In addition, it is significantly cheaper, includes data visualization software, and comes with technical support.
Item 12 -
Living Arroyos FY 18-19 Program Update
Tami Church, Assistant Planner, gave an update on the Living Arroyos Program. Following Ms. Church's presentation, she introduced Mr. Joseph Steelman, who was one of the first interns for Living Arroyos in 2013. Mr. Steelman is a graduate of Livermore High School. He was a student at Los Positas College when he first learned about Living Arroyos. He left the program to pursue college in Oregon and came back to take on the role of Park Enhancement Coordinator with Livermore Area Recreation and Park District. Mr. Steelman wanted to thank the Board for their continued support of the Living Arroyos program. He personally wanted to thank Director Palmer as he was one of her students in an AP Environmental Science class.
Item 13 -
Partnership for Safe Water Award
Colter Andersen, Production Manager, presented the Board with the Directors Partnership for Safe Water Award. Mr. Andersen was given the award at the National American Water Works Association (AWWA) Conference in June 2019. Mr. Andersen was proud to say that Zone 7 has participated in the program for 20 years and has met the requirements of this program for 20 consecutive years. The award specifically referenced 20 years of meeting the Partnership for Safe Water's water turbidity goals.
Item 14 -
a. Verbal comments by President
b. Written reports
c. Verbal reports
President Figuers gave Directors and staff copies of the Alameda County Resource Conservation District's Annual Report. President Figuers stated that he has been attending their meetings for over a year and gave a brief overview of what they do.
Director Palmer submitted and discussed her written report detailing the various meetings she attended last month.
Director Quigley stated that he attended the California Special Districts Association's meeting and wanted to make staff aware of the N3 Ranch real estate activities that are happening.
Item 15 -
Items for Future Agenda-Directors
Director Smith McDonald suggested we keep the public apprised of the PG&E shutdown situation. Ms. Pryor stated that a report was given a few months ago but we could provide an update in the future.
Item 16 -
a. General Manager's Report
b. Legislative Update
c. August Outreach Activities
d. August Water Inventory and Water Budget Update
e. Verbal reports
Ms. Pryor stated that Zone 7 is doing a graffiti abatement mural pilot program in a problem graffiti area in one of our flood control channels in Livermore. She also mentioned that Zone 7 is planning its first ever Open House on Saturday, October 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Parkside facility in Pleasanton.
Director Palmer mentioned that Zone 7's schools program, along with the American Association for University Women (AAUW) and the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District would be having a STEAM Divas event on Saturday, October 19th at Junction Avenue School. Director also thanked Communications Specialist Alexandra Bradley for all of the communications and notifications the Board has been receiving.
Item 17 -
The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 p.m.