Bolinas Community Public Utility District
A Regular Meeting Of The Board Of Directors
August 18, 2004 270 Elm Road, Bolinas
1. Call To Order:
Directors Amoroso, Bertsch, Siedman and Smith present. Director McClellan
absent. Director Bertsch presiding. Director McClellan arrived at 8:06pm.
3. Manager’s Report
Board members received a copy of consulting engineer James Teter’s report
summarizing his literature review regarding using activated carbon filtration
to reduce THMs in treated water. Staff recommended a pilot project to evaluate
carbon filtration. The Board of Directors (Board) agreed.
Board members received notification of the Proposition 50 grant which helps
districts meet disinfectant by-product safe drinking water standards.
Director Amoroso noted that there were many audience members present who
were attending in order to speak to agenda item 13, reconsideration of the
BCPUD request for ban on Bolinas Beach camping and fires only where permitted.
He advised the audience that the matter would be taken up at approximately
9pm and that people were welcome to stay or to leave and come back specifically
for item 13.
Staff reported that the County of Marin (County) inspected the soil at the
Terrace/Overlook erosion zone and noted an underlayment of sand 15 feet deep
in this location. Lateral migration of the ground water through the sand
causes the soil to slip. Vince Howes, County consultant, suggested improving
the road’s life span by installing a wall to deflect the ground water and
drainage to carry away excess water.
Director McClellan noted that County should tie in any drainage work they
do with the overall Bolinas drainage plan. He pointed out that historically
there were problems of incompatibility between the drainage work in the Bolinas
plan and the County drainage work.
Staff reported that there is a good working relationship between County and
BCPUD on drainage issues in the Terrace/Overlook area. Staff expects BCPUD’s
portion of the project will be completed in September and that County will
begin its portion of work in October. The easement required in this area
has been recorded.
Staff presented an estimate for installing a fence for the Terrace/Overlook
Amoroso/Siedman all in favor to
award the contract to Bo Bo Construction to install the fence for an amount
not to exceed $3385.00
The Board received Laurie McDaniel’s July 15, 2004 letter noting that her
land parcel is a part of adjoining land parcels that are all served by one
existing water meter on Horseshoe Hill. She requested a legal opinion from
BCPUD about how she would be able to offer water service to a buyer, were
she to sell her parcel.
Staff noted that historically there has always been one meter serving these
parcels. Currently the parcels are being passed to individual heirs of the
original owner and each individual now has concerns about the future of water
service on their respective properties. Staff also noted that currently BCPUD
must drive on private property to gain access to the water meter for these
Director Bertsch suggested placing this item on next month’s agenda.
Director McClellan stated that he had enough information regarding this matter
in order for him to give his legal opinion. He stated his opinion that the
parcels are all the same property and that all BCPUD would do is split the
existing water service. Therefore, there would be no actual new water service
installed. Director McClellan stated that should a building project occur
on either parcel, they will be subjected to the Expanded Water Use Permit
Staff noted the parcels were split in October, 1971.
Director Amoroso asked that the item be placed on the next month’s agenda.
He noted that this it involves a precedent in Bolinas where a property owner
had two separate homes on one parcel and BCPUD did allow a separate meter
for each house. He further noted that he felt the board should go over this
issue in detail at the next meeting.
Staff stated that a letter will be sent to Laurie McDaniel stating that if
a split of the service is requested, the owners will be responsible for the
cost of any required system upgrades. The need for an Expanded Water Use
Permit in the event of future development would also be noted.
4. Community Expression
5. Appointment of New Member to Board of Directors to Fill
Vacancy Created by September 1, 2004 Resignation of Current President Joan
Director Siedman noted that tonight’s meeting was a forum for candidates
to offer their ideas and to respond to questions from both the Board and
the audience. Following this meeting, there will be ample time for contemplation
about who would make the best replacement for Director Bertsch’s seat. This
meeting is part of the process of electing a new board member at the September,
Director Amoroso stated that he agreed with everyone and noted that the Board
has 60 days to act on replacing the vacant Board seat. He further noted that
the County could intervene and appoint someone after the 60-day period if
BCPUD hadn’t appointed anyone.
Director Bertsch called on each candidate to give a presentation. Candidate
Jim Sequeira was not present. Candidates Joel Braverman, Bobbi Kimball and
Matt Lewis all made presentations and answered questions.
6. Coastal Permit Application 05-02; Use Permit Application
05-6; Design Review 05-Bolinas Community Land Trust: 6 Wharf Road (old Bolinas
Alethea Patton, Peacock Designs, presented the project. The first phase converts
the back portion of the Bolinas Garage to three live-work spaces. The 2nd
phase is to create a duplex with two bedrooms in each unit. She noted that
water conservation measures would be taken in construction and that a strong
conservation education program will be offered to residents. She further
noted that the number of parking spaces they will create will exceed the
County’s parking requirements and that the commercial uses of the space will
be finalized with County
Director Amoroso asked if parking controls could be placed on the rental
agreements for future tenants.
Don Deane, a member of the Bolinas Community Land Trust Board of Directors,
stated he would bring this matter to his Board.
Staff noted the deadline for comments on the project is August 23, 2004 and
that the Expanded Water Use Permit will be on the September meeting agenda.
Ilka Hartman from the audience suggested that the project include some housing
for homeless people. Director Smith suggested that this idea be brought before
the Bolinas Community Land Trust Board for consideration.
7. Use Permit Application 05-7: Cirincione -Coles. 71 Nymph
Staff noted there is a building permit issued for the project. An Expanded
Water Use Permit for the entire remodel that be considered at the September,
2004 meeting. This agenda item is specific to the garage portion of
Jerry Cirincione-Coles pointed out the project will cluster the garage with
the existing buildings on the property. The project is a minor remodel, less
than 500 square feet, with no design review required.
8. Mosquito Abatement; West Nile Virus (WNV) Task Force
Update: Stacey Henderson
WNV has been detected in a bird in Fairfax. An election for annexation is
proceeding to join West Marin County with Sonoma County and East Marin Mosquito
Abatement District. There will be a ballot for residents to vote on adding
$19.00 on their property tax bills to join the district.
Stacey Henderson pointed out that the Abatement District doesn’t freely spray
pesticides as a first response to mosquito infestation. She further noted
that the abatement district uses safer methods of eradication that are proving
9. Resolution 507, Citing Board of Directors Choices for
Determining Appropriations 2004-05 Appropriation Limits
Siedman/McClellan all in favor to adopt Resolution
10. Resolution 508, Stating District’s Appropriations Limit
for Fiscal 2004-05
Siedman/Amoroso all in favor District’s Appropriations
Limit for Fiscal 2004-05
11. Resolution No. 509, Accepting Completion of West Water
Storage Tank Cathodic Protection Project
Amoroso/Smith all in favor
to Accept Completion of West Water Storage Tank Cathodic Protection Project
12. Bolinas Beach Pollution
Director Smith explained that recently the County tested the water on Brighton
Beach and found high e-coli bacteria counts. He noted that during a follow-up
test, the count was below the allowed maximum containment level.
Staff noted that all sewer cleanouts and laterals along Wharf Avenue were
inspected and none was found leaking into the ocean.
13. Reconsideration of BCPUD request for Ban on Bolinas
Beach Camping and Fires Only When Permitted
Board members received letters from Cela O’Conner, John Glavis and Steve
Kinsey pertaining to camping on Brighton Beach
Director Amoroso referred to a July 30, 2004 memo from County Supervisor
Steve Kinsey stating his desire for a consensus regarding Brighton Beach
camping rather than the current 3-2 BCPUD vote to ban camping year around.
He prefers a 4-1 vote in order for him to take action. Director Amoroso stated
that the BOARD must focus now on resolving the issue.
A lengthy discussion of Brighton Beach’s use ensued with varied opinions
including the critical importance of mitigating the beach’s health hazards
to allowing free access to the beach, to legal specifics regarding the beach’s
private and state ownership issues.
Siedman/Smith all in favor to form an adhoc
committee to recommend solutions. Staff will notice the public to submit
applications for appointment to the committee. The appointments will occur
at the September, 2004 meeting.
14. 2004-05 District/Employees Memorandum of Understanding
Continued to September, 2004
15. Pine Gulch Creek Property: Access Easement, Property
Amoroso/Siedman all in favor to appraise property
as though it has legal access and is a buildable site. BCPUD will offer it
for sale to the National Park Service at that price. If they refuse to purchase
it, it will then be offered to Mr. Moritz provided he meet all environmental
protection requirements, especially stream protection, as a condition of
sale. A proposal will be requested from the property appraiser.
16. Roads: Maintenance/Repair permit application: Dogwood
between Poplar and Mesa
Siedman/Amoroso 2 ayes McClellan abstaining
16. Other Business
a. Committee Reports
-Alternative Energy: nothing to report
-Downtown Parking and Traffic: nothing to report
-Finance: Staff noted BCPUD’s audit will begin September 1, 2004
-Legal: Amoroso/McClellan all in favor to tell District
Counsel Hadden Roth not to file a motion for Summary Judgement. Directors
McClellan and Siedman will research possible candidates for new District
-Mesa Septic; Flood Control and Roads: Andy Blake reported that he and Joan
Bertsch met with County roads maintenance personnel to discuss improving
drainage. He noted there will be another meeting on September 9th 2004 to
discuss drainage between Evergreen and Grove. He further noted that volunteer
drainage work is proceeding and that the next volunteer work party will be
September 11, 2004.
-Operations: Nothing to Report
-Park and Recreation: Director Siedman reported that he is meeting with the
about irrigation at the park. He further stated that December 1, 2004 is
the new grant application deadline
-Personnel: Staff reported that Julie Beach will be working on grants research
and preparation for the Resource Recovery Project (RRP).
-Sewer: Resource Recovery Project; Community Paths Group:
The Board received the RRP financial report. Director Smith gave an update
on the paths group. He further noted his meetings with Director Amoroso,
Judith Lowry and BCPUD employee Kate Currey to discuss options for containing
the Eucalyptus forest standing on BCPUD property. Staff will organize another
meeting during the coming month to begin an action plan.
-Solid Waste: nothing to report
b. Minutes of July 14, 2004 Siedman/Amoroso
all in favor to approve as amended.
c. Warrants: Siedman/Amoroso all in favor
to approve all warrants
d. Schedule of Next Meeting: September 15, 2004
18. Adjournment 12.45 am