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									** D R A F T ** MMWD Board of Directors meeting – May 16, 2007


                          THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
                     OF MARIN MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT

Minutes of the regular meeting of the Board of Directors held on Wednesday, May
16, 2007.


Directors present:    Alex Forman, John C. Gibson, Cynthia Koehler and Larry L.
                      Russell (arrived at 7:36 p.m.)

Directors absent:     David Behar

CALL TO ORDER

President Koehler called the meeting to order at 7:31 p.m.


AGENDA

Upon motion by Director Gibson, seconded by Director Forman and vote of 3-0 the
agenda was adopted.


PUBLIC EXPRESSION

T.J. Van Voorhees, West Point Inn, introduced past West Point Inn Association
presidents who were in the audience. He presented a plaque to the Board of
Directors in appreciation for many years of contributions and support of the West
Point Inn Association.

Mel Beck commented on the following topics: earthquakes, desalination, building a
pipeline to Sonoma County, improved artificial grass products and the District’s
Mission Statement. He requested an explanation for unbilled water listed in the
District’s balance statement. Oreen Delgado, Assistant Finance Manager,
responded to Mr. Beck’s question.

Gerald Nuigen asked a number of questions concerning water supply and the status
of desalination. In response, Mr. Helliker, suggested Mr. Nuigen attend the May 29,
2007, Board meeting that will focus on discussing water supply options in detail.
Mr. Nuigen presented the General Manager with a list questions concerning energy
use at the District.


DIRECTORS' ANNOUNCEMENTS

Director Forman reported he attended a meeting of the Tomales Bay Watershed
Council. He said the Council is moving forward with disbursing Proposition 50 grant


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funds; he noted the amount of funds received turned out to be dramatically less
than anticipated. He said the number of projects and types of projects that will
receive funding will be reduced to projects that directly affect water supply and
quality in the Tomales Bay area. He said ranking of all 72 projects will be
completed at an upcoming meeting.

Director Koehler reported that she and the General Manager attended the
Association of California Water Agencies conference. She noted there were a
number of panels that discussed the nexus between energy and water and the
growing realization that water agencies will have to address the issue of global
climate change.

Paul Helliker, General Manager, said one of the recommendations from the
conference that the District will proceed with, is the California Climate Registry
which is the organization that will set the basis for determining emission standards
and reduction credits under AB32.


CONSENT CALENDAR (ITEMS 1-6)

Upon motion by Director Forman, seconded by Director Russell and a vote of 4-0,
the Board approved the following items:

ITEM 1.       Minutes of April 24, April 26 and May 2, 2007 Special Meetings as
              submitted.
ITEM 2.       Mt. Tiburon Tank Project, Resolution No. 7730 Awarding Contract No.
              1494 to Paso Robles Tank, Inc., in the amount of $830,000.
ITEM 3.       Manzanita Avenue Tank Wall Tieback and Extension Project:
              Resolution No. 7731 Awarding Contract No. 1435 to Massa
              Construction Co. Inc., in the amount of $118,955.
ITEM 4.       Access Control and Alarm Monitoring System Project: Resolution No.
              7725 Rejecting All Bids for Contract No. 1469.
ITEM 5.       East Blithedale Off Ramp Pipe Casings Extension Project: Resolution
              No. 7734 Awarding Contract 1496 to Piazza Construction in the
              amount of $61,933.
ITEM 6.       General Manager’s Report for the month of April.


ITEM 7.       WATER PRODUCTION AND STORAGE REPORT

Jeff Ohmart, Acting Engineering and Environmental Services Manager, reviewed
the staff report noting that data since the report was issued had changed as follows:
water production increased from 25.1 mgd to 28 mgd and storage decrease from
67,415 AF (85% of total storage) to 66,729 AF (84% of total storage). A question
and answer period followed.


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ITEM 8.      METER TECHNOLOGY UPDATE

Bill Yungert, Meter Operations Coordinator, presented the staff report. He reviewed
the District’s meter change program and gave an overview of Advanced Meter
Reading (AMR) and Advanced Meter Infrastructure (AMI) technologies. He said the
District is currently in the process of doing an AMR/AMI impact study. He said once
the assessment has been completed, the District will have the information needed
to make an informed decision on how to proceed with the District’s meter change
program.

Director Koehler said the District had been approached by an environmental group
who is interested in learning how advanced meter technology can be used as a
conservation tool. She said the organization, Environmental Defense, is looking for
a bay area water district that is interested in being very aggressive about putting
technology into homes that consumer can use. She asked staff to get in touch with
Environmental Defense to explore potential partnership opportunities. Discussion
on various equipment options followed.

At the request of Director Forman, Item 10 was heard ahead of Item 9.


ITEM 10.     BOARD POLICY NO. 12: CONNECTION FEES FOR SECOND
             UNITS

Tanya Sandberg, Engineering Support Services Manager, presented the staff report
requesting approval of an amendment to the Board Policy No. 12 to suspend the
deed restriction requirement as it pertains to the legalization and construction of
new second living units, in an area where a planning/building agency is offering an
amnesty program and continue to charge connection fees for the legalization of
second living units.

Director Forman said he was concerned about charging connection fees for second
units and said the District might be unnecessarily charging more than needed to
recoup costs to the District and the system. He was also concerned the extra
charges hinder the development of second units. He pointed out that development
of second units is advantageous to the District because those units generally use
less water than newer units because they are built on existing property and do not
add to the landscaping.

Director Koehler said she appreciated Director Forman’s concerns and the Board
supports low income housing and noted staff has been working with the planning
agencies. She said staff makes a strong case for continuing the connection fee.




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Director Forman discussed affordable housing benefits the community and said it
behooves public officials to tackle the issues. Discussion followed and the amount
of water used by second units and related fees charged by other agencies.

Bob Brown, Marin County Planning Directors Association, thanked the Board for
supporting second unit development. He said fees and deed restrictions are the
biggest obstacles in developing second units. He expressed support for the
proposal to eliminate the deed restriction. He said there are some issues
concerning size limits for detached second units and asked the Board to revisit this
issue after a second unit prototype is developed. He noted the prototype would be
complete package with plans and permits and would reduce costs for second units.

Director Russell said he agreed with Director Forman position and disagreed with
the Bartle Wells statement in the staff report concerning the collection of connection
fees.

Paul Helliker said the connect fee serves to reduce the impact of revenues from
rates by adding in something associated with capital costs. Additional discussion on
the concept and calculation of connection fees followed.

Director Forman suggested the Board go forward with lifting the deed restriction and
revisit the connection fee or other issues when the county planners come back with
a model second unit prototype.

On motion of Director Gibson, seconded by Director Russell, and a vote of 4-0, the
Board approved Addendum #2 to Low Income/Affordable Housing Policy No 12
suspending the deed restriction requirement as it pertains to the legalization and
construction of new second living units in an area where a planning/building agency
is offering an amnesty program.


ITEM 9.       2007 WATER CONSERVATION MASTER PLAN UPDATE

Dan Carney provided an update on the status of the Conservation Master Plan. He
said the Maddous analysis was released and will be incorporated in the plan. He
gave an overview of the plan structure which includes an executive summary,
analyses conducted over the past year, programs that have been developed,
communications and marketing plan, financial analysis and a substantial appendix.
A draft copy of the plan will be available by the end of the month.

Director Koehler said the draft plan will be presented at the June 6 Board meeting
for review in preparation of approving the plan at the June 20 Board meeting.

Director Russell discussed costs and reliability of the plan and said the plan should
be subject to peer review. There was further discussion on accuracy of
conservation data and potential costs to implementing the various alternatives in
relation to addressing the water supply deficit.


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Libby Pischel gave a brief overview recent communications activities related to dry-
year conservation messaging.


ITEM 11.      RESPONSE TO MARIN COUNTY CIVIL GRAND JURY REPORT ON
              RETIRE HEALTH CARE

Paul Helliker presented the staff report requesting approval of a response to the
Marin County Grand Jury report entitled: Retiree Healthcare Costs: I Think I’m
Gonna Be Sick which looks at accounting for healthcare benefits for retirees.

On motion of Director Gibson, seconded by Director Forman, and a vote of 4-0, the
Board approved the response to the Marin County Grand Jury.


ITEM 12.      BOARD POLICY NO. 47: PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE

Paul Helliker presented the staff report requesting approval of Board Policy No. 47:
Precautionary Principle. He this policy would help guide the District on vegetation
management and other activities.

Director Gibson said the policy basically characterizes the District’s the current
practice.

On motion of Director Forman, seconded by Director Gibson, and a vote of 4-0, the
Board approved Board Policy No. 47: Precautionary Principle.


ITEM 13.      FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS

Paul Helliker reviewed the list of future agenda items.


The Board adjourned to Closed Session at 9:30 p.m. to discuss the following
matters:


ITEM 14.      CLOSED SESSION:
              A. Public Employee Performance Evaluation, General Manager,
              Government Code § 54957
              B. Conference with Legal Counsel – Anticipated Litigation
              Initiation of litigation pursuant of subdivision (c) of Government
              Code § 54956.9 – one case (Special Meeting)




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The Board entered into Open Session and Director Koehler announced the
following reportable action was taken during the Closed Session:

The Board refrained from seeking appellate review of an administrative matter.


ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the regular meeting of May 16, 2007, was
adjourned at 10:25 p.m.



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                                         President, Board of Directors
ATTEST:


_______________________
Secretary




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