MINUTES
ORO VALLEY WATER UTILITY COMMISSION
REGULAR SESSION
Monday, July 13, 2015
HOPI CONFERENCE ROOM
11000 N. LA CA√ĎADA DRIVE
 
 
 
CALL TO ORDER - Chair Davis called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

ROLL CALL

PRESENT:
Richard Davis, Chair
Javier Arriaga, Commissioner
Anne Campbell, Commissioner
Shanna Weagle, Commissioner

EXCUSED: Richard Reynolds, Vice Chair
Winston Tustison, Commissioner

STAFF PRESENT:
Shirley Seng, Utility Administrator

OTHERS:
Nora Campbell, Planning & Zoning

CALL TO AUDIENCE - At this time, any member of the public is allowed to address the Water Utility Commission on any issue not listed on today's agenda.  Pursuant to the Arizona Open Meeting Law, individual Commissioners may ask Town Staff to review the matter, ask that the matter be placed on a future agenda, or respond to criticism made by speakers.  However, the Water Utility Commission may not discuss or take legal action on matters raised during "Call to Audience."  In order to speak during "Call to Audience" please specify what you wish to discuss when completing the blue speaker card.

There were no speakers at this time.

1.

APPROVAL JUNE 8, 2015 MINUTES


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MOTION: A motion was made by Commissioner Arriaga and seconded by Commissioner Campbell approve the June 8, 2015 minutes.

MOTION carried, 4-0.

2.

DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING THE "YOUR VOICE/OUR FUTURE"  PROJECT


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Chair Davis mentioned that the Water Resources subcommittee met July 6th and spent a considerable amount of time on this item. The Water Utility Commission will be discussing section 4.4 Environment Water Resources action items. A list of the Water Resources Subcommittee recommendations have been included in the packets.

Nora Campbell gave a powerpoint presentation regarding the Water Utility's goals, actions and policies. She mentioned that the commission's comments and suggestions will be taken to the other committee's for their review.

-Review: Page 14 & 35 -Environment (Item O) Add effluent and stormwater as needing to be responsibly managed for the environment. (Commissioner Weagle)

-Review: Page 35 (Item K) - Change to read: A high-quality, safe and reliable water supply that meets long-term needs for humans and our community while considering the natural environment.

-Review: Page 38: (Bullet 7) Protection of watersheds - Do not change this is a state requirement.

-Review: Page 39 - state requirements  (2nd bullet) - delete "added to existing customers" and insert "in addition to existing customers".  (4th bullet) delete "CAP water for recharge" and insert "infrastructure for the use of CAP water".

-Review: Page 40 Graph. Graph will be changed to Water Use and Sources of Supply. The text information will be changed  to  reflect correct quantities and to add more information on the Town's Assured Water Supply.

-Review: Page 76 - (Item 82) Water Conservation - No changes.

-Review: Page 76 - (Item 83) Protect Water Resources - No changes.

-Review: Page 76 - Diverse Resources (Item 84) - delete "for recharge".

-Review: Page 76 (Item 85) delete "construction".

-Review: Page 76 (Item #86) Change  "develop" to "implement" throughout the report. (Commissioner Weagle)

Add "stormwater". (Chair Davis)

-Review: Page 76 (Item #87) -Change text from "create" programs that utilize AMI to "new or revise" because programs already  exist. (Commissioner Weagle)

-Review: Page 76 - Utility Operation (Item #88) - Delete text: "for residential water customers".

General comment - Define sustainable in specific areas of the document. (Commissioner Weagle)

There was discussion regarding:
-Storm water and its relationship to conservation efforts - (Commissioner Campbell) 
-The need to protect groundwater for human consumption - (Commissioner Arriaga)
-Creating a graph defining goals, policies and actions - (N. Campbell)
-Distinction between a watershed and the aquifer and adding it to the various sections - (Commissioner Weagle & Campbell)
-Designation of Assured Water Supply - (Chair Davis)

Ms. Campbell will work on the changes and forward them for review to the various committees.

CALL TO AUDIENCE - At this time, any member of the public is allowed to address the Water Utility Commission on any issue not listed  on today's agenda.  Pursuant to the Arizona Open Meeting Law, individual Commissioners may ask Town Staff to review the matter, ask    that the matter be placed on a future agenda, or respond to criticism made by speakers.  However, the Water Utility Commission may not    discuss or take legal action on matters raised during "Call to Audience."  In order to speak during "Call to Audience" please specify    what you wish to discuss when completing the blue speaker card.


Doug McKee Oro Valley resident commented on the General Plan. 
-Water sustainability, rate of decline and aquifer levels 
-Arroyo Grande future development and water supply

Bob Milkey Oro Valley resident commented on the General Plan. 
-Arroyo Grande will not impact the aquifer will use renewable water. 
-Commented on graph page 40 should depict growing allocation of reclaimed water  
-Water sustainability/well level declines 
-Update: Drought Response Plan, stressed additional CAP water for future annexations, groundwater pumpage 
-Consider possibility of adding fluoride in water

FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS:


Commissioner Campbell requested:

-Include penalties for wasting water to water rates analysis and Drought Response Plan 
-Current stormwater policies and its relationship to water conservation
Future agenda items seconded by Commissioner Weagle.

Commissioner Arriaga requested:

-Review the assured water supply 13,000 acre-feet 
Future agenda item seconded by Commissioner Campbell.

NEXT MEETING: September 14, 2015  LOCATION: HOPI CONFERENCE ROOM


ADJOURNMENT:7:30 p.m.


MOTION: A motion was made by Commissioner Arriaga and seconded by Commissioner Campbell to adjourn the meeting.

MOTION carried, 4-0.