MINUTES
ORO VALLEY WATER UTILITY COMMISSION
REGULAR SESSION
Monday, May 9, 2016
HOPI CONFERENCE ROOM
11000 N. LA CA√ĎADA DRIVE
 
 
 
CALL TO ORDER - AT OR AFTER 6:00 P.M.

Chair Tustison called the meeting to order at 6 p.m.

ROLL CALL

PRESENT:
Winston Tustison, Chair
Anne Campbell, Vice Chair
Robert Milkey, Commissioner
Shanna Weagle, Commissioner

EXCUSED: Javier Arriaga, Commissioner
Thomas Kibler, Commissioner

STAFF PRESENT:
Philip Saletta, P.E., Water Utility Director
Shirley Kiel, Water Utility Administrator
Peter Abraham, P.E., Water Resources and Planning Manager
Robert Jacklitch, Water Engineering Project Manager
Karn Boyce, Conservation Specialist

ALSO PRESENT:
Councilmember Hornat

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.

No speakers.

1.

APPROVAL OF APRIL 11, 2016 MINUTES


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(Materials attached in Granicus)

MOTION: A motion was made by Commissioner Milkey and seconded by Vice Chair Campbell to approve the April 11, 2016 minutes as written.

MOTION carried, 3-1 with Commissioner Weagle opposed.

2.

DISCUSSION AND UPDATE ON POSSIBLE WATER CODE CHANGES PERTAINING TO WATER CONSERVATION, WATER WASTING AND PENALTIES   (Commissioner Campbell, P. Saletta and K. Boyce)


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Vice Chair Campbell reported the subcommittee is defining and researching water wasting and aims to add specificity to the code and revisit the penalties. 

Ms. Boyce reviewed the definitions of water waste, code revisions, reporting strategy and benefits, and the tentative schedule. Vice Chair Campbell added the subcommittee will build an educational component in the next two months, followed by determining possible penalties and/or incentives.  (Materials attached in Granicus)

MOTION: A motion was made by Commissioner Milkey and seconded by Commissioner Weagle to encourage the Conservation Subcommittee to move forward with work on possible water code changes pertaining to water conservation, water wasting and penalties.

MOTION carried, 4-0.

3.

DISCUSSION AND UPDATE REGARDING LONG-TERM STORAGE CREDITS AND GROUNDWATER ALLOWANCE ACCOUNT                (P. Saletta and P. Abraham)


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Mr. Abraham reviewed and provided an update on the Oro Valley Water Utility’s long-term storage credit balance and Groundwater Allowance Account balance. A current water storage summary table and projected long-term storage credits graph were presented. Mr. Abraham explained the benefits of long-term storage credits and the Groundwater Allowance Account as water resources, how they can be used, and how the Water Utility could increase both types of balances. 

Mr. Abraham announced the Water Utility is currently in the process of contracting to purchase an additional 756 acre feet of groundwater extinguishment credits. (Materials attached in Granicus)

4.

TOWN COUNCIL MEETINGS/COMMUNICATIONS                  (Councilmember Hornat)


Councilmember Hornat reported on the following:
- April 20 Town Council meeting – Water Utility Commission's 2015 Annual Report approved.
- May 4 Town Council meeting – Veteran's memorial at Naranja Park; Rezoning of 140 acres at Lambert and La Cholla; plat amendments; Stormwater Utility rate and staff increase; energy efficiency at Community & Recreation Center; town manager recruitment.
- May 19 Town Council meeting will include discussion on bonding for improvements to the golf facilities at the Community & Recreation Center.

5.

SUBCOMMITTEE/COMMISSIONER REPORTS


a.

Finance Subcommittee                      (Commissioner Tustison)


No report.

b.

Conservation Subcommittee                    (Commissioner Campbell)


No report.

c.

Water Resources Subcommittee                        (Commissioner Milkey)


Commissioner Milkey reported the Water Resources Subcommittee is working on groundwater pumping and stability. They will provide an update to the Commission in the fall.

6.

STAFF REPORTS


a.

Capital Projects                                (B. Jacklitch)


Mr. Jacklitch reviewed the following projects: Tangerine Road reclaim water line relocation; Lambert Lane – potable main relocation; La Cholla – design potable main relocation; Hydropneumatic tank replacement for Well D7; water quality control mixers program; value replacement program and steel tank railing project.

7.

DIRECTOR’S REPORT                        (P. Saletta)


a.

Colorado River Streamflow and Snow Reports


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Mr. Saletta presented the snowpack and streamflow reports for the Colorado River basin. He reviewed water storage levels in Lake Powell and Lake Mead. (Materials attached in Granicus)

b.

Upcoming Meetings


Mr. Saletta announced the following:
-  May 19, 2016 Town Council Meeting; June 1, 2016 Town Council Meeting; June 13, 2016 Water Utility Commission meeting.

FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS

MOTION: A motion was made by Commissioner Weagle and seconded by Vice Chair Campbell to add "water quality" to a future agenda.

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.

NEXT MEETING:  JUNE 13, 2016 LOCATION: HOPI CONFERENCE ROOM

ADJOURNMENT

MOTION: A motion was made by Commissioner Milkey and seconded by Vice Chair Campbell to adjourn the meeting at 7:41 p.m.

MOTION carried, 4-0.

Prepared by:



Danielle Tanner
Senior Office Specialist

I hereby certify that the foregoing minutes are a true and correct copy of the minutes of the regular session of the Water Utility Commission of Oro Valley, Arizona held on the 9th day of May, 2016. I further certify that the meeting was duly called and held and that a quorum was present.