ORO VALLEY WATER UTILITY COMMISSION
Monday, May 9, 2016
HOPI CONFERENCE ROOM
11000 N. LA CAÑADA DRIVE
Chair Tustison called the meeting to order at 6 p.m.
|Winston Tustison, Chair |
Anne Campbell, Vice Chair
Robert Milkey, Commissioner
Shanna Weagle, Commissioner
||Javier Arriaga, Commissioner |
Thomas Kibler, Commissioner
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
(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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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)
Mr. Saletta announced the following:
- May 19, 2016 Town Council Meeting; June 1, 2016 Town Council Meeting; June 13, 2016 Water Utility Commission meeting.
MOTION: A motion was made by Commissioner Weagle and seconded by Vice Chair Campbell to add "water quality" to a future agenda.
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.
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.