MINUTES
ORO VALLEY WATER UTILITY COMMISSION
REGULAR SESSION
Monday, May 8, 2017
HOPI CONFERENCE ROOM
11000 N. LA CA√ĎADA DRIVE
 
 
 
CALL TO ORDER - AT OR AFTER 6:00 P.M.

Chair Campbell called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

ROLL CALL

PRESENT:
Anne Campbell, Chair
Robert Milkey, Vice Chair
Bill Leedy, Commissioner
Byron McMillan, Commissioner
Winston Tustison, Commissioner

EXCUSED: Chuck Hollingsworth, Commissioner
Thomas Kibler, Commissioner

STAFF PRESENT: Peter Abraham, P.E., Interim Water Utility Director
Shirley Kiel, Utility Administrator
Karn Boyce, Water Conservation Specialist

ALSO PRESENT:
Councilmember Piña

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 10, 2017 MINUTES


Click here for Item 1 - Draft Minutes

MOTION: A motion was made by Commissioner Leedy and seconded by Vice Chair Milkey to approve the minutes as written.

MOTION carried, 5-0.

2.

DISCUSSION AND UPDATE REGARDING THE LOWER COLORADO RIVER DROUGHT CONTINGENCY PLAN (P. Abraham)


Click here for Item 2 - Drought Contingency Plan (Updated 5/5/17)

Mr. Abraham reviewed the following:
- Colorado River upper and lower basin states
- Lower basin state entitlements
- Acre feet allocation per lower Colorado River Basin state
- Current Colorado River shortage guidelines and shortage impacts
- Proposed Colorado River Basin Drought Contingency Plan components
- Proposed reductions for each lower basin state, United States Bureau of Reclamation and Mexico
- Potential impacts of the proposed Lower Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan
- Oro Valley Water Utility's actions to secure future water resources

3.

DISCUSSION AND UPDATE ON WATER CONSERVATION (K. Boyce)


Click here for Item 3 - Water Conservation Update

Karn Boyce presented the following:
- Town water policies and Town Code Section 15-18
- Incentives and equipment provided
- Outreach and education efforts 
- AquaHawk leak alerts, notifications and water savings
- Benefits of AMI/smart meter technology

4.

DISCUSSION ON WATER CODE CHANGES PERTAINING TO WATER CONSERVATION AND PENALTIES (S. Kiel)


Click here for Item 4 - Code Changes Presentation

Click here for Item 4 - Code Changes Draft Code

Ms. Kiel presented Item 4 and outlined the following:
- Changes are driven by regional efforts for water conservation and efficiency, to support the General Plan, minimize water waste and reorganize the water conservation section
- Addition of definitions 
- Definition of "wasting water" and examples provided
- Reorganize the code and categorize types of violations by penalty imposed

5.

DISCUSSION ON WATER UTILITY COMMISSION PACKET MATERIALS AND ITEMS OF INTEREST PERTAINING TO STAFF REPORTS AND THE DIRECTOR’S REPORT (P. Abraham)


Mr. Abraham reviewed the current processes pertaining to packet materials and reporting and invited feedback from the Commission.

The Commission provided feedback to staff on their preferences regarding packet materials and reporting processes.

6.

TOWN COUNCIL MEETINGS/COMMUNICATIONS          (Councilmember Piña)


Councilmember Piña reported on the following:
- Town manger recruitment process
- Town Council budget study session
- Special bond election for Naranja Park improvements
- Consultant obtaining public input for recommendation on Community Center golf options

7.

SUBCOMMITTEE/COMMISSIONER REPORTS


a.

Finance Subcommittee          (Commissioner Tustison)


Commissioner Tustison reported the Finance Subcommittee will begin meeting in July to review the financial aspects of the Northwest Recharge, Recovery and Delivery System project.

b.

Conservation Subcommittee    (Commissioner Campbell)


No report.

c.

Water Resources Subcommittee            (Commissioner Milkey)


No report.

8.

DIRECTOR’S REPORT      (P. Abraham)


a.

Colorado River Water Supply Report


Click here for Item 8a - Colorado River Water Supply Report

Mr. Abraham presented Item 8a and outlined the following:
- Lake Powell is the water storage facility for the Upper Basin states
- Lake Mead is the water storage facility for the Lower Basin states
- Arizona's CAP deliveries are released from Lake Mead
- Current Lake Mead level is at 40% capacity 
- Bureau of Reclamation 2018 and 2019 estimates for tier 1 shortages
- Bureau of Reclamation year-end projections for 2017

b.

Upcoming Meetings


05/17/17: Town Council meeting
06/12/17: Water Utility Commission meeting

FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS

No items.

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.

NEXT MEETING:  JUNE 12, 2017  LOCATION: HOPI CONFERENCE ROOM

ADJOURNMENT

MOTION: A motion was made by Commissioner Leedy and seconded by Commissioner Tustison to adjourn the meeting at 7:37 p.m.

MOTION carried, 5-0.

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 8th day of May, 2017. I further certify that the meeting was duly called and held and that a quorum was present.