MINUTES
ORO VALLEY WATER UTILITY COMMISSION
REGULAR SESSION
Monday, June 11, 2018
HOPI CONFERENCE ROOM
11000 N. LA CA√ĎADA DRIVE
 
 
 
CALL TO ORDER - AT OR AFTER 6:00 P.M.

ROLL CALL

PRESENT:
Anne Campbell, Chair
Robert Milkey, Vice Chair
Chuck Hollingsworth, Commissioner
Thomas Kibler, Commissioner
Bill Leedy, Commissioner
Byron McMillan, Commissioner

EXCUSED: Winston Tustison, Commissioner

(Commissioner Leedy abstained.)

STAFF PRESENT:
Peter Abraham, P.E., Water Utility Director
Shirley Kiel, Utility Administrator
Lee Jacobs, Engineering Division Manager

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.

1.

APPROVAL OF MAY 14, 2018 MINUTES


MOTION: A motion was made by Commissioner Hollingsworth and seconded by Commissioner Kibler to approve the May 14, 2018 minutes as written.

MOTION carried, 5-0.

Click here for draft minutes

2.

BONDED CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS  (P. Abraham)


Click here for Item 2 - Bonded Capital Improvement Projects

Mr. Abraham presented the existing system improvement projects being bonded for fiscal year 18/19 through fiscal year 20/21. These projects include wells, boosters, mains, structure and wall improvements. Additionally, he pointed out the projects that are planned to be operationally funded.

3.

DISCUSSION ON 10-YEAR WATER RESOURCE PLAN  (P. Abraham)


Click here for Item 3 - 10-Year Water Resource Plan (Added 6/11/18)

Mr. Abraham reviewed the key objectives of the 10-Year Water Resource Plan including:
- Limit groundwater pumping to eliminate annual well water declines
- Contract to purchase full CAP allotment, increase Long Term Storage Credits (LTSC) 
- Explore opportunities in emerging water markets 
- Explore ways to utilize future reclaimed entitlements

Mr. Abraham explained the following components of the 10-Year Water Resource Plan:
- 2018-2023 - operate recovered CAP wheeling system at full capacity
- 2024-2028 - balance between wheeling recovered CAP water through the Tucson System and delivery recovered CAP water with the Northwest Recharge and Recovery Delivery System to achieve the goal of eliminating annual well level declines.
- Deliver CAP water in sufficient quantity to CAVSARP and SAVSARP to support terms of the wheeling agreement with Tucson Water 
- Deliver CAP in sufficient quantity to Kai Farms to support replacing the groundwater pumped from Oro Valley recovery wells and to take advantage of the benefits of storing water in a Groundwater Savings Facility
- Deliver remaining CAP to Lower Santa Cruz to support future recovery and to build up LTSC
- Continue utilization of reclaimed water for irrigation
- Support efforts for future direct potable reuse of effluent

Mr. Abraham reviewed the following plan goals:
- Eight years of storage capacity in Lower Santa Cruz
- Four years of storage capacity in CAVSARP/SAVSARP
- Four years of groundwater replacement capacity

4.

DISCUSSION ON 10-YEAR CAP WHEELING/DELIVERY PLAN  (P. Abraham)


Click here for Item 4 - 10-Yr. CAP Wheeling/Delivery Plan

Mr. Abraham presented the following 10-Year CAP Wheeling/Delivery Plan key objectives:
- Limit groundwater production to 5,000 acre feet per year or less
- Plan for additional recovered CAP water
- Blend recovered CAP water with existing groundwater to improve water quality
- Implement a phased and prioritized wheeling/delivery plan
- Balance CAP wheeling, CAP deliveries and groundwater pumping

Mr. Abraham discussed the Utility's historic amounts and future projections for production of groundwater, CAP and potable water. He reviewed the CAP Wheeling Plan for 2019-2023 and the CAP Wheeling/Delivery Plan for 2024-2028 and compared the two.

5.

TOWN COUNCIL MEETINGS/COMMUNICATIONS  (Councilmember Piña)


Councilmember Piña reported the Town Council finished the public hearings and budget study sessions and the Town Council approved the 18/19 final budget.

6.

SUBCOMMITTEE/COMMISSIONER REPORTS


a.

Finance Subcommittee


No report.

b.

Water Resources and Conservation Subcommittee


No report.

7.

DIRECTOR’S REPORT  (P. Abraham)


Click here for Item 7- Director’s Report

a.

Upcoming Meetings


Mr. Abraham reviewed the upcoming meetings.

b.

Water News


Mr. Abraham reported on the following:
- Town Council approved Oro Valley Water Utility recommended rate increase
- Town Council approved the 18/19 final budget
- City of Tucson approved water rate increases for the next two years

Mr. Abraham presented a regional map illustrating the current Colorado snow water equivalent. He reviewed the 2015-2018 upper Colorado basin snowpack.

None

FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS

No items.

NEXT MEETING:  JULY 9, 2018  LOCATION: HOPI CONFERENCE ROOM

ADJOURNMENT

MOTION: A motion was made by Commissioner Leedy and seconded by Commissioner Hollingsworth to adjourn the meeting at 7:12 p.m.

MOTION carried, 6-0.

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 11th day of June, 2018. I further certify that the meeting was duly called and held and that a quorum was present.