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ALT bid decision due this month

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From page A1 | September 16, 2013 | 39 Comments

With multiple deadlines facing the board of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District, a decision on whether or not to award a bid for the retrofit of the Auburn Lake Trails Water Treatment Plant (ALT) will have to be made later this month.

In July, the district received four bids to construct the plant with the low bid coming in at $10.8 million. Interim General Manager Gary Hoffmann reminded the board that the bids expire on Sept. 25.

Recently consulting engineer Webb Owen advised GDPUD to discuss potential changes to the plant with staff and Psomas, the engineering firm that designed the plant. Those design changes could potentially reduce the price of the new plant although the cost of paying for the redesigned plans could balance out any savings.

Hoffmann reported at Tuesday’s regular meeting that he had already discussed the proposed changes with Operations Manager Kelly Shively and he planned to talk to Psomas later in the week. He proposed having a special board meeting before Sept. 25 on the outcome of the discussions and to decide how to proceed with the bids.

In the meantime, Hoffmann noted that GDPUD does not have the financing (an executed loan contract) in place from either the USDA or the California Department of Public Health to move forward with the award of the construction contract.

According to the USDA, pursuit of a USDA loan for an amount beyond the $5 million originally sought will require a new application and if higher user rates are to required to support the cost of the loan, another Prop. 218 process would also have to be undertaken.

The district has since solicited helped from the California Rural Water Association in preparing an application for a loan from the State Revolving Fund. The deadline for submitting the application is Dec. 20.

The district also has an EPA grant of $1.081 million for the ALT upgrade. The grant, which is valid through March 31, 2015, provides reimbursement of 55 percent of eligible project costs with the district providing matching funds of 45 percent.
In addition, GDPUD has an executed grant agreement with CDPH of $274,850 for use toward the ALT project. The Prop. 50 grant provides reimbursements for 50 percent of eligible project costs with the district supplying the other 50 percent. The grant is valid through July 30, 2016.
Contact Dawn Hodson at 530-344-5071 or dhodson@mtdemocrat.net. Follow @DHodsonMtDemo on Twitter.

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Discussion | 39 comments

  • Phil VeerkampSeptember 16, 2013 - 4:26 pm

    Using Paul Raveling's spreadsheet containing water rate data for 2013 I plugged in GDPUD's residential rate schedule. ~~~ LINK -Compares 2006 & 2013 rates in over 400 California water service areas ~~~ out of four hundred an four (404) service areas nineteen (19) service areas have lower rates than GDPUD and three hundred and eighty four (384) have higher rates than GDPUD. How many GDPUD rate payers actually believe that the GDPUD water rate schedule is appropriate to the tasks at hand? . . . . Stop fighting long enough to lead.

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  • Dink LaneSeptember 16, 2013 - 4:53 pm

    Phil--So you're saying "Charge more just because you can"?..... GDPUD has some of the cleanest water in the country..... The District cannot take on MORE customers because they are almost maxed out..... Phil -- Do you realize some people up here are on a very tight budget and can't afford higher rates? Charging MORE just because you can is not "Conservatism."

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  • Phil VeerkampSeptember 16, 2013 - 5:01 pm

    Dink, I'm suggesting that the present rate structure is unrealistic for the times.

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  • RickSeptember 17, 2013 - 8:15 am

    Phil are you a customer of GPUD?

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  • Phil VeerkampSeptember 17, 2013 - 8:41 am

    Rick, no I am not a customer of GDPUD. I am a customer of EID. I am an EID retiree. Rick, should commenting on GDPUD issues be restricted to GDPUD customers?

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  • RickSeptember 17, 2013 - 8:57 am

    Well Phil, I try to not interfere in matters that do not concern me or effect Me. It tends to muddy the Waters. Just Saying... Typical Veerkamp Butting in where your not needed or wanted.

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  • Phil VeerkampSeptember 17, 2013 - 9:18 am

    Oh, by the way, Rick - Did I mention recently that out of 404 water agencies in California the water rates are lower than GDPUD in 19 instances and higher than GDPUD in 384 instances. Perhaps GDPUD is run EXCEEDINGLY WELL? Or perhaps higher water rates are called for. You guys decide. Just sayin'.

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  • Pat SnellingSeptember 17, 2013 - 12:24 pm

    Phil, you wouldn't know because Dawn NEVER reported on it..... GDPUD is running exceedingly well right NOW...... since, the ladies took over..... Before, the GM would spend $$$ like a VA Governor's wife on a shopping spree and the good-ol-boys "Bobble-Heads" board members would take the GM and the board's attorney to lunch.... and the ratepayers were left with the bill.... Thank you ladies for you good work..

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  • James E.September 17, 2013 - 2:19 pm

    Wow, Tuesday must be beat up on Phil day.

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  • Phil VeerkampSeptember 17, 2013 - 2:54 pm

    Pat, I hope that you're right. Actually EID is beholding to GDPUD. Your district has been acting like an Operation and Maintenance "farm club" for EID. You train good operators. And then when an operator position opens up at EID we frequently hire them. Good job, GDPUD! It must be difficult to keep losing good field staff. Those are the guys with the closest contact with the peeps - hands-on - when it breaks they fix it - Good luck GDPUD - and THANKS!

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  • Phil VeerkampSeptember 17, 2013 - 3:00 pm

    Shame on Greg Prada?

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  • EvelynSeptember 17, 2013 - 4:41 pm

    "shame on you" - It would delight me no end if Phil turned to agreeing with me on a more regular basis, adopting my views as his own. Actually, it would be a great leap forward if everyone became carbon copies of myself. But that ain't gonna happen. So let me say THIS about THAT: Phil actually is a wonderful brother, his manifest shortcomings notwithstanding!!!

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  • Phil VeerkampSeptember 17, 2013 - 4:55 pm

    Damn!

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  • Phil VeerkampSeptember 18, 2013 - 10:42 am

    Thanks, Rick. I got it the first time. But have I told you recently that out of 404 California water rate schedules studied 19 were lower than GDPUD and 384 were higher than GDPUD. Or in simplified terms, Rick, one agency is lower than GDPUD and twenty are higher than GDPUD. Do you really, REALLY, REALLY think that your rate structure is up to the tasks at hand? Really? Rick?

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  • ShellzSeptember 18, 2013 - 12:01 pm

    Phil, Nobody cares about what you have to say..

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  • James E.September 18, 2013 - 12:08 pm

    Shellz, not true about no one caring about what Phil has to say. Most care, a few don't.

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  • Phil VeerkampSeptember 18, 2013 - 12:26 pm

    James, it might be a case of inconvenient truth? Pretending that the messenger is a pain in the posterior is easier I suppose. Time will tgell.

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  • Phil VeerkampSeptember 18, 2013 - 12:33 pm

    Oh, BTW, Shellz, twenty(20) to one(1) higher. . . . Hmmm . . . where should a betting man place his chips . . . hmmmm . . .

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  • Little RickySeptember 18, 2013 - 4:34 pm

    Pill, Not a Typo... We like our water rates just fine. I think you are Jealous that we on the Divide have Higher quality water at lower rates than your Hot shot Whizzes and retied clowns from EID can provide. You can keep your ~ LINK -Compares 2006 & 2013 rates in over 400 California water service areas ~

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  • Fran DuchampSeptember 18, 2013 - 4:59 pm

    "...we on the Divide have Higher quality water..." how do you have higher quality water?

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  • Fran DuchampSeptember 18, 2013 - 5:07 pm

    I care what Phil posts...even when he is grumpy.

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  • Little RickySeptember 18, 2013 - 5:21 pm

    Read the State water report..

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  • Phil VeerkampSeptember 18, 2013 - 6:35 pm

    Little Ricky, do you ever from Fred and Ethel? Sorry 'bout Lucy and . . . uh . . . what's yer pop's name?

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  • Phil VeerkampSeptember 18, 2013 - 6:46 pm

    . . . do you ever hear from . . .

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  • James E.September 18, 2013 - 7:06 pm

    Phil, I don't think he does as Fred, Ethel, Lucy, and Big Ricky have all gone on to their reward.

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  • Phil VeerkampSeptember 18, 2013 - 7:42 pm

    James, of course. We all know that. But I was enquiring on the off chance that Little Ricky understood that he coud channel Fred and Ethel and Lucy and Big Rick through . . . . ART BELL . . . a long shot, yes. I was just reaching out, James.

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  • James E.September 18, 2013 - 7:51 pm

    Phil, of course, I wasn't thinking. Art Bell could reach all four of them. Your reaching out is always appreciated.

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  • Phil VeerkampSeptember 18, 2013 - 8:02 pm

    . . . except at GDPUD.

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  • Little RickySeptember 19, 2013 - 8:00 am

    Mention the State Report and you all go Crickets........ Hummm. Pill, If GUPD is so important to you why don't you show up at OUR next meeting.

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  • Phil VeerkampSeptember 19, 2013 - 8:15 am

    Congratulations on you water quality, Little Rickey. But I was questioning GDPUD's fiscal soundness. This article is about ALT. It seems there is a financing problem for ALT. I observe and share with you and your good stakeholders/ratepayers that GDPUD's rates are lower by a factor of twenty to one out of 404 water agencies studied. I'm discussing fiscal soundness. You're talking about water quality. Crickets.

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  • Little RickySeptember 19, 2013 - 8:35 am

    Just saying we get a better bang for the buck. EID is a joke....

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  • Phil VeerkampSeptember 19, 2013 - 8:45 am

    error 404 - finances not found

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  • Little RickySeptember 19, 2013 - 8:55 am

    Pill, Once again if this is So Important to you bring you facts to the next Gpud Meeting. I love people that write checks with their mouths that there ass can't cash...

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  • Little RickySeptember 19, 2013 - 9:12 am

    Pill, Error 404- I guess you need help.. http://gd-pud.org/assets/uploads/budget/Final-Budget-FY-12-13-FY-13-14.pdf

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  • Phil VeerkampSeptember 25, 2013 - 10:19 am

    Oh, by the way, Rick - Did I mention recently that out of 404 water agencies in California the water rates are lower than GDPUD in 19 instances and higher than GDPUD in 384 instances. When on when is GDPUD going to host an AWWA symposium and tour of facilities to show the rest of California the secret to cheap water? (ALSO - when oh when is ALT going to get the money to get built to get GDPUD in compliance) - just wondering - no skin off my nose - unless State dumps GDPUD onto EID.

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  • Big RickSeptember 28, 2013 - 4:30 pm

    take your time, don't live too fast Troubles will come and they will pass

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  • She didn't do it Little RickySeptember 28, 2013 - 4:31 pm

    fool!

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  • ROctober 04, 2013 - 10:00 pm

    She did do it PIG

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  • Little RickyNovember 20, 2013 - 12:00 pm

    Sit Beoche

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