With only a light agenda due to three items being carried over to the next meeting, the board meeting of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District was shorter than usual.
An updated conflict of interest code was approved for public notification by the board. According to state law, the code has to be revised and amended on a regular basis. Changes recommended by General Counsel, William Wright, were revisions to disclosure categories and updates to code language.
Wright said the two main changes were adding the assistant operations manager to the list of those who must file a disclosure statement and modeling the code closer to the conflict of interest code followed by the county.
Approval by the board now allows the updated code to be noticed to the public and filed with the El Dorado County Registrar of Voters. After a 45-day period of public comment, if no one requests a public hearing, the board is allowed to adopt a resolution formally amending the code. Once that is done, the amended code has to be submitted to County Counsel and approved by the Board of Supervisors to go into effect.
Mary Pat Frick, Business/Finance Manager, reported that the agency is preparing for its annual audit. A two member audit committee was selected consisting of Kathy Otermat and Bonnie Neeley with Norm Krizl as the alternate. Frick said field work by the auditors would be completed by the end of August and a draft report would be produced in October with the final report brought to the board in November for approval. Frick said completing the audit would help the district secure a loan for the planned retrofit of the Auburn Lake Trails Treatment Plant.
Some in the audience thought that the audit committee should include public members but the board decided that it might be better to add them once the draft audit was produced in October. Staff will come up with a process for soliciting the names of those interested in serving on the audit committee. Selection of the public members will be at the September 11 board meeting.
The board also discussed figures indicating that Auburn Lake Trails Community Disposal Systems (CDS) wastewater customers are paying less of the actual cost of service than are non-Community Disposal System customers.
According to cost of service figures from 2010, non-CDS homeowners are paying a monthly rate of $22.51 versus a monthly cost of service of $20.36. CDS homeowners are paying a monthly rate of $50.87 versus a monthly cost of service of $56.73. The owners of unimproved lots, whether CDS or not, are also being undercharged according to the report.
Board members discussed the option of hiring an outside party to conduct a cost of service study to update the rates. The item will be brought back to the next board meeting for further discussion.
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