Progress in redesigning and financing the Auburn Lake Trails (ALT) Water Treatment Plant was reported at the Tuesday board meeting of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District (GDPUD).
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Interim General Manager Gary Hoffmann said Psomas Engineering has started work on a redesign of the plant that is expected to save the district $1.05 million. The work is expected to be completed by February at a cost of no more than $103,000.
In a related matter, Hoffmann reported that on Dec. 16 he would be submitting a loan application to the California Department of Public Health for $10.6 million to finance the retrofit of the new water treatment plant. The $10.6 million covers construction management and design services as well as construction costs. Hoffmann noted GDPUD may not need the entire $10.6 million, depending upon how much the district wants to contribute to the project.
The board also approved a request from John and Alexandra Duarte to consolidate irrigation service on their existing property as well as additional water service currently delivered to an adjacent property they are in the process of purchasing.
Two new policies were adopted after having been reviewed and edited by District Counsel Barbara Brenner. One policy governs board meeting conduct and the other lays down the rules of order for board and committee meetings.
The board then moved on to a number of personnel issues. Hoffmann recommended using a recruiting firm to identify potential applicants to permanently fill the position of general manager. Approved by the board, three recruiting firms will be invited to make a presentation at a special board meeting in January. In addition, the district will advertise the opening in industry publications. The expected pay for the position is between $110,000 and $130,000 a year.
Hoffmann reported receiving 33 applications for the position of administrative aide. He expects to make a job offer next week. The board approved an agreement with the law firm of Meyers Fozi for employment related services on an as needed basis. Local resident Rick Gillespie was also approved as a new member of the finance committee.
In reports to the board, Director Norm Krizl noted that the 30,000-page Bay-Delta Plan, along with an accompanying EIR (Environmental Impact Report) and EIS (Environmental Impact Statement), had been issued on Monday and was available for comment. “It was interesting to hear their perspective … here’s what we’re doing to you, not for you,” said Krizl.
Brenner added that now that the plan had been issued, it would be followed by a comment period, lawsuits and then discussion regarding a bond to fund the project.
“There is already talk of pushing the bond off for another year,” said Krizl, noting the state arbitrarily changed the bond amount from $11 billion to $6 billion. “$11 billion was really a payoff to try and minimize the amount of revolt against it,” added Krizl.
Director Maria Capraun reported she is pursuing the $90,000 that SMUD is supposed to pay the district as a result of the relicensing of SMUD’s Upper American River Project. However, currently she said it is unclear when the first payment will be received.
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