Wednesday, July 30, 2014

GDPUD: ALT water plant being redesigned

From page A1 | December 13, 2013 |

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).

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.

Contact Dawn Hodson at 530-344-5071 or Follow @DHodsonMtDemo on Twitter.





District 2 candidate statements tell of goals

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1

Sand Fire nears containment: 66 structures destroyed

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Tails wagging over dog park approval

By Julie Samrick | From Page: A3

Quarter-acre fire in Kelsey

By Rebecca Murphy | From Page: A3

Schedule for Highway 50 blasting closures

By News Release | From Page: A3



My Turn: Privatization of public services

By Mark Belden | From Page: A4

Policy book

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4



GDPUD management report

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

District 2 supervisorial special election

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 3 Comments

Piano replaced

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Comments sign-in policy

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

Save the Guinea Worm

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

Large bangs

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 2 Comments

Private property gets no respect

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment



Taz pull through for SSL trophy

By Patty Pope | From Page: A8

Ex-Bruin lends a helping hand

By Steven Shaff | From Page: A8 | Gallery

Sierra Sharks finish middle of the pack

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A8

Roundup: July 29, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A8



Nuns discover a pleasant place

By Lexi Boeger | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Bargains can be found everywhere

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

At a glance: Game time

By Mimi Escabar | From Page: B2

Barbecue dinner to benefit Blue Star Moms

By Mount Aukum Winery | From Page: B2

Stagecoach story takes riders on a trip

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: B3

Help needed to make cool ties

By Sew 4 | From Page: B3

Stroke and osteoporosis screenings planned

By Life Line Screening | From Page: B3

Gold Rush Days activities cancelled this year

By Sacramento Convention And Visitors Center | From Page: B4

Master Food Preservers: Tomato time

By Monique Wilber | From Page: B4

Build an author platform at the Library

By El Dorado | From Page: B5

Sacramento area museums offer summer fun

By Sacramento Association Of Museums | From Page: B5



Weather stats 7-29-14

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2

Building permits 6/2-6/2014

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2Comments are off for this post

Crime Log: July 17

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2



Merlyn Wilbur Adams

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Lisa Oliver Rose

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Wallace Murrel Thomas

By Contributor | From Page: A2


Real Estate




Women’s Health

Love the skin you’re in

By Noel Stack | From Page: WH4

Dump stress and improve your health, productivity

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: WH7Comments are off for this post

Women’s Health Expo

By Marshall Medical | From Page: WH8

Find the confidence you need to fight back

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: WH12

Our choices directly affect our health

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: WH14

They’re NOT your mother’s hearing devices!

By Marshall Medical | From Page: WH17