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Energy & Resource Management Committee Minutes July 17 2002

July 17, 2002

CALL TO ORDER:
Chairman McNelly called the meeting to order at 7:30 a.m.
MEMBERS PRESENT:
Adamson, Devlin, Hardwick, Hoover, McNelly, Mitchell, Murphy, Pendarvis
MEMBERS ABSENT:
Mahaffey, Roberts
STAFF PRESENT:
Water System Manager Carlson, Contract Planner Garcia, and Clerical Support Thompson
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Minutes of the April 17, 2002 meeting were APPROVED as written.
DISCUSSION ITEMS:

Urban Water Management Plan - John Carlson, Water System Manager

Water System Manager Carlson had been asked by the committee to give an update on the Urban Water Management Plan. He explained that the plan itself was completed at the end of 2000 and is required by the State of California every five years. It is a report on the existing water supply for the City of Fullerton that consists of where our water comes from, how we determine the demand, how the City is prepared to deal with new drought situations, what type of conservation practices the City has implemented, the current best management practices, and the water quality. Looking at Fullerton's water demands, the City is very fortunate because of our history and the previous decision of joining the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) in 1931. The city has a demand to pump approximately 60,000 gallons per minute. The City pumps 75% of our demand and purchases 25% of our supply.

After some discussion, Chairman McNelly inquired about the adequacy of the existing 1991 Conservation Plan (Appendix B) included in the Water Management Plan as it is written. One of the concerns expressed by the committee is the need for a more extensive Conservation Plan due to the lack of rainfall in the past year. Water System Manager Carlson explained that the current plan is based on a MWD outline. The foremost problem with the plan is that it is a very labor-intensive plan. In light of that, the Engineering department has done preliminary research of other agencies within the county to compare their existing Water Management plans in order to prepare a new financially based plan.

As additional information for the committee, Water System Manager Carlson up-dated the committee on the Annual Production Report. After additional discussion, the committee expressed their eagerness to look at this study and the new Urban Water Management Plan.

Committee Membership

Contract Planner Garcia informed the committee of the vacant seat due to the resignation of committee member Schmidt. The City has advertised for this seat and has not received new applications. The committee was provided with a copy of the application and asked to seek residents.

Formation of Task Force on Water Issues

Several committee members had previously expressed an interest in forming a sub-committee to review the current Urban Water Management Plan. There was some questions as to the exact duties of this sub-committee and had been decided that they would just review and make the recommended suggestions to improve the plan. Committee member Devlin made a motion to form the committee and committee member Hoover seconded. The committee agreed unanimously. Chairman McNelly and committee members Hoover, Hardwick, and Devlin volunteered to serve on this sub-committee. Committee member Hoover suggested writing a letter to Water System Manager Carlson to show the committee's support.

OTHER MATTERS

Information Items: City Council Agenda Letters date June 4, 2002 (New Sewer Regulations & NPDES Permit Update)

Contract Planner Garcia informed the committee that copies of City Council Items 12 and 13 had been included in their packets. Chairman McNelly indicated that there are plans for the Infrastructure committee to work together with this committee on the issue of sewer lateral lines.

COMMITTEE MEMBER COMMENTS

There were no additional comments from the committee.

AGENDA FORECAST

Beverage Container Recycling Programs Water Conservation Programs

Contract Planner Garcia explained that she added this section as more of a reminder to the committee of items to come. The committee expressed their approval of the addition of the Agenda Forecast.

ADJOURNMENT
There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 9:15 a.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be August 21, 2002.
Andrea B. Thompson, Clerical Support
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