At its meeting Wednesday, the Rancho Murieta Community Services District responded to concerns the Rancho Murieta Association board expressed the night before about the CSD’s proposed DUI vehicle-stop policy. The board also took further steps on its water-shortage contingency plan.
CSD legal counsel and directors made these points on the DUI policy:
Arrests for driving under the influence are currently made in the gated community.
Golf carts are covered by state DUI law.
The CSD wants the RMA to pass a rule requiring vehicles to stop in response to an amber light displayed by a Security patrol vehicle.
The board approved a water shortage contingency plan to cover drought, and heard about a map of back area bike trails that will assist Sac Metro fire and Security personnel in emergency situations.
Coverage of the RMA and CSD board discussions of the proposed DUI vehicle-stop policy is available here.
The board unanimously approved a final version of the water shortage contingency plan and funded a study to look at updating water use factors.
The water shortage contingency plan includes a tracking model that will give the board guidance about "how and when to call a drought, and at what stage," General Manager Ed Crouse said. There are four stages in the plan.
The draft version of the plan was reviewed at last month's CSD meeting and published on the CSD web site. No public comments were received, and board comments were addressed in the final version, Crouse said. The final plan appears in the board meeting packet on the CSD web site.
The usage study will examine "true water use" in the community, Crouse said. The 750-gallon-per-day equivalent dwelling unit measure of use was established in the early 1990s. "We know from a historical perspective that that is trending downward, but we don't know where it's bottoming out," Crouse said. The study will project where water use will be in the future, and "we can add safety factors … to give us confidence that we're not going to be short in the future if usage ramps back up," he said. The water factors study will be done by a consultant at a cost of $23,000. A related $11,400 normalization study will compare water usage by month, taking into account climate factors, changes in price and other factors.
Emergency response for trail accidents
Security is working with the Murieta Trail Stewardship and Sac Metro Fire to coordinate
emergency response procedures for accidents on the mountain bike trails after two
incidents required helicopter evacuations.
Mark Pecotich of Murieta Trail Stewardship told the board that mapping, use of checkpoints and GPS coordinates, and a public education program are measures being implemented to reduce response times. Pecotich said the teenager injured in the Labor Day accident is "doing just fine now" and returned to school within two days of the accident.
Pecotich responded to a liability concern raised at a Security Committee meeting earlier this month by saying that under California law "the landowner is held harmless from any responsibility of falling anywhere. … It's the person who did the act that's responsible for their own accident."
The trail stewardship emerged publicly in the last year as a group of community volunteers who have built a dozen miles of trails in Rancho Murieta.
The CSD Candidates Night is Oct. 25 at the CSD Building. The three candidates for two board seats in the November election are Mike Martel and incumbents Betty Ferraro and Steve Mobley.
Curbside e-waste collection is scheduled for Oct. 1.
The board approved the purchase of a used dump truck for $31,337 and paving work for a levee road at the wastewater treatment plant at a cost not to exceed $24,680.
The board approved an amendment to General Manager Ed Crouse's contract, increasing his current annual salary from $156,880 plus a car to $166,500, with no car. The salary increase is effective July 1, 2012, and the car will become a pool vehicle Nov. 1. Director Betty Ferraro was the sole vote against the contract amendment.
The board approved agreements related to grants the CSD has received from government agencies for a water reuse feasibility study and construction of an augmentation well.