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The Rancho Murieta Community Services District board of directors Wednesday afternoon approved spending $16,965 to have a consultant create an operations manual to explain facilities, policies and procedures for recycled water it provides to the Country Club.

The action was one of few taken in a 30-minute meeting with a light agenda.

The operations manual is for both organizations, and the Country Club at one time said it would pay half, the CSD said.

CSD General Manager Ed Crouse said the Country Club has taken no action on the plan, and it seems the club no longer wants to pay half.  President Bobbi Belton said the club has had financial challenges.  “Clearly, there’s some issues and need for additional revenue there,” she said.

Crouse said the CSD should step up and pay the full cost and provide leadership for the community.

The CSD provides recycled water to the club to irrigate the courses.  According to a CSD committee memo on the manual:

“The Operating Manual will provide both District and Rancho Murieta Country Club (RMCC) staff  and management a clear understanding of the operating parameters and constraints for delivery  and use of recycled water along with other sources of water RMCC may use. It will address regulatory requirements as well as monitoring and reporting requirements established in the Waste Discharge Requirements (WDR) and other Regional Water Quality Control Board orders that affect the use of recycled water at RMCC. “

The board voted 4-1 to award the manual contract to HydroScience Engineers Inc.  Director Dick Taylor voted no after asking twice whether the CSD would go back to the club to seek payment in the future.

Director Betty Ferraro said she has started meetings to create a demonstration water-conservation garden alongside the CSD Building.  Community organizations and at least one business will be approached to participate, she said.

The board awarded a contract to remove dried sludge to Biosolids Recycling.  The solids are produced as a byproduct of the CSD’s water-treatment operations.  The contract amount is not to exceed $15,000.

Following is live-blog coverage of the brief meeting:


Martha Glunt's picture
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Really almost $17,000.00

Please tell me there is more to it than this:

"The Operating Manual will provide both District and Rancho Murieta Country Club (RMCC) staff  and management a clear understanding of the operating parameters and constraints for delivery  and use of recycled water along with other sources of water RMCC may use. It will address regulatory requirements as well as monitoring and reporting requirements established in the Waste Discharge Requirements (WDR) and other Regional Water Quality Control Board orders that affect the use of recycled water at RMCC. “

 

I thought we were already paying staff.  Shouldn't they be able to put this info into a concise packet?

 

CSD sure seems to be pretty carefree about spending our money! 

Frank Pumilia's picture
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Manual

Will someone explain why the CSD is spending almost $17000.00 of our tax dollars to hire a consultant to write this manual??

The staff must have the information at hand, as they have been following the procedures for providing waste water to the Country Club since RM was built.  

In today's economic enviornment thei seem like a typical government plan.....hire a consultant......spend $$$$

I agree with Martha.

Martha Glunt's picture
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Thanks, Frank...

Apparently, you and I are the only ones that think this is a little "off".  I'm still trying to reconcile that CSD was, just two months ago, taking "tiered pricing" for a 'test-drive' and saying the increase in cost wasn't meant for them to drive up their profit but, rather, to put conservation measures into place.  Say what?  Conservation measures start at home (pardon the pun)!  Thankfully all board members voted that brilliant idea down, but not after hearing from the community.

 I can almost see having an "audit" of sorts where an outside company comes in and reviews all of what you're doing to ensure it's being done according to standards and regulations.  However, even when auditors come by, staff gets out the items the auditors are looking for!  This manual-writing company isn't going to be writing up anything that staff doesn't already know (well, I don't think)!  The manual is to be about how things ARE ALREADY DONE!  I'm betting the lowest (wo)man on the totem pole could write that up!  And, to top it off, RMCC isn't gonna pony up their share of the cost!  CSD "forgives" them because they've had some tough times financially.  Well, guess what?  First thing many that are struggling will do is give up their country club membership.  Eventually they may walk from their house.  What goes along with that is that CSD doesn't get paid!  For the LOVE, people!!  All the money going into the pockets of all of the alphabets out here all comes from the same resource, and that resours is otherwise known as "resident"! 

Sheesh!

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