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: