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[News brief and blog published July 18] At its meeting last week, the Rancho Murieta Community Services District board of directors moved forward on water issues that included plans for a well, and learned a policy allowing Security patrol officers to make vehicle stops may be in the works. The directors voted to initiate foreclosure proceedings on an undeveloped parcel on the South because the landowner is delinquent in paying Mello-Roos bond obligations.

Water  projects, policies

  • A grant the CSD received for a water augmentation well will fund up to $170,000 in hydrogeological services. The scope of the work includes validating the analysis of the test well that was drilled in 1994. At that time, the capacity was determined to be on the order of 500 gallons per minute. According to a memo from General Manager Ed Crouse to the board, "Secondary goals are to locate the well closer to Cantova (Way) to minimize pipeline length and to identify areas if we want to increase the number of augmentation wells to reduce shortfalls and or the use of Clementia." Clementia reservoir,  the community's swim lake, is designated as a water supply source in times of drought.
    From the archives:
    CSD gets $500,000 to develop RM's first drinking-water well (Oct. 19, 2011)
  • Consulting engineer Lisa Maddaus provided a preview of  an updated CSD drought contingency plan.  The updated water shortage contingency plan will track drought indicators that include climate and river flow data, and define the triggers that determine when CSD operations need to change in response to water availability or demand. Maddaus described the update as a "living plan" that will adjust for changes like recycled water  use for residential landscaping. The plan defines drought stages and the water savings range for each stage. The update is expected to be finalized for adoption this fall.
  • The board approved a recycled water feasibility study and a proposal to prepare recycled water design guidelines and standards. The study was tentatively approved in February based on the CSD receiving a grant for funding. "We did receive the grant award for approximately $53,000," General Manager Ed Crouse noted. The CSD will require the use of recycled water for landscape irrigation in new development.

Security explores how DUI incidents are handled

Security Chief Greg Remson said the Security Department is looking at how DUI incidents are now handled and other options that may be available in response to a recent incident that landed a car in the front yard of a resident and resulted in the DUI arrest of the driver.

"The main option is the possibility of  (patrol officers) performing vehicle stops ... on suspected drunk drivers," Remson said.

General Manager Ed Crouse said several internal meetings have been held. "We hope to have a rough policy statement on how we are going to respond. Then, based on that policy statement, Greg ... is going to work on ... the actual steps we would take to implement that policy."

Crouse said they are also looking into whether the Rancho Murieta Association could assist the effort with "homeowners' rules that could help us, allow us to do voluntary vehicle stops."

Crouse said the goal is "to get a draft of a policy statement, probably sometime in August or September, have a 30-day review," and approve the policy in the fall. "We're making progress," he said. "...We have to back-check with RMA, the DA, the Sheriff's Department, and the CHP once we kind of flesh-out our approach."

  • Ten days after it went out with the monthly CSD bill, there were about 470 responses to a security customer survey, District Secretary Suzanne Lindenfeld reported at the meeting. The survey is also available on the CSD web site, www.rmcsd.com.
  • Remson reported that "a couple of young men" were recently caught on security cameras committing acts of vandalism at the Stonehouse Park restrooms, tracked down, and are now doing work for the Rancho Murieta Association Maintenance Department. "They will try to hold them responsible for what they've done," said Remson.

Personnel policies

The board approved an updated pay for performance manual and employee performance evaluation form for non-represented employees. Also approved was a policy that Director of Administration Darlene Gillum said defines "to employees, to vendors, to directors what is considered unacceptable dishonest behavior, and the process and ramifications" for dealing with it.

Lost Lake aeration system 'not doing its job'

The aeration system that was supposed to address algae problems at the South drainage basin known as Lost Lake is "not doing its job," and algae growth is occurring, Director of Field Operations Paul Siebensohn told the board. But residents near the basin are pleased the new fountain pushes the algae to the side, he said.

The CSD agreed to spend up to $10,000 to address odor and algae problems at the basin after residents brought a plan proposed by a contractor to the board last year. The plan called for the installation of a fountain and four water diffusers for aeration.

From the archives:
Neighbors get demonstration of proposed solution for Lost Lake  (Oct. 26, 2011)

$171,000 shortfall in Community Facilities District funds

Every year the board receives a report on the Community Facilities District, which was formed in 1991 to finance infrastructure for  development, and individual parcels are levied to pay for the annual costs of the bonds. The report notes that there is a shortfall of $171,000 due "to significant delinquencies on the part of a major property owner."  

The fund has sufficient funds to cover the delinquencies and meet the remaining financial obligations of the CFD, according to the report.

The alternative to using the bond reserves was to increase the tax on each parcel the allowable maximum of 10 percent, which would still leave a shortfall. President Bobbi Belton objected to increasing the cost to property owners without notice. After discussion, the board accepted a staff recommendation to take the shortfall from the bond reserves to avoid defaulting.

The board approved a resolution to proceed with foreclosure proceedings for the delinquent property under the Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act, and approved a resolution for the annual bond levies.

The bonds are due to be paid off in 2014.

Live-blog coverage of the meeting

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