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At its meeting Wednesday, the Community Services District board of directors received the final 2012- 2013 audit,  adopted standards for using recycled water, and received a report on financing and services agreements being negotiated with developers.

Director poses 20 questions about CSD finances

CPA Larry Bain presented the final audit to the board. He said it is an “unqualified opinion,” meaning the CSD financial statements and records were determined to be in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. Bain noted the audit was essentially unchanged from the draft that’s included in the board meeting packet.

Director Mike Martel said he met with Bain and Assistant General Manager Darlene Gillum for an hour earlier in the day with a list of 20 questions he compiled “about fiscal stuff and where the money goes. ... Basically, we’ve raised rates for a lot of years. We have a lot of excess revenue that we’re putting into reserves.” Martel said Bain and Gillum answered most of his questions, and Bain was going to get back to him with written responses for others.

Gillum said written answers and documentation for Martel’s questions will be available by Nov. 1. The list of questions is included as an attachment at the end of this story.

Later in the meeting, Martel said he is considering writing a letter and sending it to residents at his own expense to share his personal views and concerns.

Outlining standards for using recycled water

The recycled water standards adopted by the board set minimum standards for purple pipe installations that developers of commercial and residential properties will use, and for future transmission lines, General Manager Ed Crouse said. The report is also required for CSD’s application for a master reclamation permit, which will give the district control over recycled water use in the community.

The Country Club has “first priority use” of recycled water, Crouse said. Depending on recycled water availability, the next priority is “heirs of the Pension Trust Fund, which would be subdivisions” and then the Rancho Murieta Association, Crouse said. The water would be used during the summer months for irrigation. The VanVleck spray fields will be used as a “safety valve for extraordinary wet years, or if we have to shut down a portion of the Country Club or residential use. You always want to have a spare to get rid of it,” Crouse said.

Update on development financing agreement

General Manager Ed Crouse provided an update on negotiations for a financing and services agreement with developers, saying the CSD has received the developers’ deposit for legal fees and a workshop on the FSA is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 25, from 9 to 11 a.m.

Crouse said there are revisions being made to the document since the CSD is taking the lead in moving forward with construction of the water treatment plant, and not the developers.

Crouse said Cosumnes River Land representatives for  Murieta Gardens and the former Pension Trust Fund property on the North contacted the CSD recently. “They’re going to be out of the FSA. But they’re going to have a separate FSA for the Murieta Gardens project and the remaining land in Rancho Murieta,” Crouse said.

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Thank you Mike Martel for your representation of the peoples interest.

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