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Nov 18, 2020 Minutes

Published 2021-02-11 15:20:48

1902 – Serving Our Community for over 110 Years – 2020
1. Call to Order
President Dehn called the meeting to order at 7:01 PM
Roll Call
BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: President Dehn, Secretary Walker,
Director Moritz, Director Otte
BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT: Treasurer Thiele-Sardiña
STAFF MEMBERS PRESENT: Ramirez, Tory Thomson with ABC Law by ZOOM
Others Present: Matt Anderson and Teresa Herrera w/ SVCW, Elisa Lee
and Dave Richardson w/ Woodard Curran, Lora Carpenter w/ Fieldman, Rolapp &
Associates, Rich Laureta w/ F&L consultants, and Former DM, Phil Scott.
2. Communications from the Public: None.
3. Report by Silicon Valley Clean Water (SVCW) Staff
Comments: SVCW CFO/Assistant Manager, Matt Anderson and SVCW Manager gave a
presentation via Zoom on the SVCW Financial Plan. CFO Anderson reported on the 2014
and 2015 Bond refunding opportunity at a lower rate. The lower rate could save about
$500K per year in cash flow. The District could see a combined savings including the Net
Present Value of $2.6 million.
4. Approve and Adopt Resolution Consenting to the Issuance by Silicon Valley Clean
Water of Refunding Bonds to Refund All or a Portion of the 2014 Bonds and 2015
Bonds with the Principal Amount Allocated to West Bay Sanitary District not to exceed
$65 Million and Authorizing the District Manager to Approve Related Financing
Documents and Actions Needed to Close the Bond Issue
Motion to Approve by: Moritz__ 2nd by: _Otte._ Vote: AYE: 4 NAY: 0 Abstain: 0
Comments: None.
5. District Manager’s Report
1) Administrative:
a. Developers in East Palo Alto and the City of East Palo Alto continue to seek help
from West Bay to provide sewer services. LAFCo has approved an RFP for a
Municipal Services Review of EAP Sanitary District, City of East Palo Alto, and West
Bay Sanitary District.
b. Los Alto Hills has approached LAFCo about annexing the Town into the West Bay
Sanitary District. Town Staff will seek approval from their Town Council for an RFP
from a consultant to perform a feasibility study. Director Moritz asked about the
possible Los Altos Hills annexation. His concern is that we understand the exact
condition of their system and implications for taking on a system such as that. He
also asked if LAFCo required a Los Altos Hills resident to be on the District Board.
District Manager Ramirez explained the residents of Los Altos Hills would have the
right to vote a resident in but that more information would be needed from LAFCo as
the process moves forward.
c. Working with LAFCo on a CEQA review for the Stonegate Annexation in Portola
Valley. The Stonegate Annexation will annex approximately 6 parcels into the District;
currently the parcels are being served by septic tank.
d. Staff has received the Fujitsu scanner for the Pilot Scanning Project.
e. Staff is researching a PG&E Energy Efficiency Retrofit Program for the Admin,
Maintenance, and FERFF Buildings.
2) Finance:
a. Silicon Valley Clean Water WIFIA Refinance is complete. Bond Refunding is in
b. SVCW recently confirmed the interest rate for the new SRF Loan program is now
0.90% with this news, the SVCW Commission will proceed with approval of the SRF
loan, according to SVCW CFO, Matt Anderson.
c. Staff met with HF&H to discuss the ongoing Sewer Service Rate Study for 2021.
d. End of the 2019/2020 Fiscal Year audit is nearly complete.
3) CIP & IT Projects:
a. Levee Improvement Project:
i. F&L is continuing to work on the Environmental Impact Report and preparing a
Draft. The Draft is expected on November 16th, 2020. Staff will bring the EIR
Draft to the Board on December 9th, 2020.
ii. Aztec, the metal storage building contractor, received comments from the City
on their 2nd submittal and will be working on their 3rd submittal to the City. If
everything goes well, the District should receive the permit before Christmas
b. Construction Capital Improvement Projects (CIP)
i. District Manager Ramirez reported the bids for the upcoming collection system
rehabilitation project are now closed. Bids came in below the Engineers
Estimate. President Dehn asked if there was more than one bidder. District
Manager Ramirez stated there were a total of four bids with the next highest
bid being approximately $300K from the lowest bid.
ii. Received Maintenance Building Feasibility Study update. Contractor will
provide the Board a report at the November 18, 2020 Board Meeting.
4) Operations and Maintenance:
a. Large Diameter Pipe Project:
i. Crews continue to work on the 54 inch outfall pipeline near the Menlo Park
Pump Station. The work is required to be done during the off peak hours.
ii. The 18 inch easement pipeline in the Burn’s Easement will be next.
b. Training:
i. COVID 19 Staff Re-Training was conducted on November 16, 2020.
5) Water Quality:
a. Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club:
i. The District has presented Sharon Heights with the estimated annual O&M
costs as required by the Long Term Agreement. O&M is projected to cost
$496,845 annually with an expected “true up” at the end of the year.
ii. FOG inspection will resume in 4th quarter. Inspections will be begin with our
dinning and facilities with Grease Removal Devise (Outdoor Interceptors).
iii. Operations going well. To date over 19 million gallons of recycled water has
been delivered.
b. Bayfront Recycled Water Plant (BRWP):
i. Environmental Impact Report (EIR) draft will be submitted on December 9th to
the Board.
ii. Staff and Woodard and Curran have met with four potential Bayfront Recycled
Water Facility partners, individually. Woodard and Curran will give the Board
an update at the November 18th meeting.
c. HACH Service Contract: District Manager Ramirez reported that the new HACH
contract is ready for implementation after the District Counsel’s review as approved
by the District Board. The new contract will cost approximately initially $27K to
implement and $16K per month thereafter. This would allow the transfer of ownership
of 27 FloDAR meters to HACH. HACH would then be responsible to monitor,
maintain, repair, and replace the meters. Director Moritz clarified the Board would
need to carry about $200K until it is recovered in the next tax roll.
6) Fleet and Facilities:
a. Vehicle Maintenance:
i. Staff has met with the City of Redwood City to plan vehicle maintenance
ii. Working on new Service Truck and should be completed by the end of
7) Upcoming Events:
d. November 25, 2020 Meeting: Cancelled
e. Next Regular Board meetings: December 9, 2020
f. Consider Cancelling December 23rd Meeting.
8) Misc./Action Items from Previous Meeting:
g. West Bay SSOs: Zero SSOs for October (18 months in a row w/o SSO).
h. LAH Contract: Zero SSO for October. 2 SSO in 2020. Continuing to maintain the
collection system and both Publicly Owned Pump Stations.
i. Town of Woodside Contract: Continuing to maintain High Frequency cleaning
downtown and both Publicly Owned Pump Stations.
j. Revenue: Received approximately $93,108 for permits issued, reimbursements, and
approximately $49,000 for services rendered to the Towns of Lost Altos Hills and
6. Consent Calendar
Motion to Approve by:_Otte__ 2nd by: _Walker__ Vote: AYE: 4 NAY: 0 Abstain: 0
Comments: None.
A. Approval of Minutes for Regular meeting October 28, 2020
B. Approval of the Financial Activity Report/Withdrawal Order Authorizing Payment of
Certain Bills and Salaries and Consideration of Other Financial Matters for
November 18, 2020
C. WBSD Operations and Maintenance Report – October 2020
D. Town of Los Altos Hills Operations and Maintenance Report for Work Performed by
WBSD – October 2020
E. Town of Woodside Operations and Maintenance Report for Work Performed by
WBSD – October 2020
F. Bank of the West Monthly Investment Portfolio Statements
G. Consideration of Authorizing the District Manager to Issue the Class 3 Permit for the
Sewer Extension Required for the Connections of 1525 and 1535 Altschul Avenue,
Menlo Park
H. Consideration of Accepting Sewer Facilities Constructed Pursuant to Class 3 Sewer
Permits No. 1060, 1061, 1062 & 1063 for the Construction of Wastewater Facilities
for 20, 30 & 40 Meadow Lane, Portola Valley, California (Formerly 1260 Westridge
7. Report and Discussion on the City of East Palo Alto – Upcoming Projects
Comments: District Manager Ramirez reported LAFCo has approved a Municipal Services
Review on East Palo Alto Sanitary District. The issue arose from EPA developers and the
City of EPA letters to the LAFCo Commission asking to review EPA Sanitary District’s
practices. Meanwhile, EPA developers have offered to pay for the cost of a consultant to
review West Bay’s system to see if the District can accommodate new EPA development.
Director Moritz asked if the consultant was going to look at the condition of the system and
make improvement recommendations if necessary. District Manager Ramirez stated yes.
8. Report by Finance Advisory Group
Comments: Director Moritz reported on the meeting with the Investment Team and
Treasure Thiele-Sardiña, Finance Manager Debra Fisher, and District Manager Ramirez. He
reported the District’s investment is doing as good as expected. He reported the investment
is performing at over 2%. Secretary Walker asked about how LAIF funds are performing.
Director Moritz said the $27M in LAIF is performing at approximately 1.8 to 1.9%.
9. Report & Discussion on Commuter Benefits Program
Comments: District Manager Ramirez reported the Commuter Benefit is going well.
Approximately 7 cars have been taken off of the road by the program. The cost for the
benefit is down over all this year, in large part, due to the Amtrak train not running a regular
schedule so 4 staff are commuting in a District vehicle to the valley instead of the train.
10. Consideration of Establishing January 13, 2021 as the Date of Public Hearing to
Consider a General Regulation Amending the Code of General Regulations for
Board Member Compensation
Motion to Approve by:_Moritz__ 2nd by: _Walker _ Vote: AYE: 4 NAY: 0 Abstain: 0
Comments: District Manager Ramirez stated the Board can increase the meeting rate up to
5% to $241.50. The Board approved establishing January 13th 2021 as the date to hold a
Public Hearing with the condition the rate is only raised to $240.00 per meeting rather than
the full 5%.
11. November 18th Update Report on District Response to Corona Virus
Comments: District Manager Ramirez reported Staff had a training update on November
16th and that they are being asked to stay home if they are not feeling well. President Dehn,
said she will share a presentation by the County of what the State is requiring, starting on
January 1, 2021, mandatory reporting on COVID-19 breakouts at work.
12. Report and Discussion on Sharon Heights Recycled Water Plant
Comments: District Manager Ramirez reported SHGCC has received the O&M projections
for 2021 for the operation of the recycled water plant. The cost is projected to be $480K per
year including PG&E cost. PG&E rates have gone up significantlyand have caused
projection to go up. Excluding PG&E the cost for O&M is expected to be $258K per year.
Director Moritz, inquired if Staff has met with SLAC regarding the use of the recycled water.
District Manager Ramirez stated Staff and SLAC have met and will continue to increase
their interest in recycled water.
13. Discussion and Direction on Bayfront Recycled Water Treatment Facility and Status
Comments: District Manager Ramirez reported the EIR Draft should be ready for the next
Board meeting at which point the Board will be asked to begin the 45 day waiting period.
President Dehn, expressed her interest in having the City of Menlo Park have the
opportunity to review and comment on the EIR as well as others.
Dave Richardson and Elissa Lee with Woodard Curran gave a presentation on the Bayfront
Recycled Water Facility and developer meetings. President Dehn asked if the existing
building could be retrofitted to use recycled water. Director Moritz asked if we should build
the facility to a certain capacity more than what is currently in demand. Secretary Walker
was concerned about depending on development that may not happen and sizing the plant
too big. He asked if the District had a backup plan. Woodard Curran displayed the cost and
options to finance the plant on their presentation through ZOOM. Director Otte stated he
would like to see the developer contribute their funding including cash. Secretary Walker,
was concerned that West Bay would be funding a portion of the plant. Director Moritz stated
West Bay would collect the upfront cost back from connection fees to the recycled water.
Director Otte would like to see a better projection on the potential users beyond new
development so that the plant could be properly sized at .4, .6, or .8 MGD. Director Moritz
asked the team to look at a recycled water rate that would be fixed and variable in order to
recover capital and operational costs. The Board’s general consensus was to continue
moving forward with building the recycled water plant.
14. Report & Discussion on South Bayside Waste Management Authority (SBWMA)
15. Report, Discussion & Direction on Silicon Valley Clean Water (SVCW) and Discussion on
SVCW CIP Program and Financing
Comments: Director Otte said he had no further comments other than all the work that had
gone into refunding the 2014 and 2015 bonds.
16. Report and Discussion on Maintenance Building Feasibility Study
Comments: This item was tabled to December 9th, 2020.
17. Closed Session
Entered closed session at 9:26 p.m. Left closed session at 9:35 p.m.
Reportable action: The Board approved a tuition reimbursement for the
Water Quality Manager.
Agency Designated Representative: District Manager
Unrepresented employees: Water Quality Manager
(Cal. Govt. Code §54956.9(d))
Name of Case: 1740 Oak Avenue, LP v. West Bay Sanitary District, et al. – SMCSC
Case No. 18CIV02183
18. Comments or Reports from Members of the District Board and Consider Items to be
Placed on Future Agenda
Comments: None.
19. Adjournment Time: The meeting was adjourned at 9:36 PM
/s/ David Walker