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2 - Minutes, June 28, 2007CITY OF BOULDER, COLORADO BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS MEETING SUMMARY FORM ~NAME OF BOARD/COMMISSION: Water Resources Adviso Board DATE OF MEETING: June 28, 2007 NAME/TELEPHONE OF PERSON PREPARING SUMMARY: Kaaren Davis, 303-441-3229 NAMES OF MEMBERS, COUNCIL, STAFF, AND INVITED GUESTS PRESENT: BOARD MEMBERS -Jim Knopf, Robin Byers, Bart Miller, Kelly DiNatale, William DeOreo STAFF - Ned Williams, Randy Crittenden, Annie Noble, Suzanne Givler, Bob Aarberg, Carol Linn, Carol Ellin house, Brett Linnenfelser, Kaaren Davis- Secre WHAT TYPE OF MEETING BOLD ONE REGULAR SPECIAL QUASI-JUDICIAL] Agenda Item 1- Call to Order The meeting was called to order at 7:07 p.m. Agenda Item 2- Meeting Minutes -May 21, 2007 Motion: Byers-to accept the meeting minutes as submitted. Seconded: DeOreo Vote: 5-0 in favor, Passed Agenda Item 3- Public participation and comment. -Sheila Horton: Have a number of inembers who have queried for water budget adjustments. Turn around time seems to be about 6 weeks. It sounds as though some past payment are being refunded and re-billed. Some delay. So far no one has been through the entire process. Longest time so far 73 days. Agenda Item 4-5 Matters From Staff- • Fluoride Processes feedback from Richard Knob. Unclear whether Knob will be able to attend a fumre meeting as he is potentially relocati~g to out-of-state. Staff will check on that. • Copies ofthe Utilities Annual Report and the 2007 Water Qualiry Report have been provided and staff will be happy to answer questions after this meeting or at another Matters trom Board - • Byers: Valmont Butte update requested: Williams: mitigation is proceeding but has not begun fill or prairie dog relocatioa Appraisal in process and will provide numbers when available. • Byers: Fire Training Site Emironmental assessment update requested. • DiNatale: Gave an update on the Greenways CIP. • Knopf: Initiated a discussion regarding the Ciry Manager's email to Council detailing his responses to WRAB recommendations to Council regarding water budget issues. (Ordinance 4-20- 25) • DeOreo: Asked for clarification and initiated discussion regazding Neighborhoods/HOA's and water budgets. • Byers: South Boulder Creek Flood StudyBemazdi property. County has scheduled a hearing on July 12~'. Should be available streaming online. Suggest city staff be present. Motion: DiNatale: WRAB directs two of its members (DeOreo and Knop~ to meet with City Manager and the Mayor or their designated representatives (elected representative in the case of the Mayor's inability to a[tend) prior to the next WRAB meeting, and to bring before them the concerns referenced in the resolutions trom the May meeting and the Manager's response to the May WRAB recommendations. 2nd: DeOreo Vote: 5-0 Motion Passes Agenda Item 6- Final Recommendation on the Integrated Evaluation of Boulder Reservoir Water Treatment Plant Source Water Protectiou and Treatment Improvements Study. Noble, Harberg, Chris Tadanier (Black and Veatch) and Linnenfelser made the presentation. WRAB uestions and comment WRAB Summary June 28, 2007 Page No. 1 • Byers: Requested clarification on comparison between additional treatment -vs- protection of source by Pipeline • Byers: Concerning ROW, inquired about potential ROW conflicts with FasTracks development. • Miller: Initiated discussion with WRAB regarding water quality goals and their role in the assessment. Public Hearing: • There was no public input. Motion: DiNatale: WRAB recommends that City Council delay construction of Boulder's portion of the Carter Lake Pipeline and consider it as a future phase for implementation after the following actions have occurred: 1) Construction of Boulder Reservoir Water Treatment Plant improvements (C1O2 and UV or alternates) 2) Implementation of the canal bypasses, BMP's and other protective measures for the Boulder Feeder Canal 3) Existing bonded indebtedness has been significantly reduced. The actions of other potential participants in the Carter Lake pipeline project should be monitored to ensure that segments constructed by others would not preclude the possibility of Boulder constructing a pipeline in the future. Actions by Boulder may include over sizing of upstream segments constructed by others or acquisition of adjacent right of way. WRAB has carefully reviewed all of the staff and consultant information and has the following findings: 1) Construction of the pipeline would require in excess of $22 million in funds from the city of Boulder and result in significant rate increases and tie up revenues needed for other unidentified future needs. Staff projections for rate increases beginning in 2009 needed to finance system improvements including the Carter Lake Pipeline are 10%, 10% and 12% for the three year period over and above the 3%, 4% and 4% increases the three previous years. 2) The pipeline is an attractive enhancement to the City's operations and would result in more consistent, high quality water, but is not essential for the successful operations of the City's water system. 3) Water currently delivered out of the Boulder Reservoir Water Treatment Plant is of good quality, meeting all Safe Drinking Water Act requirements. 4) Water quality goals established by staff for non-primary drinking water standards are too restrictive and render infeasible any other option than the Carter Lake Pipeline. 5) Water quality risks in the Boulder Feeder Canal can and should be addressed via measures such as canal bypasses, stormwater best management practices and land use controls. 6) The technical peer review of the Black & Veatch report by Dr. Susumu Kawamaura is consistent with findings 3 & 4. 7) There are minor improvements to the Boulder Reservoir Water Treatment Plant (alternative 2) that can and should be implemented to ensure continued high quality water. 2°°: DeOreo Friendly Amendment: Knopf: to amend motion as discussed to section 1, items 2 and 3. Section 2, items 5, 6 and 7 (changes already reflected in the body of the motion above) Accepted by DiNatale. Discussion: The WRAB discussed the merits of delay -vs- proceeding as per staff recommendation. Conclusion: Vote: 3-2 (Knopf, DiNatale, DeOreo tor; Byers and Miller against) Byers votes against for the following reasons: 1) She believes it is a health, safety and welfare risk to continue the current system and that it is necessary for long term community health to ensure the purest source water possible. It is WRAB Summary lone 28, 2007 Page No. 2 2) Would likely help reduce mitigation costs to all parties involved with the Boulder Feeder Canal Trail. Miller votes against For the following reason: "I am not comfortable second guessing the water quality standards set by staff without concrete evidence that it is in error. I assume those decisions were made for good reason and based on concrete water quality information. " Agenda Item 7-Final recommendation on the Utilities 2008 Budget and CIP. Linn presented the item. WRAB Discussion: • The WRAB asked for clazification on various points of the budget and CIP. Staff provided clarifications as requested. Motion: DeOreo: WRAB accepts the 2008 budget and CIP with the exception of striking the line items 103 and 105 (water utility fund) dealing with the Carter Lake Pipeline, and adjusting the proposed rate increases (line 13, water utility fund financial) downward to reflect this removal. 2nd: Miller Vote: 4-1 B ers votes "no" to maintain consistenc with her vote on a ends item 6 Agenda Item 8 -Discussion of schedule for future meetings. Agenda Item 9- Adjournment Motion: Motion to adjourn by Knopf Seconded by: Byers Vote: 5-0 in favor, passed. Meeting adjourned at 10:42 PM Date, Time, and Location of Next Meeting: The next meeting will be Monday, July 16 - 7 p.m., regular meeting, Municipal Services Center, 5050 East Pearl Street unless otherwise decided b staff and the board. These aze summary minutes. Audio tapes for full record are available through Central Records. Minutes approved by: Date: WRAB Summary ]uue 28, 2007 Page No. 3