MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MONTHLY BOARD MEETING OF L.A. WATER COOPERATIVE HELD January 27, 2022 VIA ZOOM ONLINE.
Board Members Present: Linda Fountain, Ken Aberle, David McAdams, Tom Gunn, Megan Corvus, Don, Wicks, Lisa Dutz, Amber Morgan
Board Members Absent: Malcolm Moreno,
Staff Present: Laurie Lago
This meeting of the LA Water Cooperative was called to order at 6:06pm by Ken Aberle, Vice Chair
Secretary’s Report – The minutes of the Nov. & Dec. 2021 meetings were presented in writing.
Treasurer’s Report – Nov. & Dec. presented in writing.
Motion to push to approve by Tom Gunn. Seconded by Amber Morgan. Voted & Passed
Motion to approve by Amber Morgan. Seconded by Tom Gunn. Voted & Passed
Field Report – Report presented in writing is below:
Muddy Gulch Leak – leak on line just below Muddy Gulch tank was repaired.
Withycombe Pumps – re-installed pump that was leaking and pulled pump that was making noise. Turbine inside is in very bad shape. New part will take 4 to 6 weeks so we are operating with 2 pumps at Withycombe. Third pump is just as old as the current one that is being repaired, we will pull it and have it checked when we re-install the current one being repaired.
Bridgefarmer PRV – Finally received parts for failed PRV at Bridgefarmer and repair was completed.
Pump House Winterization – Crew has been working on winterizing all pump houses and Reservoir transducers to prevent freezing issues.
We have been low on staff this month due to sickness, so crew has just been doing regular maintenance, handling call-outs, doing inventory, cleaning and organizing in and around shop area.
Customer water usage limits and rate information – On Hold
Mainline Re-alignment in Rock Quarry – In Process
Service Line – abandon and move – Lawyer working on response
- Customer wanting to address the board regarding their meter and bill.
Board heard comments and deliberated, letter mailed to customer with response.
- Leak Credit
Motion to approve by Linda Fountain. Seconded by Amber Morgan. Voted & Passed
- Customer requesting to sell back 2 inactive certificates.
Motion to approve by Dave McAdams. Seconded by Amber Morgan. Voted & Passed
- Draft Budget for Review
Motion to approve with adjustment made to Operations Manager salary by Don Wicks. Seconded by Amber Morgan. Voted & Passed
- Capital Improvement Projects for 2022 – Staff to do small projects that they can complete
themselves. Due to supply issues and soaring costs, holding off on large improvements,
to re-visit next budget year.
- Motions to update Policy Manual
8.2 A 4. Mail a monthly newsletter to each member. Information in the newsletter will vary but will usually include information that has been requested by our members, such as the daily chlorine residual report, information on the most recent repairs, leaks, projects proposed or in progress, general information we believe will benefit our customers, notice of the next Board of Directors Meeting and the minutes of the last Board of Directors Meeting.
Motion to remove this section from the policy Manual.
2.5 C. MINUTES The Minutes shall be available to the Members at the Co-op Business Office. Motion 5-9-96
A condensed version of the Minutes of the following:
1. Regular Monthly Board Meetings (Bylaws 3.3)
2. All “Special Meetings” (Bylaws 3.4), and
3. All “Telephone Conference Meetings” (Bylaws 3.5)
Shall be a part of the L. A. Water Cooperative Newsletter received with the Members’ monthly bills. Condensed minutes are to include, but not be limited to, Board Members present, subjects discussed, motions and all actions taken.
Motion to remove the line “Shall be a part of the L. A. Water Cooperative Newsletter received with the Members’ monthly bills.” And add: “Shall be posted to the LA Water website.”
Motion to Approve the above two changes by Linda Fountain. Seconded by Tom Gunn. Voted & Passed
- Annual Meeting – No in person due to covid conditions. Informational packet to be sent
out in lieu of meeting.
- IRA Matching
Motion to lower the 7% match voted in 2015 back down to the 3% currently matching by Tom Gunn. Seconded by Linda Fountain. Voted & Passed
Motion to adjourn by Tom Gunn. Seconded by Linda Fountain. Voted & Passed
Meeting Adjourned at 7:57pm