Rancho Water chooses SRRRA alternate, moves forward with general manager search

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Rancho California Water District Board of Directors meet Thursday, Sept. 10, via a Zoom call to vote on a few action items, including replacing an alternate position with the Santa Rosa Regional Resources Authority Board. Valley News/Courtesy photo

The Rancho California Water District Board of Directors named vice president William E. Plummer as an alternate on the Santa Rosa Regional Resources Authority board during a Thursday, Sept. 10, meeting, replacing Danny J. Martin, who died in August.

The board also reviewed and considered responses to a request for proposals to consider awarding a contract to a firm in order to begin recruitment services to replace general manager Jeff Armstrong, who announced his retirement from the position.

Ultimately, the board decided to do an interview with four firms to determine which organization to hire for the job.

The board approved the consent calendar that included approval of financial statements, treasurer’s report, and the review of the district’s investment report and portfolio.

The board also ratified the register of audited demands, approved a fourth amendment lease with Precision Storage Concepts LLC and additional funding for projects as part of the 2016A Bond Financing Program.

The board approved resolutions authorizing a grant application to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and in support of the customer meter upgrade project.

The board also reviewed the 2020 plan of finance to refund the 2016A and 2016B bonds, as well as approved the related cost of issuance, and approved the revised minimum advanced refunding threshold.

They also approved a professional services agreement for design services for the recycled water accelerated retrofit program and SmallScale Indirect Potable Reuse Project.

The board was slated to consider the approval of an interagency agreement between Rancho Water and Western Municipal Water District for wheeling of potable water to provide water service for a development owned by Sauer Trust.

After hearing several comments and questions for the proposal from the engineering and operations committee, staff said they had made significant changes to the proposal.

The changes have been sent back to Western Municipal for review that was expected to take no more than a month.

The board took no action on the issue.

The district also recognized employees for continuing their education and training by successfully completing a certification program over the past three months. Andrew Alanis, wastewater treatment plant operator; Jordan Farrell, water quality supervisor water distribution operator, and Sylvia Ornelas, public information specialist, were honored by the board.

Denise Todd, an administrative services supervisor, was honored by the board for her 33 years of service with the district. She is the longest-serving district employee, and she will retire at the end of September.

Jeff Pack can be reached by email at jpack@reedermedia.com.