WILLOW CREEK COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Thursday, April 26, 2018
135 Willow Rd., Willow Creek – District Office
1. CALL TO ORDER – ROLL CALL & DETERMINATION OF A QUORUM
Board Chair, Judy Gower called meeting to order at 8:00 a.m. All directors
present; J. O’Hara, B. Nelson, T. Holmes, and E. Duggan. Staff; General
Manager, Susan O’Gorman and Lynn White
Seven others in attendance.
2. ADOPT AGENDA
Copy of Agenda for this meeting April 26, 2018: For review and approval.
MSC (O’Hara/Nelson) move to approve the agenda. Motion carried.
3. ADOPT MINUTES
Of the March 22, 2018 regular meeting. Minutes in Board folder for review
MSC (Duggan/O’Hara) move to approve the minutes. Motion carried.
4. CONSENT ITEMS FOR BOARD APPROVAL
Consent Calendar items are expected to be routine and non-controversial,
too be acted upon by the Board of Directors at one time without discussion.
If any Board member, staff member, or interested person requests that an
item be removed from the Consent Calendar, it shall be removed so that it
be acted upon separately.
4.1. Financial Statements for Mar. 2018; and payables for April 2018.
4.2. Manager’s Report
4.3. Safety Meeting – Respect for People.
4.4. Parks and Recreation
Manager O’Gorman pulled 4.2. Manager O’Gorman wanted to thank the Willow
Creek Volunteer Fire Department for responding to our little grass fire
down by the treatment plant. Ken Gallamore is back for the summer season,
working Friday through Mondays. Staff also wants to thank the Fire Safe
Council and Swap, for their work at Creekside park, it looks great.
MSC(Nelson/O’Hara) move to approve 4.1,2,3, & 4. Motion carried.
5. STAFF REPORTS
5.1. Water Department Report (O’Gorman)
District pumped 10.6 millon gallons of water for the month of March. The
volume being pumped is starting to rise. Manager O’Gorman is going to call
NY City to see if they have the parts needed to fix our hydrant that is out
of service at CCCU. Staff repaired some leak holes with cold mix asphalt,
it turned out pretty good. This summer staff will repair the spot behind
the motel on Maytan with hot asphalt.
5.2. Wastewater Report (O’Gorman & Kaspari, GHD)
The wastewater project is moving forward. Survey is complete which allow
the engineers to start on the collection system, determining where the
pipes are going to be placed. In June the geotechs will be looking into
boring through the mountain. Property negotiations for the treatment plant
is starting to hold up the up the schedule. GHD hopes to have the rate
study complete and get the prop 218 process out to the property owners
soon. This is a 45 day process which will probably start in June and end in
6. Board Member Report
Board Members’ comments, announcements, reports.
Ed Duggan reported on an article in the Times Standard regarding TAMWG.
7. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
No unfinished business this month
8. NEW BUSINESS
Staff recommends heavy duty trash receptacles be placed downtown, funds
from general County Tax account.
MSC (Holmes/Nelson) move to approve the purchase of 6 trash containers for
downtown and one Hot Ash container for Veterans Park approved up to
$7500.00. Motion carried.
Staff recommends writing letter to Caltrans supporting brush removal, both
sides of Hwy 299, west of Willow Creek.
Manager O’Gorman was given direction to write the letter supporting brush
removal to have a safe evacuation routes.
8.3 Board to discuss Willow Creek watershed and impacts from cannabis
grows, permitted by county
E.B. Duggan took lead. He reported, it appears that the County of Humboldt
Planning and Building is issuing cannabis permits within the Willow Creek
watershed and around the Trinity river on a permit basis without
considering the square footage of the grow vs/ the area of contamination of
the water sources. He said he believes this is not intentional but the
amount of contaminates do accumulation on our water sources. The Willow
Creek has already started to grow moss in it. He does not want to see the
Trinity unusable as is the Eel river. This can be a serious problem for our
water source and the health of our community’s water source. The WCCSD has
“Sphere of Influence” within our district by the Board of Supervisors, and
should ask the BOS to limit the square footage they can grow per permit.
Most cannabis grows add fertilizer to the soil to get the best bloom
possible. In some cases, pesticides and rodenticides are being used. The
county needs to watch not only the number of permits let out but the size
of the grow. Some are 100,000 sq. ft. Some type of action should be taken
by this board.
All non Willow Creek Community Services District reports should not
exceed 3 minutes.
No action is required on these items, but the Board may discuss any
particular item as required.
9.1 Sheriff Report
Sargent Gomes reported for the Sheriff’s Department.
9.2 CHP Report
Officer Hernandez reported for the CHP.
9.3 United States Forest Service
9.4 Health Care Report
9 COMMUNICATIONS, cont.
9.5 W.C. Fire District
Ed Duggan reported for the Fire District.
9.6 W.C. Fire Safe Council
Barbara Darst reported for the Fire Safe Council.
9.7 RREDC Report
Ed Duggan reported for RREDC.
10. ITEMS FROM THE FLOOR
No items from the floor.
11. CLOSED SESSION
At any time during the regular session, the Board may adjourn to closed
session to consider existing or anticipated litigation, liability claims,
real property negotiations, license and permit determinations, threats to
security, public employee appointments, personnel matters, evaluations and
discipline, labor negotiations, or to discuss with legal counsel matters
within the attorney client privilege.
11.1 Property negotiations for wastewater project.
10:15 a.m. Judy Gower had to leave.
Board gave Manager direction to proceed with looking into additional
property possibilities for the wastewater treatment plant if our first and
second choice options fail.
All members adjourned the meeting at 10:21 a.m.