CCWD board takes up district boundaries again

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By SUNNY LOCKWOOD

Redrawing district boundaries, hiring three new employees, revising the Wastewater Rate Assistance Policy and considering a new legislative advocate are among the topics Calaveras County Water District Board of Directors will discuss and act on during tomorrow's meeting.

CCWD Budget and Finance Manager James Deaton will present directors with two sets of redistricting options. Each is an attempts to divide county population to more equitably distribute customers among the five CCWD districts.

Directors will study maps illustrating the proposed changes and will discuss whether they want to accept the proposed changes or try some other configuration.

Julie McManus, CCWD finance director, will ask the board to approve raising the income eligibility requirement for the district's Wastewater Rate Assistance Policy from 100 percent to 130 percent of poverty. WRAP was created to help low-income sewer customers pay their bills.

At CCWD's Jan. 22 board meeting, McManus explained that the income eligibility requirement of WRAP was so low that only nine customers qualified.

In a Feb. 6 memo to the board, McManus said by raising the income eligibility to 130 percent of poverty the level for food stamp eligibility the board will make the WRAP program more available to senior citizens receiving Social Security income benefits and will add a minimum of eight customers who can receive the 10-percent discount on their sewer bills.

The board will also discuss hiring more full-time field workers to bring its operations and maintenance staff up to the industry minimum.

The board will also discuss the fiscal year 2001-02 auditor's report for the district and will consider retaining the Washington, D.C.,- based Carmen Group as legislative advocates.

Following the regular meeting, the board will meet in closed session with legal counsel to discuss anticipated litigation.

Contact Sunny Lockwood at slockwood@uniondemocrat.com .

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